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Finally! Our epic journey to the dog cafe Bau House! We’ve wanted to go here for so long! In fact, if you remember our Giocat Cat Cafe video from a long time ago, then you might have wondered if there was an equivalent for dogs. This is it!

Now, we were worried about bringing Spudgy here, because Spudgy doesn’t really like other dogs. It’s not that he’s aggressive, but we think of him as a bit of a snob. He thinks he’s human and he’s ashamed of his dog-self a lot of the time. He’ll hang out with us and sit with us, but if another dog tries to play with him Spudgy will ignore that dog. “Hey Spudgy, can I smell your junk?” Nope, cause he will always walk away. If a dog insists on playing with him and (heaven forbid) tries to put a paw on Spudgy, Spudgy will just yell at the dog in a quick single bark or two (which we think is probably a doggy swear word) and then just go back to minding his own business while the other dog sulks away.

So, you can see that we were worried about bringing him to a dog cafe in which he’d have to interact with a bunch of other dogs, many of which who might not share a resentment for their dogginess, but – come on – we couldn’t go without the Spudgy!

When we first walked in, an army of dogs defending their fort greeted us. Spudgy went into immediate snob mode. We had to put our name on a waiting list (even though it was like, 3pm on a Friday) since there were no free tables. We got to wait inside the cafe though, just at a little middle island waiting area. Of course, the dogs flocked to Spudgy, violating him and smelling his bum from every possible angle (sorry little guy, there was nothing we could do to stop them) and then they just abandoned him. Spudgy grabbed a seat beside us on the safety of the plastic island couches and looked around in awe. Or shock. Or disgust. We can’t tell. All we know is he straight up refused the drinking bowl shared by all the dogs and would only drink from a fresh glass. Geez. We have created a monster.

After about 30 minutes, a table freed up. Bau House works the same as the Gio Cat Cafe, in which there is no entrance fee, but you must order a beverage. After we ordered, Spudgy was officially allowed to walk around on the floor and mingle…or not. We gotta say, the staff is really dedicated to cleaning up after the dogs. They essentially walk around in plastic aprons armed with spray bottles, paper towels, and mops. As soon as a dog piddles, they run to clean it. They do a great job because you’d think a cafe filled with dogs would smell like, well, dog, but it mostly smells like antibacterial cleaner.

Simon didn’t see this, but I (Martina) think my highlight at the dog cafe was when a huge dog jumped up on the ledge by the window and curled out a huge stinky chocolate swirly ice cream poo right beside the table of a well-groomed Korean couple. Awesome. Dogs are so great. Don’t worry, it was cleaned up right away and we didn’t see anymore poo ice cream being served, but I loled prettttty hard at their disgust/shock/awkward faces.

The other surprise highlight of our trip to Bau House was when we reviewed our video footage. Spudgy innocently approached a couple at the cafe, they patted him on the head, and then he proceeded to do a drive-by-pee-attack on their plastic wrapped umbrellas which were on the floor under their bench. Oh Spudgy. I was wondering why all those dogs swarmed the area after you left.

Anyhow, if you’re interested in going and getting your umbrellas peed on, you can follow our map here and find it down a side street just off of Parking Lot Street in Hongdae. On the corner is “Whang’s Sandwich and Coffee” which was formally “Joe’s Sandwich and Coffee”, and the other side is CHIR CHIR Chicken. Bau house is on the third floor, right above SALLY’S GUITAR. If you’re interested in calling them for more info, you can reach them at 02) 334-5152, or you can check out their Korean site and get more (Korean only) info there.

Map to Bau House Dog Cafe in Seoul

Map to Bau House in Hongdae. Click for Full Size

You can also click on the map here for full directions, or you can check the video out here to get a sense of what the landmarks are like. We didn’t do a full video of us getting to the place, because we took a taxi there from Bucheon (couldn’t carry Spudgy and our camera gear and umbrellas on the Subway). If you’ve been there, let us know what you thought. Our experience there was pretty freaking awesome!

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  1. You definitely need to update the directions. We were lost quite a while, and since we took a taxi, that was expensive.

  2. Alexis Hibbler

    I go to school in Boston, and even if you just go over to the next stop, your round trip fare is 5 dollars. In a week, I could spend $20-$25 on the subway. Which is expensive for someone who doesn’t have a job……

  3. Bau House has moved! We wandered around Hongdae for a bit and found a cafe in their old location who told us it’s by Hapjeong, exit 3. And it sure is! Go out exit 3, make a U-turn to your right, and you’ll see a building very soon on the left with a dog picture. The Bau House entrance is down the alley before you reach the front of the building.

