Best Cafes in Seoul
Seoul has so many amazing cafes and places for coffees, cakes and iced-teas, you could probably go to a different and exciting cafe every day for a whole year, and still have more to visit. I’ve put together a list of, what I think are, the 12 best cafes in Seoul. Whether that’s for the breath-taking views, theme or the quality of the drinks and sweet treats on offer.
Browse my List of the 12 Best Cafes in Seoul
1. K-Spot Cafe
Location: Jung-gu (Seoul Station)
First on my list of the Best Cafe’s in Seoul is this cute little place close to Seoul Station. It’s located on Seoullo 7017 to be exact, an elevated parkland walkway that’s a great place for a stroll and city views.
2. Nakwon Station Cafe
The narrow alleyways of Insa-dong are full of restaurants, shops, and some of the best cafes in Seoul. Nakwon Station opened in 2021 and is famous for it’s large cake selection and Instagram friendly train tracks.
3. Greem Cafe
Entering Greem Cafe feels like stepping into a cartoon. That makes sense seeing as the word ‘greem’ means ‘drawing’ in Korean. The unique design of this coffee shop in Hongdae makes everything look 2D.
4. Thanks Nature Cafe
Have you ever been to a café with real sheep wondering around? Well, now’s your chance at this quaint little venue in Hongdae, with a nice selection of sheep themed drinks. I recommend the iced-chocolate with whipped cream.
5. Ja:u coffee
Location: Jung-gu (Seoul Station)
Ja:u coffee is a really peaceful café and the perfect place to relax. It has a nice wooden interior design with plants dotted around. The self service kiosk didn’t have an English option, but with the pictures or help from the staff there shouldn’t be any issues ordering.
6. Open One Bakery Cafe
One of the best cafes in Seoul, near Bukchon Hanok Village, is this fantastic bakery. Set over three floors and with some outside space too. They specialise in baked goods, be that crispy savoury spicy sausage rolls, or delectable sweet choices like huge croughnuts.
7. Soha Salt Pond Café
Famous for it’s fluffy salt bread and delicious cakes. It’s not just a name, there really is a salt water pond at the front. This delightful café in Insa-dong is one of the most popular. There can be long queues. So, I recommend getting there early in the morning, or much later in the afternoon, once it’s quietened down.
8. Kakao Friends Hongdae Flagship Store
Its all about the Cuteness at Kakao Friends Cafe, on the top floor of their flagship store in Hongdae. Cute cakes to go with your coffee, and cute characters. The characters being the KakaoTalk messenger app emoticons created in 2012, which are now everywhere in Korea.
9. Starbucks Seoul Wave
Starbucks actually have some quite incredible locations across Asia. This one within the Seoul Wave Arts Centre, a floating three story exhibition venue, has to be one of the best. With stunning views of the Han River, this is not your average high street Starbucks.
10. Flipper's Ikseon
For the tastiest desserts in Seoul it has to be Flipper’s in Insa-dong. They have the fluffiest Japanese style pancakes. Not only are they beautiful with their mixed fruit or chocolate toppings, but also mouth-wateringly tasty.
The best café in Seoul for delicious doughnuts, that I know of, is Knotted. Their signature cream filled doughnut is something really special. Super soft dough and oozing with cream. Attractive building in Hongdae with an outdoor terrace on the second floor.
12. 한옥랑솜 익선
One of the other cafe’s amongst the small alleyways of Insa-dong is called ‘한옥랑솜 익선’. If it has an English spelling, I haven’t been able to find it. However, it has a beautiful entrance, with stepping stones leading from a wooden doorway. It’s an attractive space. Plus, the cakes and coffees are excellent.