Hongdae Cafés

Seoul is café crazy. It is difficult to find a building without a café in Seoul. The majority of all the cafés are major brand chain stores. But there are also many smaller unique and trendy establishments here that are some of the best in Seoul!

Seoulites have a Korean style café culture called 'dabang'. It comes with sofa seatings and impeccable service for many years but nowadays people drink their coffee everywhere, often in trendy neighborhoods where you go to see and be seen. One such example is 'Coffee Smith' in Garuso-gil Street. From Macdonald's and Dunkin' Donuts to Starbucks and small individually owned roasting cafés, Seoulites seem to have an insatiable thirst for coffee, cakes and comfortable seatings. There are many vast options here...we've tried to list the ones that have, not only great coffee, but also atmosphere... something else to offer in terms of concept, food, interior design and people! In other words, cafés that are popular with locals and can be hard to find on your own. And if you still don't know where to go...check out our list of the six best coffeshops in Seoul.

Playground Rooftop Cafe & Bar

Playground Rooftop Cafe & Bar Hongdae, Seoul Metropolitan City

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Playground Rooftop Cafe & Bar is one of the most exciting, International Bars in the city bringing you fun events throughout the entire week, a place where you know you'll have fun...

aA Design Museum

aA Design Museum Hongdae, Seoul Metropolitan City

Part museum, part designer furniture showroom, this three-story loft space in the vibrant, young and alternative Hongdae neighborhood also has a unique café on the ground floor.


Suave Hongdae, Seoul Metropolitan City

Suave in Hongdae specializes in handmade caramels, puddings and macaroons. Their caramels are made from 100% cream, heavenly soft and come in varieties such as dry fig, passion fruit and honey!


Sukkara Hongdae, Seoul Metropolitan City

This Japanese-inspired Hongdae hideaway set around an open kitchen manages to hit every category of libation as well as provide a limited, all-organic food and drinks menu.

405 Kitchen

405 Kitchen Hongdae, Seoul Metropolitan City

A unique Hongdae cafe in three floors and a terrace, serving mozzarella, bulgogi, chicken sandwich, and a variety of desserts including homemade tiramisu, chocolate cake, cheese cake and tarts.

dal.komm coffee

dal.komm coffee Hongdae, Seoul Metropolitan City

This eye-catching cafe is a Hongdae Landmark. The building defines this kitsch and quirky cafe. Dal.komm in Korean means sweet and their concept is contemporary music and events with musicians.


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