TOP 20 Unique New Cafes to Try in Korea (2020)

TOP 20 Unique New Cafes to Try in Korea (2020)

1. Blue Bottle Coffee Korea

A famous American coffee brand, The Blue Bottle Coffee has launched its first cafe in South Korea on May 3, 2019, marking a new phase of growth for the company in Asia.

Blue Bottle Korea e is located in the Seongsu neighborhood, often referred to as the “Brooklyn” of Seoul.

Besides serving a selection of blend and single-origin drip coffees, iced coffees, and espresso drinks, Blue Bottle Korea also offers pastries exclusively created for the company by local patissier, Maison M.O.

Address: 7 Achasan-ro, Seongsu-dong 1(il)-ga, Seongdong-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: Open every day. 8 am – 8 pm.
Telephone: +82 2-6212-6998

 2. Cielo 957 cafe 

This newly launched cafe has been taking over the gram with its “Stairway to Heaven” photos. It is reported that the cafe has been attracting queues everyday where people would wait for almost an hour just to take photos.

This cafe recently began operations on April 27, 2019, and is located at Located in Gokseong, Jeollanam-do.

Besides the stairway, there are also piano and chandelier decorations where you can take photos and pretend like you are shooting for a music video.

Address: 957 Majeon-ri, Gyeom-myeon, Gokseong-gun, Jeollanam-do, South Korea
Opening hours: Open daily, 12pm to 9pm

3. Cafe.Bot, Seoul is a new cafe where robots will make you drinks and desserts. The cafe was launched on August 7, 2019, by a robotics company, T-Robotics and is located at Seongsu-dong making this the first robot cafe in Korea.

Inside the cafe, a drip bot is used to make coffee and espresso while a drink bot is used to make tequilas and cocktails. There are also dessert bots that draw various designs and emojis on selected cakes.

Unlike a human barista, the drip bot knows the perfect formula for brewing coffee and will never go wrong.

Despite being a robot barista, this technology still has a long way to go as it does not work faster than a human barista neither does it function with a voice command.

Drip Bot

Address:  8 Achasan-ro 9(gu)-gil, Seongsu 2(i)-ga 3(sam)-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: Open everyday. 8 am – 10 pm.
Telephone:  +82 2-499-9219


4. Welcome Records

Welcome Records is part cafe and part retail store under one roof. The cafe is located at Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul.

You can either choose to shop for some vinyl and other merchandise or have some coffee with pastries on the outdoor seating area.

Address: Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul.

5. Cafe de Paris

Cafe de Paris first appeared in Japan back in February this year. Cafe de Paris was opened on November 1, 2019, at Laforet Harajuku.

To celebrate the launch of the first branch in Korea, the new shop has developed anew item which is exclusively available only at the Laforet Harajuku branch – the “Kumo Smoothie.”

This smoothie comes in pink strawberry milk flavor and blue sky-colored soda flavor.

Cafe de Paris’s famous fruit-topped BonBon parfaits are also being with the upper part of the parfait towering 20cm high.

Address: 40 Myeongdong 10-gil, Chungmuro 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: Open every day. 11 am – 12 am.
Telephone: +82 2-755-9646

6. Delicious Art Cafe

The National Gallery Company launched its first National Gallery’s international cafe, Delicious Art Cafe located in the Lotte Shopping Mall.

The National Gallery Delicious Art cafe was designed by Teo Yang Studio, who throughout used the architecture of the National Gallery building in London as an inspiration.

The cafe features an oversized replica of Monet’s The Water-Lily Pond and Van Gogh’s, Van Gogh’s Chair.

Address: 137, Toegye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul 04537, South Korea
Telephone: +82 2-6310-1099
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7. Hosting House

Hosting House is a beautiful cafe located in Seongsudong that does not only serve delicious food and drinks but they also sell unique local products.

The cafe consists of two sides with different atmospheres. One side has the Upper East Side New York vibe and the other side is like a Brooklyn style bar.

The left side is a cozy showroom shop. You can buy almost anything that you see -sofa, coffee table, magazine rack, pet feeder for your doggy and ‘Le Labo’ body care products.

Afterward, you will spot the Brooklyn bar &cafe that serve coffee and delicious desserts. You can experience the city view on the white rooftop garden! The bar even opens until midnight.

Address: Seongsu-dong 2(i)-ga, Seongdong-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: Mon – Friday, 5pm-12am

Saturday – 12pm-12am
Sunday – 12-10pm
Telephone:  +82 2-2039-6606

8. ELLIE Cafe

The Ellie Cafe is located at Ikseong-dong where tradition meets the present. The Ellie cafe maintained the old Hanok or traditional Korean house. 

The open ceiling concept brings fresh sunlight to the cafe that gives you a warm fuzzy feeling. The cafe also serves delicious cakes and deep roasted coffee. They even serve cocktails, beer, liqueurs, and wine.

Address: 21-6 Supyo-ro 28-gil, Ikseon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening Hours: Fri – Sat: 11am to 11pm
Sun – Thurs: 11am to 10pm
Telephone: +82 2-2135-3360

9. Yeonnam Bangagan Cafe

Yeonnam Bangagan Cafe is a little different from other cafes in Korea. Here in the cafe, you will find pressed sesame oil in glass bottles used to decorate the cafe. The cafe also sells these sesame seed oil

This elegant three-story cafe has antique wooden furniture all around and there is a huge chandelier in the middle of the cafe as well. Each floor also has different themes.

