Coffee for my Seoul

by Kevin Bascao - 9:47 AM

Coffee is important to me. It is pretty much part of my daily life. It is a friend I can always run to when things get heavy. It gives me the energy I need in the morning and calms my mind in the evening. I wouldn’t mind drinking coffee anytime of the day. #CoffeeIsLife
If you love coffee as much I do, this article is for you. I have listed some coffee shops my friends and I visited during our stay in Seoul, Korea. The city is filled with so many coffee shops that it would give you a hard time picking which one to try first. So here are some recommendations based on what we have tried so far:

Cafe Jass

The place is really cozy which is perfect for people who wants to have some quiet time. Coming from a flight, we had our dinner and then decided to spend a few minutes at Cafe Jass after. This isa branch near the hostel where we stayed, just few walks away. They say that the best branch is located here: 12, Donggyo-ro 27-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul 03993, South Korea

Ddong Cafe

Korea is full of surprises! They always find a way to pull off something even the weirdest stuff just like this poop-themed cafe. Weird but it seems to work especially for tourists!
Rose latte is one of their best-sellers! They literally put rose petals as coffee toppings.
Visit this special-themed cafe: Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea (Ssamziegil rooftop)

Cafe IMT (Cafe In My Time)

For us coffee lovers, we start our day by fueling our body with some caffeine.
When we were in Seoul, we used to go out every morning to look for a place where we can have our first dose of coffee for the day. Cafe IMT is one of the earliest coffee shops to open and they also offer breakfast meals!

Mr. Holmes bakehouse

From San Francisco, Mr. Holmes bring some California dreams to Seoul with its famous cruffin (croissant + muffin). If you’re into pastries, this is highly recommended. Do not mind the queue of people at the counter. It’s worth trying!
Also, this cafe is appealing due to its modern design and feels. This one is their first international branch and here is the exact location:
South Korea, Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Sinsa-dong, Apgujeong-ro 10-gil, 34

5. Pink Pool Cafe by Stylenanda
Pink Pool Cafe, a gorgeous cafe located inside Stylenanda.

Stylenanda is a clothing company originated in South Korea. It started as a blogshop in 2004. This one in Myeongdong is their third flagship store. Girls, bring out your inner Blair Waldorf in this hotel-themed makeup and fashion store.
The place is instagrammable and it is a one-stop shop for girls because you can do shopping and you can chill at the cafe located on the 5th floor later on. I felt like this whole place was built to make all girls happy.
Address: South Korea, Seoul, Jung-gu, Chungmuro 2(i)-ga, 66-2-ga

Chill like Queen B at the rooftop! You may bring your besties.

Bau Haus Cafe

You’ve heard about Korea’s animal-themed cafes. As expected, it has the distinct smell of dogs but don’t worry because it is not too strong. Besides, if you love dogs, you wouldn’t actually mind.
Bau Haus is divided into two sections: One for small dogs and the other half is for big dogs. While Bau Haus is not really into serving brewed coffee, it is a wonderful experience especially after a long walk under the sun. We enjoyed having this as our last stop. We did not realize that we have spent two hours playing with these adorable dogs!
Address: 64 Yanghwa-ro, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Coffee libre

After a long walk and many hours of getting lost, we accidentally saw this cafe on our way back to the hostel. Coffee Libre is my ideal coffee shop. Its simplicity and cozy vibe captivated me. Not to mention, they serve good coffee!
Address: South Korea, Seoul, Jung-gu, Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Myeongdong-gil, 74 102호(명동2가)

There are more to add on the list such as the following: Ediya Coffee, A Twosome Place, Tom N Toms Coffee, Flat 274, Mango Six, etc. but we only had limited time. When we visit Seoul again, we will try more shops and will give more recommendations.
You see, coffee-ing is a journey. As I travel more, I get to taste more coffee from different places. Watch out for more blogs about coffee shops recommendation in the future!
Special thanks to JC, Paula and Ritz for the photos!

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