I’m a tea fan. The pantry in both my parent’s house and the place I share with my sister can attest to that. Heck! Even the desk drawer at the gold mine I used to work at can be counted as evidence! That said and done, I’ve been a little disappointed in Korea’s lack of tea. Now family back in Canada, I know what you’re thinking… ‘No tea in Korea? What do you mean?’
First I want to clarify that there is tea here…but I suppose I’ve grown to be spoilt with the large and varied collection of tea that can be easily (and moderately cheaply) found back in even the most bizarre place…Saskatchewan. Also if you’re to go to a coffee shop here in Seoul, you pay between 4,500-6,500원 per drink. Unlike Saskatchewan where if you were to order a pot of tea it would be usually half the price of a latte…here the prices are the same. This has led to me buying more coffee based drinks instead of tea. I find myself unable to justify ~$5 for a cup of peppermint tea.
However, when I came across this post on a British-style tea house, my curiosity was piqued. It was right up my alley with a potential collection of tea that would make me very, very happy. So, after our verbal interview/test at Sogang was done, I convinced my classmates Karin and Silvia to take the short walk with me to Edae to check it out and do our Korean homework for the day. Apparently my definition of ‘short’ was a bit different for my friends. I’m fine with the ~15-20 minute walk to Edae from Sogang, but they were cursing me a little by the end ^^
The tea house is very easy to find. From 이대 역 (Ewha Woman University/Edae station), you take exit 3 (the one with the Daiso at it) and walk towards Ewha Woman’s University. You take the second right, and the first left. After that you should be able to see the entrance way to a place called ‘티안팡 – Afternoon Tea’ (Tea Anpang – Afternoon Tea).
I love the inside of this cafe!! It has petit point embroidered chairs, walls filled with vintage china cups and tea pots, and the door to the bathroom is actually a large mirror! ^^
We got there around 1pm on a Wednesday and the place was completely empty. By the time we left though (around 2:45) it had started to fill up.
We each ordered a drink and one of the treats. It isn’t often that I buy desserts at cafes, but this one was fancy!
Karin got the 호박 타르트 (hobak tareuteu – pumpkin tart), Silvia ordered the 치스케이크 (chisukeikeu – cheesecake), and I decided on the 스콘 (seukon – scones). To drink Karin and Silvia both got herbal teas – Fruit Paradise and Lemon&Lingdon. I ordered the Apple Cinnamon Chia.
This place does presentation amazingly well! It’s warm and cosy, the cups come with a doily under them, the kitchen/cashier’s desk is made up of tea canisters, and the waiter was dressed up with a bowtie ^^ Out of all the desserts, I think the scones were my favourite. They arrived hot out of the oven with a little dish of apple jam with big pieces of apple in it and another dish of what we think was butter (because that’s what would makes sense), but it certainly didn’t taste like butter! Regardless, it went very well with the apple jam. The cheesecake and pumpkin tart were also very tasty, but the pumpkin tart was a little dry.
My chia was very delicious and came with silvers of apple in it.
The herbal teas were really nice as well, particularly Fruit Paradise. I find some fruit based herbal teas can come off as a little bland, but that wasn’t the case here.
After we had finished our drinks and snacks and were starting on our homework, the waiter came around and asked if Karin and Silvia wanted more hot water for their tea. It was so nice that they got free refills! That’s something that I haven’t see in any other cafe in Korea yet.
Overall, we really enjoyed our time at ‘티안팡 – Afternoon Tea’….but it was on the more pricey side. It was 5,000-6,000원 and the desserts were all 5,000-5,500원 eat, but I regret nothing! I will definitely go back when I’m looking to treat myself. Now I’m off to search for a traditional Korean-style tea house to try next!
Till next time!