Seoul Gourmet Tours; Cafes


Gwanghwamun/Insa-dong/Myeong-dong Areas
| Hongdae/Yeouido Areas

Itaewon/Hannam-dong Areas | Gangnam Area Irresistible Taste of Street Food


Gwanghwamun/Insa-dong/Myeong-dong Areas

Sanmotoonge Cafe (산모퉁이 카페)
The cafe was used as a house of Hanseong (Lee Sun-gyun) in the drama The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince. Many fans of the drama visit the cafe.

  • Operation Hours : 11:00~22:00
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-391-4737
  • How to Get There : Exit 6 of Gyeongbokgung Station, Line 3 → Take the bus No. 1020, 212 or 7022 → Get off at Buam-dong Office then walk about 700m.

Tongin Market Lunchbox Cafe (통인시장 도시락 카페)
The members of Running Man (TV variety show) ate some tteokbokki (spicy rice cake) at the Lunchbox Cafe while accomplishing their mission. Visitors can feel the energy of the market and have fun choosing their food at Tongin Market. If you want to try various Korean food, Tongin Market Lunchbox Cafe is highly recommended.

  • Operation Hours : Weekdays 09:00~18:00; Sat. 09:00~13:00
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-722-0911
  • How to Get There : About 700m from the Exit 2 of Gyeongbokgung Station, Line 3

Byeol Dabang Misslee (별다방미스리)
Dabang is a Korean word meaning “cafe.” The cafe has a diverse customer base ranging from young people like the couple Jung Yong-hwa and Seohyun from We Got Married (TV reality show) to middle-aged and even elderly people.

  • Operation Hours : 10:00~24:00
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-729-0393
  • How to Get There : Located about 30m from the Exit 6 of Anguk Station, Line 3

Twinkle Twinkle (반짝반짝빛나는)
This is a fusion teahouse that combines modernity and tradition. Especially popular here are the slow brewed organic teas and traditional Korean drinks such as sweet rice drink (sikhye) and cinnamon punch (sujeonggwa). Visitors can also see on display traditional arts and crafts.

  • Operation Hours : 09:30~23:00
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-738-4525
  • How to Get There : 10 min. walk from Exit 6 of Anguk Station, Line 3

Haap (합)
This place has developed new cooking methods and rice cake flavors to fit modern trends. The poached pears and citron tea complement the rice cakes well.

  • Operation Hours : 12:00~21:00 (Closed on Chuseok & Lunar New Year’s holidays)
  • Tel. : +82-(0)70-4209-0819
  • How to Get There : 10 min. walk from Exit 6 of Anguk Station, Line 3

Seoulseo Guljjaero Jalhaneun Jip (서울서둘째로잘하는집)
This traditional teahouse is more popular for its sweet red bean porridge than its teas. The sweet red bean porridge, with sweet rice cakes, chestnuts and gingko nuts, is very filling. Be sure to try the healthy traditional teas during your visit.

  • Operation Hours : 12:00~21:00 (Closed on Chuseok & Lunar New Year’s holidays)
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-734-5302
  • How to Get There : 3 min. walk from the Samcheong-dong Community Service Center

Cha Ma Si Neun TTeul (차마시는뜰)
Enjoy a soothing traditional tea at a cozy teahouse filled with the traditional flavors and atmosphere of Old Korea. Also recommended are the sweet steamed rice cakes made on the premises.

  • Operation Hours : 10:30~22:00 (Closed on Chuseok & Lunar New Year’s days)
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-722-7006
  • How to Get There : 15 min. walk from Exit 1 of Anguk Station, Line 3

Beautiful Tea Museum (아름다운차박물관)
Here, you can enjoy a soothing cup of tea with green tea rice cakes ― the most popular rice cakes on the menu ― in an elegant hanok (traditional Korean house). The museum also exhibits various implements traditionally used to make tea.

