Gaam

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If you can find this place, you're bound to love it. It's located on the second story of a plaza in Koreatown. You can't tell from the street that it's a plaza, but it's quite nice and full of other places I'd like to visit.

This is the largest coffee shop I have ever been in--it used to be a billiard hall, I hear. The comfortable old Victorian-style furniture, arranged so that you feel like you're sitting in someone's living room, lends a homey atmosphere, although it does mean you are sitting further from your companions than usual (for better or worse).

There is a lot of open space in this establishment, but filing it with more tables would make it look either emptier or restaurant-like, which would detract from the atmosphere. The window coverings are definitely home-made, but I find it rather charming. The menu is extensive and has interesting drinks that you can't find at ordinary coffee shops. There is also a nice outdoor patio with surprisingly comforable seating and umbrellas. The huge private bathrooms are elegant and have couches (by the way, don't flush your toilet paper).

This place also sells old used cameras.

My only complaint is that I ordered a decaf coffee and got one refill and my tab was $6, which is rather pricey. The other people I was with ordered lattees and cappucinos, which were also $6. I can't remember if these prices were listed on the menu--my decaf coffee was not on the menu, but I didn't think it would cost $6, even with a refill, which is free most places. The coffee was good though, and nice and strong and fresh. Also, the music was a bit loud for a place where people go for conversation, but if you go outside, you can't hear it, and I'd imagine you could ask them to turn it down.

Some people who are not Korean have told me that they have been made to feel unwelcome in various establishments in K-town, but my wholly non-Korean group didn't experience any hostility here.

5
★★★★★

If you can find this place, you're bound to love it. It's located on the second story of a plaza in Koreatown. You can't tell from the street that it's a plaza, but it's quite nice and full of other places I'd like to visit.

This is the largest coffee shop I have ever been in--it used to be a billiard hall, I hear. The comfortable old Victorian-style furniture, arranged so that you feel like you're sitting in someone's living room, lends a homey atmosphere, although it does mean you are sitting further from your companions than usual (for better or worse).

There is a lot of open space in this establishment, but filing it with more tables would make it look either emptier or restaurant-like, which would detract from the atmosphere. The window coverings are definitely home-made, but I find it rather charming. The menu is extensive and has interesting drinks that you can't find at ordinary coffee shops. There is also a nice outdoor patio with surprisingly comforable seating and umbrellas. The huge private bathrooms are elegant and have couches (by the way, don't flush your toilet paper).

This place also sells old used cameras.

My only complaint is that I ordered a decaf coffee and got one refill and my tab was $6, which is rather pricey. The other people I was with ordered lattees and cappucinos, which were also $6. I can't remember if these prices were listed on the menu--my decaf coffee was not on the menu, but I didn't think it would cost $6, even with a refill, which is free most places. The coffee was good though, and nice and strong and fresh. Also, the music was a bit loud for a place where people go for conversation, but if you go outside, you can't hear it, and I'd imagine you could ask them to turn it down.

Some people who are not Korean have told me that they have been made to feel unwelcome in various establishments in K-town, but my wholly non-Korean group didn't experience any hostility here.

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