The Sheep Are Baa Baa Baahing in Hongdae
Since my little one is now extremely interested in animals and can say the sounds for basically all of them including the elephant and zebra, I have a new found interest in taking her places where she can cozy up with the furry and hairy beasts.
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Luckily for us, Thanks Nature Cafe also known as the sheep cafe is literally right down the street from us so we meandered on over to see how the little one would react to real live sheep.
There was baahing, laughter and poking mostly. What more could we ask for?
The cafe is set down a flight of steps. The steps lead to an area that has been cordoned off where two sheep make their home. The sheeps are Maengu, or if you’re like my little one and just learned the word mango then his name will sound more like Mango probably, and Jjangu. Maengu is the bigger one and seems to be the go-getter of the pair confidently walking right over to introduce himself and see what sundries we had for him to chew on. The smaller one is Jjangu and once he got an eyeful of the little one traipsing into the pen, he skedaddled to the safety of his smaller pen which has a sign that asks that people don’t enter. I think it’s their safe place and respecting that is always a good thing. They are basically outside except that they are covered by the floor above so they are protected from inclement weather.
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The sheep are friendly and the staff in the cafe is ever watchful and will come and sweep away the poo pellets and put sawdust on the pee so that no one is getting dirty. There is a bench around the pen area that people can sit on to hang around the sheep for some time if they like as well or if you want a different vantage point like our little one, then the bench is the place to go. We visited on a weekday afternoon and there was only one other couple of girls there taking their time drinking coffee and occasionally going to take a gander at the sheep. This meant we had the sheep to ourselves and our ever giddy child for most of our time there and that was great. She sheep seem to be well taken care of and are used to the poking and prodding of little ones.The cafe, where there are food and drinks, is housed inside separated from the sheep by a glass wall so no food or drink can be contaminated. There aren’t any high-chairs for smaller children, but who is going to bring their child and spend a bunch of time in the cafe anyway? The fun is out with those baahing maniacs obviously.
We ordered some drinks and this fruit lovers waffle to take a break between the sheep fun. It wasn’t amazing, the blueberries and strawberries clearly the frozen sort that had just been thawed, but we didn’t go for the food anyway. It wasn’t terrible though to be sure, it was all devoured in a good ten minutes or less.
All in all, the sheep cafe is a great cafe to spend an hour at on the way to some other place. The sheep were fluffy and nice and our little one got the kick out of them that we went in search of.
Thanks Nature Cafe
486 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
서울시 마포구 서교동 486 B1F
Hours: Every Day 11:00am – 10:00pm