Cafe Brahms and Eclair

First, a lovely Monet-inspired shutter on a closed shop in Insadong:

A few weeks ago, Domingos and I finally went in a quaint little cafe we had passed hundreds of times before outside of Anguk station, Cafe Brahms. Inside, we found a shrine to Johannes Brahms, a charming and friendly proprietress, good coffee, and Brahms symphonies playing throughout the cafe. What a lovely respite from what seems like non-stop rap in every Itaewon restaurant and cafe! We have been back again since our first visit, and I imagine we’ll return a few more times before leaving Seoul.

Next up: we passed this shop, appropriately named “Eclair,” sometime last year when we were searching for the rainbow cake at Frank’s Cafe. We finally made it back to Eclair to sample their wares with friends of ours last week. I’m sorry the photos aren’t great quality, but you can see how exquisite the eclairs are in the display case:

We got a salted caramel eclair and a tiramisu eclair. Both were fabulous, though my salted caramel eclair had an actual swirl of pure butter on top, which was a little too much even for my fat tooth!

Three weeks from today we’ll be moving into the hotel, getting ready for Domingos’s change of command and taking our leave of Korea. Time is flying by and I’m excited and sad at the same time. Hopefully a few more adventures await before we board the plane for the long flight home!

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