MANY friends and colleagues around me are beyond excited for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics… Don’t get me wrong, that is massively exciting, but right now what is really lighting my olympic flame so to speak is a competition and international challenge of a different format…The olympics of coffee is here.
Cafes are constantly sprouting up everywhere in Seoul. I recently came across a photo of a new café
on Instagram that I knew I just HAD to visit. Sometimes a cafe looks better on Instagram than it does in real life. Thankfully, The Paper Company Cafe is not one of these.
This year’s Korean thanksgiving vacation, Chuseok, has landed somewhat perfectly on the lunar calendar, resulting in a 10 day vacation for most. Usually this vacation lasts 3 days. Many of us (myself included) have not booked luxurious vacations abroad and will most likely be staying in Korea for this vacation. If you were lucky enough to get an airfare ticket that won’t break the bank, good for you!! Airfare skyrockets (pun intended) during this holiday season. What is my plan for Chuseok? I will be having a vacation in South Korea… A ‘STAYcation”. I have family coming to visit me from South Africa and I’m BEYOND excited.
So, I did some scouting around and contacted some of my favourite hot spots (핫플레이스) in Seoul to see who will be open during the extended Chuseok vacation. Below is a list of places
If you love learning about new cultures, chances are you will love Hanok, a Korean traditional style architecture. Why are Hanoks so intriguing and beautiful? This style of architecture gives thought to nature and its surroundings. They are known for having an eco-friendly function and healing effects.
Raw materials such as timber, oil and rock are used in the construction of Hanok. Hanok’s have their own tiled roofs (Giwa), wooden beams and stone-block construction. Cheoma is the edge of Hanok’s curvy roofs.
Summer in South Korea is a time when a lot of us feel overwhelmed by the humidity and want to hide away at home, shaded away from the heat. Fortunately for you, Seoul is PACKED with great cafes perfect to chill in this summer. I scouted around over the last month (or more) to find my 5 favourite summer chill cafes. Ranging from aircons blasting to rooftop bars, you will definitely find good interiors, good coffee and good vibes at these cafes.
Hello lovely Byrds!
Today I thought I would share my two must visit cafes in Cape Town. Today is May 25th, Africa Day! Africa is the home of coffee and some pretty amazing cafes! Cape Town, aka, the Mother City sure raised some great cafe kids. Skinny Legs Cafe and Rosetta Roastery & Cafe are two must visits!
Watch the video below to see more about my fun time visiting both of these cafes.
A slice of cake with a slice of history
What was meant to only be one cup of coffee turned into a foodie exploration of Suwon, South Korea. Coffee and sumptuous cake with the most AMAZING views ever of the Hwaseong Fortress (Unesco World Heritage Sight), followed by deliciously cheesy pizza and a beer.
First stop in Suwon, Cafe One More…
Yay yay It’s FINALLY spring in South Korea. I arrived in Korea at the beginning of winter and my immune system went on strike. I’ve been so sick with all sorts of horrible things (Tinnitus, Tonsillitis, Bronchitis etc!) Thankfully I’m on the mend and this weekend was time for me to venture out in to the sunshine and smell the sweet aroma of newly blossomed blooms. After walking around Bongeunsa Temple, I opted for cake for brunch (obviously) and a delicious spring inspired beverage.
Watch the blog below to see all of the fun and beauty.
Saturday in Gangnam is always a great idea – there is so much to see, and do, Gangnam Style! A friend recently celebrated her birthday with brunch at Cafe Able, which boasts a fresh feel and great food. The café or, more suitably called, bistro, is situated in Sinsa-dong, Gangnam. The steak salad and creamy mushroom risotto I shared with the birthday girl was sublime. I luv luv their GINORMOUS coffee cups – think of all that brown gold in one cup! Yet, on the day, I opted for something without caffeine, (SHOCK horror!) but those who ordered a coffee said it was delicious.
The two storeyed building boasts minimal, but fresh, décor with exposed brick and pretty, floral, accents. I could so get used to lounging like les bourgeouise on the massive, plush bottle green seating while munching on the array of menu options, such as risottos, pizzas, omelettes, eggs benedict, etc.
If you value fresh, wholesome food then you will find dining at Cafe Able hugely satisfying. Their approach is one of focusing on the food, not the frills. Their signage even says, “Ugly but sweet.” Although this is a far cry from the truth, it is a testament to their unpretentious approach to quality and tasty ingredients. You do, however, pay a premium for the fresh and natural choices, with prices a little heavier than I expected (constantly converting Korean won into South African rands (in my mind) only makes matters a whole lot worse).
The harsh winter and lack of sunshine make the roof top garden at Café Able a little dreary and downcast (like me in winter – gimme some Vitamin D3 love). Apparently, it’s a lot sprightlier in other seasons (me too!). I’m planning to visit again in spring, and can already visualize myself al fresco, slowly sipping a massive latte.
Yummy looking crunchies and cookies can be bought as a take home treat, even though they are more likely to become ‘padkos’ (road food) on the journey home.
You can find Cafe Able at 12 Apgujeong-ro,14gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul.
How to get there: Take a train to Apgujeong station and come out at exit 5. Walk straight and turn left into the fifth road from the station (the one before Garosugil). Walk down this road for just over one block, and on your right you will find Cafe Able on the second floor of the building. Visit their Facebook page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/ableablecafeable/
You can watch the blog from my day in Gangnam above.