[Seoul] What a strange name for a café. I wonder if it means a lot of its customers wear high-waisted skirts?
There is no lack of pretty and instagrammable cafes in Seoul, especially at Yeonnam-dong near Hongik University.
Throw a stone and you will find another coffee place where the Korean youths and universities can spend an afternoon hanging out (and taking loads of #OOTD).
Café Highwaist 카페하이웨이스트 was recommended by @Crystal_wee, DFD’s café correspondent as she was also having her exchange programme in South Korea.
This cafe hasn’t gotten popular with tourists (yet), still a secret known to Korean cafe hoppers.
Without a map (use Naver), you may never quite expect to find a café here, as you may just walk past the building thinking it is someone’s residence.
A tell-tale sign is the sight of fashionable Koreans waiting outside, or striking a pose at the door.
The inside is a different world all together, with scent of the bakes, charming vintage European style furnishing, and laid-back vibes.
Even though I would say that the décor is rather “Korean-girly”, there is an impeccable homely feel about this place.
One of the key features is the display of cakes and dessert right next to the counter. The attention to details is amazing.
I have never seen cakes out on display in such a manner back home (the closest is Carpenter & Cook), peppered with bouquet of white roses.
You can take your pick of the signature Fresh Cream Shortcake (6,500 Won), Red Velvet Cake (7,000 Won), Tiramisu Short Cake (7,000 Won), Basil Strawberry Toast (8,400 Won) to Classic Butter Scones (4,500).
Of course, I had to order the very cute doggie-style Ryogle Cookie (5,000 Won).
While I won’t say that the cakes are anything out-of-this-world, there are of decent quality.
What keeps people coming would be its vibes, and I can just imagine friends spending a whole afternoon here just chatting.
No laptop-work allowed here though, it’s really for coffee, food and conversations.
Cafe Highwaist 카페하이웨이스트
223-80 Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea (Hongik University Station, Exit 3)
서울시 마포구 연남동 223-80
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Google Maps – Cafe Highwaist