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A sweet potato latte between pages in Seoul

April 13, 2009

Books and sweet potatoes are probably an unusual combination for most cafe goers. Although the combination is a little odd in Seoul, it is not surprising to see a cafe blend the two to produce something completely refreshing for the tastebuds.

Book cafes are already a popular cafe concept in Seoul, while sweet potatoes can be found almost anywhere. Street vendors sell them steamed, pizza shops use them as a topping, smoothies have them mixed in for flavour, and cafes serve them up pulped, blended with frothed milk to be drunken as a latte. In Korea sweet potatoes are considered good for the heart, books are good for the mind: holistic well-being food.

“Between Pages” cafe has to come under the label of well-being provider. Its long slim-lined interior, bench seating and private corners bring a sense of casual often forgotten in upbeat cafes today. At Between Pages, chatting, eating, drinking; or reading are the only requirements needed. A chance to catch your breath from the crowds outside, if only for a short time.

by Cate

Purple coloured lattes may clash with the interior but they do suit the atmosphere. At Between Pages, you are meant to think healthy even if caffeine and muffins are on the menu.

by Cate

Around the cafe ornaments have been nicely arranged, pictures strategically hung, and paper drawn, doodled, and scattered under glass–all carefully thought out.


Purple lattes aside, the only real colour found in this cafe comes in splashes. From the bold orange counter to the country checkered seating.

by Cate

With the occasional fairy light added for artistic effect.

How does the sweet potato latte taste? Try it.


To get to Between Pages, find Ssamzie Market in Insadong and make your way to the fourth floor. To get to Insadong, take subway line 5 to Jongno-gu exit 5. It’s a five minute walk from there.

Caffeinated Traveller

  1. April 13, 2009 1:38 pm

    lattes with sweet potatoes. that’s a drink to try. was it good?

  2. April 13, 2009 5:13 pm

    Fascinating! I haven’t been to Korea, but I do love sweet potatoes… when I get there I will look out for it 🙂

  3. Erica Johansson permalink
    April 14, 2009 12:44 am

    I love the concept of book cafés and this sounds like one of the better. Beautiful pictures, as usual!

    • April 14, 2009 1:15 pm

      Ms N – the latte wasn’t too bad. Just a little sweet and quite creamy. It is worth trying out.
      Rachel – thanks for stopping by. In Korea you can get any kind of food with sweet potato including yogurt.
      Erica – Cheers, I shot these using RAW file. Makes a big difference in the colours.

  4. April 14, 2009 4:39 pm

    Cate you are amazing. These sound like delicious drinks! Pictures really are worth a thousands…do you really like shooting in RAW? How do you manage the impact on storage space they are so large…

  5. April 14, 2009 4:40 pm

    I meant to add “words”….but I imagine you got the gist. Cheers -S

  6. April 14, 2009 7:19 pm

    Well, thanks a lot Cate. I’m a HUGe fan of sweet potatoes. Now I have to fly to Seoul like, tomorrow, go to Between Pages, and then return in time for a work meeting in three days. Most. Expensive. Latte. Ever.

  7. April 15, 2009 12:40 pm

    Sounds very cozy, and the sweet potato twist is intriguing!

  8. April 16, 2009 7:15 am

    It’s posts like this that make me excited to go to Seoul!

  9. April 16, 2009 2:16 pm

    Sharon – Sometimes I shoot in Raw but I usually forget about it.

    Wil – expensive latte but probably worth the decadence!

    Heather – the colour was also an eye opener.

    Bryan – hurray up and get here. There’s lots to see and do.

  10. April 19, 2009 11:30 am

    Sweet potatoes! They have them grilled I think, sold on the streets of China. I bought some to try when I was there a few years ago, since it’s been a long time since I ate a sweet potato – brings back memories of when I was a little girl growing up in Singapore.

    Latte looks delicious!


  11. Erin permalink
    April 28, 2009 11:25 am

    Great writings Catherine, yes sweet potato chips deep fried of the street, but as a coffee drink….thats almost ‘starbucks’ flavoured coffee, hmmmm, im staying silent and biting my lip clenching my keyboard tappers shut!!! doh. Nooo not flavoured coffeeeeee whats the world comming to.

  12. Vivien permalink
    June 4, 2010 9:59 pm

    :O So this is where YongHwa & SeoHyun on ‘We Got Married’ went!! kekeke i really wanttt to try a sweet potato latte 🙂 ㅋㅋㅋ

  13. mimi permalink
    June 8, 2010 2:52 am

    hi.. i just come back from korea last week..and i’ve tried it…:). if you like sweet potato u might like it..

    • June 8, 2010 8:29 am

      Hi Mimi, it’s a little different isn’t it. Healthy as well. Did you enjoy yourself in Korea and try some of the odd tasting foods?

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