[Seoul] This is one café that would make you feel like you stepped into a comic book, and to be more precise – a webtoon.
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Korean drama fans would be familiar with the TV hit “W – Two Worlds” by Lee Jong-suk and Han Hyo-joo, in which the characters enter a fantasy webtoon world.
This is also where the café got its inspiration from.
Called “CAFE 연남동 223-14” or “CAFE Yeonnam-dong 223-14”, it is simply named after its address.
Note: This used to be called “CAFE 연남동 239-20” but has since moved to 223-14. Don’t get lost!
Photos of its black and white interior have made their way across varied social media platforms such as Instagram, but it is hard to imagine that it is just a 20-seater, single-handledly managed by one person.
The lady that I met behind the counter is also the owner and barista. She apologised that there were no seats left when I visited, and recommended me to either wait or take-away.
So while you managed to see customers shooting all types of #OOTD and interior shots within the café, what you don’t see is that the small space is perpetually quite crowded and you got to be patient to wait for that right (empty) moment.
There are two sections of the café – the outside with garden-like, relaxing vibes; and the inside which is styled like a comic book (the design extends all the way till the washroom).
The menu is lean, with signature drinks such as the W Coffee (6,000 Won), W Salty Latte (6,000 Won), Vanilla Café Latte (5,000 Won), Choco Choco Latte (5,000 Won) and Green Tea Latte (5,000 Won).
That is between SGD6.10 (USD4.50) and SGD7.35 (USD5.40).
Even the drinks are served in cups designed to look like they are part of a drawing when photographed.
The W Coffee is inspired by the Einspänner Coffee – with two shots of espresso topped with cream.
Its foamy cream includes flavour of vanilla bean, with an aromatic-sweet flavour as you take sips.
With its modest yet one-of-a-kind aesthetics, people (or “influencers”) will make all their way there to have photos taken.
But let us not forget about the real charm of this place – no matter how small a space, it can be transformed with a brilliant idea.
223-14 카페, Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul (10 – 15 min from Hongik University Station Exit 3) 서울시 마포구 연남동 223-14
Tel: +82 10-7252-8633
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
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