It’s easier to score a good cup of coffee in Ansan and Seoul than anywhere I’ve ever been, and that includes Italy.
Down the street from the hotel is Paris Baguette, which serves French pastry, croquettes, and coffee. (Kind of like Bread Talk but not as fluffy.)
Cafe Windmill behind the hotel serves coffee, cake and sandwiches. There are magazines and a computer you can use for free. I have a great fondness for the manager. After the game last Wednesday I had dinner with Mr and Mrs Saunders and Oliver’s girlfriend Lauren. I asked the guy at the hotel front desk to recommend a restaurant but he didn’t speak English—he just pointed us in the general direction of the restaurants. We wanted Korean barbecue but could not be understood (Naturally I couldn’t find the restaurant where we ate on Monday night). After much futile wandering we walked into Cafe Windmill and the manager not only directed us to a nice, family-owned Korean grill, he wrote down the name of the train station for the Saunderses and told them were the taxi stand was. The least we could do was return to Cafe Windmill for coffee and dessert (The cheesecake and chocolate cake are excellent).
You know what else they serve in Korean coffee shops? Good bagels.
After Starbucks opened in Seoul, Korean business countered with Caffe Béne (Italian for “good”). There are Caffe Bénes all over the place serving fine coffee and pastry in a relaxed atmosphere.
Yesterday after dinner I saw a cafe called A Twosome Place. How could you not go inside a cafe called A Twosome Place? Earlier I stepped into a convenience store called Gag Store because I thought it was the kind of place that sold X-ray glasses and farting cushions.
I’d seen ads for A Twosome Place on Korean TV during a CSI marathon. (Everywhere I go there seems to be a CSI marathon.)
Great place to sit and write, even if you are by your lonesome. In Paris there are cafes—Cafe Fleur, Cafe des Editeurs—that give annual prizes to the best books written on their premises. A Twosome Place literary prize would be awesome.