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Coffee is something that came very late to South Korea. It is almost as recent as a little over a decade. Initially a drink for only the elite, it was considered a luxury uptil the 1970s when instant coffee was introduced in the country. And that was when coffee became popular in the country and the cafe culture caught up. Today Korean cafes are making a name for the country worldwide. The country has some of the most unique and unusual cafes where tourists can head to enjoy a cup of coffee. Read on, to know more of these quirky places in Korea. Have a look.

Best Korean Cafes

Korea is a country where one can spot some of the most unusual places to enjoy their cup of coffee. These hidden jewels can be sometimes a bit tricky to find, but some of the theme cafes in Korea are amazing places to visit and spend a lovely evening. Visit some of these places on your Korea holiday.

1. Thanks Nature Cafe


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Thanks Nature Cafe is one of the unique cafes in Seoul which features a sheep pen along with seating space for the visitors. The cafe has two sheep, and visitors can play or click pictures with these cute creatures at this cafe. The cafe has an amazing ambiance and pretty interiors. One can try a drink or two here, from the variety of beverage options available here. The cafe is also known for its delicious waffles! Do try those whenever you stop by at this cute cafe!

Location: 10, Hongik-ro, Mapo-gu | Seogyo Purgio B121, Seoul 04055, South Korea
Google Rating: 4.5/5 | TripAdvisor Rating: 4/5
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2. Alice’s Table

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Alice’s Table is another chic cafe to visit when in Busan. With minimalistic yet cozy interiors, this is one of the famous cafes in Busan in South Korea. The location is a bit tricky, and one often misses the cafe at first sight, but the place is a hidden gem. Known for its drinks and desserts, Alice’s Table is a must visit cafe in Busan.

Location: 엘리스테이블, 168-141 2 Bujeon-dong, Busanjin-gu, Busan, South Korea
Google Rating: 4.7/5

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3. Gorae Coffee

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If you are a coffee lover, then Gorae Coffee is that place in Busan that you should add to your list of places to visit in South Korea. As the name suggests, the place is known for its coffee and desserts. Spend a quiet time here in the relaxing atmosphere of the cafe, or chit chat with a group of friends on your South Korea vacay.

Location: 53, Oncheoncheonnam-ro 92beon-gil, Busan 47565, South Korea
Google Rating: 4/5 | TripAdvisor Rating: 5/5

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4. Zapangi Cafe


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Located in Mangwon-dong neighborhood, this is a quirky cafe with its door shaped like a vending machine. Other than its distinctive door, the cafe’s menu is interesting too. They offer seasonal beverages, leaving one curious of what they could have missed. It also often is the reason that brings back locals, if not toursists to this amazing place. Head here and try their cakes and desserts which are cut into different shapes and placed in pretty containers. It is completely an Instagram worthy cafe with Instagrammable food items!

Location: 79, World Cup-ro 13-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul 04014, South Korea
Google Rating: 3.9/5 | TripAdvisor Rating: 4/5

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5. VER’S House

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With fresh herbs right from the garden at Ver’s, this place aspires to offer the best and fresh dishes to its customers. A quirky art center and cafe, VER’S House is a beautiful place to hang out with friends. A calming ambiance and super friendly owners make all the visitors feel at ease. It is one of the best cafes to hang out with friends in Seoul. One can also buy decorative, indoor and outdoor plants here.

Location: 10, Donggyo-ro 41-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul 03983, South Korea
Google Rating: 4.4/5 | TripAdvisor Rating: 5/5
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6. Takeout Drawing

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Takeout Drawing is a hidden cafe in Seoul Korea. It is a gem of a place in the city. Known for its artistic food, it is that place that serves tasty food with not only pleases the tongue but also the eyes. Extending over two floors, it is both a cafe and an art exhibition place. An amazing place for the art lovers, Takeout Drawing offers more than the usual tea and coffee. One can order from a variety of beverages here along with a choice of their organic pastries.

Location: 252, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 04400, South Korea
Google Rating: 3.4/5 | TripAdvisor Rating: 3.5/5
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7. Hoho Myoll Cafe

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Hoho Myoll Cafe is another beautiful place to hang out in South Korea. A place made up of cozy spaces, it is undoubtedly one of the best cafes in Korea. The first thing that one notices upon entering this quirky place is the Volkswagen bus. The decor is a collection of different items both vintage and modern and together these items make for a beautiful and cozy interior. The menu too is hand drawn and the place offers some tasty snacks other than the usual tea and coffee. One can enjoy sandwiches here if looking for savory items and amongst desserts and sweet options, the cafe has a range of cakes, muffins, brownies, and more! Go, check the cafe out!

Location: 50 Wausan-ro, Sangsu-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Google Rating: 4.5/5

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8. Banana Tree


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Another Instagrammable cafe in Seoul is Banana Tree. the cafe is famous for its cake which is served in a flower pot along with a mini shovel that is actually a spoon. Cafe culture isn’t new to South Korea, and the country is taking it to another level with all these quirky places. This cafe is another hidden jewel of the city and might be a bit tricky to find, but do visit it on your trip to South Korea. Their signature cake, the Banana flower pot cake is the must-try dessert here. Head to this cute place with your partner and enjoy the lovely desserts!

Location: Duinbilding 10 Apgujeongro4-Gil | 1floor behind the CU convenience store, Seoul 06027, South Korea
Google Rating: 4.2/5 | TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5/5
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The cafe culture is not new to South Korea today and this can be seen by the various theme cafes that the place has. They are a notch higher and the cafes don’t just offer plain tea and coffee, but the items come with cute and interesting twists. Be it the pet-friendly cafes, or the art cafes, they are just amazing. Plan a trip to South Korea soon, and drop by at one or more of these quirky Korean cafes. We bet you wouldn’t want to come back from these cute little outlets.

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