Cool Café's in Seoul Seongsu-dong (서울 성수동 빵집)

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I always spend a portion of my free time on Naver, looking for new things to do in Seoul.
Jen's been talking about a cafe she wanted to visit and coincidentally, the one I wanted to see was in the same location. The first was Café Onion, which I'm disappointed at because I honestly thought there'd be onions hanging from the ceiling but to my dismay, there weren't any. The second was Urban Source. They're both found in Seongsu-dong. (성수동)





Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri:
 08:00-22:00

Sat/Sun: 
10:00-22:00







Now, this is the room where tiny bakers can be found making magic.

Just kidding.

They're not tiny but they certainly are magicians.

Conveniently, the workers have a good view of the pantry so when food is running low, they make more of what's required and send it down on this cool mini-lift thing.
Since this is a popular café the main area was really packed and we just about managed to find a rooftop seat. If you ever plan on visiting, come when it's not a peak time.
Jen got the 팡도르 (pandor, 5,000원) and an Iced Americano. (4,500원
I got the 치즈바게뜨 (cheese baguette, 4,000원) which was surprisingly sweet and a glass of carrot juice. (5,000원)
Personally, I don't think was worth it for the cost mainly due to the fact that I expected it to be as big as Jen's Americano.
 Which happened to be sweating as much as I was >_<
The sign where the bread was displayed said:
"카스텔라 같은 식감
바닐라반 슾가파우더."
"Castella like texture with vanilla powder."
If you like really sweet things this will be right up your street.
After Onion we headed towards Urban Source.
Open Everyday: 
11:00-23:30
We didn't get any food here but there is an Instagram Photo Booth stand thing. Is that what it's called?Anyway I obviously had to take advantage of it. Let's just agree that I live my life to embarrass Jen.
Clearly Onion and Urban Source have two different concepts. Urban Source is more vibrant whereas Onion is more industrial.
Once again I've left the maps for you below!

Café Onion:


Urban Source:

24 comments:

  1. I love it! And, of course, there's something Ryan in this post :)

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  2. Ooh that sweet bread looks amazing, like a giant donut almost!! Looks like some cool cafes in that area!

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  3. Onion had that complete industrial look down pat,it would be a little strange to have a coffee there when one is used to coffee places being warm and cosy.

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  4. Oh my the food looks amazing, the sweet bread would just go down nicely now, looks like you had a great time x

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  5. That food looks absolutely delicious. Seoul looks like a fascinating city, I would love to visit one day. I have a friend living there and it looks like so much fun!

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  6. Dessert with Vanilla powder just got me mouthwatering, looks a fantastic place to have fun roaming around and grabbing some good food.

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  7. I haven't heard about this and it looks a cool place to visit The food was really looks good

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  8. Looks like a fun place to visit! :) Thanks for sharing. I'll have to check it out if I ever visit.

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  9. So why is it called Onion then? I'm with you on being disappointed at the lack of hanging onions! That Castella looks incredible.

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  10. Those look like some really great places to eat! Love the name of the 'onion' cafe! I'd expect to see bunches of onions hanging too, lol!

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  11. Wow looks like you had such a cool eating experience. Love the look of that bread too :) x

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  12. Sweet brad looks so yummy and i love everything about SK food, this restaurant looks so classy, looks like you had good fund there.

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  13. That sweet bread reminds me of beignets! I liked the second restaurant better! I too love exploring various food joints and restaurants on my trips!

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  14. They all nice and unique. I love the idea of an " unfinished building" and transforming it into a cafe.

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  15. that's a cool place I'd love to visit! the shoot thingy that brigs your food down is something I've never seen before... the food looks AMAZING, so amazing that my mouth watered the instant I saw your fork diving in to it... my goodness! yum!

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  16. what a fun and funky place! I have never been to Seoul but it looks amazing! I love the aesthetic and vibe of that cafe too!

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  17. Wow, It really looks an awesome place to visit with my hubby that place was so sweet and I love their foods

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  18. Oh wow that sweet bread must have been amazing. I love the look of it and would love to tuck into one myself.

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  19. I am also disappointed there were no Onions hanging! :) Great photos, both cafe's look very unique!

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  20. Looks like it was a pretty awesome place. It's too bad that they aren't tiny magicians with the bread. Because what they can do with bread is simply magic to me. It's beautiful and so delicious.

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  21. My husband and I love spending afternoons like this. Popping into places we've never been to see what they have to offer. My husband is always drawn to more industrial kinds of places so I'm sure he would have liked the Onion. Me? I could have gone for either .. as long as I could have tried some of that incredible looking bread! Yum! x

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  22. I always love visiting places that I have never been to before! All of these places look and sound so cute.

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  23. One of my favourite things to do when travelling is to find nice local cafes. Looks like you found a winner here

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  24. Seoul looks so chic, love it! I haven't made my way to Asia yet, but can't wait.

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