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The Art of Lattes

The most aesthetic lattes of Seoul, check out these ornate drinks and judge how they taste.

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Chuljunsung Chuljunsung

In Italian, latte translates simply into milk. In English, latte means espresso with steamed milk. The result is a creamier coffee drink that some might say is fuller in taste and experience. Over the course, the term latte (once a specific kind of coffee drink) has become so overused that now it refers to any drink with milk in it. Take for example Americano with thick whipping cream as ‘Vienna Latte’ or even mixed strawberries with milk as ‘Strawberry Latte’. Perhaps it may be better to embrace this new wave of lattes and try them out ourselves as some of them have been given a glamorous makeover. Some truly have become a work of art for both the eyes and the mouth, while some are better seen on photographs.

C Through's Scotchino
  • Restaurants
  • Yongsan-gu

Perched on the hill that connects Itaewon with Gyeongridan sits a café named C Through.  With its gray façade exposing its sleek, modern, and the minimally colorful interior, it's almost lonely-looking from outside yet welcoming at the same time. For those of you who are an avid fan of the TV program My Little Television, yes this is the café that was aired. You’ll notice the small My Little Television logos attached to the Polaroid-sized picture/description menu cards displayed on the cashier.  Lee Kang-bin, the owner and barista of the café has also made it on quite a few internationally-known online media Korea’s famed coffee artist. He is noted for his ‘Creamart’ which is essentially Dutch coffee with thick sweet cream. It comes with an elaborate painting on top like Van Gough's The Starry Night. Lee provides this service to only one person a day creating an artwork of their choice. If you are looking for a special drink with a special message for that special someone, you might want to make a reservation through Instagram. Of the few other items that are available, ‘Scotchino’ is a popular choice and also one that was shown on the television show. The description of the drink translates into: “A Scotch candy tasting drink, overflowing with sensibility.” It’ll make more sense when you take your first sip—you also won’t regret trying it. Served in a mini tea cup, the thick creamy like foam comes overflowing, sprinkled with cacao and coffee powder. Whether is it made with

Viva Salon's Monster Latte
  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Mapo-gu

Now, it’s time to quench your thirst with Viva Salon’s signature menu, Monster Latte. This latte is made after Cookie Monster from “Sesame Street,” and it just looks too good and too cute to eat. The mocha latte is topped with soft blue colored whipped cream, 2 marshmallows for Cookie Monster’s eyes and one Oreo cookie for his mouth. 

Stylenanda Pink Pool Cafe's Cotton Candy Latte
  • Restaurants
  • Jung-gu

Chillaxing on sunbeds at a hotel pool, chitchatting with your besties while sipping on cocktails with the warm breeze of summer. Sounds like a small luxury for all of us who can’t just whip out a suitcase and walk out the office door for a vacation dream of. Beach tables and ultra fluffy sunbeds are just a little extra, but to be more elaborate, what if they are all in pink? Pink Hotel is a hotel-themed “everything pink” flagship store opened by Korea’s popular online shopping fashion brand, Stylenanda. Just like any other hotel, Pink Hotel’s first floor is the hotel lobby. Each floor is decorated with different concepts such as spa, rooms, laundry, and pool, and based on the concept of the floor, it displays a wide variety of Stylenanda made cosmetics, women's clothing, swimwear and miscellaneous goods. 

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