The Perfect Blend
Yep, it's exactly what it looks like... The Poop Cafe! toilet bowls for mugs, squat toilets for plates, and smiling poop shaped pastries. Yum!
Two motifs collide at this coffee shop - the traditional concept of Korean Uniqueness and the modern concept of cuteness. This cafe is the perfect blend.
Like other aspects of K-culture, the branding of spaces and experiences as cultural icons is crucial to the success of the Wave. The poop cafe is memorable, creative, and share-worthy. The products and decor inspire visitors to capture the moment and motivate sharing through traditional and non traditional media platforms.
Swing By and Hang Around
The Moon D' Ann cafe is whimsy at its finest. With swings for chairs on the ground floor and live vines and shrubs twisting up to treehouse-like lofts, perfect for studying or a catching a quick nap.
This cafe is all about the experience. It taps into the traditional concept of Korean Uniqueness and the modern concept of cuteness from the perspective of comfort and fantasy.
Stationed directly across from Korea University, this spot offers exactly what students need to recharge: caffeine, comfort, and quiet. It's a place for regulars as well as a destination for those seeking a "hidden gem" that's not so hidden. This coffee shop embodies K-culture's soft side.
Who can resist saying "hi" to the Hello Kitty Cafe - even if it's not Japan's original? This bright pink sweet shop does not spare a single detail, from the furniture to the cappuccino art, everything is branded!
Although this shop is not originally Korean, it is an example of how Korea incorporates branding into life, even after people log off of the internet.
People want to escape and live romantic lives, no matter how good they have it, and Korea has tapped into that. That's why stepping into the all-consuming world of Hello Kitty for a coffee works, just as the KaKao Friends store works. It's the combination of cuteness and fantasy.
Cafe Gaene, or The Dog Cafe, is just that, a cafe full of dogs! With the purchase of a drink, guests can spend the day playing with dozens of rescue dogs. Some even help with the service!
This spot rolls K-culture's themes of experience and cuteness into one. Visitors get all of the benefits of having a loving, four-legged friend without the spoiling their experience with cleaning up messes or paying for dog food. Visitors can simply brush the dog hair away and go back to their high rises to post the cute videos they took.
Essentially, the dog cafe is to people's emotions as a restaurant is to people's busy Friday night: fast results with little effort. In the case of the dog cafe, those results come in the form of serotonin and lots of "likes."
Have you eaten?
If you've ever experienced Korean hospitality, you will be greeted with "have you eaten?" It means hello and is used as a common greeting, but if the answer is no, you better run and try one of these Korean favorites: