Tonight, I ache to write about food and so instead of writing about Hongdae as promised, I just had to indulge myself. Our Hongdae photos would have to wait awhile before it gets published.
By the time we checked-in at Lottle City Hotel, we were already starving. So before we unpack and rest (the plan was to have a short nap before we conquer the streets of Hongdae), we had to feed ourselves. As faith would have it (plus the fact that we studied the area where we chose to stay), a lot of cafes surround our hotel.
The Husband and I just had to look outside our window and looked for a place to eat. Down below, right infront of our hotel, we saw an attractive looking bakery and I immediately decided, "There! That's where we're going to eat!" So off we went down to have a cuppa and some good bread for breakfast.
I love the concept of a bakery and cafe in one. I love the smell of freshly-baked bread and pastries. Even before we crossed the street, I already smelled the aroma of brewed coffee and baked bread and in a few seconds, we were welcomed at Tous les Jours with a simple. "Annyeong Haseyo!".
Half the space of their branch is the bakery.
Korea is known for their cake arts. Their cakes look so creative and delicious. And since they love eating fruits, they use them to decorate their cakes.
Took a photo of this Teddy Bear Cake because it's such a cutie!
The other half of their Mapo branch's space is the cafe.
Cozy interiors of natural colors and soft lighting.
This one's my favourite. I love it when I find functional accents like this in cafes and restaurants. The cafe was mostly wood and leather and then there's this cute pieces of metal in one corner.
We missed the morning rush so there weren't so many people in the bakery/cafe. We had a blast taking photos.
Bakery cafes are a norm in Korea wherein the bread and pastries are readily available for customers to pick and bring to the counter for payment.
Once you're at the counter, they transfer your goodies unto a plate if you will eat at the cafe or pack them away for take out.
I had the Croque Monsieur which is only a ham and cheese sandwich only that the cheese is on top of the bread. It was a bit toasty, warm and cheesy.
The Husband had Yuna's Blueberry Cream Cheese Bread. It was perfect for him because he has a sweet tooth. It tasted delicious and we loved the sprinkled almond bits on top.
The Husband had a Latte.
While I had Chamomile Tea. REAL Chamomile Tea, not just a tea bag. Since we will nap after we had breakfast, I needed a drink that will relax me.
I love it! Nothing beats natural stuff.
Now for some camwhoring.
The happy Husband with our drinks. Now that's what you call service with a smile.
Their lighting is great...great for taking photographs and portraits.
As I'm about to have a cuppa.
The Husband likes taking photos of me, especially candid ones. He always notice that I close my eyes when I drink or eat something beautiful. He likes making jokes of my silly, crazy habits and I'd just laugh my heart out. And sometimes I'd just smirk at my silliness.
On our last day in Seoul, we dropped by Tous les Jours one last time and hoarded a few of their breads: Peanut Butter Cream Bun (my fave!), Walnut & Red Bean Bread (my mum's fave) and Pastry Donuts.