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[Insadong] The Secret Korean Foodie Life #91 - Dochaebi-do Banhan Cha-jip (도채비도 반한 찻집)






Whenever we were over in Insadong, we wondered if there was a “real” Korean café that serves “real” Korean tea and snacks other than ones that “call” just themselves “Korean” while proudly selling Italian brewed coffee and I think “Dochaebi-do Banhan Cha-jip” (somehow all these Korean cafes have super long names…) is a proper Korean Café. 





“Dochaebi” is a Korean Goblin that isn’t cute… or handsome either... (whereas the ones on TV are seemingly handsome...) and usually holds a purple bat to hit people with… and the name “Dochaebi-do Banhan Cha-Jip” therefore means “A café that even the Korean Goblin likes…” but don’t be too scared, since there are no Goblins here at the café that I have seen of… maybe on your visit you might be able to see one…





Like any other Korean café the strong scent of Korean Jujube tea welcomes you as soon as you walk into the café and the interior itself has many elements from traditional Korean architecture that adds more “Korean-ness.” The menu itself is full of Korean teas, beverages and snacks that they say is all made in-house by ingredients they have gathered around Korea.






I went with the “Omija-tea (Omija is a Korean wild berry that is red and know to have five tastes – sweet, sour, salty, spicy and bitter, but for me it only tastes sour… which is known to be good for your skin and increase energy in the body)” which was served beautifully, just the Korean way with little flowers made out of pear on top. The sweet and sour taste itself felt like drinking up vitamin and was very refreshing.






The Korean Petite Fleurs that were given were Fresh Korean Chestnuts (lightly sweet) and Korean Red Bean Jelly (super sweet) that looked beautiful with the Korean tea.




This obviously isn’t a place for those you want to enjoy a good coffee, but it definitely is a café just to be found in Korea with tastes that are just to be found in Korea and never at a Starbucks, which is worth a try if you want to really feel and taste Korea. But it isn’t lively as a usual café, so for some of you it may seem a bit like a library…



​Address​​

45, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울 종로구 인사동길 45



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