So, my time in Korea is starting to wind down. I really hope you guys have enjoyed seeing where I adventure to and experiencing South Korea's unique cafés along with me! The one I went to this past weekend was very exciting for me because it is the site for the filming of of my all time FAVORITE Korean TV Shows: The First Shop of Coffee Prince. They used this house to film the drama and then turned it into a café and gallery! To get to it, take the subway to Gyeongbokgung station, get out exit 3 and take bus 1020 or 7022 to Buam Dong community center. From there, walk up the hill until you see a brick building housing a café called Espresso Club. Turn left at the building and then keep left at the forked road. You will see tiny signs shaped like little yellow coffee mugs that say "Sanmotoonge." Walk up the mountain about 15 minutes and it's right there!
This café is full of unique sculptures and art installations, and there is a vintage yellow beetle parked right outside! When my friend and I went, there were a lot of extremely well dressed couples as well as men and women in hiking gear taking pictures with it, so I had to wait a little while to pose with it.
The coffee was a little pricey at an average of 8,000KRW but the view of the mountains as well as the unique character of this café make it worth visiting. Not to mention they had all kinds of memorabilia from the show including portraits of the characters, signatures, props, and you could take photos where famous scenes of the drama were filmed (which you know I did.) I got an iced vanilla latte that was very tasty! My friend does not drink coffee so she opted for a hot chocolate. They also had an assortment of cakes which I did not try because at this point in my trip I am on a budget...
On the second floor there is both a lounge and an outside deck. In the lounge there were all sorts o weird statues and a random array of different phones. They had two phones shaped like mouths that, when picked up, would play PSY's Gangnam Style of Crayon Pop's Bar Bar Bar. They had private rooms that parties of 4 could use, and the one in the basement (unfortunately had a sleeping couple in it) had a life-size superman statue, a stack of old TV's, and what I think were brightly coloured winged pig(?) statues affixed to the wall. The basement sort of reminded me of a kid's playroom. There was a shelf full of random hats you could try on as well as a dreamiest and a wooden backyard swing. There were fishtanks, clocks made from soju bottles and kewpie dolls all over the place.