Hi everyone! This is Sanna writing. I'm a new adition to the INSIDE family here in Hyewha. I am very happy and excited to be able to work here with everyone and meet new friends and have lots of new, amazing experiences!
One of the reasons why I wanted to start working for Backpackers INSIDE is because Hyewha station is a really fun and intresting place to live in. It thrives as Seoul's theater district- with over 80 independent theaters showing performances on a daily basis. It is also a vibrant, youthful student area that is packed with diverse, inexpensive resturants, eye-catching cafes and greenspaces to boot. The neighborhood, while seemingly typical on the surface, is one of surprises. It just takes a bit of digging to discover them. That's why I wanted to tell you all about one of my favorite coffee shops here in Hyewah. It is a Belgian waffle cafe called AND.here.
So if you're a big fan of kpop and the group Bigbang, or if you're just a big fan of very tasty waffles, don't miss this place! They are REAL certified Belgian waffles, they even have a diploma as prof! And I once brought a Belgian friend and she approved. haha
So what does a Belgian Waffle cafe and a kpop group named Bigbang have in common? Well one of the members and his family actually owns and runs this cafe. His mom being the person in charge.
When I first visited AND.here back in 2014 me and my friends had a difficult time finding it cause no one really knew about its location, so it's kind of like a hidden treasure although it has gotten a lot more popular these days, not only because of the owner being famous, but because it is a REALLY great and unique place.
The staff working there is super nice and friendly and if you come there more then once chanses are big that they will remember you and ask you how you've been. AND.here has a great atmosphere. A simple but very stylish design with a mix of concrete and black steal and leather seats and bits of bigbangs lyrics written in sublime places.
Seungri is a fan of comic books so there are some really cool looking Iron man satues and other superheroes on display. Because of Seungris nickname being Panda, a name he was givien buy fans because of his dark eye-circles, the coffee shop has made a lot of room for all the fan gifted panda bears, together with paintings and other cute gifts. The other Bigbang members have also signed coffee cups and the big Gorilla, named Rilla, was a gift from Bigbang member TOP.
If you go there I really do recomend the chocolate chip or marshmallow waffle with Green Tea ice cream. If you're visiting during summer you can also order the Bingsu, Mango or classic. Bingsu is a traditional Korean dessert with shaved ice and red bean paste. If you're coming during night, or just feel like drinking somthing with alcohole they also offer a number of diffrent beers and snacks.
On the second floor there's a smal stage for live music preformances and a terrace if you want to drink your coffee out in the sun. During Bigbangs promotion for one of their single albums last year, they held a live event at AND.here where every member had a chans to taste the wonderful waffles as well.
Hope I sparked some interest and that this Belgian waffle place with a kpop twist is something you would like to visit when you're here in Seoul!