From minimalistic coffee spaces to quirky ones and from tiny coffee stores to major specialty coffee brands, Seoul has its own significant position in coffee culture. It won’t be wrong to say one of the most potential coffee growing cities in Asia. Whether the locals, as well as the tourists, the interest in specialty coffee, has increased over the last few years. The expansion of coffee brands in multiple chains across the city, more baristas, and coffee professionals are opening their own micro-roasteries, and an increasing number of cafes are a few highlights of coffee culture growth in Seoul. Here are some most popular coffee brands in Seoul which you must check out.
Anthracite Coffee in Seoul is one of the most popular amongst the locals. The primary reason is obviously them serving great coffee but the place has some great atmosphere to enjoy a cup of coffee. You will feel some industrial-style vibe inside the coffee shop with plenty of seating arrangements. You can enjoy their regular cup of coffee or also go for their lattes that are smooth, nutty, and even a bit spicy.
Visit them: South Korea, Seoul, Mapo-gu, Hapjeong-dong, Tojeong-ro 5-gil, 10 1층 2층
You will first listen to ancient classical music from Baroque times playing at their cafe. That’s the first thing you might notice unique about the cafe while entering. But the best highlight is, for sure, their lattes or cappuccinos and how they are served to the customers. The owner Sung Eun Lim forces customers to take a sip of the cappuccino after he poured the Latte Art on the table next to you. Well, he will explain it to you very beautifully that if you wait too long the lovely foam will disappear or dissolve. The very texture as well as the flavor of the drink sustain only for a while to enjoy it, and that something you won’t find anywhere else. So you better take that sip as he poured it for you in the cup. The latte art is a great coffee experience to go for!
Visit them: 238-43 Bogwang-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
South Korean coffee cafes are full of attention-grabbing interior decor but Felt coffee doesn’t fall into that category. Instead, they went for something different approach with their underwhelmed or understated space. It is a minimalistic coffee hotspot in the city if that something really attracts you, not ultra urbanized and modern spaces. They also have a very simple menu for over three years now. There are in total six items including a single-origin pour-over, Americano, and their favorite Vanilla Latte. They have also opened another store located in Gwanghwamun subway station with a minimalistic concept.
Visit them: 246 Cheongjin-dong, Jongno-gu Gwanghwamun location: 17 Jongno 3-gil, Jongno-gu
Mesh Coffee is one of those coffee places that has elevated the specialty coffee scene in Seoul, South Korea. Their geek coffee cafe owners make this tiny but cozy coffee space for the fans of third-wave coffee. The place is very intimate and often leaves you with a great conversation with the barista or other friendly staff members. Their owners have been active participants of an international coffee scene as competition judges. So they understand the true fan base of coffee. They also have this hidden menu apart from their primary ones, and for that you have to ask them about it.
Visit them: 685-307 Seongsu-dong 1(il)-ga, Seongdong-gu
You will see the owner brewing the filter coffee right at the front of you over a little friendly chat. The place is large but still quite cozy and intimate, also mostly packed. You will spot a lot of localities enjoying their day or evening over a cup of coffee with some freshly-baked goods. The place has a really warm vibe where you can sit and relax. They also have their second location just between the Changdeokgung Palace and Garden, also the Bukchon Hanok Village.
Visit them: 17 Saechang-ro 2-gil, Dohwa-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea