Caffe Bene is the fastest growing coffee chain in South Korea with 760 stores all over the country. We spotted the store during our trek from the airport bus stop to Hotel Skypark Myeongdond 1. The striking store design, wooden planks and metal accents, caught our attention and we vowed to come back during our stay. I told you about the groundhog day breakfast that Skypark serves, the same thing day after day after day. We finally got some relaxing time, so Irene, Lauren and me decided to have our last breakfast at Caffe Bene.
The place has a nice, laid back vibe with dark, heavy furniture and metal aesthetics. The counter and menu were clear and has both English and Korean names. Made our orders, handed this by now familiar (especially with the milk tea shops) order prompter the proceeded to get our seats. After a few minutes, it flashed and I went and got our orders.
Irene and I shared this wickedly enticing Cheese and Garlic thick toast. It seems most places in Korea have a thick toast offering of something like the ones we had in Cafe Pascucci. The bread was tasty and covering in a generous amount of melted cheese, a good choice.
Lauren, on the other hand, had a plain Belgian waffle, which was dusted with powdered sugar.
Lauren had a Hot Chocolate, Irene had a Latte while I tried something on the menu called a Grain Latte because it sounded unique.
The grain latte is apparently called Misagaru, which is a mix of black sesame seeds, black bean, black and brown rice and barley. It contains lots of antioxidants and vitamins and very good for one’s health.
Another thing to note are these little stirrer cum straws provided by Korean coffee shops where you can just slowly sip your hot coffee without removing the lids.
This is a shot of their basement level which has a study room feel to it. It was not open yet since it was quite early and there were only a few customers only.
We really enjoyed our time at Caffe Bene, a nice respite from the monotonous daily breakfast we’ve been having the past few days. The place is very pretty as well as a nice place to relax. I don’t remember the exact item prices but the total bill we paid was more expensive than what we’re used to here.
I’m still not sure how I really like the Misugaru latte, good thing is that I hear Caffe Bene will be opening soon in the Philippines with its first branch located in Eastwood.
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I’ve seen photos of these thick Korean toasts. It’s what I want to eat first when I make my way to Korea.
We loved it also and can’t wait for the thick bread with gelato to arrive with Caffe Bene