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.
A month later I was on the local yellow bus to Jukjeon. And behind every seat there was a little advertisement like this:
I thought, uh oh! They’re throwing down the gauntlet in Cheongdeok and really starting the competition with Liesgen Haus. I think by then I had already gone there or walked by there, looked inside, and made my grand assessment. You see, even if the coffee was delicious or the place was really nice, all the customers I saw there were ahjummas! Basically these are older married Korean ladies with lots of time on their hands. Some ahjummas have a bad reputation, but that’s really another story for other blogs and websites. 😉 But yeah, I was a young and single guy, and I like my cafés to have a different, more diverse, clientele. So no offense to Gold Bean, but if most of your customers are ahjummas, I plan to go there very rarely. I think I went once more in the middle of winter because I had no other choice. But nice coffee and treats, and really nice place.
Here’s a link to a Google Map to find Gold Bean.
And here’s a link to a Naver Map (coming soon when I can figure out how to get one again!).
Final verdict: ***