French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.
Remember how I had it all planed last week, with my list of must do and must see ? … well, how about the hubby losing his passport 4h before take off ? checked !
So Maelle and I decided to seize of the chance to leave as planned and wait for the Boys in Seoul : 24h of total girly Time !
Lots of fascinating little shops are clustered along a side-street that branches off the main street leading from Ewha Univ Subway station to the university’s main gates.
Maelle was so into trying all the different shades of make up and lipsticks( and anything sparkly actually !) I was wondering when the staff would eventually kick us out. Ne-ver ! in every shop, not only she was welcomed with samples and goodies, but the sellers would advise her on the proper colors to wear, treating her like a real grown up and making sure she had enough sweets in her pockets before leaving !
The place was not so easy to find, but even if English is not widely spoken in the area, all the people we met were really eager to help. A seller in the street pointed us to his colleague who not only spoke English but also had a very smart phone.(note to myself: make sure I have all the directions written in Korean next time!)
The place is a girl’s heaven. Pick up your wedding dress (real beautiful ones !) or your traditional Korean Hanboks , get your hair done, put some make up and click, click, click ! you have 60mn to immortalize the moment. It is pretty expensive (20 to 40 dollars for a dress), but worth it as the café is set like a studio, every corner is Instagramable. Just make sure you go on a week day so you can have all the space (almost) just for you.
Most of the dresses are for adults. Made me think of Muriel a bit too much to consider wearing one too.
How to get to the Princess Diary Cafe: Take green circle line (line 2) to Ewha Women’s Univ. Station and walk out of exit 3. Walk down the street to your right when you exit the station then turn left at the Juno Hair alley. The Princess Cafe is on the 3rd floor of the building to your right.
Those shops are almost at every corner of every street. Maelle was mesmerized and finally popped the question : « Mum, why all people here have such closed eyes? I think they can not they can see as much as we do »
Really ? Why ?
« because that’s why they come to these shop to buy proper eyes »
Healthy and tasty fast food, so you don’t have to break the shopping/wandering rhythm. Perfect !
Seoul has the best cafés I ever tasted -and I am a real café afficionada. After all the sports of the day, we finally pressed on pause in the Caffé Artigiano (right at the corner of Princess Diary).
The place is quiet and has a very sweet homey feeling. While I am indulging in a perfect Cappuccino, Maëlle is fast asleep on the cosy sofa, lipstick all over her happy face.
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