Cafe-hopping is one of the things that I do a lot whenever I am in Seoul. I usually make repeat visits to some favourites (Namusairo and Coffee Lab) and check out one or two new places. Some of their themed cafes like the Hello Kitty cafe are really cute and fun to visit.
I read about C.Through Cafe and its barista’s (Lee Kang Bin) marvellous latte art online. I started following the barista’s Instagram account where he posts photos of his videos of latte art demos. His 3D latte art creations and 2D latte art illustrations never fail to amaze me. I call his Instagram feed ‘latte-tainment’.
Isn’t this cup of beverage too cute to drink? I have tried a couple of the cafe’s coffees and other beverages but photos didn’t come out well enough to post here. I have to make many more visits to C.Through to try all the barista’s creations.
C.Through is located on a hilly part of Noksapyeong in Itaewon and getting there requires one to walk up a very steep slope. I usually pant my way up the hill but the thought of sipping a cup of visually and gustatory appealing coffee keeps me going.
The Noksapyeong area has a nice European vibe with gastropubs selling Korean-fusion food and quirky-looking shops interspersed with local eateries and residential apartments.
I have often gone to Noksapyeong for coffee at ChanBros Coffee but never realised that there are these interesting streets just round the corner from the cafe.
On my way down the hill, I like to wander around in these streets just to enjoy the vibe and people-watch. Each and every shop has its own distinct look – you can tell that the owners had put in lots of effort to ensure that his or her shop looked different from the one next door and across the street.
Address: 37, Noksapyeong-daero 40na-gil , Yongsan-gu, Seoul (Exit 2, Noksapyeong subway station)
Opening Hours: Mon-Tue 14:00-22:00, Wed-Sun 12:00-22:00