‘Cafe Sapoon Sapoon’ In Seoul Would Suit A Robson & Burrard Address

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(via) This spot – which immediately struck us as a sort of a Tractor / Field & Social step-child – might look like it belongs in Vancouver, but the new 4,000 sqft, quick service Cafe Sapoon Sapoon is actually located in Seoul, South Korea. The modern, health-conscious looker from Betwin Space Design fills its voluminous space with commendable restraint, gushing cold brews and whipping up ginsengccinos. Not only is it a bright, stunning example of the open concept genre but it also artfully draws a distinctive line between inside and outside. Its sunken patio nooks – shaded by a retractable awning and floored with Tuscan patina – are shaped by levelled, underlit concrete cantilevers, while the interior is a constant juxtaposition of mismatched tables and seats (low benches, at least eight different chair types, huge communal tables, circular cafe tables). Clean product presentation, to-the-point Futura branding (or close facsimile) and simple menu detailing seal the reassuring deal. We’d want to hang here. Though it’s over 8,000 km away, we believe Cafe Sapoon Sapoon’s spiritual home is closer to Robson & Burrard. Photographs by Yong-joon Choi.

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