Another instagram heavy weight in the books: 33apartment in Hannam-dong.
Naver maps link: 33apartment 한남동
The cafe is beautifully designed, and don’t be surprised if it looks a bit small at first: there’s a spacious basement with plenty of seats and selfie opportunities.
We really liked how they integrated themselves into the original structure of the house – including keeping original staircases. This way, it feels like a mini exploration – granted, one that lasts 2 minutes.
The coffee menu is home to a lot of options, that are primarily batch brewed. Upon asking, it was no issue to get them as a pour-over. Even though the place was very busy.
Preparation was ok. Components and filters were rinsed, scale in sight, but probably no timer.
I am personally not the biggest fan of the wooden spoon and the ‘stir and scratch’ of the dripper that comes with it. Instead I like to think the beans need some time alone to mingle with the water. But that’s just a personal thing, probably.
The result was a fairly strong, but tasty cup. Definitely dark fruits, and maybe some chocolate or toffee.
All in all, 33apartment is worth a visit: friendly people, good coffee and good for photos, too.