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Seoul is filled with thousands upon thousands of adorable coffee shops. Many of them feel homey and we’ve adopted a few as our regular spots. One my new favorites in Seoul is Hoho Myoll Cafe near Hongdae. It’s stuffed with character – there are hanging bronze pots and pans, a VW van parked in the middle of the cafe and filled with a few tables and chairs for lounging, and notes and drawings covering the walls.

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One can even sit inside the bus and enjoy the coffee and food. Since I was alone, I didn’t try it out. Next time.

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No, this is not the car of a hoarder. The whole cafe is filled with little things and knick knacks. All collected with a lot of love and attention to detail.

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Given my work schedule based on Korea being 16 hours ahead of Los Angeles, I tend to have some open time in the afternoon. While Amsterdam had a coffee culture, the real tradition is the beer culture with all its old bars and pubs. Seoul is definitely the city of coffee culture. We will be here 4 weeks but I don’t think I have the chance to even see 10% of the cafes I should see. What impresses me the most is the attention to detail and the love was put into the creating these little oasis in the concrete jungle.

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Numerous notebooks were filled by patrons with love notes for the cafe. Love spawns love.

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If you are in Seoul, make sure to stop by at this little paradise. And buy as many pastries as you can. The apple banana muffin was the best muffin I ever had. Out of this world.

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