Top Ten Cafes in Seoul

It goes without saying that anyone who knows Seoul knows that Soulites love their coffee. You can’t go one block without seeing a Starbucks, DeChocolate, Coffee Bean, Coffine Gurunaru, Café Bene, NesCafe, Angel in Us, Twosome Place or any of the other multitudes of coffee chains.

However, what is harder to find are the unique non franchised cafes that stand out because of their singular nature and unusual qualities. So I undertook a mission to find these places to make your life easier.

1.Lime Tree

Lime Tree in Insadong offers a relaxing spot to grab a coffee and a sandwich after a long day looking at galleries and shopping for souvenirs.

2. Coffee Smith

With sky high ceilings and a huge open terrace you won’t want to leave Coffee Smith. Did I mention it’s on swanky garousu-gil in Sinsa-dong?

3. Café Aa

Café Aa in Hongdae offers a unique experience. You can enjoy your coffee while admiring the vast array of chairs and furniture the owner has amassed from around the world.

4. Neal’s Yard

Looking for a coffee and dessert while in Itaewon? Then look no further than Neal’s Yard.

5. Stove

Stove in Seorae has the feel of a country café. You’ll enjoy the visit and then have the whole day to explore the French Village.

6. Noi

The offbeat décor and eclectic vibe makes enjoying a coffee a brand new experience in this Hongdae café.

7. Gio Cat Café

If you’re a cat lover then you won’t want to miss this spot in Hongdae. The kitties might be a little standoffish at first but hopefully they’ll warm up to you.

8. Krema

Krema in Sinchon has an understated elegance and subtle exotic feel.

9. Café Nono

Café Nono in Samcheon-dong offers a brief respite from the boutiques and galleries.

10. Club Espresso and Café Soon

Buam-dong Cafes may be out of the way but they’re definitely worth a visit. Take a few bags of coffee home from Club Espresso or drop by Café Soon and settle in with a café latte. Buam-dong waits when you’re done.

This post was written by

Brian Dye – who has written posts on Kiss My Kimchi.
I’m a blogger, writer, and teacher. I’ve been working in South Korea’s ESL field for the last three years. My one year contract has unexpectedly turned into a journey that I’m still on and loving.

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