Just when you think there are no more theme cafes left to see, Korea proves you wrong. Actually I knew about this one for awhile but my plan to visit just never worked out.
From the picture above you can guess what kind of cafe this is-- that's right, a raccoon cafe called 'Blind Alley'. In North America raccoon's are seen as mischievous, rabies infested creatures.
Blind Alley is another theme cafe located near Sookmyung Women's University. This one is special because it is a raccoon cafe. Of course you have to buy a drink, prices vary. I went with Sarah so we eat got drinks so we could stay and see the raccoons. We made the mistake of going midday because it was packed and we had to sit in a covered outside space which was cold. Sarah got an ade, which came in a mason jar and I got a smoothie. They were nothing special just your typical drinks.
The raccoon's are in a separate room. To go in there there are a list of rules you have to follow like having empty pockets because the raccoon's like to go through pockets as we watched happen. As we were going into the raccoon room there was a big fluffy one at the door trying to get out. As we got through the doors we saw that there were a lot of people in there. If you see them at the door enter or exit very cautiously. The white one almost got out a few times when people were exiting.
The raccoon's have a pretty nice set up in here with little beds and things to climb.
There are two raccoon's; one is white and the other is black.
The black one hid in a crater the entire time. This one was a lot cuter than then white one but didn't want to come out.
A staff member came in to give the raccoon's treats and he was letting customers help feed the raccoon's. When he was feeding them he teased them a bit so the white one bit him a few times and it's teeth looks pretty sharp. He asked us if we wanted to feed the raccoon but we both politely declined because we were afraid of getting bitten. We watched as he was telling the raccoon to do the motion for please as he gave it a treat. Whenever he would say "juseyo" meaning please in English the raccoon would put it's paws together like it was begging for a treat. These raccoon's actually remind me of dogs with some of their mannerisms.
This guy is hard to photograph, he was very active and all over the place but I finally got his picture.
The raccoon's seemed to be happy. Although they seem to get fed a lot of treats which probably isn't the best for them. There were a lot of people there and the room isn't large so it gets overcrowded very fast. The best time to go in there is obviously when you don't see a lot of people. Try to avoid going here midday. Either go when it opens or just before it closes.
Directions: Take Line 4 (light blue line) to Sookmyeong Women's University. Take exit 10 and make a u-turn, then take your first right. You will go through a tunnel and just continue straight up the street for about 8 minutes. Blind Alley is on the right side of the street so look out for the sign, I almost missed it.
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