Four Go-to Cafes Over Spring Break

Coffee and Friends: The Perfect Blend!

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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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)

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Featured Image by Celine Yoon (’19)

Sarah Chin’s Guide to Becoming a Regular

I’ll have the usual.

Imagine this scenario:

You walk into your favorite cafe and smile at the worker, whose name you know to be, let’s say, Jimmy. 
You say, “Hey Jimmy, I want my regular today.”
Jimmy smiles and says, “Hi! It’s good to see you again. Sure, no problem. Oh hey, we got a new menu item today. I’ll just throw it in for free, only for you, what do you say?”
You laugh and say, “Thanks Jimmy! You’re the best! I’ll see you later!”
Take a deep, comforting sigh, because you know this is where you belong.

 

Becoming a regular customer at a cafe or restaurant. It’s everyone’s dream, right? But getting noticed by the workers requires a lot of commitment. Don’t worry, it’s not that much work! (Trust me, this is from years of experience.) Here are some steps you can follow so that you can start getting all that free food!

1. Pick the right place.

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This is actually the most important step. You need to find a restaurant or a cafe that is perfect for you. Now, it can’t just be anywhere. You need to think about the location, taste, and price. Ask yourself ‘Will I really eat here often?’ Pick a place near your home, school, or hagwon, basically a place where you can make it a routine to go to. But remember to make sure that you enjoy the food they sell, and avoid selecting places that have a limited menu (because you’re going to be eating there pretty often). Lastly, think of the price, and find a place that doesn’t charge 7,000 won for a cup of mediocre coffee. Basically, don’t choose that 5-star restaurant two hours away. Go for the nearest coffee shop you would love to study in! Carefully consider your options, and go with your gut feeling!

2. Smile at the workers!

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Okay, you’ve entered your chosen destination, and now you have to make the best first impression you could possibly make in your life. This is the start! So, before you say anything, smile at the workers, laugh if something funny happens, and follow up on any jokes that they tell. This will take a lot of effort, but you have to show that you are an open, welcoming person. Have fun with this, and things will just start to flow.

3. Return often, and at regular times.

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In order to become a regular customer with the benefits, you have to put in some work of your own. Invest in the restaurant or cafe, and visit their shop frequently! Even if you swing buy to buy something on the go, the workers will remember that and start to realize what a valuable customer you are! Also, it helps to visit at specific times. That way, the same workers will most likely be there, and thus they will be more likely to remember you.

4. Be memorable.

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You have to differentiate yourself from all those other customers who don’t come regularly like you do. It might be hard for employees to recognize you otherwise. So, first, wear memorable attire. Whether it be a backpack, a big jacket, sweatpants, or a hat, make sure that you wear something consistently whenever you visit the shop. If they have trouble recognizing your face, they will definitely recognize your clothes. It could even be a cool conversation-starter! Second, you could make memorable impressions through your actions. It’s simple, just do something that other customers don’t! For example, you could trip, drop your money, or speak a different language. Even though it might be embarrassing, it will definitely catch the eyes of the employees. Lastly, you need to order consistently as well. However, there is a more complex aspect to this strategy. Order something consistently, but make it a unique item. For example, if you want a vanilla latte, you could say “vanilla latte with extra cream” or “iced vanilla latte with less ice and more milk”. Then you’ll be ingrained in their memories forever, and every time you come, your ‘regular’ will be that quirky, unique item.

5. Make them know you’re worth it!.

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You have to prove to the workers that you are worth investing in! Nothing is better than a customer who attracts other customers, right? So, bring your friends along! Plus, you can act more natural when you are with your friends, and that might make you more likable and could even break awkwardness between you and the workers. You could also order a lot of food. This makes you memorable, yes, but also shows that you are a precious customer who will contribute a lot to the survival and success of the shop itself! They will also trust that if they give you some extra service free food, you will be able to finish it all. And come on, you know that if you buy a lot of food, the workers are in a better mood automatically.

Are you ready? Prepped with all the right steps, go out there and start the journey to fulfilling your dream of becoming a regular! Soon, you’ll be getting free food and maybe even contact information from the workers! It’s the perfect win-win situation, so get started now!

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– Sarah Chin (’16)
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