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Korean Cafe Culture: 3 Cafes by Gangnam Station Worth Visiting

Posted on Thu, Apr 12, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Cafes, cafes everywhere. Huge chains. Themed paradises. Underground gems. One never needs to look too far to find a place to enjoy a cup of coffee and a cute, delicious array of desserts. It is truly one of the charms of Korean culture. Cafes are places to study, work, catch up with friends, or get to know a new love interest. In the mornings, cafes offer a peaceful environment to work, study or wake up with a strong brew. The atmosphere completely changes once it hits around 5PM, and everyone is meeting friends and lovers after work or school. All cafes become packed. One must first find a seat, reserve it, then order. Employees tone down their establishment’s lights and change their playlist for proper socializing.

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Tags: Cafes, Gangnam Style, Gangnam, Gangnam Station, coffee, coffee shop, coffee in Korea, culture

Korea & Its Cafes: Animal Edition

Posted on Mon, May 12, 2014 @ 05:47 PM

Cafe culture in Korea is taken seriously -- cafes are on every corner in my neighborhood. In addition to your run of the mill coffee shops, cafes with specific themes abound. I've posted previously about my visits to a board game cafe and the Mustoy cafe, but I have to admit, when I came to Korea, I was the most excited about the availability of a cafe theme I hadn't encountered before: animals.

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Tags: coffee in Korea, cafes in Korea, dog cafes in korea, things to do before leaving korea, doggy cafe, Cafe, Dr Fish, coffee shop, tourist attractions, coffee, cat, Cafes, tourist spots in Korea, Activities to do in Korea

Standing Coffee: I found the best coffee in Seoul, Korea.

Posted on Mon, Oct 14, 2013 @ 02:44 PM

Here is a vlog (video blog) from my favorite coffee shop in Seoul that stands out from the rest!

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Tags: seoul, Itaewon, Cafe, coffee shop, coffee, Noksapyeong, Standing coffee, blue lemonade, alcohol

5 Things I Love about Cafe Bene in Korea

Posted on Fri, May 24, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

I’ve been in Korea close to 12 months already.  Over the past 11 months, I’ve come to appreciate many of what Korea has to offer to foreigners like myself who choose to live and teach in Korea for a year or more.  Personally, I think that the year I’ve been in Korea was well spent.  Although I’ve spent much of my time alone, I feel that I’ve come to know myself much better as a result.  Korea offers foreigners the chance to explore Asian culture, a comfortable lifestyle, a decent income and a welcoming attitude.  What more could you ask for?  One of my favorite places to go during my downtime, Cafe Bene.  Here’s why.

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Tags: coffee in Korea, Relaxing in Korea, cafes in Korea, coffee shop

Breakfast in Korea? Donuts, donuts, and more donuts...

Posted on Sat, May 11, 2013 @ 03:00 PM

Well there goes my diet....As I prepared to leave Korea after teaching English at Chungdahm for over a year, I became motivated to hit the gym and watch what I eat so that I return to the United States looking fit and trim. At the beginning of this year, I made up my mind to walk to the gym/sauna every morning, work out for an hour or two, and then walk to school to teach. I devised a healthy diet consisting of three solid, healthy meals that I would prepare at home each day. It was the perfect plan....

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Tags: Korea, coffee shop, convenience store, breakfast in Korea, teaching at Chungdahm, teaching in Korea, Transportation in Korea

How To: Throw Out Garbage in Public in Korea

Posted on Sat, Apr 27, 2013 @ 03:07 PM

While teaching English in Korea, I've discovered different rules for every day acts. The strict garbage rules in Korea require you to separate your garbage into different colored bags (based on your local area) which was mentioned in a previous blog post. Who would have ever thought that they would be so strict in public also? I wouldn't call it being strict, but more of ecological. I am totally in love with the concept and it does help to make it easier for those working in food locations to take out the garbage in an easier and cleaner way. Plus, it promotes being green and I love it !

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Tags: Korea, coffee shop, garbage, clean, ecofriendly, food in Korea

Hello Kitty Cafe in Korea, For the Little Girl at Heart

Posted on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 @ 03:41 PM

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Tags: hongdae, coffee shop, Hello Kitty, Cafe, tourist attraction

Fish Pedicure Over a Cup of Coffee in Korea!

Posted on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

Dr. Fish is a different kind of cafe in Gangnam, Seoul. It is by far my favorite place to have a cup of coffee and a quick Pamper Me Pretty session. Although the prices are a little higher than other cafes in town, it is the best place for a bunch of English teacher girls to bond and share thoughts over. I suggest going to visit with a  group of girls and sharing the experience of this unique cafe. To make up for the prices of drinks, they offer a free self service of bread and jams that you can heat up. 

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Tags: Gangnam, Cafe, only in Korea, fish pedicure, pedicure, Pamper Me Pretty, Dr Fish, coffee shop

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