Cafe hopping around Seoul

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Federica P.

Federica P.

Hello friends, I’m currently writing from a cute café in Insadong, so I wanted to tell you about my café hooping experience.

Before coming to Korea I knew that the coffee shop culture was really interesting. There are so many cafes and they all have unique interior design ambient, as well as themed cafes or places where you can paint or create a key chain for example. 

Personally, I really like exploring these coffee shops as I really like the inside atmosphere. I enjoy drinking both coffee and tea, and here in Korea you can plan to go and actually hang out and catch up with friends, or study. When I’m in the US I feel like “going to get coffee” means grabbing a drink and going back. While I enjoy spending time with my friends in the cozy atmosphere of a café, as it is what I would usually do back home in Italy.

Unfortunately though, coffee can be expensive so I try to go no more than twice a week. I mostly go during the weekend, or I usually do a study café date with one of my friends. We both have a long list of places we want to go in different areas, so that is a way to explore too. We drink coffee, go to different places, hang out and study at the same time. That is why I always look forward to Thursday, as it is the day we do it.

We’ve been in a few different areas that are usually a 20 minutes bus ride from our dorm, but there are so many options. We just walk around and choose a place that looks nice to concentrate and has a nice atmosphere. We’ve been to Insadong, Sinchon, Yeonnam, Hapjeong. And I really cannot choose which is my favorite one. When I have more time though, I’ve always gone a bit farther: Gangnam, Itaewon, and in the Seoul Forest area.

Last week, we decided to go to the famous 2D-themed café and it was so much fun. We took so many pics and enjoyed the time there. We also wanted to go to a different café where you could make personalized keychains or mochi, however, they were both closed. We ended up exploring and finding a nice rooftop café. The weather was really nice so I had a great time hanging out with my friends while sharing our thoughts about our experience here in Korea. 

I really discovered so many new places, because I went to a café in that area. Besides, I love walking so I just explore around and pin everything that interests me on the map, so that I can go back another time. I believe that is the best way to get to know places and culture as well. As some areas are more international and in other ones you can see mostly Korean and traditional things.

I don’t usually try many new things so enjoy my cappuccino or green tea photos, as well as the beautiful atmosphere in the café! Until next time,

Ica 

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