We happened upon this glorious Victorian(??) café, which of course had me sold. Totally my cup of tea!
It’s called 공주가사는궁전같은:
As you can see there’s not really an English name, but it baaasically/kinda means “Where a princess would live.” Princess indeed, take a look at that beautiful mirror!
And yes, a good portion of Korean girls love red, RED hair! This shade of red *is* a bit unique, though. Most red-headed Korean girls have burgundy red. Still pretty intense if you ask me.
Moving on~! Allow me me share my café experience with you!
When you walk in, you are greeted by this grandeur staircase:
The chandelier looks really pretty against the background~
Once you climb the staircase, you see a glass cabinet covered with trinkets—one of many such cabinets in this café!
I spy a face~ Can you tell if it’s a boy or girl? XD
Here's the china that was inside that cabinet:
To the left of this cabinet is the counter:
As we came up, the guy promptly asked us: Smoking or non-smoking? The answer is non-smoking! ^^
He led us through what seemed like a maze of narrow walkways and curtains. When we reached a small corner, he pulled back a curtain to expose a tiny booth for two! It consisted of a small table and two sofa chairs. I don’t have any pictures of the booth itself, but here were some of the furniture inside!
The lamp behind my chair:
The lamp on our table. I love the detail!
The vase behind my chair:
Because the booths are side-by-side and only separated by curtains, you can kind of see into their booth~
Here’s a video to give you a better idea! I’m sorry it’s shaky, but at least it gives you an idea! (I’ll do better next time~)
I also managed to peek inside an empty big-sized booth. It was very spacious! Two sofas and two sofa chairs!
View 2: Sofa chair
View 3: Sofa 2
View 4 (further away)
View 5: The curtain that closes off the booth
^ And if you look in the background in this last picture, you can see a whole array of curtains!
And here is another video to give you an idea of the size!
^ Can you just imagine using a telephone like this? *3*
I had asked for a little bit of whip cream on my capaccino…but does this look like a little bit to you?
It was a mountain! Poopy server guy! I know he knew what I meant! Bad man is sabotaging my diet…
Each drink was 8,000KRW, a bit pricier than other cafes. But as someone has told me before, in Hongdae, you pay for the concept! And at least the drinks were yummy!
After 2 hours, we were on our way~ As we left I noticed this portrait by the doorway~
Oh~ I like old Europe!
And some lamps on the other side of the doorway. Actually, you can see the portrait in the reflection!
I’m very picky about this kind of thing because it makes my head hurt. This café is totally worth going to once, but I can’t say I’m excited to go again because of the smoke. I hope you can have better seating than I did~ (Hint: Closer to the bathroom is better, but it’s mostly group seating there!)
Anyways, here’s the address in case you want to go! ^^ It's in Hongdae.
서울특별시 마포구 서교동 364-1
Click here for map.
Would you like to visit this cafe? ^^
P.S. Is it really Victorian? Someone correct me please!