Cafespirations: Hoho Myoll Cafe, Seoul

South Korea is the pioneer of amusing and unique themed cafes – from cat cafes to sheep cafes (yes, sheep!) to study cafes to book cafes, you name it. On our trip to Seoul last December 2014, we had the pleasure of visiting Hoho Myoll Cafe, which is highly recommended by several websites as a must-visit.

The cafe is set against a vintage theme; upon entering you see a decorated retro Volkswagen van that doubles up as a seat in the cafe. Walk in further and you will feel as if you have entered a scene from a fairytale storybook. The entire interior of the cafe is decorated with several mismatched items that seem to match beautifully when you put them all together. Fairylights don the ceiling, cute miniature toy cars and dolls line the sides, and memorabilia are plastered everywhere over the walls.

No table in the cafe provides the same view of the cafe; every seat is a unique experience. With the aroma of coffee in the air and warm lights filling the area, the cafe’s ambience cannot get any cosier.


It was near closing time when we arrived at the cafe and there were only a few patrons. After a while, the small crowd dissipated leaving only the three of us in the cafe. However, the owner was gracious enough to let us stay. The owner is seriously one of the friendliest people I have encountered. He was really excited to find out that we were from Brunei. He also has a beautiful Russian Blue cat who was walking around the cafe. Interesting fact, the coffee shop was named after the cat.


Before leaving we left the owner with a hand-drawn mug and one Brunei dollar (see if you can spot it in the picture above). If given another opportunity, I would stay at this cafe for hours on end, studying and capturing every details in photographs. It will be nice to see if our mug and currency are still there.
This cafe definitely inspires and incites imaginations. I was and am still in awe. I recommend visiting this cafe for the experience. If you ever find yourself in Seoul and you would like visit this cafe, you might find the following details useful:
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 00:00
Location: 93-44 Mapo-gu, Sangsu-dong, Seoul
 How to get there: Alight at Sangsu Station, Line 6, and take Exit 2. Turn left and walk towards Hongik University.

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