Takeout Drawing – For inventive AND organic desserts and beverages
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Fancy a very instagrammable cup of coffee? Then the Paul’s Meringue Factory (KRW7500, SGD8.80) from Takeout Drawing is sure to draw attention from your followers. Albeit small, this cutesy cup of espresso with milk topped with a meringue cookie scores in aesthetics. The two-storied café is also full of instagram-worthy corners and walls for that shot. I guess no fancy latte art this time round!
For dessert, I had the Green Tea Dacquoise Cake (KRW8000, SGD9.30) which was decent except for the icy lump of cream in the middle. Good thing that most of the ingredients used for the drinks and desserts here are organic.
683-139 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu
Hangangjin Subway Station Exit 6
Mon – Fri 11am – 11pm
Sat & Sun 12pm – 11pm
Chansbros 2 – For good coffee in a charming yet quiet spot
Chansbros 2 is the second outlet of Chansbros Coffee which is further down the main road. It’s a little hike up a small hill to the second outlet, but all worth the trip as well. Unlike the flagship which boasts a wooden theme, Chansbros 2 features white-washed walls and gives off a minimal feel. This cafe is perfect for solitary reading and relaxing.
I noticed that coffee in Seoul is not cheap, being slightly pricier than that in Singapore. But my Cappuccino (KRW5000, SGD5.85) was smooth and full-bodied, without a bitter aftertaste. So I left feeling satisfied more than ever.
31 Noksapyeong-daero 40-gil, Yongsan-gu
Noksapyeong Subway Station Exit 2
Mon, Wed – Sun 9am – 11pm (closed on Tue)
Beliefcoffee Roasters – For lovers of brick walls and industrial spaces
Over here, it seems as though you will never run out of hipster corners to photograph. From an area completely filled with natural light streaming in through a see-through ceiling to concrete walls lined with shelves of coffee equipment, this café is a wonder to explore. Don’t forget to check out the basement as well… this place is huge, by the way.
For a café that roasts its own beans, you can also expect coffee to be taken pretty seriously here. They also try different blends. No food is served here once again other than some pastries and an array of macarons. Pairing with my Latte (KRW5500, SGD$6.40) were the yuzu and lavender macarons which were surpisingly good, we belief. Pardon for bad grammar.
39 Yanghwa-ro 7-gil, Mapo-gu
Hapjeong Subway Station Exit 2
9.30am – 11.30pm daily
Felt – For the minimalist
I think I found my haven, for this café is white, white and all white. A sleek white Slayer Espresso machine sits atop a white coffee counter together with white acaia coffee scales, and all of these fit perfectly against a backdrop of white-washed walls. Talk about minimalism – there is only a communal bench for visitors and only coffee is served here.
I had the Mocha (KRW6000, $7.10) here which was decent, but I wished they didn’t put sweet chocolate sprinkles on my coffee which hid its true flavor. It is kind of pricey for a mocha too. Perhaps I should have opted for the Latte (KRW3500, $4.10) instead.
2-47 Changjeon-dong, Mapo-gu
Seogangdae Subway Station Exit 2
Mon – Fri 8am – 6pm
Sat & Sun 11am – 6pm
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse – For girly desserts with your girlfriends
(Full review coming soon)
Too many cafes to choose from while wandering in Garosugil? Then you might want to drop by Mr Holmes Bakehouse, which originates from San Francisco. This outlet in Seoul is the only one outside of the United States.
For something more interesting besides the prettier-than-average Scone (KRW3800, SGD4.50) we had, go for the Cruffin (KRW6000, SGD7.10) and Brioche Donut (KRW3800, SGD4.50), both of which are sold in different flavors each day. You can even check out their instagram @mrholmesbakehouse_kr to know the flavors in advance. We had a grape-flavored cruffin (croissant + muffin) and a blueberry and coconut brioche donut that day. Now time to get your instagram video or snapchat ready!
34 Apgujeong-ro 10-gil, Gangnam-gu
Sinsa Subway Station Exit 8
10am – 10.30pm daily