Seoul: Hello Stranger (안녕,낯선사람) cafe @ Hapjeong

The day I visited Hello Stranger I was supposed to have an interview for my part-time job. The meeting got called last minute when I already on my way reached Hapjeong Station. I asked myself was there any place I could spend my afternoon and Hello Stranger came to mind.

A few years back, I saw a picture of Hello Stranger on someone’s tumblr and decided if I ever go to Seoul, that where I would definitely visit. The café located in a back street so getting there can be a little tricky. Up until now I still didn’t understand why I wanted to Hello Stranger so badly, I guess there was something to do with the name.

If you’re looking for a café with the sickest decoration where you can take ton of photos this is not it. But they served me the best Vietnamese coffee ever and, knowing how terrible Vietnamese foods here in Seoul, I appreciated it.

It’s not that special but if you have a more than enough time in the city, come have a drink because I wasn’t kidding about their Vietnamese coffee.

Mình lần đầu nhìn thấy ảnh của tiệm Hello Stranger trên tumblr từ vài năm trước đây rồi quyết định nếu có đến Hàn Quốc nhất định phải đến đây một lần, khi ấy mình còn chưa có ý định sẽ dành nhiều thời gian ở Seoul như thế.

Hello Stranger không nằm gần đường lớn, để đến đây cũng phải rẽ trái rẽ phải mấy lần. Tiệm không nhỏ cũng không lớn, nhưng cảm giác vô cùng ấm cúng. Dù biết cái gì Việt Nam ở Hàn cũng dở lắm nhưng mình vẫn gọi cà phê Việt Nam, và điều bất ngờ là lần đầu tiên mình được uống cốc cà phê Việt ngon như thế, không biết có phải vì hội chứng nhớ nhà không.

Hello Stranger không đẹp xuất sắc cũng không phải nơi nổi tiếng nhất định phải đến một lần, nhưng nếu có vài tiếng đồng hồ dư giả ở Seoul mình vẫn sẽ chọn quay lại đây.

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Seoul: Passion 5 (패션5) @ Itaewon


Passion 5 is a famous dessert café in Itaewon area being known for its delicious desserts. I walked pass the building everytime I’m Itaewon but never knew it’s a cafe and dessert bar till a friend of mine mentioned it on her account.

Someone asked my friend for recommendations about where to eat in Seoul and she answered with a few names along with Passion 5. In her words the café is supposed to have delicious desserts and decent foods. I, after that, did some researches about the place and it turned out there was a punch of blog posts about it 2 or 3 years ago. It seemed that the place got a lot of attention when it first opened.

People mostly wrote about how good their desserts are and how cool design of the building is but I totally forgot to pay attention to the design with foods in front of me (yes it’s that bad). There are good and bad reviews (about their crappy service) so I decided to give it a try myself.

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