Right now in Korea, the weather is just glorious and we are making the most of it in our last month of living here.

On Sunday I took my girls back to Sanmotoonge Gallery & Cafe. It is the most idyllic and romantic coffee shop that my friend pointed out to me one day on one of our excursions around Seoul. Me and her went during the Cherry Blossom Season and no better way to start this post other than showing you the beautiful pink array of blossoms that feasted the eye during the month of April. Yes – scroll back up so you can look again at the pink pictures !!

Sanmotoonge is the filming place of the MBC Drama –  Coffee Prince. It is the house of Han-sung Choi (played by Sun-kyun Lee). Parts of the set has been kept intact, so if you are a die hard fan of this Korean drama, you have even more reason to pay a visit to this picturesque place.

I love the fact that is off the beaten path, because you truly feel like you have escaped the city once you have made your way through the narrow, crooked street that takes you up there.  The stroll up the hill is part of the excursion for many coming here.

There is a stunning view of the  Seoul Fortress Wall from here… and you can read a wonderful article about the Wall plus very good directions of how to get there on Marie W’s blog…found at this link. Many hikers make an excursion up and along the wall and make this either their starting or end point for refreshments after the hike.


The inside is warm and cozy and full of soul.

Oh, how I will miss places like this to escape to….

Their cakes were definitely better than any of the ones I have had in the main street cafe’s…another reason to go !

Kids are enouraged to hop around on the concrete horses and any corner they find, so it is a fun place not only for lovebirds, but also for little ones !

Oh – it is a bit tricky to find the place – but do let me know if you are in the ‘hood and want to go check it out !!

However – the cafe has its own website if you can get some Korean help for translating it ! You can find it here at the Sanmotoonge website

It is definitely worth a visit and I fell in love ! You will too.

Any places you discovered in your neighborhood you feel like sharing with me ?! DO tell !




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