A while back I mentioned I tried to go to a cafe but it was closed. Well I went again and it was basically empty, thank god! Banana tree is located in Sinsa-Dong. There is only room for about 7 people to sit comfortably, so go early. They open at 12pm. Check out their Facebook for more information.
In the inside the cafe is so cute. It's all about flower pots and gardening, they have a pretty cool concept here. I love all these cafes in Korea they're so unique and fun. I've never seen anything like this in Toronto before but when I go back I will look more for them.
When you walk in you can see a wall filled with post-it notes. Not sure what that is about, I guess people leave messages.
I ordered a cotton candy latte and a strawberry pudding cake. I actually HATE cotton candy I find it disgusting so I didn't actually eat it I just stuffed it into the latte because it melts. But I think the idea is really cool and people who love cotton candy will love this drink. The flower pot is actually the strawberry pudding. How cool is it that it comes in a flower pot? You can also get the desert to go and keep the flower pot.
The flowers and the rocks are not edible. The spoon is even a little shovel, so cute!
It really didn't make sense that I ate desert before I even had a meal, but I wanted to make sure I actually had a chance to get a seat because the cafe is so small. After banana tree I did a little shopping in forever 21. Then I was going to have late lunch at pier 17. I've heard good things about this restaurant so I wanted to check it out, plus it's Cajun. I've never been to an authentic Cajun restaurant in America before but from what I've had back home I liked it.
They also have an oyster bar, but i'm not a fan of oysters anyways so I didn't get any. I am a huge seafood lover, on the menu there is lots of seafood items. I've always wanted to try the seafood boil; corn on the cob, shrimp and crab all boiled together with seasoning, which they have here. Next time I go that will be what I order.
I ordered this drink called Shark Attack. It's just a slushie (frozen daiquiri) with alcohol in it, but what what they do is fill the shallow shark with the red slush then then they get to your table they dump the shark in upside down.
To eat, I ordered the chicken sausage gumbo.. Gumbo is a stew with spicy seasoning, vegetables, rice, meat or shellfish. The portions are pretty big, I couldn't finish most of it. But it was pretty good considering it isn't authentic, but I enjoyed it. I will be back for sure.
The next place I've been meaning to go to was Mustoy. I've read about it on other blog and also it is listed as one of the top things to do in Hongdae. Mustoy is a cafe where you create your own ceramic doll. There are a few different sizes you can chose from, I chose the medium size. But the small and medium are both 15,000 won ($15) and the larger one is 20,000 and it comes with a free drink of your choice. They give you markers and other tools you need to create your own masterpiece. I suck at drawing and I didn't know what to make so I decided I would just a doll of me. Not the best sketch but oh well.
This was a lot harder than initially imagined but it was also fun. There were a lot of couples on dates here. I think it took me about an hour to finish my musppy. They have two types of dolls this size, musppy (girl) and muskky (boy). I haven't worn boys in a long time, but I decided to add a bow to my hair. On my back I even added my tattoo lol.
Here is my finished product from the front.
Doesn't she look like me?
In the cafe they have lots of dolls on display. There are some really good ones in glass cases for people to see.
Here are some of the really good ones, there are even ones that are better.
This is what the outside of the cafe looks like, it's very easy to distinguish. It's very easy to get there too, from Hongik university take exit 9 and walk out straight until you get to the first traffic light. After that you turn left and just seep going straight up the hill until you see Hongik University. At the traffic light turn left, do not cross the street to the university. After you turn left its about a 1 min walk and it's on the left side.
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