If you are coming to Seoul for the first time some places are a MUST visit! Seoul has a lot of famous spots, such as Gangnam and Itaewon, and today I will introduce you to the best one among the three: Gangnam. Gangnam literally means “South of the River”. Gangnam District is the third largest district in Seoul. This neighborhood is famous for its crowded nightlife, shopping areas, and also famous restaurants. Also, another very attractive point of Gangnam are the cafes! Gangnam is full of different thematic cafes for you to explore, from cat cafes to the color themed cafes. In this post, I will introduce you to the Mamma Mia cafe!
The menu changes all the time, but no matter when you go you can find a huge variety of cakes and other delicious desserts. The best part about the menu in this cafe is that it wasn’t only very cute and pretty, but also delicious! The prices went from around 3,000 won to 8,000 won, but I must say that literally, everything on that menu was completely worth eating! One positive point goes to the fact that, as for the desserts, it’s self-service, which makes it better check what you want among so many options.
As for the drinks, they had a menu similar to pretty much anywhere else. The thing about this cafe is that you have to order a drink if you want to eat a dessert, which can be a bummer if you were looking for a cheap place. Drinks costs around 9,000 won which. Although the price seems high and unattractive, the drinks were just as good as the desserts I tried with my friends, and I would totally try it again! If you are a choco mint fan, special recognition goes to their choco mint latte with choco chips. Very soft and sweet, one of the best choco-mints I’ve tried in Seoul.
Mamma Mia cafe’s aesthetic
Mamma Mia cafe has a very Barbie doll-like aesthetic. Not only for the pink colors they used all over the place, but also because when you get in the cafe you have a strong feeling that the place could totally be Barbie’s house, it’s as if Barbie herself decorated the whole place. Everything helps to build this really doll-like atmosphere! The cafe is decorated with a lot of Disney themed merch, and also a lot of flowers and paintings that give out really cozy and warm vibes.
The aesthetics of the cafe are also very French. You can see they were inspired by French bistros, as they built up inner and outer spaces for customers to enjoy their orders. For the outside area, they placed some tables and chairs on something that resembles a garden, and put some very European lamps to decorate, alongside a very beautiful plant that hangs on top of our heads if we seat outside. The mood is very 80’s like, I recommend visiting it on spring as the plant’s flower will have blossomed, giving a very pretty view.
The upper part of the cafe is decorated with several paintings and flowers – that part resembles more the Barbie House. It’s white, with some victorian tables spread around a big and cozy room. There’s a big and pretty tronk located in the middle of the floor, with beautiful flowers around it. It gives a cottagecore vibe that will make you feel just like having breakfeast on a queen’s garden.
You can tell they were very cautious with details and everything else, the whole place looks really clean, nice and new. And of course, they have a lot of spots for your instagram posts!
How to get there
As you can see, the cafe is not exactly super near the subway, it’s located a few blocks away from Apgujeong Station. You can also try getting there by bus, although it won’t take you more than a 10 minutes walk from the subway to the cafe. The address for the cafe is 45, Apgujeong-ro 42-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea – so you can search the best routes from where you are coming.
The cafe is open from 12:00 to 23:00 every day of the week, so take your time checking out karaokes, bars, and restaurants that you can find only in Gangnam! If you are going to Gangnam with plans for lunch, I suggest that you leave the cafe for dessert! Furthermore, take your time to enjoy the beautiful view of a modern city only Gangnam can provide to you.
I believe you will have a great time in this cafe! If you visit it after reading this post, leave a comment below and let me know if your experience was as good as mine! And don’t forget the most important part: have lots of fun in Hongdae, whether you’re alone or with friends.