Wallpaper has got to be one of the prettiest places I’ve been to in Korea, and I’ve seen a lot of cute cafes/bistros/stores here. It’s the biggest cafe that I’ve been to, with 2 floors and a 3rd one in the works. It doesn’t look like much from the outside,
but the people who work here have kept the old, vintage feel and just added a few bits and pieces to give it a quirky, old-school feel.
The funny thing about Wallpaper is that there actually isn’t any wallpaper – all of the walls are either whitewashed with murals painted over them or covered with bricks. There are also huge windows that let in sunlight to give a warm, cozy feeling. Definitely makes you wanna stay here and just chat with your family.
Seriously, who knew that peeling paint could have so much character? All of the old, chipped wood makes this place that much more lovable.
Unlike most bistroish cafes, Wallpaper is located in an out of the way street instead of busy shopping district, so it has a lot more property than most places. It overlooks a pond and there’s a trail around it you can walk if you want a breath of fresh air.
I’ve been calling Wallpaper a cafe, but it’s more than that; it’s actually more of a bistro. It does have pastries and coffee, but there’s a brunch menu as well, and pizza, sandwiches, salads, waffles and bagels area all served.
Since the brunch special was available, that’s what almost everyone ordered (everyone being my mom, my sister, my aunts, my great-aunts, my grandma and my cousins. pretty much everyone who went out for the lunch at Got Dal Leem). We could choose from either waffles, french toast, or bagel and it came with a salad, bacon, sausage and a drink on the side.
The brunch menu didn’t really appeal to me though; luckily we came late enough that the kitchen was just getting fired up. After a little wait, the full menu was open and I took my pick from the salad list.
Wallpaper gives free coffee and tea refills, so we stayed here for the looongest time. Once the adults were all talked out, my mom, my sister and I went to Terrace Street since we had never really explored it thoroughly. We traipsed past more cafes and clothing boutiques before finally deciding that we needed to take a break from the heat with a bingsoo. Because we had already eaten at Cafe 121, we just settle for Paris Crossaint. I was a little wary of it at first since it was a chain bakery and in the same company as Paris Baguette (which I can never forgive for having such mediocre bingsoo when they make it look so good on the picture. DAMN YOU FALSE ADVERTISEMENT). But Paris Crossaint is a classic Korean bakery and it definitely went beyond my expectations. The breads there were AMAZING (Koreans are actually really good with baking pastries) but I wasn’t allowed to take any pictures :(. No one said anything about taking pictures of the food we paid money for though, so here are photos of the bingsoo we ate.
15 minutes later…
Man, they just don’t have any bad bingsoo in Korea (with the exception of Paris Baguette’s). After cooling down with bingsoo, Calynn and I noticed that Paris Crossaint also sold macarons. Never having eaten one before, I decided to split a vanilla with my sister.
After finishing off the macaroon, we went on our last E-Mart grocery-shopping trip :(. Oh, great retailer of everything that I might ever need in my entire life, how I’ll miss you…
Ooof, looks like I’m slowly making progress with the posts; I did 2 today. I only have 2 more days until I leave for America – eep!!