Ok, so I’ve come to accept that I will never be able to see all the unique cafés in Seoul. There are just so many that it would take a lifetime to get through. However, I’m going to see how far I can get.
This week I came across an awesome neighborhood that seems to specialize in industrial style art cafes. The Seongsu area actually makes me think of Brooklyn New York. It’s an area that has several old factories and warehouses, are now modern artsy cafes.
Daelim Warehouse Café is one of those. It is located near the station and consists of an art gallery a café and a restaurant. Inside there are kinetic sculptures and indoor gardens, kept alive by large windows and skylights. There are trees that are growing out of the floor and other pieces of artwork scattered about.
Matthew and I were impressed because inside the café are long wooden tables for you to enjoy a beverage or a meal at. There are also several woodstoves surrounding the café and restaurant which we definitely sat in front of the fire for a good thirty minutes while we warmed up.
They have a wide selection of coffees and teas, and beer. We both opted to have the ginger, masala chai tea. Which was amazing. It was hot, smooth, with the perfect kick of spice.
Although the food is slightly pricey, usually ranging around 20,000 won per plate, it’s worth it. Matthew ordered the fish and chips which as accompanied by perfectly cooked French fries, coconut shrimp, and a small salad.I ordered the beef and mushroom salad. The beef was chopped steak, which was cooked to perfection and the mushrooms absorbed the flavor.
We wandered about the café for a good half hour admiring the art, and the incredible ambiance. We didn’t have to pay an entrance fee, which we think is because we went on a weeknight when the café is not so busy. I do believe that on weekends you have to pay 10,000 won which gives you a free drink at the café, and the extra money is donated to the artists.
This cafe was really interesting, I loved the fact that it was a gallery and cafe combined. The super cool kinetic sculptures were an interesting touch, and you can’t beat an indoor garden. Especially when there are woodstoves to keep you warm and cozy as you enjoy your drink.