Ehwa Womans University is a historical school that dates back to the early 1900s. Its known for its prestigious alumnae, of which include Korea's first female doctor, the first female Korean lawyer, the first female justice on the Constitutional Court, and Korea's first female prime minister. Its campus is just as impressive as its reputation, to say the least. Old(ish) buildings are set on beautifully manicured lawns and there are plenty of resting places scattered throughout the campus. It's worth taking a walk around the school's grounds on a nice day, especially in the spring, when the flowers and magnolia trees are in full bloom.
Vendors sell many styles but they don't often carry sizes larger than 250 (USA size 8), which sucks for big footed western girls like myself.
Koreans usually follow up lunch with a chat and coffee at a cafe, which there is no shortage of in the area. Although my beloved Charlie Brown cafe is no longer in the neighborhood, there are plenty of other options. I generally make an attempt to try a new place on each visit, but I do have my favorites. One of them is Migo (map), located on the same street as the university, just a few blocks toward Shinchon Station. The cafe is comfortable and spacious, with many study rooms available for students, and offers a huge selection of coffee, teas, and smoothies. Migo is also a bakery, selling everything from monkey bread to pretzels to their own "Ehwa Balls." For beverages on the go, there are many free standing coffee and juice vendors that are convenient and quick, especially for those shoppers eager to see all of the stores.
It wouldn't be a neighborhood for women without chocolate and I discovered the perfect place to indulge on my latest visit to the area. Chocolateria San Churro (map) is a cafe that specializes in Spanish chocolate and churros. Featuring a monk on their logo, they claim that their homemade chocolate is "heaven sent." I ordered my churros to be sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and served with dark chocolate dipping sauce. After the first bite, I was pretty much singing Hallelujah. I'll be back in the fall to try their drinking chocolate.
It's safe to say that Edae is favored by women, but it's a great neighborhood for guys, too. Whether one is looking to add to his or her wardrobe or to simply satisfy a sweet tooth, there are countless options to do so, and at prices that won't break the bank.
Get there: Take the subway to Ehwa Womans University (Line 2, Exit 2 or 3.)