Coffee is a big part of Seoul’s culture. This means this city doesn’t play around with its themed and unique cafes. From traditional-style cafes and animal-themed cafes to cafes where you can paint and send letters to your future self, there are many unique cafes in Seoul to check out. Going to cafes all day can get a little pricey, so here are free activities to do in Seoul!
Below are a few of Seoul’s trendiest places to have your next cup of coffee!
Dosan MAMMAMIA Cafe in Gangnam
The aesthetic of this cafe is unmatched! From the flora that hangs from the ceiling to its iconic hot-pink exterior, cafe MAMMAMIA goes down as one of the most aesthetic and beautiful cafes in Seoul. You don’t want to miss their desserts, which come in delicious and fun varieties! Going to a cafe in Gangam is an affordable activity in Seoul for those on a budget.
Located just a few blocks from Apgujeong Station, a brisk walk will take you to the infamous pink cafe– you can’t miss it!
Cafe Onion in Anguk
This cafe has multiple locations, but the fan favorite lies in Anguk. This cafe is known for its traditional hanok (한옥), or Korean house style. It is a must-visit cafe in Seoul with an open floor plan, standard seating, and a wide variety of sweet and savory pastries! A great place to sit down relax and read a Korean fiction book or listen to a podcast.
This cafe is near Anguk Station Subway Line 3 (Exit 3)!
Greem Cafe in Hongdae
The interior of this cafe is what catches the eyes of a lot of people. Greem (그림), or painting/drawing, is what the cafe embodies. The 2D concepts wrap the entire interior– from the walls, tables, and chairs to the silverware and plates! Many would say this gives off a ‘cartoon’ aesthetic. This is a unique, must-try, especially to get those Instagram-worthy pictures!
Walk out from Hongik Univ. Station Subway Line 2 (Exit 2). From there, you can take a four-minute bus from Hongik Univ. Station (Mapo05), and once you reach the Yeonnamdong Community Service Center, it’s a three-minute walk to the cafe!
Nuldam Space-Haebangchon Branch
Have you ever wanted to send something to your future self? Well, this cafe lets you do just that! Here you can write a letter while enjoying delicious pastries and drinks at a very affordable and one-of-a-kind experience. To top it off, the views from the cafe are beautiful as it has a rooftop view of Namsam Tower. This cafe holds the top spot as being one of the most special cafes here in Seoul.
This cafe is located near the Boseong Girl’s Middle & High School Entrance bus stop and is just a short four-minute walk!
Samoyed Cafe in Hongdae
This is the only Samoyed cafe here in Seoul. Calling all dog lovers, you will never want to leave once you enter this place. You can play with the fluffy, white Samoyeds while enjoying your pastries and drinks. On the topic of animals, even though there are many animal-themed cafes here in Seoul, Thanks Nature Cafe is another animal cafe that has sheep– if you’re into that!
Get off at Sangsu Station (Subway Line 6) Exit 1. Take the first right, go left around the bend, and take a three-minute walk to the cafe!
Feel free to check out our article on Yeonnam Cafes as well!