Not sure what you’re going to be doing over spring break? Or do you already have set plans: being stuck at hagwon for over ten hours, studying for your AP exams and perhaps even the SATs? It’s okay, I’ve been there too. But don’t worry – I’m sure we can find something for you to enjoy over the well deserved break other than simply repeating what you always do while school is still in session. I’ve got just what you need: a list of four unique and “aesthetically pleasing” cafes you definitely need to visit with your friends over the break!
As the name of this cafe goes, the Style Nanda Pink Hotel gives off vintage hotel vibes, perhaps inspired by the movie, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. As soon as you enter the place, the first thing you will see is the concierge desk with room keys hung on the wall, just like any other hotel. Moreover, as Style Nanda is a fashion brand, you can shop for makeup and clothes from the first floor all the way to the fourth floor at this five stories tall building. The Pink Pool Cafe is located on the fifth floor, where you can enjoy the standard lattes and cappuccinos, as well as their famous cotton candy ice cream. It’s basically a giant fluff of cotton candy placed on top of haagen-daaz ice cream – what more can we ask for? And of course, we can’t forget the rooftop terrace cafe on the sixth floor, the area perfect to take photos with your friends, or to just chill out in general.
On the search for an one and only vibe to experience at a cafe? Then Ferry Roasters is the way to go. Again, as the name of the cafe goes, the interior design of this cafe is mostly inspired by how a cruise ship would look on the inside, with sprinkles of European sentimentality here and there. However, you can also go up to the cafe’s rooftop section where you can relax as you sip your cup of coffee (roasted on the spot!) and munch on your mini donuts, the cafe’s original specialty, while enjoying the great view. In fact, you can even see the Namsan Tower from there! Their popular menus include a drink of espresso added to milk (mixed with herb and vanilla) with a mini donut on top called the tube latte and the chilly choco, which is their hot chocolate with marshmallows on top.
Aren’t flowers pretty much long overdue, after that long, long, winter? I mean, it’s spring time; flowers are a staple when it comes to appreciating this season. So why not check out this flower cafe located in Hongdae? First of all, whether you take a selfie or ask your friend to take a “candid” shot of you at this cafe, the photos are guaranteed to look decent to a certain extent because the background will be that beautiful. It’s not necessarily a quiet cafe, per say, with everybody around you taking photos, but you need those photoshoot days once in awhile! As for popular menus, you should try their strawberry yogurt smoothie or their berry berry mate tea. Once again, a great place to take pictures to blow up your instagram feed!
On the lookout for some mouth-watering dessert? Well, YGiis is a fantastic choice for you. It’s not difficult finding this cafe, as it’s the only place with a white exterior design amongst all the dull colored ones around it, thus easily noticeable to one’s eye. This cafe sells not only the usual coffee menus such as americano and mocha, but also the best choices of a wide range of sweets. Mont blanc, tarts, roll cakes…whatever you’re craving that day, I’m sure YGiis will have that choice of cake for you. Also, don’t forget their most popular menu, their ice cream placed in a cone made out of langue de chat. Langue de chat, French for “a cat’s tongue,” is a French cookie recipe, and it goes perfectly with the milk ice cream!
Spring break may not be exactly what you planned for it to be, with the inevitable amount of studying you have to do, but who says you can’t take a day off from all those brain-frying equations, and the hours you will have to spend on which ways the AD and AS curves shift? #TreatYourSelf to a trip to one of these cafes with your friends, and don’t forget to take some insta-worthy photos! Don’t worry; we’re almost there.
– Leona Maruyama (‘17)
Banners by Crescentia Jung (’19)
Featured Image by Celine Yoon (’19)