    And it was a blast!

    • thanks for mentioning this for others. i used the map on this post and ended up in their old location. thankfully i had the number on me and called them for directions to their new place, which was about a 15 minute walk away. it was a super great time!! i highly recommend it for all dog lovers. it’s not for those who are anxious about dogs, though, because some will come right at you and sit next to you. i loved it!!!

  4. this is might be out of topic but… i laughed a bit at the cafe name.. bau means smelly in Indonesian (where i am from) :3

  5. Hopefully this gets noticed but I just wanted to throw out there that Bau House has moved lol. I tried looking for it a couple weeks ago by following directions on all the old blog posts, but there is a new cafe in it’s place at the old location.
    Where it’s at now is really easy to found though, if you are at Hapjeong station take exit 3 and then make a U turn and go down the first street on your left. Bau house is just a short walk down this road and it will be on your right. Since my directions aren’t the best here is the address lol 394-44 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul.

    TL;DR Bau House has moved, see address above for their new location.

  6. I love the whte fluffy one. Do you guys or anyone know what breed it is?

  7. OMG. This is the pet cafe where Taemin took the Noona that picked him as her date went to in SHINee’s YUNHANAM! I’d know those dogs anywhere. I even saw the dog that Taemin complimented by saying that he (she?) looked like Key, I saw the ones that Taemin said that looked like Jjong and Minho too! This is so cool, I wish I could go to Korea too.

  8. Awww so cute!! In England there really is nothing like that at all!

  9. I am sorry for asking this, but can you tell me what kind of map website did you use for the direction’s picture???

    That make things look easy for me a lot ^^Spudgy soo cute for sure =]]

  10. Taemin was there!!!!!! back in 09 ^O^

  11. I would definitely vote for B2ST’s penguine pee-walking dance XD in thier MV “Fiction”! Although both are hilarious, B2ST’s dance can at least pull off the “cooler” yet comical dance O_o

  12. I would definitely vote for B2ST’s penguine pee-walking dance XD in thier MV “Fiction”! Although both are hilarious, B2ST’s dance can at least pull off the “cooler” yet comical dance O_o

  13. I would definitely vote for B2ST’s penguine pee-walking dance XD in thier MV “Fiction”! Although both are hilarious, B2ST’s dance can at least pull off the “cooler” yet comical dance O_o

  14. Anonymous

    There are plenty of people here that still eat dog. I think perhaps the wealthier, more educated Koreans are unaware how popular it still is in the countryside and outside of Seoul. There are quite a few restaurants within Seoul that serve boshingtang as well. Every male in my family except the younger generation, 30 years old or less, have eaten and continue to eat dog. They are originally from the countryside and are not very educated so that may be why they believe that dog soup has health benefits. Hopefully the coming Olympics in Korea will make boshintang truly scarce, because there are few things sadder than seeing a caged dog waiting to be sold for butchering. Purebred dogs such as golden retrievers have been seen at meat markets too.

  15. Anonymous

    There are plenty of people here that still eat dog. I think perhaps the wealthier, more educated Koreans are unaware how popular it still is in the countryside and outside of Seoul. There are quite a few restaurants within Seoul that serve boshingtang as well. Every male in my family except the younger generation, 30 years old or less, have eaten and continue to eat dog. They are originally from the countryside and are not very educated so that may be why they believe that dog soup has health benefits. Hopefully the coming Olympics in Korea will make boshintang truly scarce, because there are few things sadder than seeing a caged dog waiting to be sold for butchering. Purebred dogs such as golden retrievers have been seen at meat markets too.

  16. i think Minzy and Park Bom went there before on 2NE1 series

  17. marcie stone

    I just went there for the first time on Sunday! I loved it! I always see such cute dogs in Seoul but I never know if it’s okay to be that crazy foreign girl that tries to pet your dog. It was pretty busy when we went too. We ended up sharing a table with some other random people. You can buy treats to give to the dogs, but only if you’re sitting at a table and they must be treats that you buy from them. It’s kind of a crazy idea because the dogs just go where ever they want…tables, windows, table tops, under the tables. They have a good mixture of small and big dogs. It is a great way to get your dog fix and a good reminder of why it isn’t a good idea to buy a dog for your tiny apartment that you’re never in. I love your videos!!

