Anneka and Louise came to visit me in Hongdae while I was still living there. We all wanted to go to the Coffee Prince cafe where the MBC drama ‘Coffee Prince’ was filmed. I’ve walked by the cafe a few times but I never went inside. I’ve heard stories about it being expensive and the taste nothing to boast about. However, since Coffee Prince is one of my favorite Korean Dramas I HAD to at least go once.
Getting there is easy. Just a bit of walking from the subway (map at the end of this blog entry). I have to be honest and say I was a little disappointed. There were no princes. The waiters were all women. The beautiful flower painting on the wall was a sticker that was starting to peel off. The menu seen in the drama isn’t the real menu, which means they raised the prices of everything. The chairs were cheap and flimsy. You weren’t allowed upstairs. Some of the walls were covered with black paper which I think was to prevent fans from writing on them….but it made it look really unprofessional. The lighting inside was bad, so my pictures came out crappy. The outside of the building was kind of dirty. When we were posing with the Coffee Prince sign there were flies everywhere and it kind of smelled bad.
Am I being too negative? I had really high hopes for the place….Sorry.
On the positive side, it was cool to see the autographs of all of the cast. You could buy Coffee Prince merchandise. Our peach iced teas (one of the cheapest items on the menu) were realllly good!