I’ll be away for the holidays…

Merry Christmas everyone! 
(Or belated depending on your time zone)

This was actually my first Christmas home with my family and my husband.

After spending 4 Christmas’ away from home and family it’s nice to be back!

But during those 4 years, something deep inside of me felt sadness, distance, and a bit of anger.

Those of you currently living/working abroad may have felt similar emotions during the holiday season.

Every year while I worked in Korea I actually left the country to push back my emotions and try to make the best of the fact that I wasn’t home surrounded by loved ones persuading me to move home.

But for some you, you have to stay in Korea and keep working through the holiday or your break is split up differently.

I want to take a minute and say this.
To those of you who are still abroad and are feeling homesick and blue this time of year,  I am here for you. I know it’s hard to be away from familiarity and traditions so if you find yourself depressed or wanting someone to talk to my inbox is ALWAYS open.

I am no stranger to my dear friend depression.
It loved to try and control me and steer me down dark alleyways of my brain. It’s cold outside, crying seems normal, and your feelings are numb.
I have dealt with depression from a young age and sought out professional help that has ultimately given me the tools to dig me out of a grade A pity party.

Sometimes change is difficult and lonely.
But you should always know that there are people who have been there and possibly felt what you are feeling now.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to others in the expat groups or people on Instagram that maybe you’ve never met.

I actually met some really cool people in Korea through Instagram!

I want to wish you all a wonderful and safe holiday break.

Be sure to take care of your mind & body!

Lots of LOVE,

Julie Ko

Cafe Gals visit Mr. Holmes Bakery

 Mr. Holmes Bakehouse is tucked away off of the main Garosugil road. It’s in a cozy little area where you can find Dr. Jarts, Asics, and other fun shops. It’s towards the end of the street and you can’t miss it with its gorgeous neon signs! It’s like a little piece of Americana on the busy streets of Seoul. You can find all the familiar pastries from home with a fun twist! All the butter and richness will make you feel like your grandma just made them.
If you haven’t already you should definitely check out Mr. Holmes bakery! If not in Seoul you can visit them in LA and San Francisco!
Now let’s get into the details here:

Prices: 
 Pastries start from 3,000 KRW to 6,000 KRW
Drinks start at 4,500 to 6,500
Menu:
English & Korean
Wifi: 
Found on the first floor of the cafe
Pet Friendly:
Nope
Atmosphere: 
The vibe is fun and chill. Great music and ambiance
Seating: 
Plenty for you and your crew!
Instagram Worthy: 
Absolutely! Snap a pic with one of their famous neon signs and upload it!
Thoughts:
We have been to Mr. Holmes multiple times! This is probably one of my favorite places to get American style pastries. The vibe is great and the decoration is trendy. You can gather the crew and hang out here or bring your honey for a date! Mr. Holmes is sure to please anyone’s taste buds!
🚨Cheyenne and I gave this cafe🚨 
4.5/5

Address:

South Korea, Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Sinsa dong, Apgujeong-ro 10-gil, 34

Open:

Everyday 10AM – 10:30PM

Phone:

02-547-2004

Instagram:

Mr. Holmes USA | Mr. Holmes Korea

xoxo

 Cafe Gals

Cafe Gals visit Cafe De One Piece in Hongdae

 🔥The Break Down🔥


Price range: 

4,500 ~ 16,000 KRW

Menu:

Pet Friendly: 

No 

Seating: 

Indoor and outdoor seating available!

It’s 2 stories tall! 

Wifi: 

Free!

Atmosphere: 

Friendly and fun vibes! 

Great for people of all ages to enjoy!

Instagram Worthy: 

Absolutely! Especially for the One Piece lover!


Final Thoughts:

The Cafe De One Piece is a really cute cafe for anime lovers! Kyu and I both have watched the anime and really enjoy this cafe. Especially with all the figurines and amazing gift shop on the first floor. The ambiance itself is worth the trip! So if you are a lover of One Piece or have a friend/relative that loves One Piece I would definitely recommend coming here! 


🚨Kyu and I give this cafe🚨

☕☕☕/5

Address:


343-10 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
🌟Go to Exit 9 and walk towards Hongik University!

Hours:

Everyday 10AM-10PM

Phone:

02-6373-3106

xoxo

Kyu && Julie

Cafe Gals visit DB Story Hongdae!

DB Story Cafe is less of a cafe and more of a fun craft place. You can however, get basic drinks like coffee, tea, cherry cola, etc. They have phone cases, charms, straps, and a ton more! It’s a good place to come with friends and exercise your creativity. 

They have a store in Hongdae and Dongdaemun and online store. Check their Instagram for the website!

