Seoul, the vibrant capital of South Korea, is surrounded by four guardian mountains. It is believed that these mountains generate a powerful Feng Shui that protects the city. After the devastating Korean War, the city rose to establish itself as a key player in the Asian economy. This lively city never sleeps. And people here live life to the beat of the latest catchy K-pop songs. One of the best places to get a feel of the city is its popular cafes. These spaces, with their decor, food, and ambience, form a microcosm of the city. Sit back with a cup of coffee, relax, read a book, and see life pass by the Seoul style. Don’t know where to start? We’ve created a list of the 10 best cafes to kickstart your cafe exploration in Seoul, South Korea.
1. Coffee Hanyakbang
This cafe, tucked in a narrow alleyway at Euljiro, is a hidden treasure of Seoul. Step in and you’ll be transported to an enchanting Wang Kar Wai movie set brimming with old world charm. The creaking old floor, antique furnishings, wall panels with mother-of-pearl inlays, and other knick-knacks recreate the feel of a Korean medicine room. Their single-origin drip coffee and dessert are quite famous in the city. Relax here and soak in the heritage vibes.
Coffee Hanyakbang (커피한약방)
Address: 16-6, Samil-daero 12-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 04542, South Korea
Website: Coffee Hanyakbang
Opening hours: 8.30 a.m. to 10.30 p.m. (Monday to Friday), 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Saturday), and closed on Sunday.
Average price for two people: 7 USD
2. Coffee Prince Cafe
For an authentic popular culture experience, visit Coffee Prince Cafe in Hongdae where the iconic Korean romantic drama series, ‘The 1st shop of Coffee Prince’ was shot. The cafe retains all the props, decor, and design used during the filming of the series and has souvenirs for sale at the counter. While the coffee and tea are priced more than other cafes nearby, you are actually paying for the Korean love-drama set experience.
Coffee Prince Cafe
Address: 5, Wausan-ro 29-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul 04053, South Korea
Website: Coffee Prince
Average price for two people: 11 USD
3. Mouse Rabbit Coffee
Mouse Rabbit Coffee, owned by K-pop star Yesung of Super Junior, has three floors each with a different ambience. The first floor houses the coffee counter. If you are lucky, you might find Yesung’s family or Yesung himself serving patrons. The lounge-like basement has low lighting and comfortable seating. The second floor has a minimalist decor with white walls, cafe seating, and various art products on display such as paper toys and handmade eco bags. Their signature drinks are Americano, Lemon Mojito, Strawberry Shaved Ice, and Chocolate Shaved Ice.
Mouse Rabbit Coffee
Address: 1 Neungdong-ro 11-gil, Hwayang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Website: Mouse Rabbit
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 11.30 p.m. (Monday to Sunday)
Average price for two people: 9 USD
4. Pink Pool Cafe
Pink Pool Cafe, in Stylenanda Pink Hotel, is like a princess’s castle. Classy pink decor with gold highlights and a touch of the Stylenanda design ethos creates a whimsical atmosphere. The drinks here are as exotic as the interiors, with Cotton Candy Ice Coffee a must order for avid Instagrammers. Lounge on a pink recliner on the terrace as you watch clouds float by or sip a drink with a huge of cotton candy by the pool while enjoying the latest K-pop songs.
Stylenanda Pink Pool Cafe (스타일난다 핑크풀카페)
Address: 37-8 Myeongdong 8-Gil, Chungmuro 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Website: Stylenanda Pink Pool Cafe
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m (Monday to Sunday)
Average price for two people: 12 USD
5. Bunny Cafe
Are you looking for a bit of fantasy? Stop by this ‘Alice In Wonderland’-themed cafe in Hongdae. Spend some time here surrounded by happy, healthy bunnies and be comforted by bunny cuddles. The cafe is kept spick and span, there are animal-friendly rules to ensure the rabbits are unharmed, and the cafe sells rabbit food for those who want to feed their furry friends. After the play time, you can sit in the garden and relish some drinks and snacks.
Address: 347-3 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Website: Bunny Cafe
Opening hours: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m (Monday to Sunday)
Average price for two people: 4.45 USD for 30 minutes with the bunnies, 1.78 USD for the rabbit food
6. Hola Cafe
If you are looking for a break from Korean cafes, then Hola Cafe is perfect for you. This tiny cafe is run by Marco from Mexico. He uses authentic Mexican coffee which explains their bold, flavourful coffee. The cafe offers a wide selection of beverages, including lemonades and lattes. There’s a good selection of sandwiches and croissants to go with your drink as well as some hearty desserts like their famous homemade Mexican lemon pie. Spacious and bright, with some portraits of Frida Kahlo, this is a good space catch up on some work or just unwind.
Address: 23 World Cup-ro 13-gil, Mangwon-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Website: Hola Cafe
Opening hours: 11 p.m. to 10 p.m (Monday to Sunday)
Average price for two people: 18 USD
7. Miss Lee Cafe
The cafe was used as the filming location for popular Korean drama, ‘We Got Married’. With its romantic, high-school vibes this place has a youthful appeal. You’ll find notes of dreams everywhere, including a large tree lush with these notes. They serve traditional Korean snacks, Bingsoo (shaved ice with syrups and fruit toppings), and Dosirak (lunch box) meals. Try their popular Byeoldabang’s Memorial Assorted Dosirak which comes with sausage, egg, seaweed, and kimchi.
Miss Lee Cafe
Address: 03145 2nd Fl, 59 Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Website: Miss Lee Cafe
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m (Monday to Sunday)
Average price for two people: 12 USD
8. Thanks Nature Cafe
Nature lovers will immediately feel at home in this beautifully designed, earthy cafe. The spacious interior is decorated with paintings and figurines of sheep, cows, and aeroplanes. While enjoying a cup of coffee, you can step out to the patio and play with their well-groomed friendly sheep, Anna and Sam. You have a range of beverages to choose from, all made with natural sweeteners. And their fresh fruit waffles are simply delicious and a must-have!
Thanks Nature Cafe
Address: 486 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Website: Thanks Nature Cafe
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m (Monday to Sunday)
Average price for two people: 12 USD
9. Ban Bossy Boutique
Ban Bossy Boutique is a memorable cafe with its floral decor, pastel shades, and a 1950s-style glamour. Their desserts and beverages are as impressive as the interiors. The fresh lemonade with flower ice cubes is the perfect pick-me-up. For an adventurous drink try their Magic Tea and Bomb Shake. Cupcakes come with frosting flowers so delicate that you almost don’t want to break them. This cafe is sure to delight you with its feel-good factor.
Ban Bossy Boutique
Address: 19-22 Wausan-ro 17-gil, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Website: Ban Bossy Boutique
Opening hours: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m (Monday to Sunday)
Average price for two people: 14 USD
10. Blind Alley
Cat and dog cafes were quite popular a couple of years ago. Now, Blind Alley in Seoul has taken the pet theme a step further. Located near the Sookmyung Women’s University Station, this cafe houses three racoons, a corgi, and a capybara. Warm brown decor, inviting interiors, affordable and wide selections drinks make this cafe a nice stop for animal lovers. For a small fee, you can play with the mischevious tame racoons.
Address: 76 Cheongpa-ro 47-gil, Cheongpadong 2(i)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Website: Blind Alley
Opening hours: 12 a.m. to 10 p.m (Monday to Sunday)
Average price for two people: 7 USD, Entrance fee for Racoons Room is 5.34 USD per person
Cafe hopping in Seoul
Seoul offers a kaleidoscopic experience with palaces, pop culture, cutting-edge architecture, hiking trails, temples, and bustling street food and cafe culture. Visit these cafes to experience a slice of life in Seoul. You are sure to fall in love with the food and culture of the city!
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