Bloom & Goûté is a quaint little cafe slash flower shop hidden off the main street, in the heart of Garosu-gil, Seoul. Surrounded by pots of green foliage that harmonises well with the red brick exterior, it is tucked away in an alley and sits opposite an equally as charming pizza place named Pizzeria D'buzza, which I would've loved to try.
As we approached closer, wafts of pleasant flower scent invited us into the store, into the playing field of florists. We made ourselves comfortably cosy next to a window on the second floor and ordered a Lorraine Quiche and a Beef Lasagne, and made the meal complete by adding a cup of tea each. It was a delightful time spent, enjoying the plats du jour that were not only very palatable but also of big, healthy portions, while stealing sips of peppermint tea in between. To add on, the ambiance in B&G is incredibly lovely (think Parisian life) and the staff are really kind, even wishing us to have a good day after hours.
We never got to try the sweets from Bloom & Goûté as much as we would have loved to, for the savoury took up much of the available digestive spaces. The cakes on the basement level looked especially inviting (as they cried, "eat me please!" from the inside of the cake display) and boy do I wish we tried some of them. Well, surely this is a telltale sign for us to return, sometime in the future!
If you're going to be in Garosu-gil (you should, it's a charmer), be sure to visit Bloom & Goûté. If you are approaching from the main road, from the direction out of Sinsa Station, turn left onto Gangnam-daero 160-gil. Continue straight and simply turn right into the alley when you see a shop named "Vase" and voilà, c'est Bloom & Gouté!