Skip the cafes and same ol’ photo ops you’ve been seeing on your feed since 2016. Here’s a list of cafes in Korea’s capital that will help your ’gram stand out.
Blüte offers a wide range of drinks, from coffee and tea to alcohol. We suggest going for the Wild Cherry Fruit and Herb Blend Tea, a yummy concoction that will keep you warm during the colder months.
While the dessert menu is small, the items make delicious treats for both your stomach and camera. Highlights include the Lemon Cheese Tart, which features smooth cream cheese with a hint of citrus.
But there’s more to Blüte than the food. The charming cafe was featured in the popular K-Drama Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo, so be sure to snap some pics for the ‘gram.
Blüte is at 12 Wausan-ro 14-gil, Seogang-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul.
Sarr only serves their signature ﬂuffy pancakes and an assortment of drinks. The small cafe is easy to miss, but once you enter, you’ll ﬁnd yourself in a pretty stylish spot. There are only two staff cooking up a storm in the open kitchen, so you might have to wait some time for your food—but it’s worth it, we promise!
The beautifully plated pancakes come in ﬁve different ﬂavours: original, banana, tiramisu, berry and matcha. All are highly-raved about, but we recommend going for the decadent tiramisu: it’s just the thing to satisfy your sugar and caffeine craving in the morning.
Sarr Cafe is at 260-25 Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul.
FRITZ COFFEE COMPANY
Founded by a barista champion, Fritz Coffee Company transports visitors to olden-day Korea with its old-school vibe, complete with exposed concrete accents, vintage furniture and distressed countertops.
Their coffee beans are sourced directly from growers all around the world and roasted in-house; and if you’re feeling fancy, you can choose from their wide range of single-origin brews. The bread is baked daily, and some of the yummy options include Walnut Cranberry Country Bread and Pain Au Chocolat.
Fritz Coffee Company is at 68 Mapo-daero, Dohwa-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul.
This cafe started off as a second-hand bookstore in 1951. When the owner passed away, his wife decided to keep the store open even though it was against her family’s wishes. She experienced plenty of hardships trying to keep the store aﬂoat, but it’s thanks to her that this place still stands.
Her grandson converted it to a café so he can continue his grandfather’s legacy, and the eatery has since been used for high-end fashion shoots and even a Korean drama called The Shark.
The century-old house is ﬁlled with fading posters and yellowed books, transporting patrons to a different time. Chill out over a cup of Thai-style watermelon juice, their signature drink, while you soak up the beauty and history of this special place.
Dae-Oh Bookstore is at 33 Nuha-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul.
ON NE SAIT JAMAIS
On ne sait jamais is a French phrase that translates to “you never know”. While it may be an odd name for a cafe, it’ll make sense when you check out the quirky interior: at the centre of the space is a seating area that looks just like a Korean public bath!
The cafe specialises in desserts and the menu is frequently updated. Try your luck and see if you can sample the Macaron Icebox, a gorgeous creation made with layers of macarons and cream; or the meringue-laden, teardrop-shaped Mont Blanc. It also carries imported beer, so if you’re looking for a mid-day tipple, this is just the spot to be.
On Ne Sait Jamais is at 684-101 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul.
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