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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...

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...

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...

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...

Satei Hato

Satei Hato is a coffee shop revered by James Freeman, founder of Blue Bottle Coffee and author of The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee. While the coffee from Satei Hato was quite good, there is more than enough good coffee in Tokyo. I would visit again because of the experience....

Club Espresso

Club Espresso in Seoul's Buam-dong has been around since 1990, making it the oldest quality coffee shop I have seen in Korea and there is even something classic about its style. The upstairs is beautiful shades of wood with track lighting and and an additional espresso bar. There wasn't much...

Five Extracts Coffee

Despite being in Hongdae, Five Extracts never gets the mention it deserves. This may be in part because the location is closer to Sangsu Station than Hongdae station, but I feel like good coffee is worth a little extra time. If Five Extract's barista champion founder was hungry for an...

Streamer Coffee Company

Streamer Coffee Company in Shibuya feels like an independent shop that has grown up. On the walls there are skateboards with painted latte art and the food prep area is completely open from the register and bar. The place had a very modern feel- slightly different than the other Streamer...

The Roastery by Nozy

The Roastery by Nozy Coffee in Tokyo's Shibuya neighborhood is what Starbucks Reserve could have been: coffee put on a pedestal, but still in reach. From the moment you walk in the door, you can tell it is made by coffee lovers and for coffee lovers. A blackboard greets you...

Fritz Coffee Company

Chances are you haven't been around Gongdeok station, but Fritz Coffee will give you a reason. The building looks like an old converted mansion with a large wooden gate opening into a small garden courtyard. A covered balcony towers above and it feel like stepping into a themed restaurant except...

Bear Pond Espresso

Bear Pond Espresso in Tokyo's Shimokitazawa neighborhood is as infamous as it is famous. The Yelp reviews paint a picture of a grumpy perfectionist with half praising the coffee and the other half attacking the customer service, but I found only one half of that to be true. My first encounter...

Tricolore

Tricolore in Toyko's Ginza district is a small piece of preserved history. It originally opened in 1936 with the intention of spreading interest in coffee across Tokyo and I doubt it's changed much since then. Tricolore is in an old English-style house with flower planters along the windows, brick walls,...