CONTRIBUTED BY JANVIKA SHAH
If you’re feeling nostalgic for the U.S, looking for a new book to read, craving a delicious traditional American dish or just looking to make friends, head to Buy the Book Café. In fact, you don’t even need a reason to go there. Just go and you’ll find yourself mesmerized with the art on the wall, the familiar smells of fresh Western meals or sinking deep into the fluffy couches for a nap.
If there is a yoga teacher in Daegu at the time, which was true during the summer of 2014, you can join yoga classes on the rooftop. The rooftop is also open for various wine nights scattered throughout the year. You can buy a bottle, gourmet cheeses or even bring your own snacks to enjoy on the rooftop. Buy the Book also hosts several workshops such as a foreign language conversation meet-up, art workshops and much more. Every so often, the café hosts a foreign cultural market where local expats sell their homemade treats such as hummus or artisanal crafts such as jewelry.
The food is phenomenal and reasonably priced. The food is extra special as the meal options often include imported goods or even purely vegan ingredients. For example, a blue-cheese birthday with steak fries was offered last weekend for the price of 13,000 won. On Christmas and Thanksgiving, the café also hosts holiday themed dinner. For only 15,000 won, your plate included turkey or ‘tofurkey,’ stuffing, Edamame, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie! The café also has a small selection of items that you can’t find in Korea such as Larabars, American soup mixes or Sriracha sauce!
You can also donate your old clothes here and often, the resale of them or the clothes themselves go toward a charity. Right before the entrance of the café, there’s usually a box with free stuff. To my amazement, I found a cute beach cover-up and a book that I had been itching to read!
Last but not least, the café has bookshelves upon bookshelves of used books ranging from nonfiction travel guides to fictional stories. The books range in price; the least expensive book I bought was 3,000 won and the most expensive 12,000 won. You can even sell your old books for store credit to be used on purchasing more books. I sold three of mine and collected 11,000 won in store credit.
Buy The Book Cafe, Daegu
Hours: Fridays (3-8pm,) Saturdays and Sundays (1-9pm.)
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/157422521938/
Address: 18-11 Samdeog-dong, Jung-gu
GPS Coordinates: 35.8677446, 128.5968454
Directions: Easy to miss, this café is nestled between several shops downtown but most notably on the 4th floor above Mr. Pizza and a block from Billibow, a popular expat bar. You can take the subway to Bonwoldang and exit at 14.