I love a cafe that commits to it’s theme 100%. This 4-storey cafe is an experience somewhat akin to Universal Studios. Every corner of this cafe eminates Harry Potter, from the wall of wands to the owl cages to the creepy dementor on the 2nd floor… Each floor has it’s own mini-theme, such as the grand banquette hall, the dormitory or the tavern. The tavern is a bar that’s open in the evenings which we didn’t get the chance to try, but we did have the chance to to have some magical coffee and butterbeer! The drinks were really well-made and while the coffee is fairly average quality for Korea the menu is really imaginative and you can try some really unique drinks here.
We chose to spend most of our time on the dormitory floor because we could have our drinks on one of the beds and it was really fun and casual. At the time it was drizzling rain all day and it made Seoul feel a little alike London~
Also, if you know what your Hogwarts house is it’s time to dress up! There are wizard robes and scarves that you can wear and take pictures in. Both times that I’ve been here the robes were high in demand and you usually to wait a while until they’re free.
The only thing this cafe is missing is Dobby. But I understand that’s not possible hehe
Drinks: 4 / 5
Atmosphere: 5 / 5
Service: 3.5 / 5
Price: 4 / 5
Their facebook: https://m.facebook.com/pages/943-Kings-Cross-Harry-Potter-Cafe/2261607894070870
What seemingly is an ordinary but cute vintage vending machine is actually the door to a cafe!
It’s a really fun vintage atmosphere which is totally opposite to the traditional feeling of the city outside. We got here by exiting the Mangwon station (망원역) and walking a few blocks away from exit 2. The entrance is impossible to miss! Also, usually you’ll see a small crowd of people waiting to pose in front of the door so it can take a while to actually get inside!
The desserts here are amazing. I’ve gone twice and first ordered the orange crepe and then the second time around I ordered the tiramisu cake. The crepes took a long time to make but we really appreciated the care and effort the workers took to make them. You could tell they really cared about the result and it turned out to be unforgettably delicious. It was verrry close tie to my grandma’s special grand mariner orange crepes :). We had different milk tea’s to complement our fancy breakfast’s and they were very high quality and lovely to drink. Although it’s expensive (the crepes are around 10 000원 or more), all of the things I’ve tried here are just as tasty as they look which can be rare to find!
Coffee / Tea: 4 / 5
Atmosphere: 4.5 / 5
Food: 5 / 5
Service: 4.5 / 5
Price: 4 / 5
Until next time~
Ever since my first trip to Korea a few years ago I became motivated to learn how to cook Korean-style food. I did it mainly to bring back the memories of being there and also because it’s so so tasty. Korean culture believes that food is more than just something to eat – it’s seen as medicine for the body and also gives a reason for family and friends to gather and talk and share the experience of eating together. In fact it’s so integral to the culture that in the language “밥을 먹었어요?” (Have you eaten?) is equivalent to saying “how are you?” In English.
In Seoul we journeyed to a less touristy part of the city in Dongdaemun and ordered ingredients in a local market and cooked together as a part of a tour called OME Cooking Lab. The tour guide was so friendly and guided us through the winding alleys of 경동시장, which is a HUGE market spanning around 300 000m. I still feel intimidated navigating the different markets in Korea so it was nice to have someone to rely on to find what we needed and to also find our way back without getting lost. 🙂
Once we reached our cute little workshop room, we made several different recipes- bulgogi (불고기), kimbap (김밥), soft tofu stew (순두부찌개), spicy rice cakes (떡볶이), five-grain rice (오곡밥), and green onion pancakes (파전). We managed to make this whole feast with the guidance of our guide and her 엄마 in just over an hour. Personally I loved the rice cakes and soft tofu stew because of all the vegetables we added and the fact that it was spicy. During the colder months spicy food is just so comforting and brings warmth back after a day spent outside. Especially with makgeolli (막걸리) 😋
Here’s a link to the tour we went on:
My Canadian friends and I went to Seoul during my winter break and one of the things we decided to do was to rent hanboks (한복) and walk around Gyeongbok palace. We had went there once before in 2017 but never had the chance to wear hanboks before, and it honestly made the experience way more special. The history of the palace is incredibly interesting and it felt like you’re walking back in time the deeper into the palace you get. The palace was built during the Joseon Dynasty in the year 1395 and has undergone a lot of changes from how it was originally, and it’s interesting to see how the buildings were built and what they were intended for.
Some buildings are dedicated just for royalty and you can notice the difference because some will have intricately painted walls with vivid colours in comparison to others which are unpainted and undecorated. Some buildings were dedicated only for specific purposes, for instance there’s one building that’s set by a gorgeous pond which was made just for the Queen to relax by herself when she needed to. Also, I thought it was so ingenious that the buildings are built with interlocking wooden beams instead of using nails. Every part of each building was pieced together like an intricate puzzle and the measurements had to be so precise for it to be built stabley.
Warning: hanboks are a little difficult to wear if you’re plus size. Our had to be pinned down to accommodate for our curviness. There may be a hanbok rental shop with different sizes, but the one we used was free size. However on the plus side they did our hair for free, so we only had to pay around 15 000원 for 3 hours and the entrance fee to the palace was free! It wasn’t much to pay for a great experience.
Here’s a link to some history of 경복궁!
Till next time~
나중에 봐요~ 🙂