Coffee/Tea Break

Cafes in Busan and Seoul, South Korea

We had been to quite a few cafes during this trip, sometimes just to get breakfast for the next morning, and sometimes, we needed caffeine. And our favourite place gotta be…

카반커피 Kavan Coffee

IMG_2385IMG_2384Of worthy mention is this place, where we had the best Cafe Latte (₩3,000) of this trip. Strong, yet smooth, it had that oomph at the very first sip 🙂

The Green Tea Latte  (₩3,500) here was pretty good too.

There are 2 outlets, and the one we visited was near 서면역 Seomyeon Station 西面站 (check out the location map in their website). Do give it a try if you visit Busan!

Website: www.kavancoffee.com (Facebook)

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남대문시장 Namdaemun Market 南大門市場 @Seoul, South Korea

IMG20170406134129One of the largest traditional market in South Korea, 남대문시장 Namdaemun Market 南大門市場 has been opened since 1964.

There are stores that serves as wholesale markets (starts from 11pm to next day wee hours), as well as retail sections (some stores start from 9am onwards, with push carts coming out closer to 11am).

With more than 10,000 stores, all sorts of stuff can be found here, including clothing, accessories, toys, kitchenware, etc. Of course, there are plenty of food options as well, from snack stalls to cafes and eateries. It seemed impossible to finish seeing and eating in one day.

Since we were staying quite near 남대문시장 Namdaemun Market 南大門市場, we popped over quite a number of times for eating and shopping. In fact, hubby even managed to haggle a little for cheap men’s socks 😮 (Though we did see even cheaper ones at Dongdaemun…)

First thing we did was to get a map of the Namdaemun Market at the Information Centre near Exit 5 of 회현 Hoehyeon Station 會賢站 (Subway Line 4, Station Number 425), or you can get a copy from here. We also spotted staff stationed at different areas to help lost tourists.
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명동 Myeongdong 明洞 @Seoul, South Korea

IMG_2489IMG_2437One of the most popular shopping district in Seoul, 명동 Myeongdong 明洞 is a great place for eating and shopping. We popped over here quite a few times, both in the day and the night, and did some shopping (lugged back tons of face masks), and lots of eating (plenty of restaurants and street food). Happy people, less happy wallet, less less happy feet 😛

It was surprisingly quiet during the day, perhaps due to the period that we went, and it felt relatively stress-free. The crowd appeared when the street market opened in the evening.

In addition to 놀부Nolboo Budae Jjigae 樂伯部隊鍋 and 오우가 Ouga 五友歌, we have also tried:

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Foxhole Cafe @The Midtown

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Foxhole Cafe at The Midtown (previously Hougang Plaza) was really a well-hidden place, for we got lost trying to look for it 😛

Once we went up to the lovely second storey with the whimsical unicorn mural and cosy environment, we did not feel like leaving anymore 😛

The drinks menu was quite interesting, and I got myself a refreshing Acai, Cranberry & Pomegranate Juice ($6.90). Hubby thought that his Iced Latte ($4.50) was just alright. We also shared a Blueberry Muffin ($4.90), which was moist and soft, but a little too sweet for us.

Overall, it was quite a lovely place to chill out 🙂

Contact:

  • Location: 1189 Upper Serangoon Road, The Midtown #01-18 S(534785)
  • Website: www.facebook.com/foxholecafe
  • Hrs: 11am – 9pm (Mon, Wed-Thu), 11am – 10pm (Fri), 10am – 10pm (Sat-Sun, PH)
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The Tiramisu Hero Cafe @Jalan Besar

2017-01-30 14.35.16After our sumptuous brunch, we went to stroll off the calories and eventually ended up at Tiramisu Hero. It looked like it was going to rain soon, so that was the perfect excuse for us to enter the cafe 😛

This was a cosy little cafe with cutesy decorations, and Sir Antonio, the cafe’s mascot, was really cute too 🙂

Once we were comfortably seated, we got ourselves Belgian Waffles ($7), and the original MommaHero ($7.50) tiramisu.

It was really pleasant that they took note of our special request to put the honey by the side and to skip the icing. We loved the waffles that was crispy on the outside, and fluffy on the inside!

In fact, we preferred the waffles to the tiramisu, as the ladyfingers were a bit dry, and the overall taste was a tad too sweet for our liking. Hubby also had a Caffe Latte ($5.50), which he thought was pretty alright.

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​Barista Jam @Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

2016-12-13 09.07.41After an awesome congee breakfast, we were walking along Jervois Street back to our hotel to check-out, and sighted Barista Jam!

So obviously we must try the coffee here. But besides coffee, Barista Jam’s menu also includes breakfast, pastries, pastas, salads, and sandwiches, and serves them in a cozy, chic place with friendly baristas.

