Bloom and Goûté | 블룸 앤 구떼

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower.”  Nothing else better invokes purity of thoughts than innocence of youth. In this rustic foliage of greens and florals, William Blake’s Auguries of Innocence springs to mind.

Off the beaten track on Gangnam-Gu’s Garosu-Gil is my favorite cafe by a long shot. Bloom and Goûté cafe is an intimate space, tastefully decorated with bouquets of blooming flowers, oak wood tables, chic garlands and housed in exposed brick walls in an independent two-storeyed building. Downstairs, flowers are tended to, bought and sold, along with displays of cakes and other mouth-watering desserts. Upstairs is where the seating spaces run out quickly during the busiest periods.

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The concept of B&G was created by marrying the influences of European cultures. Co-owners Lee Jin-sook studied botany in London while Jo Jung-hee undertook baking in Paris. From classy table settings (one-of-a-kind floral arrangements) to the uniqueness of B&G’s sweet and savoury menu, a European bohemian charm permeates the space, blending beautifully with scents of musk and florals.

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A Maximowiczia and Mint Detox Soda – a Bloom and Goûté Special.20140323-002529.jpg

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Some of B&G’s desserts. They do have the staples such as waffles, salads, sandwiches, but I’m told their special is the homemade strawberry cheesecake.

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I want to lie in a bed of roses and love flowers forever.

534-6 Sinsa-dong Gangnam-gu Seoul
서울 신사동 강남구 545-24
02-545-6659
DAILY 11AM – Midnight

Quick reference:

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

A Twosome Place | 투썸플레이스

Exploring Apgujeong Rodeo Street led me to CGV Cinema at Sinsa-Dong, Gangnam-Gu. This dessert cafe used to be A Twosome Place by 51k, owned by actor So Ji Sub, until the 1st of January this year when this was turned into a normal Twosome Place cafe. Linked directly to the cinema, you can purchase coffee and movie tickets at the same place.

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My strawberry macarons cake…watch as I dissect it slowly till I’ve cured my boredom.

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The TWOSOME is a piece of yummy edible chocolate.20140322-233521.jpg

The top half is my favourite part! The macaron shell.20140322-233528.jpg

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투썸플레이스
1F 602 Sinsa-Dong
Gangnam-Gu, Seoul
Level 1 CGV Cinema

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

Kona Beans | 코나빈스

Hot Chocolate before heading homewards – ain’t I glad Kona Beans Cafe (as well as many coffee chains along Hongdae) are open 24hrs to keep us well-fed on coffee and happiness.

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Kona Beans is heavy on the Hawaiian theme, considering they use a premium Hawaiian roast. There are actual trees in the middle of the cafe, for god’s sake!

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Loving how huge this cafe is, and my piping hot chocolate is slightly salty like salted caramel and dark chocolate. So frickin’ yummy!

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코나빈스 홍대점
353-2 Seogyo-dong Mapo-gu, Seoul
+82 2-322-1777
or
640-9, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
+82 2-543-0070

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

Cafe Organic | 카페오가닉

Junk and instant food is the bane of my existence and yet I’m a sucker for anything that’s quick, ready-to-eat and hence highly-preserved. In a bid to have something less artery-clogging for a change, I had been eyeing this beautiful cafe at its Hongdae location all afternoon. Cafe Organic is a double-storeyed healthy alternative to cafe-style waffles, honeyed bread and fresh-cream pancakes.

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Love these quotes ^^

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With its all-organic coffees and freshly-squeezed juices, its beverages range from 7000KRW to 13000KRW – slightly pricier than the other coffeehouses. The service was excellent though – as I’ve also noticed of most stand-alone cafes as opposed to chain-store coffeehouses.

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My fresh shrimp salad with orange dressing! A really yummy mix of tasty fresh greens and zesty tangerine. It was pretty filling considering the huge portion (but as usual I got hungry pretty quickly again afterwards).

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The salad costs 16000KRW – pretty affordable considering its portions. Would definitely LOVE to come back to try their almond nuts and chicken caesar salad (it was soldout that evening!)

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카페오가닉
마포구 서교동 339-1
339-1 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Tel: 02-332-4650

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean