The café game is strong in Seoul so be prepared to go on a coffee adventure like no other.
You’ll find delicious treats and extensive coffee menus held in unique concepts like breezy lofts, repurposed industrial buildings or even someone’s former home. So it’s time to bring out your most stylish outfits to match the city’s fashion standards and hit up Seoul’s most instagrammable cafés.
These instaworthy cafes are just as visually delicious as the treats and coffee. In no particular order, here is a list of cafés that are truly a sight for sore eyes.
1. Style Nanda Pink Pool Café
Covered with pink and rose-gold accents, the empty poolside and flower-filled tub stage is your chance to pull off a glam concept – slide on those shades and your quirkiest outfit for a nonchalant “just chillin’” cover.
Definitely one for the gram. Style Nanda Pink Pool Café is serving up looks with a side of delicious treats. Those familiar with the Style Nanda brand will recognize their cool, millennial vibe anywhere. You’ll find this beautifully decked cafe on the top floor of the chic Style Nanda Store. Take the elevator or get a good stair master workout on your way to the top.
Address: 335-21 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul (Hongdae store) OR 66-2 Chungmu-ro2ga, Jung-gu, Seoul (Myeongdong store)
2. LINE Friends Café & Store
Prepare to be overloaded with cuteness as the LINE café features all sorts of merchandise and edible art of the cast. The store features cup holders and bottles printed with Sally and Cony’s faces, while Browny plushies hang around the store for you to grab and hug. Munch on your favourite characters in bite-sized form.
If you’re a fan, enjoy the multiple-storied combination of sweet fuel and LINE goodies.
Address: 27 Dosan-daero 13-gil, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
3. HoHo Myoll
Looking for more of a vintage vibe? This spot will have you snapping away with its repurposed Volkswagen placed at the entry way. The fairy lights and artificial greenery will do it for anyone, but in case they don’t, the retro-outfitted, black-and-white tiled car booth will have you snapping away.
It’s not just aesthetics either. Their flannel-drip coffee is pretty convincing. Pretty latte art is served in kitchy looking mugs while you relax in their cozy atmosphere.
Address: 50 Wausan-ro, Sangsu-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
4. The Sky Farm
Sitting fifty floors high is this airy, high-ceiling restaurant we call The Sky Far. Wide shots capture the simplistic nature of the white wooden beams and tasteful decor. As you gaze out the window, you’ll lay your eyes upon a serene, panoramic view of Hangang River.
Their European inspired menu features classics like Truffle Black Risotto with Scallop and Spanish Omelette. Accompany your tea with some filling, textured sweets such as their French Toast. Farm chic and yummy food right at your fingertips.
Address: 28-1 Yeoui-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (50/F, The Federation of Korean Industries Hall
5. Takeout Drawing
Takeout Drawing café doubles as a casual art gallery and cafe with an extensive menu. Merging art with your drinks as you enjoy the relaxing atmosphere in their trendy industrial loft.
Featured above is the beautifully crafted, meringue-topped espresso. The soft flowering spikes stay afloat as you get many angles of this delicious drink.
This cafe was once known as Paul’s Meringue Factory. Their meringue is not to be missed. Gaze at the prints available as you let this espresso cool down.
Address: 683-139 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
If you like a good treasure hunt, go on a mini walking adventure in search of Zapangi’s vending machine door. Who would have thought right? Swing through this unique entrance into this stylish, contemporary space.
Its photogenic qualities don’t stop at the door. Zapangi is known for their inventive serving cups with intricate swirls of cream and a mermaid tail diving into flavoured goodness. Their signature Aurora and Mermaid Mocha drinks are a fun spin of enjoying your chocolate –offered at a more premium price than your average cup of Joe, but it comes in a much, much more magical form.
Address:400-2 Mangwon-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
7. C27 Cheesecake & Coffee
Swerving around tables are gold-cast tracks of the decorated rollercoaster which sits in the middle of the store.
C27 Cheesecake & Coffee isnt just winning with its coolness factor, their signature food will too. Cheesecake dominates the menu in 27 flavors, ranging from classic plain cheese to smoky earlgrey and sweet mixed berries. There’s a good mix of coffees, teas and frappes. Enough to soothe your thirst too after a long day of shopping across the street.
Address: 161 Yanghwa-ro, Donggyo-dong, Mapo-gu
8. Carin Hongdae Lounge
This hot pink lounge and café is the definition of sleek meets chic, bringing you quality desserts at a premium price. Having partnered with JL Dessert Bar, you can expect these crafted sweets to be worth their cost; they’re served in elegant gold rimmed cups and plates. If you’re in the mood for a classy photo shoot, Carin will transform you into a high-class visitor. Luxury desserts aside, it is also a sunglasses shop – a two in one afternoon tea spot.
Address: 7 Hongik-ro 2-gil, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Step into the wood-based cozy house of Arriate café for an intimate chat underneath a canopy of beautifully dried florals. Dim candles and lanterns surround the front terrace where you can capture a series of dreamy photos or you can pose against the flower wall by the entryway.
Serving herbal teas, milk teas and selected coffees and cakes. With light peaking in from the front, it makes it relaxing to stay in the scented shop for hours. As a unique souvenir, you also pick up miniature flower arrangements.
Address: 520 Nonhyeon-ro, Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (Gangnam store) OR 164-30 Donggyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul (Hongdae store)
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