During our flight to Korea, I ordered tea, assuming I’ll get the Korean version of green tea; instead they gave me a generic brand of South East Asian black tea. “That’s weird”, I thought, but then again we took a budget airline. It’s good enough that they gave me something to drink for free instead of charging four times of the normal price.
Only after being inSeoul for less than 24 hours I realized, Korean drink coffee, lots and lots of delicious coffee. Even though they do drink tea; we had rice tea for breakfast every morning at the guest house; once we stepped outside we saw a coffee shop in practically every corner!! Kinda like Starbucks in Philadelphia, but in here they have interesting themes.
Korea has adapted owned the coffee culture, and we loved it. We spent a big chuck of our time in Seoul hanging out at the coffee shops; chit chatting, sharing girly moments and asking people to take our pictures. Must enforce tourist stereotype.
And my favorite coffee shops in Seoul among many that we went to are..
1. hara donuts
The first coffee shop we went to on our first morning in Seoul. Vi was still recouping from yesterday travel and late night out, but I was ready to concur Myeong-dong. I saw this place, saw the donuts and immediately dragged Yin inside. Those little holed sugary treats were calling my name, and I believe nobody should walk away from a foreign donut!
It was a popular little shop with an adorable logo. We had to queue to order and managed to grab the last seats available upstairs. We had a long due quality time; we talked about boys, toys and hos.
It’s a perfect pit stop after (or in our case before) a day of shopping Myeong-dong. Order the donuts, whatever flavor, it’s all good. Yin would have agreed with me.
2. Ddo–ong Café
Geez, what a name! In spite it’s name, Ddo-ong was the celebrity among all the coffee shops I visited in Korea. The it café in Seoul and my book. They got it all right. Located on the top floor of Ssamziegil, the buoyant neighborhood of Insa-dong. They clearly understand the importance of location.
My first though when I saw it, was that Hulk would love this place. It was nicely decorated with top to floor glass windows. It felt fanciful to look at the snow from the inside.
We came here to have a breakfast; each ordered cake and coffee.
You guys, meet the nicest blueberry cheesecake in the whole world, and I would know as I made it my personal mission to find it. When are Ddo-ong–ing, eat the cheesecake on my behalf me will you?
3. Gahoe Han Kyung
It was snowing heavily when we reached Bukchon Hanok village. We needed a shelter, that’s when we saw Gahoe Han Kyung. I warned Yin that it was a gallery, but she already went in and I followed her. Inside, we were greeted by a (heated) traditional Korean house themed coffee shop. I was grateful and more so when I saw a sugary looking orange thingy.
Yep, I was right, it’s the traditional dessert. We ordered that, of course; coffee and tea, which came with pumpkin seeds. So yummy! A recommended stop near Gyeongbok Palace.
This last one wasn’t a coffee shop, but it’s my most favorite place and I want to share it with you. It was a teahouse visited by Vi last time she visited Korea.
She made an effort to find it because she wanted to take us there and I am glad she did. The place was quirky! We spent hours here being completely in love with everything. It’s filled with childhood stuff, drawings, board games, and fun novelty stuff that my brain almost exploded out of excitement.
Vi you get me right. Thank you for taking me to this quirky little place.
And that’s that for my Four Things Friday this Friday. I am off to get a dessert and coffee combo. Thank you for reading.