February 2015 Update: I went by the area recently and found that the beloved Rilakkuma cafe has now closed and a generic boring coffee shop has taken its place. How sad.
There are themed cafes all around Seoul and this particular one was not revealed to me until a friend told me about it. Despite having been coming around this year for almost a year, I never thought to go in. I always saw it from the streets – and just thought that it was a Rilakkuma store. Which it is, but there is also a cafe in the back.
Capicapi Loomloom – the name gives away nothing about what’s going on here – is essentially a Rilakkuma-themed cafe. When you first enter the shop, there are Rilakkuma toys and stationary goods lining up the little corridor. There were also special Rilakkuma on display – including that of Mona Lisa and Marilyn Monroe.
The menu for the cafe is on a chalkboard and while the menu is all in Korean – it’s not too hard to figure out once you got your Korean alphabet down. Majority of Korean drinks at coffee shops are just phonetically named after the English. A-me-ri-ca-no~
The cafe area is more buckets of adorable and cuddly fun as the place is covered with toys and things of Rilakkuma. Most of the seating area are heated floors, which I love.
They also have some Rilakkuma and Capi Capi slippers for you to conveniently use once you have your shoes off, in case you need to go pick up your order or go to the washroom.
Reading (or attempting to read) some of the messages on the wall showed the diversity of the customers here. Most, I believe, are from the students and locals in the area. But I did find some from foreigners and other tourists, including one heartbroken Chinese writer – lamenting over bad timing of love.
Nothing completes this cafe experience like a picture with the adorable Rilakkuma.
To get here, go to Sungshin Women’s University Station (Line 4) and exit 1. Walk straight and turn right onto the main shopping street. Walk straight along here all the way to the intersection (you’ll see a Cafe Greenwich on the corner across the street) and cross the street. Turn left and walk straight. You’ll pass a Mr. Pizza (on the second floor) and it’s just four shop spaces over.