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.
The milk tea was not too sweet 🙂 This 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.
Address: 서울특별시 마포구 토정로 39
Seoul Mapo-gu Tojeong-ro 39
Phone Number: 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), and turn right. Go straight until you hit a bigger street, and turn left. You will find the cafe on your left.