Thursday, March 5, 2015

Cafe Nazzzam (hammock cafe/nap cafe), Gyedong

It's no secret that Uncle Yenny is an uber lazy person. Being lazy means that I do zero exercise, and zero exercise means that I'm super unfit and have a terrible tendency to get tired very easily. So, what to do if you're out and about and feeling tired enough to zonk off in public?

Well, you could go to a regular cafe and take a nap while slumped over the table in a most uncomfortable manner.


You could head on over to the awesome Cafe Nazzzam, where you can take a nap while laying down in a cosy, comfortable hammock, swaying your worries away. :D

So... Cafe Nazzzam is not really a "cafe" in the conventional sense of the word. There are no chairs or tables to sit at, no food being sold, and drinks are served to you in a take away cup only when you're ready to leave. Still, the concept is unique and pretty darn awesome. It's a large room with twelve or so hammocks strung up about the place and you can lie down in one to read, take a nap, or just relax. The owner wanted to create a place where people could come and rest their weary souls, and I daresay restfulness is easily achieved when you're swaying gently in a hammock with classical music flowing softly in the background.

(Side note for any K-pop fans, it's also the place where an episode of Super Junior M's "Guest House" was filmed. So by coming in and touching stuff, you could potentionally be coming into contact with Eunhyuk or Donghae's germie germs. Woot.)

As for the price..? A very reasonable 5,000 won buys you an hour of hammock time, which includes a drink at the end. An extra 30 minutes will cost you 3,000 won more, but of course you can stay as long as you like and and the total will be calculated when you leave. (I stayed for 2 hours and paid 10,000 won.)

To use the cafe, first change your shoes and pop on a pair of soft, fuzzy slippers...

Then climb into your comfy hammock. These can be sectioned off with nifty little curtains, so you don't have to worry about people ogling you while you sleep. :P

This was my home for the next two hours. It was blisteringly cold and windy that day, so the soft blanket and hot water bottle were really comforting!

Other things you can utilise around the place are eye masks while you sleep, and books to read:

Lots of little pot plants and humidifiers make the room comfortable and homely:

Yay for free oxygen and moisture! XD

After two hours, I finally rolled my lazy butt out of the hammock and proceeded to get my drink.

Cute kitchen area :3

They had a nice range from coffee (including decaffeinated), to herbal tea (like chamomile and mint), to Korean style ginger tea and citrus tea. There was also the choice of hot chocolate and some other more adventurous tea flavours like chilli mango black tea. I was pretty impressed to see that they use UK brands like Horniman's, Whittard's, and Twinings.

I ended up choosing milk tea. The lovely owner made it just right, with a strong enough flavour from the tea leaves and not overly sweet. ^____^

One final thing to keep in mind... Payment is cash only, no cards:

Happy napping, sons!

Cafe Nazzzam
Hours: 11am - 7pm Tues - Fri, 1pm - 7pm weekends, closed on Mondays
Address: 서울시 종로구 계동 115-1 3층 (3rd floor, 115-1 Gye-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul)
Directions: From Anguk Station exit 3, take the first left and keep going straight for about two minutes until you come to a small 4-way intersection. You'll see Cafe Nazzzam across the street on the left, in the same building as the Mini Stop convenience store.

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