Cuttlecore – an aesthetic that embraces architecture with an eclectic mix of styles – is all the hype nowadays, and Blue Leaf is a cafe that perfectly embodies that trend. Sanrio collectibles and teddy bear-shaped cream cakes are only the tip of the iceberg of what this Y2K-inspired cafe has to offer.
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From the outside, Blue Leaf looks like a classic, old-school American cafe with a red and white awning. Reminiscent of an American diner, might we add.
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When you enter, you will realise that the explosion of colours and patterns that decorate the cafe is its highlight feature: from the pastel soft toys that litter every corner to the tablecloths and curtains with various designs.
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Blue Leaf is greatly inspired by the Y2K aesthetic and its interior can be described as a high schoolgirl’s dream bedroom from a chick flick movie.
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If you are interested in collecting old toys, you’ll be delighted to know that the cafe also has limited-edition collectible toys on display and up for sale.
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The Y2K aesthetic the cafe adopts remains consistent even with its choice of cutlery.
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Menu items are served on interesting-looking utensils that perfectly match the vibes of the rest of the cafe.
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For instance, drinks are served in mugs and glasses with designs of iconic cartoon characters, such as those from Disney and Pixar.
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There is a variety of plates used, ranging from pastel-coloured ones to those with Barbie designs. Not forgetting the popular teddy bear-shaped plate that is the perfect size for a generous serving of cake.
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Concept cafes are a dime a dozen in South Korea, but Blue Leaf, with its Y2K-inspired setting that will transport you back in time, is definitely worth a visit for those who are feeling a little nostalgic now that we’re moving into the halfway mark of the 2020s.
Get to Blue Leaf by taking the high-speed rail to Osong Station and exiting by Exit 7. Board bus number 511 and alight in 25 stops, at bus stop Chungbuk National University. Walk for 3 minutes and you will reach Blue Leaf cafe.
Address: 1F, 15 Naesu-dong-ro 55beon-gil, Heungdeok-gu, Cheongju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am-7pm (Closed on Sundays)
For more interesting cafes to visit, you can check out Cafe Neige, a cafe that looks like a Scandinavian cabin in the forest, Dongyang Bakery Cafe, a massive cafe in Incheon with Korea’s top bakers and baristas, and Liebevoll, a cottagecore cafe with pugs and cherry blossoms. Also, Hyuga Cafe that was converted from BTS’s old dorm room and Pie In The Shop, a cafe with hot-off-the-stove pies might tickle your fancy. Or, hit up these 8 pocha streets in Seoul to drink soju like you’re lead of a K-drama.
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