Once upon a time, I found a lovely library cafe that seemed like it would soon become my regular spot. It was full of books, plush chairs, and outlets, and was called Princeton Square. Best of all, it was a mere two-minute walk from my dormitory building.
The sad truth is that Princeton Square now appears to be closed…for good. The interior lies empty and the closed sign has been up for weeks. While I could be optimistic and hope that they’re just remodeling, I haven’t seen anyone working in the space, so I doubt that’s the case. Honestly, I’m not that surprised, since their prices were quite high and they weren’t busy very often.
So, this is my tribute to Princeton Square, the cafe that could have been the one (…that drained my bank account).
As a library cafe, Princeton Square contained walls full of books. I never actually perused the shelves, as I assumed that they would all be in Korean, and because I always had my laptop with me to blog. But the books gave the space a really great vibe — it was the perfect quiet-but-not-too-quiet place study or get some work done.
All the seats were plush armchairs or couches, and most of the smaller one-person tables were next to extension cords (outlets are difficult to find in cafes!). The latter point might be due to the fact that it was a “library cafe”, and thus better-suited to students and other work-oriented customers. The space was well-lit by overhead lighting, table lamps, and natural light from the large windows, making it a very pleasant place to be.
The first time I went I ordered the milk tea, which came in this cute little pitcher. That made it slightly more worth the 7,000 won I paid for it, since it stayed warm for a while and filled 3 teacups or so. The tea itself was pretty delicious once I added a little sugar. It was also served with two small tea cookies, one sugar and one chocolate chip.
My second visit I got the citron tea (유자차), which was not the best choice. Not because it wasn’t good, just because I could’ve made the exact same thing myself with a jar from the supermarket for a fraction of the price (I think it was 6,000 won). Anyways, I’ve learned to justify high prices with ambiance, and usually stay for a few hours to convince myself I’m getting my money’s worth.
Princeton Square also had free wifi with a strong connection (of course) and was open late during the week (until 10 pm). I would’ve loved to go back a third (and probably fourth) time, but it looks like it was too good to last.