Soho Cafe has been situated on a prime piece of real estate alongside one of the bigger rivers feeding into Gwangju Lake for a loooong time. It’s proximity to the Eco-Park and local tourist attractions, coupled with the scenic drive along road 887, have ensured it’s everlasting popularity. With more development and options opening up around the area it was only a matter of time before this cafe changed hands and underwent a much needed renovation. The new owners, a mother-daughter team (at least according to what I’ve learned on facebook), have done a good job of making this cafe look at bit more inviting during the darker hours of the night…it’s the brightest place in the neighborhood!
It’s exactly the kind of cafe you would imagine finding on any ‘date course’ around the peninsula, serving pizza, pasta and of course coffee, but the landscaping gives it a distinct advantage over the competitors. Fountains all around, outside seating near the river and a tepee of all things, certainly add to the uniqueness.
Making pizza at the house is something we are well equipped to do (and do often) so personally I can’t justify paying 18,000won for a pie, but the pasta and homemade don katsu, although equally pricey, were pretty damn tasty. Need some wine to compliment that fried pork cutlet? They have plenty of options.
All said and done, it’s tasty food and drinks served in a beautiful atmosphere. There are certainly cheaper options around, but the old adage “you get what you pay for” is more than applicable. It’s also right down the street and only a five minute walk so stop in and enjoy a coffee near the river in their back garden during your next visit.
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