Friday, November 17, 2017

2017 Nov: South Korea: Seoul: Arriate Fresh Herb Tea House

Another flower themed cafe in Seoul can be found in Yeoksam (within Gangnam-gu).  Known as Arriate Fresh Herb Tea House, they offer drinks and flower bouquets.

On the menu, you get to see wide variety of drinking choices from tea, ale, ade, healthy drinks to coffee and some pastries to choose from.

Pay as you order is observed here.

Food: citron tea (3000 KRW = 120 PHP), egg cake, the brown (chocolate macaroon, 2000 KRW = 80 PHP)
Personal Preference: 7 out of 10 - I don’t regret going here, after all it‘s for the photo addicts and the experience.  This is not a place to taste the sight.  It’s not the café to enjoy cake, the base and side is breaking and not firm.  It’s not creamy at all.  Good thing for me, it’s not sweet. 

I love my citron tea, since I can’t have coffee.  [Read more reviews here]

When food is served, you’ll also be given small set of flowers.

This place is mostly visited by ladies who would love to post Instagram updates.  The cafe is surrounded by flowers and living plants.  Dropping from the ceiling are combination of dried flowers and plastic roses.

For sale are small dried bouquets and real flower bouquets.

What's fascinating about this flower is this looks like the flower bouquet that was given by Samshin (Goddess of Birth and Fate) to Ji Eun-tak after graduating from high school. [Goblin Episode 11]

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 9am
Closing Hours: It mentions 22:00, but by 21:30 the staff already informed me and the other tables that the cafe is already closing.  She started reducing the lights and cleaning up the tables.  So normally, they follow last order call 30 minutes prior to closing time.

But if you are looking for this experience in Manila, head to Evia (Almanza, Las Pinas) for the flower cafe (The Cheesecake Fairy).

Filming Location
I Am Not A Robot  (MBC, Jan 10, 2018) Episode 21

Kim Min-Kyu (Yoo Seung-Ho) and Ye Ri-El (Hwang Seung-Un) were driking at a tea house while mentioning to her that they have something to discuss.

She confessed that "as we meet people and as we go through experiences, we learn about our real selves."  She used the ideology of her not being materialistic as an excuse not to be with him.  She also made a promise to keep her dad being supportive to him regarding work.  She was also being apologetic about her dad, on sending the birthday cards over 15 years written under her name.

Kim Min-Kyu at the same time is impressive of Ri-El for making the discussion and their goodbyes easy.  He also acknowledges the happiness he felt whenever he opens the cards each year.

In the end, she's disappointed not getting his necklace, but happily hopes that the necklace will find a good owner.

How to get to Arriate Flower Cafe Tea House
Location: 668-3 Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Train Station: Line 2, Yeoksam Station, Exit 7

There is also a newly established Arriate in Hongdae
Address: 164-30 Donggyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 동교동 164-30)
Directions: Hongik Univ. Station, Line 2 (Green), Exit 9

Summary: Autumn Itinerary for 5 days in Seoul, South Korea, 2017

Places to see
Food and Restaurants
Where to Sleep
World Cup Park [Autumn/Bong Soo]
Seoul Forest Station [Autumn/K2]
Konkuk University [Autumn/Goblin]
Underground Market (Seoul Bus Terminal)

W Hand Steak [Battle Trip]
Cocoon Guest House
Digital Media [Best Punch]
Cocoon Guest House
Alver [Arirang Live]
Blute [Bok Joo]
Pork Soup Restaurant
Cocoon Guest House
Bupyeong Luggage Locker
Inha University [Autumn/Bok Joo]
Café Valor [Beauty Inside]
Paris Baguette
Cocoon Guest House