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Top 5 cafes for college girls
Re-live the irony of coffee and procrastination at a collegiate cafe near Ewha Womans University
So, you want to pretend you’re still a carefree college girl. Or you just want to nab one.
At these five Ewha cafes, you can start by sipping on a green tea latte while eavesdropping on conversations that range from how tough the TOEIC is to what Kim Tae-hee was wearing on the red carpet.
De Chocolate has an enviable location at the foot of Ewha’s front gate. Its second- and third-story windows offer unimpeded views of the campus.
With its hemp-woven chairs, warehouse walls and occasional sprouts of potted greens, De Chocolate feels like a literal concrete jungle.
Along with the usual coffee menu, waffles and cakes, De Chocolate also sells chocolate bars and truffles by the piece, from cappuccino to Earl Grey to hazelnut (₩700-₩2,500).
Try the De Choco Affogato, a mix of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, chocolate shavings and an espresso shot (₩6,200).
Seodaemun-gu, Daehyeon-dong 60-8 (서대문구 대현동 60-8) +82 (2) 363 0313; Daily, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
You can’t get any closer to Ewha than Slim & Healthy Dr. Robbin Bistro.
The café is housed inside the Ewha Campus Complex, which was designed by architect Dominique Perrault of French National Library in Paris fame. ECC’s inverted, sub-cavernous design is considered, by some, anatomically appropriate for an all-women’s campus.
As befits its unwieldy moniker, the café serves “slim & healthy drinks" (be forewarned, most are sweetened with aspartame, not sugar), along with lunch and dinner. The arugula pizza with fresh basil and pesto or the chicken and tofu steak salad are favorites.
11-1 Daehyeon-dong, Seodaemun-gu (서대문구 대현동 11-1); tel. +82 (2) 363 3101; Monday-Fridays 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturdays-Sundays 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Dalkoman Jogak sits at the corner of an Ewha side street. The cafe looks like a hipster library. The walls are whitewashed, and an oddly intriguing three-pronged island table commands the center of the café.
Other decorative touches include bookcases filled with glass jars filled with plastic clothes pins.
Dalkomhan Jogak serves lunch and dinner: fried rice with bacon, curry fried rice and a Mexican beef wrap are typical offerings.
The café also serves alcohol-spiked coffee drinks, cocktails and beer.
Seodaemun-gu, Daehyeon-dong 62-2 (서대문구 대현동 62-2), tel. +82 2 6408 3112, Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., closed Sundays
C’lucy Café du Chocolatier
C’lucy (pronounced see-loo-see) is mod, so very mod: from its hot pink-striped storefront to hip plastic chairs in fruity Lifesavers colors.
This two-floor cafe feels more like a club than coffeehouse. On entering, patrons walk through a narrow strip and order drinks at the front.
To the left is a semi-partitioned chocolate room that feels like a VIP area, with elaborate displays of chocolates set off by blue lights. Upstairs there’s a coffee bar with sleek white and sliver couches and tables where students quietly tap away on their laptops.
As for the non-chocolate, non-coffee fare, C’lucy serves house-made gelato, along with chocolate Ceylon tea cakes, strawberry tarts and tiramisu.
Seodaemun-gu, Daehyeon-dong 60-9 (서대문구 대현동 60-9), tel. +82 2 362 4250; Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Chocolateria San Churro
Drawing inspiration from a European salon, this Spanish-themed chocolateria has only a handful of non-chocolate items on its menu. Part of the Australia-based chain, San Churro is best known for its churros -- deep-fried dough sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon -- that are made-to-order and accompanied by a pot of chocolate.
Try the churros for one (₩5,800), chocolate tapas (₩18,800) or chocolate fondue for two (₩19,800).
More adventurous chocolate lovers should try the piña lima truffles (available by the piece or box) or the Azteca hot chocolate made with chiles and cinnamon.
Seodaemun-gu, Daehyeon-dong 60-7 (서대문구 대현동 60-7), tel. +82 2 313 3538; Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday. 10 a.m.-11 p.m.