I got a surprise visit from my friend Jennifer yesterday. I made us sandwiches at my apartment, and we listened to The Black Keys and looked up movies on imdb.com while we chowed. Afterward, we hopped on the train and trekked through the snow to Hongdae. Spent a few minutes browsing through the cafes before settling on Noi.
I think the only thing that really sets this place apart from all the other cafes in the area is the fact that they have turf instead of real flooring. It's mind boggling and fascinating at the same time. I also love being able to see green grass in the middle of an icy winter - albeit fake. The lofty feel reminds me of my old apartment in Decatur. High ceilings are my friend.
Coffee was the norm 5,000-6,0000 won prices. They had some cupcakes in the dessert case, but they didn't look particularly appetizing.
Offhand question: how long are you allowed to use Christmas decorations/lights? Until the end of winter?
How to get there: this is somewhat impossible to describe. It's parallel to the coffee prince street. I'm crap at giving directions to this area.