Little Prince Kids Restaurant in Korea
People who’ve never been to South Korea may not realize what a modern, upscale and high tech county it is.
The focus on child-centered themed restaurants and cafes is one of my favorite things about this incredible city. These eat-and-play restaurants entertain kids in a safe, well-designed environment while parents can stay reasonably engaged as well. Kids’ cafes and restaurants are highly popular in South Korea and are found throughout the country in unexpected places.
As a foreigner, the hardest part is finding them, but once you do, you’ll discover hours of fun and enjoyment for your kids and yourself.
It may surprise you, but kids’ cafes in Korea are actually known for having tasty, quality food! Americans might be shocked at the notion. After all, our country’s most popular example of kid-centered, eat-and-play restaurants is Chuck E. Cheese, or as my husband calls it, Chuck E. Disease (have your kids ever NOT ended up with some cold or virus after spending an afternoon here?)
At Chuck E. Cheese, and a small number of places like it, pizza is the main menu item, and it usually tastes like cardboard. The salad bar, which is usually the only healthy option, offers wilted lettuce and carrot sticks. Ok, granted, I may be exaggerating just a bit to make my point, but truthfully, the experience with its blinking, beeping, whirring lights and endless, mind-numbing sounds is nothing like the more tranquil, wholesome, educationally stimulating cafes for kids in Korea.
Hopefully you’ve read my previous entries about the Hello Kitty Restaurant and the Dalki Cafe so you know what I mean. These places do an amazing job of catering to moms with their tasty coffees and fruit drinks for sipping while the kids play, or the mini computer stations where you can surf the Internet while the kids ride the indoor train. Moms can also find an assortment of magazines to read while the kids play house or build with blocks. All the while, caring and friendly staff members are assigned to look after the kids while they play. For dads, there’s also a beer and wine selection and private dining rooms where they can even steal away to take a nap — I often see them asleep on the floor and get such a laugh.
Additionally, the toys are clean, the floors are usually spotless, the bathrooms are pristine and the food is well-balanced and delicious, if a bit pricey at times. Video cameras are placed throughout the facility with monitoring screens near every dining table so that moms can still keep an eye on kids from a distance.
Yangcheon-gu has three separate dongs. Mok-dong is one of them. Wikipedia says that “Yangcheon-gu is home to mostly middle and upper-class families and is considered one of the best wards in Seoul to live.” About Mok-dong, Wiki says it “is famous for its education and good schools, including Yang-Chung High School, which has more than 100 years of history. For this reason, it is home to many upper class people. Many broadcasting stations are clustered in here, including CBS, and SBS. The region was usually used for raising horses in Joseon Dynasty, before it was developed by government in 1980s to provide housing for increasing population of Seoul. The name Mok means tree, probably named due to abundance of trees in the region.”
Now that you know where Mok-dong is, are you wondering why you should take a trip over there?
The Little Prince Cafe will be worth the trip.
Check out these photos of the classy-for-moms but totally-awesome-for-kids interior!
You can see more about the Little Prince Kids Restaurant online by checking out their website on Naver.
Little Prince Kids Restaurant Info:
Address: Seoul, Yangcheon-gu, Mok 1 dong, Hyperion II, 2nd floor above the GS25
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Two-hour play time limit with purchase of food.
Station: Cafe is between Omokyo Station and Mokdong Station.
Walking from Omokyo Station (Seoul Subway Line 5) towards Mokdong Station, the Hyperion II is on a street corner on the left. Look for the GS 25 convenience store and the tall Hyperion Towers. The Little Prince is above the GS 25. There is an Emart across the street from the Hyperion II.