Brick Lane Spitalfields | London Nostalgia in Seoul [From the Archives]
If you enjoy open airy cafés and are looking for a bit of London in Seoul, then you need to head over to Brick Lane in Itaewon.
This two-story coffee shop on the main road from Noksapyeong station is pretty difficult to miss. A giant Union Jack canopy customized with BRICK LANE in huge bold letters practically yell at you from across the street! There’s also a decorated pig statue outside, which is also pretty unique.
Although you won’t find any crowded food stalls or Indian food here, there are plenty of interesting drinks and cakes!
The interior is both light and inviting, with fresh flowers and wood accents to keep the atmosphere warm and comfortable. It feels more like South Kensington than East London , but I can forgive the discrepancy. Here, nostalgia takes over and just makes me plain happy!
On this particular day, I brought Chirine, another fellow Londoner ! Since we arrived on a beautiful spring day, we opted for freshly blended juices. Chirine ordered fresh grape while I got grapefruit. The music was a bit loud inside so we moved out onto the terrace.
Both drinks cost 6,000 won each, but were really big! Also, they didn't seem to have any added sugar, which we both appreciated as most places in Seoul seem to add sugar to everything. It's fruit -- it's sweet already!
The first time I visited Brick Lane, I tried the Royal Milk Tea. Although it's a bit pricey at 7,000 won, I say it's worth it. I don't normally order drinks like this so I don't mind treating myself once in a while! Their milk tea is also just the right amount of sweetness, perfect for the British/European palate.
After a couple hours of work and with our juices finished, I couldn't resist trying one of the strawberry tarts with its giant, red strawberries!
Despite how beautiful the tart looked, every component was slightly off. I won't into detail, but for 7,000 won, I wouldn't buy another one. I'd rather head down the road to Café Ohana and get one of their perfect made tarts.
Don't get me wrong. The tart wasn't terrible , but considering how well designed and styled the rest of the café looked and how delicious the drinks tasted, I couldn't accept such a mediocre fruit tart. If you can't make a proper pastry cream, you should be making a strawberry tart.
As you can see, the upstairs is just as wonderfully open and airy as downstairs. When the weather's nice , they open the windows which make you feel like you're on a balcony rather than just the second floor!
Brick Lane's prime location and beautiful décor make it a popular spot, but if you manage to grab a seat, you'll be able to relax to the gentle chatter of other patrons with a great drink in hand! There's also a foreign book store right next door so you can also pop in and peruse their selection -- a perfect relaxing activity on a sunny day!