Apparently Minon has closed down!! The situation is a bit strange though, they paid to have painting done and just disappeared~ so the workers left letters on the outside of the shop for a month. We visited again in Oct and the letters are still posted, but the shop was cleaned out on the inside 🙁 RIP Minon. If they return or re-open I will be sure to let you know!
Looking for an adorable kitschy cute cafe in Seoul to sip on some tea and enjoy a cupcake? How about Cafe Minion in Hapjeong 합정 (outer Hongdae 홍대)
The cupcakes here are all very heavy cupcakes, so one is usually my limit! They have a lot of rich cream cheese icings that I do not come across too often in Korea, most cupcake and cake places here use a very light almost whipped cream thing for icing… its not very good :/ This place uses actual toppings though, thank goodness! Many have a similar consistency, but the flavors of each are pretty unique here so enjoy trying a few kinds!
When we came to visit in the winter they had some milk out for a kitty on the rooftop, and eventually he came to join us for drinks! Turns out his name is “oreo” haha perfect name~ While looking through some other blogs on this cafe I found a few pics of a litter of kittens around the cafe, I guess Oreo and his siblings were born on/in the building someplace and have decided to stay around ♥
Nara originally discovered this cafe while he was looking for a place to have our cupcake proposal, and a few weeks after he really wanted to take me here on a date because he liked it so much~ he just could not have the event at this location in the end because it is very narrow and small. That being said, for dates or just having a nice relaxing coffee this place is wonderful~ It is very peaceful and relaxing! Since it is on a side street in Hapjeong it is not as packed inside or busy outside like some of the other cafes~
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Hapjeong really is this kinda magic little cafe land though, always fun to explore the side streets because you never know what you will find. It is one of my favorite areas to go on a lazy weekend or afternoon.
standard selection of drinks here, prices are not so bad considering the area ^^;
The red velvet cake Nara got today was not really true red velvet (sadly it is hard to get a real red velvet cake here in Korea…they never get it quite right!) but it was still pretty good. The icing was very thick and sweet!
This was my “Oreo Cheese” Cupcake, it was like eating a very creamy oreo cheesecake, really good!!!
They have the basics for drinks on the menu here and the cupcakes have a few staple flavors while a few do seem to rotate around seasonally (special holiday flavors or decorations) some examples of flavors usually offered are Dark Choco, Oreo Cheese, Green Tea, Strawberry, Earl Gray, Mint Choco, Blueberry, and Red Velvet.
Cost per cake was around 4,500원
If you like richer cupcakes like “Sprinkles” back home I think you will enjoy Minon Cupcakes a lot ♥ Bring a book or grab one of the ones they have up the stairs and enjoy yourself.
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I have a few photos on this post by other bloggers reviewing the cafe on Korean Naver. If the photo is un-watermarked it does not belong to me and is click-able if you wish to visit the Korean blog it came from ^^
Minon Cupcake/ 미농컵케이크
서울특별시 마포구 서교동 410-7
*** NOTE!! They have some construction going on atm so the last few days I have gone to take more photos, but the shop was closed! If you plan on going you should call first just to see if they are open ~_~; It is the building right next to them that seems to be under a lot of work, so I hope they will only be closed for a week or two. I will remove this when I find out they have re-opened… because I want more cupcakes!***