And no, it has nothing to do with Van Halen.
Or Seurat’s masterpiece, which you can see if you’re in Chicago. Which I’m not.
Though admittedly, both are cool and worth checking out. No, for Jihye’s b-day we had a light lunch and coffee at a little cafe called Cafe SandPark in Hongdae. They didn’t have much sand, so I’m assuming they’re referring to their wonderful sandwiches.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. So while I rethink my approach, here’s a picture of me enjoying some iced coffee.
One of the things I like about these independent coffee places is that they have actual drip coffee, which, in Seoul is something that is a bit harder to find outside of Starbucks. Most other mainstream coffee joints tend to stick to Espresso based drinks, which oddly enough means the independent coffee shops have a nice niche to fill.
As far as the joint goes, it’s quite cozy. Though from the outside while it’s a bit cute, it’s also a little brutalist for my tastes.
Though Ryan Style hair salon is opening soon! Which… means nothing to me. Reference my hair style:
But back on topic, the sandwiches were delightful, and though they’re fairly standard Korean style, they are made exceedingly fresh and our Egg Sandwich basically tasted like devilled eggs. WHICH I ADORE. Oh, and if you feel like it, you can get them on a bagel. Jihye doesn’t care for bagels, so we skipped that. As such I cannot testify to the quality of their bagels, but the rest of the ingredients were wonderful.
And I guess the sandwich came with a little jar of yogurt? Likewise the staff was friendly and kind, always a good sign!
It’s just a friendly atmosphere, and if you’re going to the Hongdae area anyway, might as well give it a look.
Cafe SandPark has a nice little website, most of which is in Korean:
I found this place through a fellow blogger, Memoirs in Seoul, on Tumbler:
If you’d like to actually visit the place, you can punch the following address into your preferred map app:
서울특별시 마포구 동교동 176-13번지
Or in today’s language of the Franks:
Seoul, Mapo-gu, Donggyo-dong 176-13
It’s also literally just across the street from a brand new exit 5 of Hongik University station (on the green line, line 5).
(Quick hint, Google maps is, as of this writing, actually a bit out of date. I’d recommend Naver Maps for a more accurate street layout.)