I’m back from Seoul! A good five days, to be exact. Once again, instead of blogging about my day-by-day itinerary I’ll be sticking to talking about specific places I visited/are worth mentioning so I can heap it all into my travelogue posts.
So I visited Seoul last year from March 19 – April 1, and this year I visited Seoul again from Jan 1 – 10. Both times my trips were incredibly cold (though the latter was colder since it was winter), but fulfilling. It was a pretty different experience this time round because I went with four other girls, including two sisters who’ve been to Seoul many, many times, so they got to show us around a bit more and I got to share whatever I knew too.
While I stayed at Hyehwa on my previous trip, the sisters Celine and Cheryl, suggested a really nice guesthouse (BoA Guesthouse) at Hongdae this time. They also brought us to the incredibly adorable Rilakkuma Cafe, which I’ll be talking about here:
To get to the Rilakkuma Cafe, or more specifically, Capi Capi Loom Loom Cafe (that’s what it’s called in Korean!), we took a train to Sungshin Womens University Station and walked there. It isn’t very far, but the shop is tucked away in between a couple of others so it’s a little hard to miss.
Stopping for lunch before we headed to the cafe! We got a flyer from an ahjumma on the street so we decided to just try out the eatery on the flyer.
Right opposite a pasta place called Green Pasta. Wonder if they serve vegetarian/organic pasta?
Made good use of my Rilakumma T-Money again this time! I had leftover Won in it from the previous trip too so I used that up.
What we ordered to share: some concoction of beansprouts, squid, rice cakes and pork. I didn’t particularly like it because it was so spicy and I could barely taste anything. Plus we skipped out on the rice that came with it because we only found out it was complimentary at the end of the meal. Nope, we weren’t charged a cheaper price!
Once that was done we finally got on our way to Capi Capi Loom Loom! I didn’t really take note of the way there, but you can check out my friend Celine’s blog over here, where she explains the direction to the cafe!
The cafe is actually doubles up as a shop selling (what else!) Rilakkuma toys and assorted products, so you can get your entire fix of the cutesy cartoon bear there. Like most of the cafes in Seoul, they don’t sell ‘real’ food – just pizza and toast here. Other places usually sell sandwiches and toasts.
But it’s very cosy, and they have cubbie-like sitting areas in addition to a couple of proper table-and-seat set-ups. I recommend the cubbies because they feel a lot more personal when you’re with friends, and they come stuffed with tons of plushies!
Jacintha getting a tarot card reading and Celine translating what the owner is saying for her! The readings usually come with a fee but the owner was nice enough to do it for free! Think it’s cos Celine is a regular on her trips to Seoul hehe.
Really like this chillax Rilakkuma haha.
With the friendly store/cafe assistants that day! One thing about Seoul, it’s not surprising to find cutesy cafes helmed by guys. In fact, most of the cafes we went had male baristas etc. A factor to entice female customers? Hmmmmmm.
One last picture of the adorable counter!
Capi Capi Loom Loom (카피카피룸룸 카페), directions as stated above.