Slip into an alley, nearly hidden from plain view, and you’ll soon find yourself at a large golden gate that opens up into a secret garden.
Just beyond the golden gates, two stoic stone harubangs, Korean statues often placed at gates to offer protection, greet and beckon you to enter.
Between two houses and past the two statues, a stone path leads to what looks like someone’s backyard but, instead, turns out to be a traditional Korean style house — or hanok — now remodeled, updated, and converted into a lovely café with windows and doors that open up to the outside.
Old fruit trees drip with ripening fruit, a reminder that that this was at one time someone’s lovingly cared for home.
In the garden, bird cages dangle whimsically from tree branches and sway ever so gently in the warm summer breeze.
It’s hard to not be completely entranced by the garden. We had to remind ourselves that we were here for brunch and made our way inside the hanok café to place our order.
The menu consists of typical café fare — light pastries, desserts, coffee, tea, and a couple of different salads. While the menu is mostly in Korean, there is a section labeled “Brunch & Salad” in English. We ordered the brunch set for ₩11,500, which included French toast dusted with powdered sugar, salad, hash browns, sausage, bacon, and scrambled eggs with ham, served with a choice of hot drink.
Plenty of seats are available inside the vintage decorated café. We chose to sit outside underneath a pomegranate tree to enjoy a long and lazy afternoon sipping hot lemon drinks and catching up with old friends. It was hard to imagine we were still in the city.
If you like this café, why not try another one of Daegu’s popular hanok cafés, Mansion 5. For more details, click here.
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Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Brunch is served from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Address:171 Gyesandong 2(i)-ga Jung-gu, Daegu (대구광역시 중구 계산동2가 171)
Directions: The location of La Mia Emily can be a bit tricky to locate on a map as the cafe is located off a little alley way between Miso City apartments and Hyundai department store. The closest subway exit line is Banwoldang, exit 18. From the subway exit, pass Hyundai department store and on your right you will see a small alley with a La Mia Emily sign and logo over the archway. The alley entrance is to the left of the “North Cape” store. Follow this alley, and the cafe signs until you reach a gate. Enter through the gate past the stone statues into the courtyard. Alternately if you know where Miso City is, you can enter right across from the parking garage for the Miso City apartments. Once across the street, look for La Mia Emily signs.