  18. OH MY GOSH I saw a corgi! XD I just love those stumpy legs!

  19. can we come without a dog? my kids miss having pets in Seoul… 

  20. Haha My dog would love it there!!!!!

  21. Sooo cute~ it really is like a cafe for dogs.. or more like a spa/napping place. The dogs are sooo cute~!!
    if its like a cafe do they sell snacks or special drinks for the dogs??

  22. omg!! there was a sign following that dog at the end!!

    but that seems like a cool place i would love to go there someday..*dreams*

  23. I’m really glad you guys did this video. For a minute there I was worried that you were only going to focus on TL;DR Thursdays, WTF Wednesdays, and Kpop Music Mondays (not that that would be such a bad thing, I just rally enjoy this type of video as well).

  24. I’ve been to one of those in myungdong, when i went to korea :)

    it’s so nice, but made me miss my own dog in denmark so much kekeke

  25. Oh, so Spudgy is the Kim Heechul of the dog-world, huh? lol. gotta love ‘em. <3

  26. Spudgy is a snob??? Omg, can he be even more perfect! I usually don’t like dogs coz they seem too friendly. Same reason why I prefer cats, coz they’re more reserved/aloof… 0.49-0.50 is just adorable!!!

  27. Ooh Gosh. Spudgy. DON”T JUDGE A BOOK BY IT”S COVER! Spudgy, LOL i can’t believe it! Spudgy is fluffy and awesome but on the inside snobbish? 

  28. I guess that well-groomed couple are not aware of the fact that poo is actually cute.  XD

  29. If someone were to ask me “Name one thing you love about Korea”, I would have to name this cafe. Its a perfect palce to take your dog out, meet new people, meet new dogs and relax. This is a very very good concept. Too bad we dont have such things in India >_<

    By the way, I hope this video is not your way of saying "No Kpop Music Monday video this week" .

  30. JinDo Mann

    Bau House =) What a epic name…
    I still think cats,dogs, humans ….  should not be ON the table!
    But its nice to have a cafe, where you can bring your dog along.
    And i luved the apple-basket whereone of the dogs sleeped =D

  31. Anonymous

    Première fois ici… And i need to say that Spudgy is so nice. And I really like the fact that he’s snob! Snob dogs are the the best.  

  32. That’s really cute!! This video is really awesome – love all the scenes you took! Oh and I fangirled over person at 1:45… XD

  33. Oh good, we’ve been needing more Spudgy videos :)

  34. Anonymous

    My diog gets along with others but sometimes she’s a bit pompous. She’ll growl at other dogs if they sniff her. She’s very antisocial dog sometimes.

  35. Yoo Jin Kim

    hey martina and simon can i be in one of your vieos beacuse i am just staying in souel for about a few weeks and maybe i can be in one

  36. Neat :D 
    A  woman came into my salon last week and she happened to tell another customer that she got her dog in Korea and of course my ears perked up… I was like, “Korea?! You lived there??” She went on and on about it when I told her my fiance and I are trying to make plans to go there… she’s like,” DO IT. NOW. gogogo.” lol…. she said everyone was super nice and when I said we love Korean food she was like,”…and it’s so much cheaper there too!” She did say she got the impression that Koreans think differently of dogs than Americans do? I dunno where/how she got that impression but she did say she knew a fair amount of people that had eaten dog before? While that’s not my favorite subject… i’m fairly open-minded about what other countries view about food “sources”… it’s not like Korea is like the Philippines, my boyfriend said it’s not easy having a dog there… someone will easily steal your dog for food :( 

    Different countries have different ideas about these things…we think beef is freakin’ awesome here but I know my Indian boss hates it just as much as I hate the idea of a dog or cat meal :-/ 

    • 연준 인

      In fact, things have changed here a lot…i admit that Koreans did eat dogs in the past when they had nothing to eat… but these days… almost no one likes to eat dogs… if you go to korean local schools and ask the students what they think about dog meat, they would answer it’s gross, we’ve heard of the food but never tried it or never seen it before… one more thing,  a month ago one crazy guy opened a dog soup restaurant in the town, but nobody went there (not a single person,) so it closed after 3 weeks lol

      • Yeah… I kind of figured so I have to wonder about the woman that told me she knows people that have eaten them… I wonder if she knew one or two people and then she exaggerated about it? 

        The Philippines though… I know for sure there’s a lot of people that eat dogs there since my boyfriends still has family there :( 

  37. Byeonguk Yook

    I guess people over there don’t have rooms for bigger breeds. What is the most popular breed?

  38. Emma Pang

    I’ll make sure I make time to visit this cafe when I visit Seoul in the coming April!! ^_^v

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