Creamy Creations at C. Through Café

By Avery Souders

Each and every cafe in Korea has their own unique twist on the coffee shop style and what can be found inside. From quiet and quaint to rowdy with animals, there is a cafe for almost anything. For those looking for the artsy aesthetic, C. Through Cafe is just the place. They are best known for their cream art created by artists Lee Kang-Bin. He draws everything from cartoons to replicas of famous paintings. 

Located in an alley in Itaewon, C. Through Cafe can be easily admissible as any other building. What you need to do is look for the gray building with a pastel pink door. There are also Hangul letters on the door that read ‘#ㅁㅜㄴ’ and a white hand print by the handle. The interior is a minimalist, industrial style, with just the right decor design to make it feel homey. 

Lee Kang-Bin is their resident cream artist. However, if you want to have him create one of his coffee masterpieces, you have to make a reservation and send your visit date, name, the picture you want to be drawn, and contact information. Moreover, the prices are a little high for the cream art by Lee Kang-bin, but don’t let that deter you from ordering their other drinks and desserts that range from 6,000 to 8,000 won. 

The cream art that can be made must be requested or can be from a theme, the more intricate the drawing the more expensive it is. Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want their own mini Starry Night by Van Gogh or The Scream by Munch in their coffee? If these paintings aren’t your style, he also draws little cartoons, like the characters from Peanuts. C. Through Cafe is truly a one-of-a-kind place to get a custom painting on your drink.

C. Through Cafe is open all week from noon to 8 o’clock at night and is located in Itaewon. For those who are not into coffee that much but still want to try their drinks, they do substitute it with vanilla milk. This cafe is a must-try while you’re in Seoul!

Have you ever gone to C. Through before? What was your experience like? If not, what would you like drawn on your coffee?

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Written by Avery Souders

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