[Seoul] Itaewon in Seoul is a café haven, and just further northeast of the main café area is Takeout Drawing, a hidden gem serving up artistic beverages and organic pastries on top of the usual coffees and teas.
Interestingly, the two-storied Takeout Drawing serves a dual function – as an art exhibition space and cafe.
In fact, the “fun” drinks here are inspired by artists’ drawings themselves, and proceeds from the sales of food and drinks go to the hosting of exhibitions and talks here.
Undoubtedly, the most popular item here would be their very instagrammable Paul’s Meringue Factory (KRW7500, SGD8.80), featuring a smooth cup of espresso with milk topped with a meringue cookie.
Chances are that your coffee may turn as cold as mine after a long photo-taking session, but that shot will always be worth it right?
Once you are done, you can lift up the meringue cookie, and dip it in coffee to finish it off. It is quite a tiny cup of coffee, though.
Besides the meringue coffee, Takeout Drawing also offers a whole range of creative beverages such as the Iceberg Macchiato (KRW6000, SGD7.10) in which espresso is poured over an iceberg shaped ice cube made of milk, and the Storming Ant (KRW7000, SGD8.30) comprising organic black sesame foam and smooth milk.
Organic sweet baked treats are also available here to pair with your drinks. I had the Green Tea Dacquoise Cake (KRW8000 per slice, SGD9.30) which was made with organic whipping cream, egg, sugar and flour.
Yes, most of the ingredients used are organic!
The cake itself is pretty huge but you can indulge in it guiltlessly. Just a pity that the cream in the middle turned out to be icy instead of creamy.
Wished I had the capacity to try out more drinks… I guess this will be one of my essential pitstops if I ever return. I could sit at a corner in this café and look at the residences (not even people) for hours while sipping away at my coffee.
683-139 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Directions: From Hanganjin Subway Station Exit 3, walk straight and it will be on your left
Tel: +82 02 797 3139
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 11am – 11pm, 12pm – 11pm (Sat – Sun)
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* Written by Crystal Wee @crystal_wee who enjoys searching for beautiful cafe spaces around the world.