Top 5 unique cafes in Seoul you must try!

Written by: Floor Bijleveld

In South Korean culture, cafes are quite important, especially in Seoul. They offer a range of ambiances to fit any mood and provide a break from the fast-paced lifestyle. We’ll be presenting some of Seoul’s top cafés in this article, from undiscovered treasures to well-known places. Prepare to find the ideal spot for a cup of coffee and some relaxation.

1. Thanks Nature cafe
Location : 10 Hongik-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Undoubtedly something new and original. The only location in Seoul where you can have banana-strawberry waffles with two fluffy sheep at your side is Thanks Nature Café, popularly known as the Sheep Café, which is near to the campus of Hongik University in the hip district of Hongdae. There are two sheep and they love to interact with the guests! You may give them a light pet or feed them some straw. If you show them love, they will likely show it back to you.

2. Aqua Garden cafe
Location : 300 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul (B1F)
This is the spot for you if you enjoy strange, exotic, and/or theme cafés. Aqua Garden Cafe offers a view of aquatic life as you sip something refreshing. The Aqua Garden Cafe is a hidden gem, despite the Lotte World Aquarium being a well-liked tourist attraction. To reach the mystical cafe’s door, proceed through the green maze. You will be welcomed upon arrival by the sight of the coffee shop and its enormous selection of food and beverages. Enjoy rich cake and exotic smoothies, enjoying in both their flavor and appearance. Sit down or take a stroll to observe what unique aquatic life you may find.

3. GREEM Cafe Seoul
Location : 161-10, Seongmisan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
With its own appeal, Greem Café transports you into a cartoon, even down to the tableware. This distinctive cafe, with its 2D design, gives the impression that it is in a cartoon by just painting the edges of the whitish furniture in black. The Korean animated web series W served as the source of inspiration for Greem Cafe. The story’s protagonist is trapped between the actual world and an alternative cartoon reality. The café is also known as “greem” for this reason. The word is derived from the Korean word “cartoon” or “painting,” “geulim,” which is pronounced “greem.” Customers are intended to feel as though they have entered a world of make-believe in which they are the star; but, this time, the star is seeking for a stimulating cup of coffee.

4. Jean Frigo
Location : Toegye-ro 62-gil, Gwanghuidong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
Unknown to the majority of people (at least visitors), Jean Frigo is a store located in Dongdaemun that from the outside seems to be a simple fruit stand. However, beyond those metal doors is an entryway leading to a café-pub, not your kimchi and food from the cold storage. You feel as though you have entered a completely new universe when you open the doors. as when you finally get to unlock the wardrobe in Narnia. And you kind of like the fact that nobody outside the know even knows it exists. Every table had a tray with a certain fruit on it; the name of the fruit served as your table’s identification. A set menu of fruits is available at the café, including kiwi, orange, tomato, apple, blueberry, grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon, with the option to have it as a juice, ade, or a tea. Even if you are not a big fan of fruit juices, the cocktails are a great option too!

5. Nuldam Space
Location : 18-12 Sinheung-ro 15-gil, Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
What would you say in a letter to your future self, if you were given the task? Would you choose to be grateful and count your blessings, or would you want to be reflective and think about yourself? Nuldam Space is a coffeehouse in Korea that lets you write and mail a letter to yourself one year in the future. It is a cafe where they sell only vegan pastries. In addition to providing an unique letter-writing experience, Nuldam Cafe provides stunning views of the landscape from all one of its locations. Gyeongbokgung Palace, Haebangchon, and Hwahongmun Gate are the three sites where Nuldam Space has locations for its three stores.

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