This sweet little cafe is tucked away on a backstreet near Apgujeong station, about a 7 minute walk from our apartment. There are so many cafes in this area but I’ve been making a point to seek out ones that are 1) not chains 2) not packed with people and 3) are open late. It helps my studying to get out of the house (and away from the computer), and I want to find some cozy place that I can start to feel at home at and frequent. I find myself resentful of all of the nasty chains lining 가로수길 and want to give my business to someone with a small business, so I’ve been on the hunt.
Anyway, Jessica and I made a good find. Aedems (Adams?) Sandwich is a small cafe that sells the standard coffees, teas, and has fruit smoothies as well. They also have a sandwich and panini menu although I’ve yet to try them out. I can say that the mint-chocolate-chip frapuccino is amazing, and the mango smoothie was reminiscent of Thailand. What I liked best was how friendly the owner is. I asked her how late she was open and she said “as late as you want,” basically, and she even gave us some sliced kiwi as “service” (the Konglish word for free stuff).
Prices are pretty high but on par with everything else around here. I’ll try to get a picture of the menu when I go back sometime so you can see. Coffee drinks are anywhere from 3500 to 5500 won, smoothies are 5000, and sandwiches are 5000-6000. They also sell bingsu but I didn’t get to try it yet.
Seeing as cafes are a dime a dozen in this area you’d think the owners would take care to be nice to customers, but most employees of places I’ve been are pretty cold and grumpy.