I have a sudden urge to visit three very unique cafes in Seoul, and hope to visit at least one of them this weekend. The first is the Hello Kitty Cafe in Hongdae, probably the most popular Japanese export to become popular in Korea and the world over. The cafe is decorated in everything ‘Kitty’ from the glasses, doors and shopfront to the kitchen and the toilet. Hours of fun no doubt and super cute.
Secondly I want to visit the Cat Cafe, also in Hongdae (although to my knowledge there are several scattered around the city) where you pay 8,000 won for a drink and can spend as long as you like playing with all the cute little fuzz balls, that are allowed to roam the cafe freely, perching themselves on counters, lazing under tables and anywhere else they wish to curl up.
Lastly, I want to visit Robo Cafe, where it apeears ‘robot waiters’ make running a retaurant a one man operation! The Robocafe concept involves a cute little robot that fulfills the role of a waiter – it takes orders from customers, either verbally or through a touch screen, then relays them to the kitchen, and brings the food out when it’s ready. The building is designed with small horizontal pathways leading from the kitchen to all the tables so the small team of waiter robots can then get around to every table in the house when they’re summoned by customers. You lose the personal touch, but i think it would be an awesome experience none-the-less!