Tuesday, January 5, 2016

A Cozy Escape

If you're looking for a very interesting and eclectic cafe to hang out at, check out Mixcafe Booksungro.

When visiting Mixcafe, you'll find yourself wandering endlessly through its obscure nooks, open sky patios, and multi-leveled interior.

Even though you may feel that it's a bit too cold to be sipping coffee outside these days, the fire pit in the outdoor atrium is a favorable spot for staving off the chills from the winter weather. The warmth of the fire fills the entire surrounding area making it a cozy environment for people to sit, roast marshmallows and watch a cult classic film (with Korean or English subtitles) being projected on the large screen above. You can also watch the flick from the indoor lounge areas on the first and second floor.

The cafe serves coffee, tea, desserts, and a few food items such as pasta and donkatsu (fried pork cutlet with rice). The resident chef was trained in Tokyo and adds a unique flare to the cafe's delicious cuisine. There are lots of rooms, big and small. It's difficult to experience them all in a single visit. There's even an exhibition hall featuring antiques and pieces of art from countries all over the world. It is definitely worth checking out the local artists and musicians that perform in the cafe's intimate concert room. Mixcafe features different artists every month. During my last visit, I was captivated by the enchanting cords of classical guitar soloist, Andrew Blad.

김헌동 (Kim Hun Dong) who is the owner of the cafe, has an impressive personal history of teaching art, traveling, and collaborating with famous Chinese artists while living abroad in China for nearly 10 years. He has an exceptional taste for traditional culture, and a strong dedication to the preservation of classical aesthetics. He is currently working on an enormous restoration project of an old concert hall building located just down the street from the cafe. He intends to transform the space into a multipurpose venue, restaurant and lounge.

Some parts of Mixcafe's foundation even have remnants of the old Japanese colonial trade building from more than 40 years ago. You can see evidence of its historic past by looking down through the glass flooring when you go to the main counter to place your order.

Check out their page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mixcafe-Booksungro/604769636317941