Wednesday 5 October 2011

Seoul Cafes

I visited three cafes recently. One in Hongdae and one in Itaewon and one in Seoul Dae. If you're in the area, give them a go, totally worth it!

Neil's Yard in Itaewon

Iced Cramel Macchiato and chocolate and nut cookie

If you're next to the window you can watch as multicultural Itaewon goes about it's business

It's a bit pricey but worth it. Go out on Exit 1 and walk about 4 minutes. Neil's Yard is on the right, 1st floor.

This saturday, I ticked off another thing from my list and visited Hongdae during the day. I met Ji Eun (who has been living in the UK for the past year) and she took me to a cool little cafe on the tree-lined streets of Hongdae. Out of exit 8, turn right and carry on up the hill (past a lot of other nice looking cafes, wine bars and boutique shops) at the top of the hill turn left and walk about 5 mins. It's called Sukara (which apparently means spoon in Japanese). The cafe is owned by a Japanese guy, and the waitress who served us was also Japanese. It's a mix of a modern interior, traditional oriental decor and Korean/western drinks and food. It has a big outside terrace and the front window of the shop slides back so it's a nice place to come while the weather is still good enough to sit outside. Great way to spend an afternoon with a new friend!

Two teas and some pound cake

All gone...

Lovely little private corner

Lots of Oriental art work scattered around

Canvas bags for sale!

Some of the designs

No rain today.

Stumbled upon a swing dancing event on our way back to the station

Dresses and petticoats galore

Nope, still not bored with this view

Recently I've seen a lot of water sports on the Han. This is something I think I'll investigate!
Near my house at Seoul National University station is a nice little coffee shop. I spent the afternoon of my day off this week sitting in here writing and people watching. Outside exit 6 you will see Zoo Coffee. 

Stuffed animals behind me

Light switches

The take-away cups are cool animal print!

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  1. Yes! I love Zoo Coffee. And the stuffed animals galore... only in Korea! Haha.

    Some friends and I went wakeboarding on the Han last summer, and it was tons of fun (and surprisingly, I didn't grow extra limbs or develop any strange rashes). We walked from Apgujeong... hang on, I think I posted about it. Yup! If you're interested in checking it out, there are some directions on my post :)

    PS Those light switches are the cutest!

  2. Ah great, thanks for the tip, definitely something to do before the weather gets too cold!