Coffee is important to me. It is a friend I can always run to when things get heavy. It gives me the energy I need in the morning and calms my mind in the evening. One thing I like about Seoul is the presence of coffee shops everywhere! Trust me, they are literally everywhere! I’ve never been so excited in my life. As a coffee lover, this is the kind of view I would want to see every day. We didn’t want to miss the opportunity to try as many cafes as we can while in Seoul. There’s really a lot and I wish I could try them all. Here are some of the shops we tried which we now recommend to you:
1. Cafe Jass
A nice and quiet place to enjoy coffee with your friends. Coming from a flight, we decided to just chill in this cafe after we had our first dinner in Korea. Here, we talked about our plans and itinerary for the whole trip. I also like the fact that it is just a few walks from our hostel. This one is in Chungmoro but I heard that their best branch is located here:
12, Donggyo-ro 27-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul 03993, South Korea
It’s easier if you’re coming with a Korean friend since the menu is written in Korean Language and most staff are not used to speaking English. But for me and my friends, it’s a good experience to be able to connect with people despite the obvious barrier.
2. Ddong Cafe
Korea never fails to surprise us with unusual and weird stuff. Honestly, they work most of the time just like this poop-themed cafe. Don’t worry, this place has an amazing smell coming from the coffee they make. Rose latte is one of their best-sellers! They literally put rose petals as coffee toppings.
Visit this special-themed cafe:
Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea (Ssamziegil rooftop)
3. Cafe IMT (Cafe In My Time)
For us coffee lovers, mornings are not complete without some shot of caffeine. During our stay in Seoul, we used to go out every morning to look for a place where we can have our first dose of coffee for the day. Cafe IMT is one of the earliest coffee shops to open, that’s why we had some of our early morning sessions here. We only tried their branch in Chungmoro but a couple of branches will be seen around Seoul.
4. Mr. Holmes bakehouse
From San Francisco, Mr. Holmes bring some California dreams to Seoul with its famous cruffin (croissant + muffin). If you’re into pastries, they have delicious treats to offer! I read reviews and they say that the original branch in San Francisco, USA usually have long lines. That’s how good it is. No need to worry about the quality of food and drinks they serve in Seoul because the staff had to go through 2 months training in San Francisco so they can make the best pastries and coffee drinks for you.
Aside from that, this cafe is appealing to young people due to its modern design and feels. This one is their first international branch and here is the exact location:
South Korea, Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Sinsa-dong, Apgujeong-ro 10-gil, 34
5. Pink Pool Cafe by Stylenanda
Address: South Korea, Seoul, Jung-gu, Chungmuro 2(i)-ga, 66-2-ga
Stylenanda is a clothing company originated in South Korea. It started as a blogshop in 2004. This one in Myeongdong is their third flagship store. Girls, bring out your inner Blair Waldorf in this hotel-themed makeup and fashion store. Just don’t forget to invite S!
Pink Pool Cafe, a gorgeous cafe by Stylenanda located in the same building. Many people refer to it as the most instagrammable cafe you’ll ever find in Seoul. Love shopping just as much as you love coffee? This is one place you shouldn’t miss! If you feel tired after shopping, go proceed on the 5th floor where the cafe is located. Order a cup of coffee and chill.
Chill like Queen B at the rooftop! You may bring your besties.
6. Bau Haus Cafe
You’ve heard about Korea’s animal-themed cafes. This was also part of my previous article. I am recommending this one because unlike the others, Bau Haus is well-maintained. As expected, it has the distinct smell of dogs but here, the smell is not too strong. Dogs don’t look so stressed but rather happy and playful. I can also tell that staff here are passionate in terms of taking care of the dogs.
Bau Haus is divided into two sections: One for small dogs and the other half is for big dogs. While Bau Haus is not really into serving brewed coffee, it is a wonderful experience especially after a long walk under the sun. We enjoyed and later realized that we already spent 2 hours with these cute dogs. No regrets though!
Address: 64 Yanghwa-ro, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
7. Coffee libre
After a long walk and many hours of getting lost, we accidentally saw this cafe on our way back to the hostel. Coffee Libre is my ideal coffee shop. Its simplicity and cozy vibe captivated me. Not to mention, they serve the best coffee in Seoul (At least for me and based on what we have tasted so far). Celebrity Vlogger, Erwan Heussaff also recommended Coffee Libre in one of his Youtube videos. So yes, it’s a must-try!
Address: South Korea, Seoul, Jung-gu, Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Myeongdong-gil, 74 102호(명동2가)
Whether you want a good photo for your Instagram feed, a good place where you could chill with your friends after a long tiring day or probably just in need of caffeine in your system, these are some of the cafes to try! There are more to add on the list such as the following: Ediya Coffee, A Twosome Place, Tom N Toms Coffee, Flat 274, Mango Six, etc. but we only had limited time. When we visit Seoul again, we will try the other cafes and will give more recommendations!
Again, special thanks to JC, Paula and Ritz for the photos!