Van Gogh Café

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Once you take a seat here, you might not want to leave. Possibly, ever. Born out of the collaborative efforts between Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum and the Korean brand management company Infiniss in October 2014, Van Gogh Café is the first ever of its kind in the entire world. 

Walking into this café through its large glass doors, you'll first notice the glass cabinet with the famous sunflowers, and the wall on your right filled with Gogh's Almond Blossom. If you're a fan of Gogh's paintings, they'll make you take a seat at one of the classic wooden tables and try staying there forever. As such, everyone sitting at the café takes time here to take in the unique yet comforting atmosphere as well as the scenery of the park outside visible through the full wall window, whilst enjoying a cup of Yemen Mocha Mattari, also known as "Gogh's coffee." The café menu here also includes the wonderfully blue absinthe drink, and even the macaroons with Gogh's paintings printed on them. Van Gogh Café has a nice selection of desserts as well, with regular patrons coming in for a Mille-feuille or Italian Cream Torte cheesecake to go.

The middle of the café is occupied by a large communal reading table. With Gogh-related publications displayed on top for any interested reader, you might feel you're inside of a historic library of an art museum.

As you leave this place, you might want to take a look at the Relievo: Van Gogh Masterpieces Reproduction work, displayed at the front of the café. Produced by Van Gogh Museum and Fuji Corporation through the reliefography technique, not only the original's wonderful hues but also brush strokes came alive in this.

Yet, it's not only the looks that this café is interested in. Including lectures and "coloring events," there are art programs held here regularly. You can also find different types of official Van Gogh merchandises imported exclusively from the Netherlands. 

"It is so beautiful and I would so like to see everybody here"—Gogh mentioned of Arles, in his letter to his brother Theo. A foreign town that was warm and precious to the artist, the atmosphere may, surprisingly, be imagined in the middle of this bustling part of the city, through each detail and care that went into this café.

By: Ahrim Won

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Venue name: Van Gogh Café
Contact:
Address: Lotte World Mall
1F, 300 Olympic-ro
Songpa-gu
Seoul

Opening hours: Mon – Fri 8am - 10pm, Sat – Sun 8am - 11pm
Transport: Jamsil Station (Line 2) exit 1 & 2, Jamsil Station (Line 8) exit 11.
Price: Van Gogh Coffee 5,000 won, Vin Chaud Cappuccino 7,000 won, Mille-feuille 7,800 won, Italian Cream Torte cheesecake 7,800 won
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