I'm never in Seoul during the week, but today I had to go renew my passport since it expires in a few weeks. After doing that I had about 3 hours to kill so I decided to go back to Edae. When I was in Edae this past weekend I tried to go to another cafe called Afternoon Tea but it was packed. So, I went there again today. First, I decided to go to the Hello Kitty cafe in Sinchon.
There are two Hello Kitty Cafe's in Seoul. One in Hongdae and this one, in Sinchon.
I found the lobby to be more spacious than the other cafe. But this cafe is a lot more run down than the Hongdae location. It looks old, the floors look worn out. The walls look worn out. This cafe is also smaller than the other one. I didn't even realize there was upstairs seating until I was on my way out. But even so, the Hongdae location was more appealing than this one. I think the menu is better at this location, the drinks seem a little bit cheaper and they have lunch sets.
Also, at the other location they have the same chairs. I wish I could have one :(
I need to start using my selfie stick more!
All I ordered was a vanilla latte because I wanted to head to another cafe right after. It was so cute with the Merry Christmas written on top of my drink. I will have to go back and visit the Hongdae location because it is moving, which means it'll be newer.
Next stop, Afternoon Tea cafe!
Afternoon Tea cafe is diagonal from Raintree cafe. I saw pictures online and was immediately was attracted to this tea house for two reasons; first, I love tea, second, it looks really cute and I've always wanted to have high tea.
This cafe has a very vintage look and feel to it. Obviously the chairs, tables and sofas look very vintage. But also the room looks vintage. If you ever visit here make sure to walk around the room to look at all the decorations and china.
The menu here is extensive. There are teas from all over the world; from India to England. You can even buy some tea at the front, but its about 2,000 for a tea bag. They have a variety of deserts like scones and pudding. Drinks vary from 6,000~8,000.
I ordered the apple pear tea. I love the way they bring you the tea. The cup is filled with hot water, then when they bring it to you they pour the hot water into a bowl then pour you a cup of tea. The have a hat on the teapot so that it stays hot. But for the sake of my pictures I took the hat off because it was quite ugly. But this made me feel so fancy. All that is missing is some scones. But, I did not get any food because I had already eaten lunch, so I was full. Also, I was in a hurry to go to work.
I could have used some honey or sugar in my tea, but Koreans don't like sugar. It was still good though. I got to see some lovely vintage tea pots and china. The atmosphere was very cozy and cute.
The next time I come here I will make sure to order some scones. It's not a real tea if you don't have scones. I wonder if they also have crumpets...... hmmmm... I need to spend more time here, I was literally here for 20 minutes, major time crunch because of work! If you are a tea lover this is definately a place for you!
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