[Seoul - Hongdae] Humming Bella - Terrace Cafe, Freshly Baked Pastries and Bread Daily

I had been wanting to go to Humming Bella in Hongdae/Hapjeong forever and a year. The pastries looked so beautiful and fresh on Instagram and Facebook.

I had semi-high expectations for the cafe because I had read so many different great blog reviews, but since most of the blogs were Korean blogs, I reserved my high expectations because it really seemed like most of these blogs were getting paid or compensated in some way.

This is the menu, sorry it's so hard to read (click to enlarge). Using my own unpatented method of determining cafe priciness, I looked at the Americano price. At Humming Bella, it's 5000KRW, which is medium expensive.

I got the Hibiscus Grapefruit Iced Tea (6500KRW). Now, this was expensive. I really love grapefruit tea and I love Hibiscus tea (anyone else love Tazo Passion Tea; Tazo Passion Iced Tea* (Affiliate Link) from Starbucks). Anyway, I was kind of expecting it to be really flavorful and citrus-y, but it was definitely neither of those things. So, I would definitely say you should pass on this drink. It was definitely not worth 6500KRW.

This is the Pistachio Tart. My friend was actually quite excited to see a Pistachio Tarte since it's so hard to find this flavor in Seoul. I'm only slightly less than medium about it, but she was so excited about it, so we decided to go for it.

The one cute thing, the signature of Humming Bella, is the fact that they make a stenciled hummingbird on every plate. Sorry, I failed capturing it in all its glory.

Overall, the tart was really good, which is crazy since I'm not a huge fan of pistachio. Definitely redeemed the cafe for me.

So, if you do go to Humming Bella, I'd definitely recommend staying away from the drinks and concentrating on the baked goods.

All of the baked goods are made freshly daily. If you want to just get the food and go home to eat, there's a takeout counter at street level.

There are two floors and a terrace on the second floor. There's also outdoors patio(?) or yard space that's on the main floor (one floor up from street level). That being said, it's DEFINITELY not accessible because you do have to climb up about 10-15 stairs.

The interior design is quite nice. I think there's a certain theme they were going for...and it's captured in the picture below. I'll let you draw your own conclusions.

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