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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...

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...

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...

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...

Coffee Libre Seoul Korea Ethiopia Yirgacheffe
Coffee Libre Ethiopia Yirgacheffee

If you ask any coffee-loving ex-pat where to buy good beans in Seoul, they will probably refer you to Coffee Libre and, for purely quality, they would be right. Coffee Libre has taken a botique approach to roasting, often choosing cup of excellence beans and roasting them to near...

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...

Best Seoul Chain Coffee

There is coffee everywhere in Seoul. Some say too much, with at least one coffee shop on every street and four or more in every mall or shopping center. You could chalk it up to density, but it’s safe to say that Korea loves coffee. The most common of coffee...