SEOUL: Ban Bossy Boutique

With only a few weeks left in Seoul, I am trying to explore as much as possible. With temperatures dropping to horribly low numbers, this can be difficult. Wandering around palaces in -10C is something that does not fill me with joy.

 

I have therefore been limiting my explorations and wanderings to lovely inside activities. By this, I mostly mean coffee shops and restaurants. Seoul has an amazing amount of beautiful and unique coffee shops; it would take a lifetime to explore them all! (although I am giving it a good go!)

 

I had already planned a day in Hongdae to visit the War and Women’s Human Rights Museum, so had a google for a pretty-looking café in the area. The Ban Bossy Boutique came up a few times and looked adorable.

 

The reviews I read advised going early as it gets incredibly busy on weekends. I therefore went at midday. To my shock, I was the only person in there! I’m not sure if they are a lot quieter these days, or I was just early, but nobody came in while I was there.

 

I took a seat and ordered a flower cupcake with a café mocha. When I went, the only menu was at the counter. I thought the cakes and deserts would be on display but they weren’t. Instead I had to choose from the list, without really know what they were.

 

The décor was beautiful, some of the best I’ve seen in Seoul which is saying something. Everything was pink and floral, with a 1950s glamour vibe. I particularly liked the enormous pink feathers! The floor seemed a bit dirty, but it was painted so probably just a nightmare to keep clean as nothing else was dirty.

 

The food itself was disappointing. The flower cupcake was exquisite to look at. The top was adorned with a beautifully-crafted flower made from icing. The cake itself was a little dry and the icing a bit fatty, with no actual flavour. It was 6000won, so I kind of expected more. The coffee was decent enough, but nothing special.

 

Overall, I would say go. It’s a beautiful place to sit and read a book, or take photos for Instagram! I would suggest just ordering a drink, unless the desserts are on display and you can inspect.

How to Get There

 

ADDRESS: 19-22 Wausan-ro 17-gil, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul

 

The best way to get there is from Hongik University Station (Line 2). Head to Hongdae Street (out of Exit 9, left at McDonalds. Then take the second right and walk straight.) It is on the 3rd floor of the building but there’s signs outside.  It can be a bit difficult to find Google Maps is your friend here!

 

Natalia xo