Thanks Nature Sheep Cafe


Thanks Nature Sheep Cafe

Last Thursday Anna and I took the kids all the way to Hongdae (lively college town) to go to a sheep cafe. When we arrived, we were confused when we didn’t see any sheep. Asking the barista, she told us the “sheep are there every day of the year. Except for today.” Needless to say, I was pretty pissed. I wanted to scream, ‘Do you know how HARD it is to take two toddlers on a 45-minute subway ride, find the freakin’ elevators at the subway stations, and then carry two strollers down to your cafe?!’ (The cafe is located one floor below street level.) Instead, we ate at a Vietnamese restaurant and planned to go back on Saturday.


Adorable sheep… look at that face!!

I asked Anna’s husband to call the cafe Friday night to make sure the sheep would be there Saturday morning. Saturday morning, we retraced our steps. This time it was slightly easier because 1). Anna’s husband was with us, 2). We knew where all the elevators were. When we arrived, we were happy to see two cute little lambs (one of whom was also called Anna!). At first, the kids were more interested in the fake sheep inside the cafe, and their lunches. The cafe sells drinks and waffles; you need to order something off the menu in order to go into the sheep enclosure. I ordered a Croque-monsieur, the only savory thing on the menu (it was decent, for Korea). We packed lunches for the kids (read: I packed a lunch for Baby M, but Anna also packed a super cute bento-box lunch for her, and mine was quickly tossed aside).


Baby M and H petting the sheep

After finishing our food and drinks, we used the provided hand sanitizer, and proceeded into the enclosure. The sheep were a little shy, but so were our kids. It took a few minutes before they wanted to pet the sheep (OMG! Sooooooo fluffy!). When Baby M finally warmed up to the idea that sheep were also animals, not unlike her kitty brother, she wanted to hug the sheep. It was pretty cute to watch.


Moms and kiddies


Fluffy white sheep

If you’re into Seoul’s animal cafes, you might want to consider doing the raccoon cafe (just down the street from Thanks Nature sheep cafe) at the same time. The sheep cafe was definitely cleaner (the sheep are outdoors in their own enclosure; you can eat and drink in peace), but the raccoon cafe was more interactive (read: watch your drink or else a bandit will steal your drink).

{ Thanks Nature Cafe in Hongdae 땡스 네이쳐 카페} 

Address: 마포구 서교동 486 서교푸르지오상가 B121 Seogyo Prugio Apartment store B121, 486, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu
Phone: 02-335-7470
Closest subway stop: Hongdae Univ. (line 2), exit 9
Admission: Must purchase something off menu
Hours: 11 AM – 10 PM

To read about my experience at Hongdae’s Raccoon Cafe:
Raccoon Cafe: A Must-Do in Seoul!

Raccoon Cafe Date Night

To read about my experience at Blind Alley Raccoon Cafe:
Korean BBQ & (Another) Raccoon Cafe


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