Just this Saturday, Rafa and I met up in the La Salle area to try out Crazy Katsu. The fans of Japanese food that we were, we were happy and satisfied with our meal. And as with all of our meet ups, we decided to stop by a coffee shop. We had two options — Holly’s Coffee, and Cafe de Seoul. We were feeling a bit adventurous and Cafe de Seoul’s logotype was really pretty (a petty reason but forgive me; this is the designer in me making decisions), so we decided to give it a shot.
And boy, did we have no regrets.
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Cafe de Seoul is a quaint coffee shop at the second floor of One Archer Place (near De La Salle University-Taft). Despite being smushed between busy streets and a school, it is a pretty laid-back place. The architecture is a good mix of modern life and simplistic living. The soft lighting makes the coffee shop look even more homey.
Upon entering, you will see a wire fixture of sorts where pictures of the coffee shop’s opening are hanged. To your left, you will find a wall adorned with post its containing messages expressing love for the shop. “Kojito”, an alcoholic beverage served in the shop, seems to be a favorite of most customers, appearing in at least three sticky notes. “Best thesis place ever” also appears twice, a proof of just how conducive the place is for productivity.
Currently, Cafe de Seoul only operates in One Archer Place. Another branch is currently being constructed in Greenhills.
Cafe de Seoul offers a variety of drinks, ranging from the coffee classics to some pretty unusual concoctions and eventually to smoothies and alcoholic beverages. I tried their Hazelnut Mocha and enjoyed it a lot; the taste of hazelnut is strong and very distinct, but not too strong that it overpowers the taste of coffee. Rafa tried the Kris #2, a smoothie that tastes a lot like Starbucks’ Banoffee Pie. It was, amusingly enough, really good.
We didn’t get to try the food, but among some of the dishes they offer are croissants, cakes, cute little rice cakes, and cookies.
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Cafe de Seoul also offers yogurt smoothies. We weren’t able to try them, though, but will do so when we return. They also have tablets attached to some of the tables. Again, we weren’t able to try them out, either, but we’ll give them a shot when we return.
If you’re wondering if they have wi-fi, fret not — they do. And yes, sockets abound in this coffee shop.
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Nope, not at all. Cafe de Seoul is the kind of coffee shop you’d love to spend the whole day in. The cozy, laid-back atmosphere tugs hard at the heartstrings and just makes you tuck Cafe de Seoul in a pocket in your heart. Also, the variety in their menu also assures you that there’s always something new to look forward to whenever you visit. Couple that with great music and a friendly staff and what have you got? A coffee shop worth visiting again, and again, and again.