I tried a Skinny Latte (HK$36) and it was pretty good! A pity our stomach capacity was limited or we would try out some of the pastries! 🙂

Contact:

  • Location: Shop D, G/F, 126-128 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan 上環蘇杭街126-128號地下D舖 (Google Maps)
  • Nearest MTR: Island Line Sheung Wan Station 港島綫上環站 (Take Exit A2 and walk 5 mins)
  • Website: www.facebook.com/baristajamhk
  • Hrs: 8am – 6pm (Tue-Fri), 10am – 6pm (Mon, Sat), 11am – 6pm (Sun)
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​義順牛奶公司 Yee Shun Milk Company @Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

2016-12-12 15.10.16After our hearty lunch, we strolled to 銅鑼灣 Causeway Bay, and found ​義順牛奶公司 Yee Shun Milk Company… Perfect timing for a break 🙂

It was mandatory to order an item each, so we ended up with:

  • 馳名雙皮燉奶 Double-layer Steamed Milk (HKD$32): It was such a hot day today, so we opted for the cold version. Smooth, rich and not overly sweet, it was a lovely dessert on a hot day!
  • 雞蛋三文治 Egg Sandwich (HKD$20): This was pretty normal, with the egg not too dry, and strangely, there was a slight hint of peanut butter sauce…

 

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金鳳茶餐廳 Kam Fung Cafe @Wan Chai, Hong Kong

2016-12-10 18.16.38We had wanted to try the polo bun with butter and milk tea here, but alas, by 6pm, the polo buns were already sold out. Since the minimum order was a drink per person, we decided on:

  • 原裝凍奶茶 Iced Milk Tea (HK$20): This was served cold without ice, and it was smooth and strong and not overly sweet. Since there were no ice cubes, the tea remained flavourful throughout. A really lovely cup of milk tea!
  • 熱檸啡 Hot Black Coffee with Lemon (HKD$20): Hubby did not add any sugar to his drink, so it was a very interesting blend that was aromatic, bitter and sour.

Being near to closing time, it was relatively quiet and we had a relaxing time chilling in the little bench seats with our drinks, in this little quaint place.

Contact:

  • Location: 灣仔春園街41號春園大廈地下 G/F, Spring Garden Mansion, 41 Spring Garden Lane, Wan Chai (Google Maps)
  • Nearest MTR: Island Line Wan Chai Station 港島綫灣仔站 (Take Exit B2 and walk 4 mins)
  • Hrs: 6am – 7pm
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​Coco Espresso @Central, Hong Kong

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After our sinful but yet satisfying brunch at 一樂燒鵝 Yat Lok Restaurant, we decided to have coffee nearby before continuing our food trail.

This was Coco Espresso’s 4th branch in Hong Kong, opened in 2015. They started their first Coco in 2007 at Queen’s Road Central and expanded since in Hong Kong island with its cozy industrial-look interior and nice coffee.

It was quite packed, and we decided to just stand and share a skinny latte (HK$35) by the long counter table. Thankfully, a couple of stools became available while we waited for our drink.

It was a smooth and moderately strong cup of coffee with a slightly acidic undertone.

Note: Water and WiFi were available for free.

Contact:

  • Location: 中環士丹利街50號信誠廣場地下D舖 Shop D, G/F, World Trust Tower, 50 Stanley street, Central (Google Maps)
  • Nearest MTR: Island Line Central Station 港島綫中環站 (Take Exit D2 and walk 5 mins)
  • Website: cocobarista.com (Facebook)
  • Hrs: 8am – 7pm (Mon-Fri), 9am – 7pm (Sat-Sun)
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美都餐室 ​Mido Cafe @Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong

20161209_1653262016-12-09 17.41.39Since we were in the nostalgic mood today with 蓮香樓 Lin Heung Tea House in the morning, we figured we should continue with the mood at 美都餐室 Mido Cafe.

A short but lovely ferry ride from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui, plus a short walk later, we arrived at 美都餐室 Mido Cafe!

We went up to the second floor, and as we walked, we were transported back in time, with the traditional tiles and old-school windows. The seating was very spacious, which was really quite rare in Hong Kong!

It was a quiet time at 4+pm, and we just chilled out with a 凍鴛鴦 Iced Yuanyang and 凍奶茶 Iced Milk Tea (HK$20 each). The drinks were nothing to shout about, and the minimum spending was HKD$20 per person. Food items seemed rather expensive (not sure if the portions were huge), but since we were planning to have dinner at 四季煲仔飯 Four Seasons Claypot Rice nearby, so we did not bother trying any.

Contact:

  • Location: 油麻地廟街63號地下 G/F, 63 Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei (Google Maps)
  • Nearest MTR: Tsuen Wan Line Yau Ma Tei Station 荃灣綫油麻地站 (Take Exit C and walk 4 mins)
  • Hrs: 9am – 9pm (rest on Wed)
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