Soup Neoul in Gongju
Gwangdeok Mountain, located in the western part of South Korea, is home to hiking trails favoured by locals. It also houses fairytale-like cafes that are well-integrated with nature, and one such example is Soup Neoul.
Huge field of cosmos flowers
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Once you enter Soup Neoul, you’ll be welcomed by a field of bright orange cosmos flowers that light up the entire place. The flowers, which look like something out of a painting, make every corner of the cafe a great photo spot.
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One of the main photo spots at Soup Neoul is a single-seater sofa right in the middle of a field of flowers. The seat is spiced up with fairy lights and lamps, as well as comfy throws and cushions, making the set-up feel super cosy.
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Another popular photo spot is a picnic set-up with a macrame piece hanging from a teepee. Besides cosmos flowers, the spot also has plenty of potted plants strategically placed to make you feel like an Insta-famous #plantmom.
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The cosmos bloom from September to November, and the entire field is awash with hues of oranges and yellows.
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The place is equally as beautiful in other seasons. Spring sees an abundance of blooming cherry blossoms, while winter brings with it views of snow-capped mountains.
Beautiful sunset & mountain view
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Soup Neoul has 2 large infinity pools that reflect the beautiful blue skies. Unfortunately, swimming isn’t permitted here, but the pools do make for an impressive photo spot.
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Visit Soup Neoul in the late afternoon for a beautiful pastel pink, purple and orange sunset view. If you scroll through the cafe’s location tag, you’ll notice many patrons making use of the sunset reflected on the surface of the infinity pools to create photos that will make you say “wow”.
Do note that as Soup Neoul is located in a less-accessible part of the city, the cafe closes relatively early at 6.30pm on weekdays and 7pm on weekends. So if you are planning to head there to snap a shot of the sunset, be sure to work fast.
Soup Neoul is surrounded by the tall Gwangdeok mountains, which means that patrons have a front-row view of the peaks. The cafe has thoughtfully placed bean bags in the outdoor area where you can lounge and enjoy a relaxing time while admiring nature and scenery.
Interesting cheesecake & cookie flavours
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Besides its mesmerising views, Soup Neoul is also known for tasty cheesecakes. The most popular flavour is the Chestnut Basque Cheesecake (KRW7,000, ~USD4.91), which has a nice burnt top and a creamy centre with bits of chestnuts that provide an interesting contrast in texture.
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The cafe also sells cookies in 5 flavours: chocolate, strawberry cream cheese, roasted chestnut, matcha cream cheese, and grilled bacon.
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The best-selling cookie is the Strawberry Cream Cheese Cookie (KRW5,500, ~USD3.85), which is a chewy strawberry-flavoured cookie with macadamia nuts and cream cheese.
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Wash it all down with the cafe’s signature Soup Neoul Latte (KRW7,000, ~USD4.91), which is a cream-based latte with walnut and cookie bits. You’ll love this drink if you enjoy savoury and sweet combinations in your treats.
Getting to Soup Neoul
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As Soup Neoul is located in a secluded area of Gongju City, it isn’t easily accessible via public transportation. Therefore, we suggest that you take a taxi or drive there instead.
Address: 2 Mungeum-ri, Yugu-eup, Gongju-si, Chungcheongnam-do
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11am-6.30pm | Sat-Sun 11am-7pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 0507-1322-6635 | Instagram
Also check out:
- Chani Bear Station: cute cafe with stationery & cupcakes
- Picnicker: a 4-storey seaside cafe that specialising in fruits
- Gang Ho Yeon Pa: single-diner shabu-shabu restaurant
- Dosikhwa: cafe selling madeleines in odd flavours like soya sauce
- NONSPACE: a cafe that looks like a museum with a maze
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