Address: 34 Donggyo-ro 29-gil, Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: Open every day except Mondays. 12pm-9pm

10. Bakery Cafe Delight

Bakery Cafe Delight features bakery from top pastry chefs. Every pastry chef from the cafe has a certificate from Le Cordon Bleu so you will definitely not be disappointed. 

The cafe has a European vibe with small lighting which makes it a perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee and desserts in an afternoon.

Address: 31-3, Dosan-daero 13-gil, Gangnam-gu
Seoul, Korea

Opening hours: Open everyday, 10.30am – 11 pm
Telephone: +82 2-547-2955 

11. Butter Book

Just like its name, the cafe looks like a block of butter outside its aluminum wrapper.  Since the cafe is small and only has 10 seaters, most people just do a grab and go.

They offer a simple but concise menu such as the French butter scones, cakes, drip coffee, brewed tea, and flavored milk. 

Address: 31-2 Yongsandong 2(i)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: Open every day except Monday. 2 PM -8 PM.
Website: za

12. Zapangi

The entrance to the Zapangi cafe is behind a bright pink vending machine.

Almost everything on the menu has some pink on it. Drinks such as milk are served in cute corked glass bottle and cakes are served in tins.

Their tin cakes are a must-try and it comes in 4 flavors – Coffee, Blueberry, Cherry and Mermaid.

Address: 400-2 Mangwon-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: Everday open. 11 am – 11pm
Telephone: +82 2-325-8185


13. 943 Kings Cross Harry Potter Café

This Harry Potter-themed cafe is a popular hangout spot among Korean youths. However, the staff will only allow you to go in batch by batch.

The cafe is carefully decorated with chandeliers, wands, chess sets and even books related to Harry Potter.

Address: 417 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: Mon – Thurs: 11.30 am – 10 pm
Friday- Sunday: 9.30am-10pm

14. Ryan’s Cafe

For those who are unaware, the Kakaotalk app is Korea’s number 1 mobile messenger app and the cafe is inspired by the characters from the stickers on the app.

There are 3 stories in the cafe which features Ryan, Muzi, Apeach in various toys, clothes and accessories.

The cafe also serves strawberry Cake, strawberry Ice Cream, green tea Latte and citrus grapefruit ade.

Address: 429, Gangnam-daero, Seocho-gu | 3F, Kakao Friends Gangnam, Seoul 06612, South Korea
Opening hours: Open daily, 10.30am-10pm
Telephone: +82 2-6494-1100

15. Thanks, Nature Cafe

Thanks Nature Café or also known as the Sheep Café is the only place in Seoul where you can eat and drink with the company of two fluffy sheep.

The sheep are kept safely in a sheep pen away from the cafe so you don’t have to worry about them sipping on your drink our raking a bite from your waffles!

Address: 10 Hongik-ro, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: Open every day. 11 am – 10pm
Telephone: +82 2-332-7470

16. Dreamy Camera Cafe

The cafe building is designed to look exactly like a Rolleflex Twin Camera.
This cafe was built by Park Sung-Hwan and his wife Kwak Myung-Lee. The couple always dreamed of owning their own cafe. 

The couple decorated the interiors of the cafe to really reflect their personalities. In the cafe, you’ll find a range of cameras and books about photography.

Address:  341-13 Jungwon-ri, Yongmun-myeon, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11am-6pm
Telephone: +82 31-771-3264

17. Blind Alley Racoon Cafe

You might have visited of dog and cats cafes but I am pretty sure you haven’t been to a raccoon cafe!

While big cities in South Korea are constantly working hard to prevent the raccoons from invading, the Blind Alley Racoon Cafe welcomes city-dwelling trash pandas to join you for a cup of coffee!

This is your chance to get up and personal with these wild animals that your mum told you to stay away from!

Address: 76 Cheongpa-ro 47-gil, Cheongpadong 2(i)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: Open every day. 11.30am – 10pm
Telephone: +82 2-701-6075

18. Ddo-Ong Cafe – Poop Cafe

Just in case you didn’t know  Ddong is the Korean word for poo poo. This cafe that is dedicated to poo located on the top Ssamzigil shopping centre.

Everything from food selection, beverages, and decor match the poo poo theme. Spaghetti with chunky meat sauce served in a toilet shaped bowl.

Address:  Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul South Korea
Opening hours: Open every day. 10.30 am – 9 pm

19. Cafe Yeonnam-Dong 239-20

Cafe Yeonnam-dong 239-20 will have your Instagram followers think you’ve photoshopped yourself into a comic book.

The entire cafe is made out in a black and white cartoon styled setting. To match the decorations, food and drinks are also served in the same black-and-white monochrome plates and cups. 

Make sure to avoid wearing black and white if you want to pop in your photos!

Address: 23, Donggyo-ro 45-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul 03983, South Korea
Opening hours: Open every day. 11 am-9pm
Telephone: +82 10-7252-8633


20.  Jean Frigo

Jean Frigo is an underground cafe hidden behind a fridge. At first glance, the entrance of this cafe tricks you into thinking that it is just a storage space for fruits and vegetables.

There are two levels in the cafe with different themed rooms at each level. You will find a futuristic dining room and romantic room with sunken seats and rainbow lights.

Address: Toegye-ro 62-gil, Gwanghuidong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: Open every day except Sunday. 12pm-2am
Telephone: +82 2-2275-1933


Have you visited any of these cafes in Korea? Which ones are you the most excited about to visit? Let us know in the comment s below!

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