10 Weird and Wonderful Cafes in Seoul
I’ve been working on my masters for a year now, and that’s led me to spend a lot of time in cafes. Thankfully Seoul has overwhelmed me with options, so my weekends are never dull (even if my studies occasionally are). So here are my top 10 recommendations for cafes you can’t afford to miss if you're lucky enough to have some free time in this ever-impressive city.
The Dreamy Camera Cafe
Although a little difficult to reach, the dreamy camera cafe is a unique place inspired by a love for photography. Run by married couple Park Sung-Hwan and Kwak Myung-Hee, this space was designed for dreamers. People are encouraged to sit down and share their dreams. When I visited I wrote out a list of my hopes in life. This is part of the couple’s dream-visualization approach. It’s the perfect spot to reflect and spend an afternoon.
Yongmun-myeon, Yangpyeong gun
Gyeonggi do 12512, South Korea
Thanks Nature Cafe
Finally a place that combines coffee and sheep. The Thanks Nature Cafe is ordinary in most regards but one. Following the growing trend of animal cafes in Seoul, it ups the ante by bringing in these adorable fluffy creatures. I recommend visiting so that you too can know the joy of drinking hot beverages while sitting next to sheep.
Mapo-gu Seogyo Prugio
Apartment store B121
Bau House Cafe
Dog and cat cafes have become an everyday thing here in Seoul. I assume it’s inevitable that more and more countries will copy the idea, as they’re simply fantastic. The Bau House Cafe gives you the chance to play with these cute and furry fellows, as well as to feed them. It’s the perfect spot for anyone in search of companionship.
Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Just in case sheep and dogs are not to your liking I present my final animal cafe… the Blind Alley raccoon cafe. Raccoons are, of course, nature’s thieves, so you'll really need to watch your keys, but these adorable little guys will melt your heart all the same. The atmosphere is very pleasant too, a great place for those in search of something out of the ordinary.
76 Cheongpa-ro 47-gil
Yongsan-gu, South Korea
Hello Kitty Cafe
Located in the ever-crowded Myeong-dong fashion district, the Hello Kitty Cafe is perfect for people who love pink… and cartoon cats. It’s the ultimate haven for fans of the fictional character; there are cookies, cakes, drinks and a variety of decorations dedicated to the “cheerful and happy little girl with a heart of gold.” That’s right… girl. Look it up. Apparently, Hello Kitty is about a girl from London, not a kitten.
Hello Kitty Cafe 28
Myeongdong 4-gil, Jung-gu
Seoul, South Korea
O'Sulloc Tea House Insadong
Turning now to the less strange and the more traditional. The O’Sulloc tea house provides a selection of teas, juices, smoothies, and ice creams made from green tea. There are a number of branches in Seoul, but I chose to visit Myeong-dong as the soothing green beverages offer the perfect break from the inevitable chaos of trying to navigate one of the busiest areas in Seoul.
12 Myeongdong 7-gil
Seoul, South Korea Myeong-dong Station (Subway Line 4), Exit 5.
Hoho Myoll Cafe
My next choice is a personal favorite. Located in the student-filled hongdae area, the Hoho Myoll Cafe is filled with character. The walls are adorned with drawings, letters and cards. There’s a large hippyish VW van in the center as well. It truly stands out for its unique style and character, an accomplishment in Seoul where there are so many places to choose from.
93-44 Mapo-gu, Sangsu-dong
Seoul, South Korea
Florte Flower Cafe
Also in the Hongdae area, my next selection offers the theme of flowers. The perfect location to relax with a good book, or in my case, guides for grammatical analysis. The owner even provides headbands made from flowers, so it’s certainly a selfie friendly spot.
177-12 Donggyo-dong Mapo-gu
Seoul, South Korea
For those who often find themselves deprived of sleep, I highly recommend this nap cafe. I’m often amazed at how people in Seoul are capable of napping on the subway, bus, or even the brightly lit floor of a Korean spa. I’m sadly incapable of this, so I turn to the comfy hammocks of Nazzzam. This city is filled with hardworking people, so this cafe offers much needed respite.
3rd floor, 115-1 Gye-dong,
My final selection is a spacious cake cafe. Peony provides a large selection of cakes at affordable prices. The strawberry cream cake is my personal recommendation. Dessert is an important part of the Korean diet, so never underestimate a delicious slice of cake.
Seoul-si Jung-gu Myeongdong-gil 48