Cha Masineun Tteul (차마시는뜰) Revisited
Spent the day walking through Samcheong-dong revisiting some favourite places in the area.
Cha Masineun Tteul (722-7006) is a beautiful hanok teahouse perched up on a hill that straddles Bukchon and Samcheon-dong. The views up here are fantastic as is the wide assortment of teas and side dishes.
If you’re looking to get away from the mad rush of the city, this little retreat won’t disappoint.
I had my usual omija cha (7,000 won), a delicious five-flavor tea, and sweet pumpkin rice cake (6,000 won). Min had a cup of lemon omija tea (8,000 won).
Literally translated as “a garden where people drink tea,” Cha Masineun Tteul has been here for six years.
Buccella’s (723-7339) serves the best sandwiches in the city. I discovered this place a few years ago. They’ve since expanded to all parts of the city and all locations bring in huge crowds over the weekends.
Thankfully the one in Samcheong-dong is a little less well-known so it was pretty quiet in there this afternoon. The tender beef (9,800 won) is fantastic. Vegetarian (9,800 won) isn’t bad either.
Getting there: To get to Bucella’s take subway Line 2 to City Hall Station. Grab village bus number 11 and get off at the fifth stop. Bucella’s is across the street beside Victoria Bay.
For Cha Masineun Tteul, from the same stop (as above) turn left at the police station and follow the road and turn left just before the new Kiehl’s store on the corner. The teahouse is at the top of the winding street on your right.