hey babo! I'm going to ewha this summer to do korean, and I was hoping you could recommend your favorite studying/chilling spots (cafes, parks, etc) in the sinchon/hongdae area. thank you and congrats on graduating :~) also just curious, what's the most delicious meal you've had in seoul?
- Cafe de Comics is a manhwa cafe with cats roaming around. All the manhwa is in Korean, but since you’re studying the language it might appeal to you. (Good reading practice.) You can get tea, coffee, sodas, ramen, chips, honey bread, even fried rice and a few other simple meals to eat while you read. There’s one in Hongdae as well, but I prefer the Sinchon one personally.
- Cafe Brary Air is a study cafe that’s airplane themed and it has lots of little cubicles for serious cramming, dead silent, perfect for midterms/finals if you really need a place to focus.
- A to Z Cafe has some fun drink options, little pricey but they serve mini pretzels or snacks with your drink and the atmosphere is good and kind of quirky.
- Cafe Ice Berry (not to be confused with the regular Ice Berry which is right next door) is really cheap but the drinks are so yummy. Mint oreo lattes, fancy strawberry milk, bingsoo cups that are perfect for 1-2 people in case you’re there studying alone but want a treat.
- Chloris Tea Room is very frilly and victorian-looking, fun options for teas and ades, just all around really pretty. The first floor is good for chatting with friends and the second floor is better for studying – a bit quieter with comfy armchairs. There’s one in Sinchon as well.
- Cafe the Nora is very pretty, girly, good milkshakes, give you little lollipops with your drink, a little pricey but nice airy, open space, great for chilling or studying.
- 상상마당 카페 awesome chic atmosphere, has waiters who take your order (a lot of them are rly cute), it’s pretty dark inside (*mood lighting*) and not recommended for studying but great for grabbing a coffee with friends and feeling fancy.
- Cafe DropTop has great bingsoo and a nice, sort of posh, modern, clean atmosphere, kind of like a hotel.
- Cafe Comma has floor to ceiling bookshelves (with ladders to climb to the top shelves and everything) so you can read while you enjoy your beverage or just soak up the cool, grand library-esque feel.
Hongdae has sooo many really great cafes though, I can’t even begin. If I were you, I’d just walk around, wander off the main street a bit and see what you find. Crepe cafes, ice cream parlors, famous bingsoo places. So, so, so many. I like to try a new one each time I go. Try the Sangsu area too which is right behind the NB2 side of Hongdae. It’s really famous for its small, unique cafes.
I’ve eaten so much good food in Seoul I don’t even know how to choose a single best meal.ㅜㅜ I’m sorry. I spent a solid twenty minutes thinking about this, trying to decide, but all it did was make me really really really hungry;;