Lists like these are always subjective to some degree, but the helpful folks at 10 Magazine came up with an interesting list…
The Best Coffee Shops in Korea – http://10mag.com/best-coffee-shops-korea
Interestingly, I can vouch for a few of the cafés that made the list. 5 Extracts, Coffee LEC, Coffee Sedona, Jeon Gwang Su (chain), Coffeest, and Club Espresso are all really good. Can’t wait to review them!
And before the list is a mini article on the history of “third wave” coffee in Korea. And at the very top is their original list of the best coffee shops in Seoul. Lots to peruse. 🙂
Unfortunately, here’s another café I barely took notes on. Sorry! 😦
Well, like I said in my first post about Liesgen Haus, I lived in almost semi-rural Cheongdeok-dong, and Liesgen Haus seemed to be the only café there right when I moved there. But nearby my almost empty neighborhood in Cheongdeok was another almost empty neighborhood, also under construction. I walked through here sometimes, especially since there was a nice park with wetlands right beside and “under” it. Overlooking the wetland park, a new house started to take shape. Actually, it had a very interesting shape. Now, houses are pretty rare in Seoul and Gyeonggi-do, the province surrounding Seoul, and are limited to pretty much rich people or semi-empty areas. Cheongdeok-dong was more of the semi-empty area. So I did see a lot of houses go up, and a lot of them had risky and creative shapes. They are quite fascinating, actually, if you have an interest in architecture. This house over the wetlands was a rich brown, and divided in two. And before it was finished, it suddenly sprouted a giant coffee cup from its upper floor. Ah, this house was to be a new café! What a great way to attract attention. So in July I was finally able to visit Gold Bean.
I have a feeling I went alone first, but didn’t write about it. Anyway, I eventually went with some co-workers and tried my first patbingsu, a shaved ice red bean (adzuki in English from the Japanese, “pat” in Korean) dessert that is very popular in Korea in the summer. Gold Bean itself was very nice; almost luxurious actually. It had seating in both halves of the house. The patbingsu was very delicious.
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