Cafe Princess is a little cafe overlooking Yonge street. It’s a great place to have a coffee and relax on the couches.
The entirety of the coffee shop is located on the second floor of the building. You’ll have to take a flight of stairs to get there, unless you can fly. At which point I’d be wondering why you’re there in the first place and not zooming through clouds.
The cafe has an old look to it. Its almost as if porcelain dolls should be sitting at each table. I for one find those scary, so its a good thing the don’t have them. I’m afraid to say this, but it also has a Victorian look to it, if I can even call it that.
I went there around 7pm so it was a little busy. I was still able to grab a seat as soon as I came in with my friend. The sun was still out and lit the room. The sun’s light is quite unforgiving when it comes to beauty. Take for example your face. If you have a spot on your face you want to hide, there ain’t nothing you can do about it when you try taking a selfie. Same thing goes for Cafe Princess. It was my first time being there and everything looked old and dated. Obviously I didn’t have a good impression and reluctantly sat in the seat. For whatever reason I always feel Victorian styled chairs are dirtier than they probably are.A few minutes passed by and the sun goes down, and the house lights come on and wow, what a difference it made! Let’s go back to the selfie example. When you’re in the washroom and that soft light hits your face, you can defintely take a selfie. This explains all the bathroom selfies. Well, this lighting just did it fo Cafe Princess. Suddenly the old furniture didn’t look so old, the walls didn’t look so cheap and faded. Everything seemed to match.Everything looked old… but cool old. You can see from the pictures they have seating for groups of four or two, with a variety of couches and chairs. Feeling a little bit better about the place?Coffee & Food
I probably should have thought this through before deciding to write a review on this place. My friend and I actually didn’t order any coffee, so you’ll just have to go and hope for the best.
Some notables on the menu are patbingsu (팥빙수) and shikhye(식혜). Patbingsu is a shaved ice dessert while the shikhye is a sweet rice beverage. Add to that some coffee, tea, milk shakes, and other misc food and you’ve got a full menu.
The large menu is why we didn’t order coffee. My friend ordered a strawberry shake, and I had a citron tea (유자차). The strawberry shake was pretty good. Nothing too special but it was sweet, and only $6.00.
The citron tea tasted just as I expected it would taste. Sweet like an orange. You could get the same taste if you bought the jar at the grocery store, but everywhere, even in Korea, they all taste the same. Usually if you finish your drink you can ask for more hot water, but I wasn’t sure if it’s possible here. It probably is OK, I just haven’t ordered tea in awhile. The citron tea only put us back about $4.00.
Cafe Princess is a good spot if you want a cheap quiet place to catch up with a friend. Not really popular and you won’t be seeing many people on their laptops. It’s just people connecting the way we should be. There are a lot of small cute coffee shops in Korea, and this one gives just a tiny glimpse into what it’s like. I should say that you shouldn’t expect this to be like a cafe you’d find in Seoul, maybe more like in the country side.
In the heart of Korea town, with a norebang (singing room), restaurants, and bars nearby, you can’t go wrong. Why not stop in for an hour in between rounds for the night?