I found it impressive that while there are a couple of Starbucks franchises scattered across the city, both Koreans and tourists flock to the more unique and charming local cafes.
We made it a point to visit some of them :)
The CNN Cafe
"Managed by YBM, Korea's largest English education company in conjunction with Turner Asia Pacific, CNN Café opened at the Jongro branch of Young Poong Bookstore this week.
It aims to attract the growing number of the self-employed seeking a coffice (cafe-office) and students who use coffeeshops as a place to study or hang out. As well as a study-distracting CNN ticker, the café offers free Wi-Fi, computers and printing services."
Months before the trip, I was aimlessly Googling through the net when I came across an article about the CNN Cafe in Seoul. Being a media practitioner, it definitely spiked my interest so, of course, I made sure it was part of our itinerary.
There was nothing spectacular about the coffee nor the food. I just found the idea that there's this cafe dedicated for news-mongers totally cool ;)
|Drink coffee while listening to news from around the world.|
THE CNN CAFE
B1 Young Poong Bookstore
Young Poong Building 33
(서울특별시 종로구 서린동 33번지 영풍빌딩 B1)
+82 2 723 6674
The Coffee Prince Cafe
The cafe wasn't even open yet when we arrived but there were already people lined up outside. As popularized by the Korean drama "Coffee Prince", this cafe charmed us with its quaint design and cozy interiors. The coffee ain't so bad too ;)
The owner is probably used to people going there just to take photos so the baristas made sure that everyone inside ordered a cup of coffee each.
THE COFFEE PRINCE CAFE
Hongadae, Seoul, South Korea
The Roasting Factory Doo Roo
In Hanja, "doo roo" means "wafting fragrance of beans". Appropriately named, the cafe boasted of its hand-dripped espresso and roasted beans. We chanced upon the Roasting Factory Doo Roo after walking around the Bukchon Hanok Village. It kept us warm not only with their coffee but with their comfy and slightly rustic interiors. I didn't actually get to try the coffee and the pastries but Tonee said they were a bit too pricey for the taste.
THE ROASTING FACTORY DOO ROO
Located at the entrance of the Bukchon Hanok Village
in Gahoe Dong, Seoul, South Korea
Okay, so the name of the cafe is debatable. Madel tried to check its name on the receipt but everything's in Korean. So there haha.
We saw this coffee place after shopping around Insadong. We haven't even gone more than three steps into the coffee shop, we were already impressed by its contemporary design. The whole shop was very spacious with paintings hung on the walls and shelves stacked with books.
Seoul, South Korea
Now this is Seoul's version of Starbucks. One thing I loved about Holly's is their coffee teabags which you can buy for 5,700 South Korean Won per pack (USD5.17). Each pack contains 12 coffee teabags. Not bad eh? Naturally, I hoarded a couple of packs :p
There were so many other cafes I wanted to check out but four days just wasn't enough to go to all of them. Definitely another reason to go back to Seoul :)