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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...

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...

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...

R-Fritters

Chances are if you discovered R Fritters it was because Bear Pond Espresso was closed, but I think that sells it a little short. A sweet eggy bread drizzled in maple syrup is reason enough for a cup of strong black coffee. Their fritters, available in sweet flavors such as cafe...

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....

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...