[Seoul] While I have no idea who Miss Lee is, we went searching for her café 별다방미스리 at Myeongdong.
Apparently, this café is frequently featured in Korean TV programmes, and shot to fame after Yong-hwa from CNBLUE and SeoHyun of Girls’ Generation and TTS appeared on “We Got Married and ‘dated in the café’.
The friendly guide at Myeongdong’s information counter gave us specific instructions to which Innisfree to look out for (there must be a dozen in the area), “Look up and spot Miss Lee.”
The statue of Miss Lee was found in a side lane sitting on a bench next to a letter box, holding a DSLR camera, but she didn’t look too happy waiting for love.
Miss Lee Café’s interior did give a feeling of falling in love again, the high-school / uni type of love. Nothing older than that.
The walls were pasted with notes of dreams and wishes, some dropped on the floor, some hanging from a tree at the upper storey.
This café with much endorsement from Korean celebrities was unexpectedly quiet though.
Its menu comprises of some typical Korean dishes given a café twist. The best seller is the Byeoldabang’s memorial assorted box (6,500 Won, SGD$7.50), essentially a Dosirak set with sausage, egg, seaweed and kimchi.
DON’T call this a bento box. You are supposed to cover the metal lid, shake it till all the ingredients mix well together. Nothing much to expect, the taste is as what its components suggest.
Miss Lee also serves Korean-style desserts such as Soft Persimmon Girl with Sweet Red Bean Boy (5,300 Won, SGD$6.10) – that is REALLY the name, Assorted Traditional Korean Sweets (4,900 Won, SGD$5.60) and Homemade Sweet Jelly Red Bean Rice Cake (4,300 Won, SGD$5.00).
Miss Lee Café should appeal to those who enjoy a quiet time at school-love themed café, with simple no-fuss Korean fare and desserts. Or if you are a fan of the Korean celebrities who appeared here.
Miss Lee Café
199-1 Euljiro 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening Hours: 10am – 11pm (Mon – Sun)
Insadong: 144, Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea