Seoul is taking coffee culture to the next level. This is not a surprise because Koreans drink 12.3 cups of coffee per week, according to the Korean Economic Institute of America. South Korea has 49,000 coffee shops across the country, more than 18,000 of which can be found in Seoul. But the thriving coffee industry isn’t just about the numbers. It also attests to the character and creativity of Koreans.
There are different Insta-worthy spots in Korea, but your Seoul itinerary won’t be complete without checking out its cafés. Some of the popular themes are animal cafés, industrial, empty pools, and nature. From hipster and hidden to elegant and quaint, these irresistible coffee shops in Seoul are for you to enjoy:
Puffy Paw Dog Café
A place to hang out for coffee aficionados who love dogs. They have a Golden Retriever, Husky, and lots of small dogs you can pet and place on your lap.
268 Donggyo-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul 03982
Hours: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Blind Alley Raccoon Café
Prepare to meet an adorable Corgi and pigs, and feed raccoons.
76, Cheongpa-ro 47-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 04310,
Thanks Nature Café
A homey, earth-toned café supervised by two fluffy, white sheep named Tom and Jerry.
10, Hongik-ro, Mapo-gu | Seogyo Purgio B121, Seoul 04055
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Spoiled, fun bunnies are waiting to be petted in this Alice in Wonderland themed café.
136-10, Eoulmadang-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul 04053
1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Identity Coffee Lab
The plain white walls of this café are accented by its small round wooden tables and plants. There is also a narrow staircase leading up. But don’t be fooled by the minimalism; they offer different types of coffee and tea.
18 Wonhyo-ro 63-gil, Wonhyoro 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Manufact Coffee Roasters
Stunning, modern gray, and polished concrete, Manufact Coffee Roasters offers Espresso Blend, Single Origin, Decaf, and Cold Brew.
29 Yeonhui-ro 11-gil, Yeonhui-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
Mon – Sat: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
This lively countryside home-looking café is inspired by British shops, but it has adapted to its Korean audience, offering coffee, teas, and sweet fruity smoothies.
453-44, Manungwon-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Entrance of Han River Reservoir 1644-4202
Mon – Thu 11:00 AM – 24:00 PM
Fri – Sat 11:00 AM – 01:00 AM
Sun 11:00 AM – 24:00 PM
Located in a renovated building, Orang Orang specializes in home-roasted coffee. Its unpainted walls and books add to the character of the shop.
1-62 Yongsandong 2(i)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
11 AM – 11 PM
You will be surprised with the vintage VW van inside this small café. It is also filled with trinkets, pretty decors, and quirky artworks.
50 Wausan-ro, Sangsu-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
10:00 AM – 1:00 AM
Takeout Drawing Café
Aside from coffee and tea, Takeout Drawing Café offers artistic beverages and organic pastries. Their famous drink is called Meringue Factory, a cup of espresso topped with a meringue cookie.
244 Noksapyeong-daero, Itaewon 2(i)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
12 PM – 11 PM
On Ne Sait Jamais
Don’t mistake this for a bathhouse. The main attraction in this café is the empty pool at the center.
51 Itaewon-ro 54-gil, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
11 AM – 10 PM
Fritz Coffee Company
Customers rave about their delicious pastries and great selection of blends. Retro-style posters adorn the rustic feel of the shop.
68 Mapo-daero, Dohwa-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
8 AM – 11 PM
Sat and Sun: 10 AM – 11 PM
One in A Million
The color palette of this stylish café is black and white with touches of pastel pink. They serve coffee, tea, and lots of cake.
Hannamdong 684-62 Seoul
Mon to Sat: 12 PM – 11 PM
Sunday: 12 PM – 9:30 PM
Social Club Seoul
Long white drapes, chandelier, and tables and chairs covered by white fabric have defined the elegance of this café.
414-27 Mangwon 1(il)-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
12 PM – 10 PM
Billy Angel Cake Company
This shop looks sophisticated inside, with its white walls, white chandelier, gray marble floor, and pink frames.
619-15 Yeoksam 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Stylenanda Pink Pool Café
You will adore the bubbly personality of this café. Its walls are swimming pool tiles, and its rooftop has pink lounge areas too that are aligned with the theme.
517, Eonju-Ro, Seoul
11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sat: 10 AM – 11:00 PM
Dore Dore Sinsa
A four-story establishment with an industrial vibe and unfinished walls that offer exquisitely designed cakes.
40, Dosan-daero 15-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 06033
This quiet hipster café with wooden interiors does not just offer cakes and coffee but also wine!
40-1 Palpan-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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