by Michael Jones
Cafe Grasse is a quaint, yet wonderfully designed cafe, a stones throw from Sinsa's famous Garosu-gil. The interior is warm and from the speakers soothing jazz music pours through the shop. The interior is decorated with wooden furniture, plants, antique teapots, and the smell of espresso and freshly baked deserts fill the air. As far as design is concerned, this place is warm and it is easy to get carried away by the jazz and to spend hours lost in conversation.
The coffee is also fantastic. We tried the Espresso con Panna with milk whipped cream (5,000 KRW), Grasse's Flat White, (5,500 KRW), and Ice Americano, and a slice of pumpkin cake (7,000 KRW). The Espresso con Panna was strong, but left a mouthful of berries and dark chocolate. The strong taste offered a nice contrast to the sweet milk cream. The Flat White was wonderful, but let's be honest, I'm always happy when I discover a new cafe that serves Flat Whites. The Ice Americano was also very good, despite the fact that I'm normally not a huge fan, but in Korea the Ice Americano is a benchmark that I can use to compare different cafes. And last, but not certainly least, the pumpkin cake was delectable. It was moist, just a tad sweet, and had a hint of spice and a dash of nuts. Everything we had at Cafe Grasse was great and it was nice finding a cafe tucked into Sinsa that doesn't charge sky high prices. The next time you find yourself in Sinsa and in need of caffeine, we strongly recommend visiting Cafe Grasse.
Come out of Sinsa station, exit 8. Walk until Garosu-gil and then turn left. Walk down a bit and turn right on Nonhyeon 151 Gil, then turn left on 도산대로17길.. The cafe will be right there on the left.