Hot coffee and snow ― in May? This coffeehouse has bothTired of your standard Starbucks-style coffee shop? Now in Sinchon there’s Whoever, a coffee and herbal tea cafe that keeps its patrons coming back with its unique setting and drinks.
The menu includes a multitude of options including non-alcoholic cocktails and American-style hot dogs. Teas like Grendadine Rose Flower, Peppermint Lime Blossom, Morning Dew Lavender and others cost 3,500 ($2.80) if you drink them on the premises or 2,300 won for take-out.
Why the premium to drink in the cafe? Whoever offers exotic experiences not found in other coffee shops.
On the first floor, there’s a room where it “snows” year round - a great place to enjoy a hot drink.
In the second-floor aroma room, a hands-on introduction to the world of herbs awaits the passionate tea drinker. Rosemary pots are placed in front of each seat and a book about herbs sits on a long table. An aroma humidifier gently releases a fine, fragrant mist.
Herbs are known to treat headaches, fatigue and indigestion. The art of aromatherapy has been popular since ancient Egyptian times, and Whoever lets you indulge your every herbal fantasy with herbal soaps, aroma sprays and small bottles of herbal tea, to name just a few.
The cafe also prints free photo stickers of its customers to take home or give to friends. And, it lends personal digital assistants to patrons in need.
Drink and dessert sets cost 5,000 won. Cheese hot dogs are 2,300 won.
Whoever is a stimulating place for anyone who wants to enjoy that usual drink in a most unusual place.
To get to Whoever, take the subway to Sinchon Station. Walk out exit 4 and go straight ahead 50 meters (55 yards), then turn right near the Gold-I jewelry shop. Walk another 30 meters and Whoever will be straight ahead.
Theme: Coffee, herbal tea shop
Location: Sinchon district
Hours: 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Tel: (02) 313-2866
by Gloria Cha