Merci, neco- “Thank you, cat” A Small Neighborhood Cafe in Hapjeong, Seoul

Have you ever heard of the pavlova? According to what I’ve read online, it’s a dessert from New Zealand, and it was named after a Russian ballerina. I never thought I’d be able to try this New Zealander dessert in Seoul.


Merci, neco is a small, quiet neighborhood cafe in Hapjeong, Seoul. It is a 10-15 minute walk from the subway station, so customers there are either people who live in the neighborhood, or foodies who go out of our way to find something unique and delicious to eat.


The owner must be a cat person who likes Japanese culture because he or she named the cafe “cat (neco)” in Japanese, and there were bits of cats and Japanese culture in the books and music at the cafe. The bookshelves were filled with photograph collections and comic books related to animals or food. They had some jigsaw puzzles as well.

Here is their menu. It seems like their menu changes often. They serve coffee, tea, smoothies, desserts, food, and some beer.

img_6384 img_6386img_6387 img_6388 img_6389img_6391 img_6392We ordered the milk tea (6,000 KRW), blueberry smoothie(6,500 KRW), and the very berries pavlova (8,000 KRW).


The milk tea was not too sweet ๐Ÿ™‚ย img_64002img_64012img_64042This was my first time eating a pavlova and I fell in love with it! The strawberries, blueberries, lightly sweetened whipped cream, and the light and crispy meringue was a great combination.

Merci Necoย 



Address: ์„œ์šธํŠน๋ณ„์‹œ ๋งˆํฌ๊ตฌ ํ† ์ •๋กœ 39
Seoul Mapo-gu Tojeong-ro 39

Phone Number:ย 070-8614-1102

Hours: 1PM to 10PM (Closed Mondays)

Maximum Occupancy: 14

Directions: From Hapjeong Station exit 7, walk straight and turn right at the next street. Go straight and turn left when you see a CU (convenient store), andย turn right. Go straight until you hit a bigger street, and turn left. You will find the cafe on your left.



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