[eat] Best brunch I’ve ever had in Seoul: London Tea @ Apgujeong, Seoul

If I had a wish list of where I want to go before I leave Korea, London Tea must have been there a long long time ago, right on the top of the list. For a person who’d never stepped a foot through London Tea’s door, I sure knew a lot about the place. I knew it’s a pretty popular brunch house, it’s too tiny to be a restaurant, it definitely serves tea because half its name contains the word and most importantly nobody goes home disappointed with their decision of visiting there.  Therefore I decided that it was high time I stopped procrastinating and checked the place out. London Tea, however, went beyond my expectation and it has so far given me the most pleasant experience of eating out in Korea.

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[tea house] Tea time at Tea Terrace @ Hongdae, Seoul

If you wander to the far opposite end of the main road in Hongdae, you’ll be surprised to see that the place carries a totally different vibe from that of the usual Hongdae you’re accustomed to. It is quiet, cosy and naturally better. In the event of showing my cousin around during her trip to Korea, I decided to take her to this part of Hongdae as the first stop (who doesn’t go to Hongdae really) and showed her around as an eager  tour guide. That’s how we stumbled upon Tea Terrace when it was relatively late in the evening. I didn’t want to go in at first, only to be convinced a moment later by my cousin to check this place out. So basically, shoutout to my beloved cousin who made this post into reality ㅋㅋ.

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[cafe] Korean traditional tea at 수요일 @ Insadong, Seoul

As much as I am a big fan of tea, Korean traditional tea had never really been on my must-try or favorite list. For sure I had tried few times before, but more often than not I’d  found Korean tea rather bland and not exactly…tea. Unlike the usual tea made from leaves, in Korea they also make tea from wheat, dry seeds and various fruit herbs which until now, still sounds incredibly weird to me because those kinds of tea don’t have the distinctive flavors we find in this classic drink. Nevertheless the trip I made to Insadong a while ago definitely stirred something different in me and gave me a more positive viewpoint about Korean traditional tea.

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[cafe] The Chloris of Anam: Cafe Labri @ Anam, Seoul

I have found the Chloris of Anam. Chloris–a famous tea/coffee house chain which I have blogged about million times before–is my favorite place for tea in Seoul, but the price tag sometimes does make my heart cry. My substitute, Cafe Labri, located in Anam, though much smaller in size and without as extensive an menu as that at Chloris, has quite a similar vibe with comparable tea quality. The best thing about Labri is, of course, a lower price tag.

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[eat] Simply good: a pastry feast at Simplylife @ Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

Remember that just a few days ago, I confidently declared that I wouldn’t touch anything sweet for at least a month here? Well, I’m a liar. A mere two days after my traumatic experience at Passion, I again somehow found myself all happy and excited to queue for and devour tons of delish pastries at Simplylife–a beautiful bakery shop inside Festival Walk mall (Kowloon Tong station).

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[tea house] Too luxurious… Parlour Haute Cou-tea @ Itaewon, Seoul

The uber luxurious tea house Parlour Haute Cou-tea (http://www.parlour.co.kr; and is it just me or the place’s name is really corny -.-) has been my to-try list for quite a while. I was blown away by beautiful~~~~ pictures of Parlour’s interior on Korean food blogs. Yet, I always felt like I was not ‘cool enough’ to visit such a fancy, extravagant, upscale tea room :-s After my visit to Parlour yesterday, I am quite certain that I don’t belong to that kind of lavish, expensive life anyway >v<

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[tea house] A beautiful tea house: Trinitea @ Edae, Seoul

I must say that I have been spending lots of time looking for nice cafes/tea houses these days. The weather is just too nice to stay at home, yet it is SO sunny and hot that I feel like spending my afternoon in a spacious cafe/tea house with lots of windows and space would be the only sensible thing to do. Fortunately, the Sinchon-Edae area is just packed with numerous cafes/tea houses, among which a few stand out for me when it comes to space. Trinitea is one of them.

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