Last week, my friend and I spent the day in Seochon, Seoul.
As I was unable to do any shopping because all the stores I visited were closed, I decided to rest my weary feet at a local cafe. After reading about a Seochon cafe on a blog, I wanted to check it out for myself.
Bear Cafe in Hyoja-dong, Seochon Seoul
I wasn't familiar with this alley, but apparently, there are some interesting sights to view here as well.
Outside, it doesn't look like a traditional Korean hanok, but once you step inside, you'll find that it is, in fact, a hanok.
Behind that gate is a hanok that I can see.
Since hanok is a style I particularly enjoy, I immediately began observing my surroundings.
A spacious area was filled with white tables and chairs.
There's a wooden floor area like this.
There was a big glass window in front of the counter where you could pay.
It was unexpected, but... maybe it was because of the rain that they decorated the inside in this way.
There was a wooden floor seat just like this one inside the glass door.
An Americano (4,500won) for me, and an Icecream Latte(6,000) for my friend.
Although I considered ordering dessert, I decided against it because they didn't offer anything that piqued my interest.
While waiting for our drinks, we decided to have a peek inside. Books, phone covers, and phone grips are just some of the items on sale.
I didn't get anything because I already have a bunch of phone grips at home.
Also, there's a sizable table inside
It was all white and tidy, which was good, but I think it would have been more attractive if it had been adorned in the traditional Hanok style.
Inside was a small bookstore as well.
Searching for it afterward, I discovered that it is a cafe owned and operated by the publishing company “Design Ieum”, thus they also sell books and other merchandise.
I see now why they called it a "Book Café."
There were many books, and I intended to look at them more closely; however, I was at my physical limit and needed to find a comfortable seat first.
Bear Cafe has a garden in its backyard.
The temperature was pleasant, neither too hot nor too cold, so we sat outside to take in the scenery.
From where I was seated, I could see the backyard.
The pine trees were beautiful, the flowers were lovely, and the weather was pleasant.
A very big flower...Maybe a peony blossom..?
Next to where we were sitting was an inside table, but there were already people sitting there, so I didn't photograph it. Later on, when it was empty, I took photos.
This is the type of outdoor table where we sat.
It was a little awkward sitting at the low table, but we didn't have dessert anyhow, so we sat down. I never would have sat here if we had dessert or dinner instead of a drink.
Although the coffee tasted fine, I found the serving size to be rather small.
The staff continued putting new things on the wall behind me as I sat there.
Bear Cafe appears to be hosting a ceramics exhibition by Sangho Lee between May 4 and May 29. If time permits, I hope to return during that time.
The Hanok cafe had wonderful vibes and was relatively peaceful. I highly recommend Bear Cafe if you're looking for a hanok cafe in Seochon.
Address : 62 Hyoja-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul OPEN GOOGLE MAP
Phone : +82-70-7775-8001
Operation Hours : Wednesday-Sunday : 11:00 - 19:00 (Mon,Tue closed)
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Writer : parkhj5678
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