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Coalmine

Coalmine has one of the more unique setups I've seen. The bar area is in a dim and intimate building, tables pushed together just enough for you to squeeze by while the courtyard is generally for fallen leaves, the barista's bikes and the occasional smoker. It's lopsided arrangement as well...

Orang Orang 오랑오랑

  It's best to come down to Orang Orang from Namsam tower, but the hike up from HBC isn't too bad and you might find a new favorite restaurant on the way. Orang Orang has a bombed-out dusty neon charm to it that feels both at home and out of place...

Brooklyn Roasting Company

Brooklyn Roasting Company in Osaka, Japan is in such a perfect spot I feel like it was built around people casually drinking coffee on a bench by the river. If you don't come to stare at a laptop, I would highly recommend the outdoor section because the view is so...

The Pancake Epidemic

If you miss the smooth flavors of Stumptown coffee, the Pancake Epidemic in Apgujung is where to get your fix. If that isn't enough to get you on the Subway, imagine it's 2014, step into my shoes and watch this video. At the time, pancake options in Seoul were almost...

Zagmachi

Zagmachi, near Eastern Seoul's Konkuk University, is a coffee shop, lighting exhibition and photography gallery. While this may sound like a lot, I would say it is a more of a a coffee shop with nice lighting and some beautiful photography. Though it is quite a large space, the...

Manufact Coffee Roasters

It's rare to be shocked when entering a cafe. From the outside Manufact looks like a model of a house placed on a concrete pillar, not entirely out of place among the photo studios and high-end restaurants in Apgujeong, but certainly not your typical ground-level cafe. As we walked up...

Felt

Located in Sinchon, Felt Coffee occupies a pocket of menswear stores and other young businesses that are worth checking out. If coffee shops had sister shops I'd say Felt Coffee's would be % Arabica in Kyoto, Japan. Felt Coffee has the flavor of minimalism that I love: white with wood...

Coffee Montage

Coffee Montage can do no wrong. If you spend the time to go to Gangdong-gu office in the Jamsil / Olympic Park area, you won't be disappointed. The space is so cleanly-designed with strong black geometric forms and a minimalism that manages to cross the line from sparse to expensive. They definitely...

Thesis Coffee

Thesis Coffee in Seoul's Gangnam district is on a coffee street. There is Alver, LGA, Standard Espresso and more, but what sets Thesis apart is their combination of novelty dessert drinks and brew bar with four different brew methods. The space is divided into several different areas, all of which...

Proper Coffee Bar

Proper Coffee bar is a beautiful marriage of design collective and coffee shop. It's a bit out of the way in Ogeum-dong, next to a couple of office buildings and an expensive Thai restaurant so there's not much reason to be in the area, but I'd encourage you to...

Lilo Coffee Roasters

Lilo Coffee Roasters in Osaka's Amerikamura has such great coffee you'll forget that they are attached to a hair salon. Granted the salon is upstairs, but they are in it together. Like most other parts of Osaka, Amerikamura has a lot of coffee, but I'd have to say Lilo is...

Cafe Mesh

Cafe Mesh is one of the gems outside of the tourist areas of central seoul. Originally I stumbled across their Instagram with pictures of two friendly-looking baristas in what looked like construction worker uniforms and I had to visit. When I walked in it felt like I was walking into someone's living room. It's...

Ikovox Coffee

Ikovox in Seoul's Sinsa neighborhood is a calm stop between the expensive boutiques that line Garu-su Gil. The space itself is designed to fit as many people as possible, but considering the size and the location it's understandable. Your time in Ikovox will not be long, but it will be...

Chansbros Coffee

Not pictured in this article is the crowd covering every seat in Chansbros nearly every minute of every day. You have to wake up pretty early on a holiday to take a decent picture, but it speaks to Chansbros' popularity more than anything else. There are two locations of Chansbros...

Granknot Coffee

Granknot Coffee in Osaka's Amerikamura neighborhood is the kind of place to get away from your hostel and plan your day with a great cup of coffee. It's on the outskirts of Orange Street, Osaka's stretch of hipster shops and restaurants where you can easily spend all day looking through...