Pet-friendly shops, cafes and restaurants are on the rise in Korea due to the growing number of pets, both in and outside of cities. If you have a dog, or even a cat who likes to sightsee from one of those cat backpacks, you may be wondering where you can go with them. Let’s take a look at Pet-friendly places in Seoul.
Since 2018, the number of single-person households has increased dramatically, which may, in part, explain the growing popularity of pets. As South Korea struggles with its declining birth rate, many Koreans are adopting fur babies instead. Additionally, When wondering around Seoul, you may notice people walking their dogs, or carrying them in satchels and strollers.
Thanks Oat is a cafe in Yeonnam-dong, close by to Hongdae Station, serving up healthy granola bowls. Not only can you bring your pet along to brunch here, but they’ve even got a special yoghurt bowl on the menu for pups! What’s more, smoothie bowls are another craze in Korea right now, making this cafe on trend in more ways than one.
While the main branch of Thanks, Oat is in Yeonnam-dong, they also have one on the other side of Seoul in Anguk!
Thanks, Oat Yeonnam Address: 68 Seongmisan-ro 23-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul Operating Hours: 11:00am - 8:00pm everyday Directions: Gajwa Station (Gyeongui Jungang Subway Line) Exit 1. Walk straight along the main road until you reach Myeongin Galbi restaurant on your right, take the left in front of that restaurant and Thanks, Oat is on your left as you go around the bend.
Thanks, Oat Anguk Address: 21-10 Bukchon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul Operating Hours: 11:00am - 8:00pm everyday Directions: Anguk Station (Subway Line 3) Exit 2. Walk straight and take the first left after the Constitutional Court. Thanks, Oat is on your right.
Loiter – Coffee Shelter
A hidden gem in the streets of Pildong, Loiter Coffee Shelter is a beautiful cafe where your dog can roam free. Complete with a rooftop terrace that looks on Namsan Tower, your pet can enjoy the environment just as much as you.
While your dog is allowed to roam the rooftop space leash-free, the staff advise you maintain good etiquette with regard to your dog’s behaviour, as well as that of other customers.
Loiter - Coffee Shelter Address: Floor 3, rooftop La Vie Douce Annex, 53 Pildong-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul Operating Hours: 11:00am - 8:00pm everyday Directions: Chungmuro Station (Subway Line 3, Line 4) Exit 1. Turn right and walk straight for approx. 10 min until you reach Loiter - Coffee Shelter.
Berkeley Coffee Social
Another hidden gem, Berkeley Coffee Social is a dog-friendly cafe found on Hoenamu-ro, Itaewon. A quaint cafe by day and a bustling bar by night. Depending on when you visit, you may be drinking coffee or whiskey. What’s more, the owner values your patronage as much as your dog’s, with plenty of treats on hand to please them!
Berkeley Coffee Social Address: 17 Hoenamu-ro 13ga-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul Operating Hours: 8:00am - 9:00pm Mon - Thurs, 9:00am - 9:00pm Fri - Sun Directions: Take bus no. Yongsan03 to Digitech High School Front (Ap) stop. Cross the crossing on the left of the GS25. Walk straight for approx. 3 min and turn left at the end of the road, Berkeley Coffee Social will be on your right.
The Royal Food and Drink
Looking for a delicious brunch spot in Seoul? Look no further. At Royal Food and Drink, you can enjoy a tasty meal or drink at sunset with your furry friend by your side. Moreover, The staff here really take the meaning of ‘pet-friendly’ seriously, so expect a warm welcome when you arrive.
You can find the Royal Food and Drink close by to Namsan Tower, with stunning views included.
The Royal Food and Drink Address: 37 Sinheung-ro 20-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul Operating Hours: 10:00am - 9:00pm everyday Directions: Take bus no. Yongsan02 to Haebangchon Ogeori stop. Cross over and straight past the Ministop. Walk for approx. 3 min until you reach the Royal Food and Drink on your left.