Sunday Afternoon in the Cafe SandPark

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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.

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

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.

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An ‘Egg Sandwich’

But I’m getting ahead of myself. So while I rethink my approach, here’s a picture of me enjoying some iced coffee.

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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.

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Though Ryan Style hair salon is opening soon! Which… means nothing to me. Reference my hair style:

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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.

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And I guess the sandwich came with a little jar of yogurt? Likewise the staff was friendly and kind, always a good sign!

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It’s just a friendly atmosphere, and if you’re going to the Hongdae area anyway, might as well give it a look.

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Cafe SandPark has a nice little website, most of which is in Korean:
http://www.sandpark.co.kr/

I found this place through a fellow blogger, Memoirs in Seoul, on Tumbler:
http://memoirsinseoul.com/post/54050760555/must-go-places-food-cafe-sandpark

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.)

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