All posts tagged: tea

GongBoo Cha | Traditional Tea House

Never underestimate the power of wandering around aimlessly. It’s honestly how I find most things in Seoul…or anywhere, really. So, when I suggested going for a walk last Saturday I was very happy to find a new traditional tea house in my neighborhood. And the place is ADOREable. They provide so many types of tea that you’re bound to find something you’ve never heard of. I didn’t want to be too adventurous though and opted for some oolong because I already knew I love it. Plus, it was quite hot, I was quite sweaty and an iced oolong sounded amazing… it was. There was a single staff member there and she was so kind to my talkative friend who asked her many questions.  (She also gave him a couple free samples.) They don’t just sell tea there, they know tea, like academics. They hold classes, ceremonies and even take field trips to China to learn more with fellow tea enthusiasts.  There are walls of tea and tea sets. There is a small, beautiful room for classes as well. It …

Moonbird | Cafe

This place has got some personality, I’ll give ya that.  It’s name itself, Moonbird Does Think of Only the Moon, is such a mouthful but, sweetly poetic, even in Korean, as I’m told. It is charming and (slightly) secretive in an alley off one of the busiest streets in Seoul, Insadong. On a chilling winter night it is the perfect spot to grab a cup of traditional tea surrounded by more stuff than you could imagine. My friend Phil ordered a jujube tea that tasted just like Christmas. It was warm, thick and flavored with cinnamon. I ordered a nice Jasmine tea, kind of boring, I know, but it was hot and in an adorable teapot. This is the perfect tea cafe if you are in Insadong and want a quiet place off the main drag that is unpretentious, laid back and…warm.  So warm on that cold night. Holy crap that was a cold night.

Chloris Tea Room

Chloris Tea Rooms Gangnam, Seoul This place is huge. Four floors, terrace. Loads of options for tea but also includes coffee, desserts and brunches. Website  Directions: From Sinnonhyeon Station, take exit 4. Turn Right at the first street (Bongeunsa ro 4-gil).  Walk for just a few minutes. You’ll see the cafe on the right hand side.   Sangria Tea Darjeeling Tea