During my very first trip to Seoul, even before I became vegan, I happened upon a quaint and cozy cafe in Hongdae which dished up some awesome soy chai lattes and vegan brownies. However, on my subsequent trip I was disheartened to find that this shabby chic cafe had completely disappeared without a trace. Now, nearly three years later, I’m pleased to report that Cook and Book has reopened in a smaller, yet every bit as cozy, location in Hapjeong!
Last month, Hongdae’s iconic bubblegum pink Hello Kitty Cafe moved to a bigger location, which now includes outdoor seating, a gift shop, and a…bedroom (?!) ❤ Check it out! ❤
Y’know when you’re having one of those days when you just need to be completely smothered by wall-to-wall cute stuff? No? Well, I get that kinda sensation all the time (hence why my apartment is a bubblegum pink Hello Kitty explosion…) When I get that sorta feeling, and a holiday to Tokyo is nowhere to be seen, I like to skip on over to Hongdae for the next best thing…
I’ve mentioned Cafe Sukara in multiple posts on this blog, and even though I’ve enjoyed their scrumptious meals, drinks, and desserts on countless occasions, I don’t think I’ve ever actually done a review with directions and menu photos. So, here we go!
It’s pretty hard not to love Hongdae. All the bright graffiti, funky clothes shops, quirky bars and cafes, and of course, the iconic Hongik Children’s Park…
October’s a special month for me this year, and not just because Halloween falls on a Friday (though that is pretty darn awesome.) This month marks my one year vegan-niversary (is that a thing?!), which seems totally crazy to me right now; time has just flown past! After we returned to Korea from a long weekend in Osaka last October, I had one last KFC (don’t judge meee~), and have been eating animal-free ever since then! Becoming vegan has definitely made me feel a lot healthier. I know I’m totally jinxing myself, but I actually can’t remember the last time I was sick…which is pretty darn impressive for someone who works with snotty kids all day! Anyway, my body just feels good, and I feel way happier, too; no more guilt of saying how much I love animals while chomping into a bacon sandwich…
Anyway! Last week, we had a three-day weekend, so we gorged on all our favorite goodies and took a stroll through sunny Seoul Forest (with Duggie, of course!)
UPDATE: November 2014: Veggieholic has shut down, but the owner has opened a similar bakery in Sinchon called The Bread Blue. Click here for photos and directions! ❤
I’m not sure how, but I had never heard of Veggieholic (a vegan bakery in Hongdae) until pretty recently, even though it’s been around for years! I did a quick search for it on the interwebz and found that it moved from its original location a couple years ago, and there were also some remarks about it not being completely vegan. It was pretty tricky to find (don’t worry: I’ve included detailed directions at the bottom of this post!), but once I got there the owner reassured me that EVERYTHING in the shop was egg, milk, and butter-free.
So I went right ahead and got stuck into all that carby goodness!
UPDATED: November 2014. I updated the directions, since TGIFriday’s is gone and Forever 21 has opened! Also, 1300k seems to have stopped carrying Hello Kitty merchandise, so check out the Sanrio Gift Gate instead! ♥
This post is dedicated to my all-time fave shop in Hongdae for everything cute and quirky: 1300k! (Just don’t ask me how to pronounce it! ‘Book’, ’13-ook’? Your guess is as good as mine!)
As much as I love puppy cafes, they do definitely have a few drawbacks, one of the primary ones being that drinks are always hideously over-priced and usually not very good. So, I was super happy to find this dog-friendly rooftop cafe in Hongdae last weekend!