Tuesday, November 29, 2016

10 Trendy Cafes in Seoul You Should Visit (Part 2)

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As a continuation of a two part series of my café hopping in Seoul, I will share to you the other half of the 10 trendy cafes I visited as part of the Café Show event at COEX. For the part 1, CLICK HERE


6. Red Plant Coffee Roasters
Tagline: Energetic Roastery Café



There in the corner of the street at Mapo district in Seoul stands a small, cozy and relaxing coffee shop called Red Plant Coffee roasters. If you walk along that street, the building is very small but it’s impossible you can’t see the striking red letters of the shop’s name.




This place is ideal for a one on one talk, there’s also a space outside of the coffee shop where people can occupy, sip a cup of coffee, and talk while watching the passerby. It is one of the best places in Seoul you would love to spend your afternoon.

To go to Red Plant Coffee Roasters, you can navigate to this address:
(Café)53, Yanghwa-ro 7 gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul


7. Wangchang Co.

Tagline: Dark Roasted Coffee that Touches You



If you can’t read Korean, you would probably find it hard to locate this shop because the name of the shop is written in Hangeul. This coffee shop is just in front of the Red Plant Coffee Roaster, it’s also small and a little bit congested considering that this coffee shop has a lot of local patrons.



The roasting laboratory is also inside the coffee shop, you can even see the roaster from the outside because they put it in a room with transparent glass, so everyone can actually see what’s happening during the roasting process. It looks traditional because of the wood element. Aside from the paintings on the walls and beautiful lightings, there’s nothing really interesting in this shop.

To go to Wangchang Co. coffee shop, you can navigate to this address:
27 Worldcup-ro 8 gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul


8. Namusairo Coffee

Tagline: With a various season Menu


For people who love to experience Korean traditional lifestyle, Namusairo is the place to be. This place is very near Gyeongbokgung palace, so it’s a perfect place to visit after a tour at the palace and the Gwanghwamun Square.



Namusairo is situated in a place where there are a lot of buildings with old style architecture in the neighborhood, therefore you wouldn’t surprise if it appears as a traditional house. It’s a Hanok inspired café with a lot of rooms inside. From the outside, it looks small, and when you enter at the counter area where people order, it is a small area too. I think it can only accommodate up to 6 people. But when you go at the back, there’s a yard where you can sit and relax while sipping your cup of coffee. If you come by group, you can choose one of the room available inside. It is very ideal for study, chit chat and for relaxation.




The coffee at Namusairo are a little bit pricey though, but that’s because they use expensive and aromatic type of coffees. You can’t also underestimate their bakery as it offers a variety of cakes and sweets.

To go to Namusairo, Take subway line number 3 (Orange Line) and get off at Gyeongbokgung Station, go to  exit 7 and walk through the main road to the left at Saemunan-ro 3 gil, then turn right and walk for about 5 minutes. If you get lost, you can also navigate to this address:
21 Sajik-ro 8 gil, Sajik-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul

9. Coffee Tour

Tagline: Coffee Guide for your life


At first, the name of the coffee shop does not make sense. The name Coffee Tour, according to the barista, was derived from the fact that people from around the world who have interest in coffee, either for business or tour, have this coffee shop in their itinerary. So I’m guessing that people go to this place to tour and learn more about coffee.




I personally like this coffee shop because it’s cozy and peaceful. They have couches where you can sit and relax while reading the book. I love the classical music they play on the background because it’s so relaxing. If you want to review or study your lessons, you can go to this coffee shop. I like also the packaging of their beverages. It’s stylish and classy at the same time.



If you wish to go to Coffee tour, you can navigate to this address:
1F, Sajik-ro 10 gil 12, Jongro-gu, Seoul


10. Rusted Iron in Dumbo

Tagline: With a various season menu



From the outside, Rusted Iron looks so robust and strong. It’s a coffee shop you think men would love to go. But in the inside, it’s so soft and calm and peaceful. It’s a three floors building, the basement have a cool space for intimate talk or a lazy afternoon coffee session. The first floor is where the counter is located. There’s also a space where you can sit down but most of the room is occupied by the counter. The second floor is another room for the customers.




Aside from the charming atmosphere of this café, the price of the coffee and other beverages are very reasonable considering the fact that the area where it is located is still part of Seoul. I had my hot Mint Mocha Latte for only 4800 won.


If you want to go to Rusted Iron in Dumbo, Get off at Ttukseom Station on Line Number 2 (Green Line) and go to exit 2. Once you exit, turn right and walk down the street. You can also navigate to this address:

656-834, B1, 1F, 2F, Seongsu 1(il) ga 2 (i) dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

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