Now let’s get into the details here:

Prices: 

Phone Case- ₩1,000-8,000

Accessories- ₩500-₩15,000

Drinks

Menu:

English and Korean

Wifi: 

Yes 

Pet Friendly:

No

Atmosphere: 

Cool, everyone was having fun!

Seating: 

about 20 seats

Instagram Worthy:

yes! a lot of cool things and your phone case will look cute!

Thoughts:

This is a super fun place to come to with your friends. They have so many amazing accessories and things to make your perfect phone case. I had a hard time with my long nails but if you’re a normal person with normal nails you shouldn’t have a problem! They supply you with tweezers and super glue to help with adding everything. You can bring a friend or many, they have seating that accommodates both. It was so much picking everything and making the phone case. We recommend coming here, maybe not for the drinks, but to let your creative juices flow!   

🚨Cheyenne and I gave this cafe🚨

☕.5/5

💕

Address:

서울 마포구 서교동 345-7 2층
Seoul. Mapo-gu Seokyo-dong 345-7 2F

Open

Everyday except holidays

12:00-9:00


Phone Number

 070 4202 0649

  📷Their Instagram📷

Stay caffeinated my friends! 

xoxo

Cafe Gals

 

Cafe Gals visit Ferry Roaster Noksapyeong

Ferry Roasters is small, hidden cafe behind the main street of Kyungridan. Be prepared for a small trek! This boat themed cafe specializes in donut topped coffee and delicious mini donuts.  If you’re not into mini donuts, don’t worry~ they have large ones too! You can enjoy your coffee and donuts inside or out or even on their spacious rooftop! 

Now let’s get into the details here:

Prices: 

Drinks: ₩4.0-₩7.2

Donuts: ₩6.5-₩7.5

Menu:

Names in English and descriptions in Korean

Wifi: 

Yes ma’am

Pet Friendly:

YES!

Atmosphere: 

Inside: close seating but comfy

Outside: fresh air and mountain views

Seating: 

  limited inside and out and a lot of space on the rooftop

Instagram Worthy:

yes! the theme is cute and there are great views from the roof!

Thoughts:

We really liked this cafe’s ambiance but the seating was really limited and there were only two tables on the rooftop. However, the view and fresh air was really nice. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy the drinks and donuts. The donuts were amazing, they were the best part of our trip. If you love donuts we really recommend coming here! 

🚨Julie and I gave this cafe🚨 

☕☕☕.5/5

💕

Address:

서울,용산구이태원동 225-22

Seoul, Yongsan-gu, Itaewon-dong 225-22

🌟 go out from Noksapyong exit 2 and walk forever

Open

12:00-10:00

Days off Monday

Phone Number

02.6015.2022

 📷Their Instagram📷

Stay caffeinated my friends! 

xoxo

Cafe Gals

Cafe Gals visit Bistopping Sinsa!

Bistopping is a small ice cream shop in between Sinsa and Nonhyeon Station. It’s definitely in an area that you need to map out! If you know how to use Naver maps then you’ll definitely be in good hands! 

Bistopping has attracted a wide variety of clients. When we went there were lots of Japanese people and a few Koreans. They have definitely amped up their business via instagram. 

The system of ordering is pretty fun because you can choose your cone, type of ice cream, and your toppings! In their case you can choose chocolate stars, mermaid tails, chocolate pearls and other assorted goodies! 

When we went in Cheyenne customized hers but I showed the clerk an instagram picture and said, “This one pleaaaase!” They are super nice helpful here! This is absolutely a great place to come!

Now let’s get into the details here:

Prices: 

5,000 +

[[Depending on how fancy you want to get]]

Menu:

Available in Korean, English, Chinese, & Japnese

Wifi: 

Absolutely! Bottom of your receipt! 

Pet Friendly:

No

Atmosphere: 

Very cute! The inside of ice cream shop is small and adorable!

Seating: 

Inside seats about 30

Outside about 8 

Instagram Worthy:

Of course! You can take a picture with their signature wall or the bubble gum pink walls! 

Thoughts:
Honestly I love coming to Bistopping because it’s fresh and delicious! It’s perfect on hot summer days or even lazy Sundays! Bistopping is great for casual meeting with friends or a family hang out! You should definitely come and check it out! You’ll be glad you came!
🚨Cheyenne and I gave this cafe🚨 

☕☕☕☕☕/5

💕Address:

Seoul, Seocho-gu, Jamwon-dong, Sinbanpo-ro 47-gil, 68

🌟Sinsa Exit 3 go straight and cross at Kia Motors 

Open

Everyday from 11AM – 10PM


Phone Number

070-7792-0409

 📷Their Instagram📷

Stay caffeinated my friends! 

xoxo

Cafe Gals