Try Gäbi for the coffee and pastries, stay for the cultural immersion

Gäbi’s lychee rose cake
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Gäbi Coffee & Bakery is as much a trip through Korean culture and history as a destination for coffee lovers. Located in the same strip mall as the popular Hobak Korean BBQ, Gäbi is a calming sanctuary filled with flora, mismatched Victorian furniture and turn-of-the-20th-century-inspired Korean artwork.

One of the most eye-catching and Instagrammable features: a greenhouse located just behind the coffee bar, where bakers prepare the day’s artisan pastries, desserts and cakes. Take off your shoes and sit on a giant wooden staircase in the back, or find a spot on a swinging sofa before satisfying your sweet tooth with a lychee rose cake or a slice of DanMee with orange mascarpone mousse and berry wine gelée. Gäbi also offers fresh brioche toasts, croissant sandwiches and salads, though the coffee and tea program are clearly the heartbeat of the shop.

As the jazz music playing overhead and the rock records on the bathroom ceiling suggest, the shop demonstrates the West’s influence on Korean culture. Gäbi’s website describes it as a multicultural space bridging East and West, and few things bring people together better than coffee. From the caramella—espresso served atop sweetened condensed milk to the photo-worthy Gäbi cappuccino served with sprinkles of ground coffee and raw sugar—there’s a hand-crafted beverage for every palate. Tea lovers will also find plenty to love—slightly sweetened matcha lattes, organic teas and more.

Gäbi Coffee & Bakery 5808 Spring Mountain Road #104, 702-331-1144. Daily, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.

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