This would probably be one of the most memorable cafes we've ever experienced.
On our third day in Seoul, we found ourselves in the streets of Myeongdong (the shopping mecca of Seoul). Before we explored and shopped the night away, we had late afternoon tea in one of the busiest streets of Myeongdong. We found out that the ground level of buildings are retail businesses while the upper floors are restaurants or cafes.
We looked up and saw a sign that said "LAMP". Just one word. Simple, short and mysterious.
We walked closer to the establishment and a small door opened up to a flight of stairs. It was dark inside but we heard people and music...and most of all, we smelled the aroma of coffee.
Walking up the stairs was visually delightful as we saw little plants and photographs in every step. And the walls were also adorned with pictures and Polaroids. It reminded me of my idea of a dream house...my dream house.
As we reached the second floor, we were greeted by friendly "Annyeong Haseyo!" of the staff. The room was a bit crowded so we asked if we can sit on the third floor and they agreed.
We had the whole floor to ourselves (how lucky!). We enjoyed the quiet...our alone time. In traveling, our lives can sometimes be noisy with so much excitement, with so many things taking our breath away.
The Husband and I appreciate times during travel where we can sit back and remove ourselves out of the picture for a few moments. It is a way for us to let all the adventure sink in and a way for us to be grateful for our here and now.
The cafe has a vintage and artsy feel. The interiors will transcend you into another time and place. The ambiance was cozy, moody and eccentric.
We found out that in the afternoons they offer a cup of coffee and a slice of cafe for only 6,000won.
The cakes were fluffy and not too sweet. Their coffee was generally light with no bitter aftertaste.
As we sat and enjoyed our cuppa, we looked below us and saw Seoul come to life at night. The following day, we will leave Seoul and yet we still cannot believe then how lucky we were to have explored this charming city.