Seemingly inspired by ABBA’s legendary single, Mamma Dosan or Mammamia Cafe in Apgujeong, is not only known for its iconic pink walls, but also for its beautiful flower decorations and relaxing atmosphere. So, it is not unusual to see the shop being listed as one of the most recommended cafes in the area or in Seoul for that matter. In this post, you will be brought through things you can expect from a visit to this pretty cafe.
Location and Wait Time:
Mamma Dosan is located in one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Seoul. It is also known for its popularity, so it is pretty common to see a long waiting line during peak hours. During busy periods, the waiting time can be long. You may have to wait in line for up to 30 minutes or more to get a table. The line typically moves relatively quickly, but the wait time can vary depending on the day and time you visit. Similarly to other Seoul’s hot spots, weekends and holidays are usually the busiest, so expect longer ques during these times. Weekdays, especially during the morning hours, tend to be less crowded, so it is highly recommended to swing by during these less busy times of the day and week.
Mamma Dosan’s floral decorations create an enchanting atmosphere that is both calming and aesthetically pleasing. As soon as you step into the cafe, you’ll be greeted by a variety of flowers that are arranged in vases, baskets, and even on the walls. Even if they are faux flowers and vines, they make the cafe feel like a secret garden, and the overall ambiance is perfect for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a while.
The cafe’s decor is also tastefully designed, with a combination of vintage and modern elements that blend seamlessly together. The cafe’s teal shaded indoor walls also creates a playful and whimsical vibe, while the vintage posters and artworks on the walls add a touch of nostalgia. There are plenty of corners including those of the outdoor area that are not only comfortable but also Instagrammable. So, whether you prefer a cozy indoor space or a sunny outdoor area, Mamamia Cafe has something to offer everyone.
Food and Drinks:
Mamma Dosan’s menu is primarily focused on pastries and iced beverages. The cafe’s baked goods seem to be changing every now and then and the latest signature dish is their rope buns or braided rolls, which are catered fresh every day. They come with a variety of flavors and toppings, including plain, cheese, pistachio, onion, and cranberry chicken among others. The buns are delicious and visually neat. They are made with high-quality ingredients and well baked, resulting in a soft and fluffy texture with a golden-brown crust.
In addition to their buns, Mamma Dosan also offers a range of other pastries, including financier cakes, pound cakes, and cookies. The cafe’s beverage menu is also extensive, with a variety of refreshing drinks, including iced lattes, teas, and mojitos.
The staff at Mamma Dosan are friendly and welcoming, and the service is efficient. They are willing to communicate in English and are helpful with menu recommendations or special requests. The pastries and coffee are prepared quickly, making it an excellent option for a quick breakfast or a coffee break.
Prices may vary depending on the item, but visitors should expect to pay a higher price compared to other cafes in Seoul. The buns are sold at around 4,500 to 8,000 KRW, which can be considered expensive by some. However, the higher price can be contributed by some factors such as the cafe’s use of high-quality ingredients, their attention to detail, and the higher cost of living of the neighborhood where the cafe is located.
Despite the long waiting line during the peak hours and its considerably higher prices, Mamma Dosan is a charming coffee and pastry place that is perfect for anyone who loves sweets and is looking for a cozy space filled with photogenic corners. Whether you’re looking for a quick grab of a cup of coffee or a place to catch up with friends over tasty pastries, Mamma Dosan is a must-visit destination for anyone in the Apgujeong area.
Essential Info about Café Mammamia:
About Mamma Dosan
Address: 서울 강남구 압구정로42길 45
Naver Map: Link
Hours: 10:00AM - 11:00PM
Parking: valet with fee (5,000KRW for the first 2hr and 1,500KRW for each of 10min after)
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