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

Cafe Da Vinci Coffee | 다빈치 커피

Nestled in the artsy-fartsy district of Hongdae (my favourite place in Seoul) is Cafe Da Vinci Coffee, where works of the celebrated artist come alive within these four walls. In this area, there’s practically a coffee-house at every turn. Cafe Da Vinci’s intricate wall art and clear polystyrene sheltered patio caught my attention. The primacy of coffeehouses as a social space in South Korea has pushed cafes towards extreme creativity in a bid to create outstanding concepts. Da Vinci’s coffeehouse retains its customers by being a chainstore semi-giant that produces good coffee and a solid menu of honey breads, bagels, waffles, sandwiches and cakes.

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Just me and my latte on a cold late-winter Thursday afternoon ^^

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마포구 서교동345-17
Mapo-Gu Seogyo-Dong 345-17

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

she’s all the lifeboats you need

Hands up if you’ve got an eternal crush on Jack Dawson.
leonardo

“Well, yes, ma’am, I do… I mean, I got everything I need right here with me. I got air in my lungs, a few blank sheets of paper. I mean, I love waking up in the morning not knowing what’s gonna happen or, who I’m gonna meet, where I’m gonna wind up. Just the other night I was sleeping under a bridge and now here I am on the grandest ship in the world having champagne with you fine people. I figure life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it. You don’t know what hand you’re gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you… to make each day count.” – Jack