  • Operation Hours : 10:30~21:50 (Closed on Chuseok & Lunar New Year’s days)
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-735-6678
  • How to Get There : 5 min. walk from Exit 3-1 of Jonggak Station, Line 1

O’sulloc (오설록)
If you like green tea, this is the place to enjoy it. Here, you can have green tea, green tea cake, green tea ice cream, and anything else made of green tea. You can also buy green tea, teacups, and other souvenirs.

  • Operation Hours : Sun.~Thu. 09:00~22:30; Fri.&Sat. 09:00~23:00
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-774-5460
  • How to Get There : 5 min. walk from Exit 5 of Euljiro 1-ga Station, Line 2

Cafe DROPTOP (드랍탑)
At Cafe Droptop, a chic and cozy coffee shop, Woo-hyun (So Ji-sub) and Kiang-mi (Lee Yeon-hee) talked about a case in the Korean drama series Phantom, which is all about cyber-crimes.

  • Operation Hours : Weekdays 07:00~23:00; Weekends & national holidays 08:00~23:00
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-3789-7801
  • How to Get There : 70m away from Exit 5 of Euljiro 1-ga Station, Line 2

K Story (케이스토리)
The cafe is filled with various exciting items such as personally signed posters of Hallyu stars and stars’ cherished items and clothes that Hee-chul (a member of Super Junior)’s sister collected while working in the entertainment business. The cafe sells product related to Hallyu stars and fan club items.

  • How to Get There : Exit 6 of Myeongdong Station, Line 4 (go straight at the street on the left → Turn left at Nature Republic → Second floor of the building opposite UNIQLO

Payard (페이야드)
This is a dessert haven located within the Shinsegae Department Store in Myeong-dong. Although a little pricy, the macaroons, cakes and sandwiches are worth the extra cost.

  • Operation Hours : Mon.~Thu. 10:30~20:00; Fri.~Sun. 10:30~20:30
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-310-1980
  • How to Get There : 5 min. walk from Exit 5 of Myeong-dong Station, Line 4 (inside the Shinsegae Dept. Store)

Club Espresso (클럽에스프레소)
This is one of the most popular coffee shops in Buam-dong. The wooden interior gives Club Espresso a cozy feel, and the coffee is of a high standard.

  • Operation Hours : 09:00~23:00 (Closed on Chuseok & Lunar New Year’s days)
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-764-8719
  • How to Get There : 2~3 min. walk from the Buam-dong Community Service Center

Hongdae/Yeouido Areas

Twosome Studio (투썸커피)
Teddy takes care of everything about the cafe including the designs of the logo, interior, mugs, uniform, the menu, and the background music. The studio consists of cafe (1~3F) and Teddy’s personal studio (4F). Hallyu enthusiasts will find thrilling items such as mugs signed by YG Entertainment’s singers including 2NE1.

  • Operation Hours : 08:00~24:00
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-325-8860
  • How to Get There : Located about 550m from Exit 9 of Hongik Univ. Station, Line 2

Samgeori Pocha (삼거리포차)
This retro style bar features classy interior and exterior decorations. The bar is well known as the place where YG Entertainment’s singers go for a wrap-up party after their performances.

  • Operation Hours : 19:00~06:00
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-334-3301
  • How to Get There : Located about 330m from Exit 2 of Sangsu Station, Line 6

Cafe d’MAKA (카페드마카)
A trip to Cafe d’MAKA will make you prettier than ever! The cafe offers customers an excellent make-up service by a professional make-up artist.

  • Operation Hours : 11:00~02:00
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-332-5579
  • How to Get There : Located about 600m from Exit 2 of Hapjeong Station, Line 2 or 6

Snob (스노브)
Snob is a cozy cafe on the 2nd floor of a remodeled private home. Everything about this cafe is simple and minimal, including its decor and the ingredients used in the kitchen. Snob also sells chocolates, caramels, and Japanese-style desserts.

  • Operation Hours : 11:00~23:00 (Closed on Chuseok & Lunar New Year’s holidays)
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-325-5770
  • How to Get There : 5 min. walk from Exit 1 of Sangsu Station, Line 6

cafe aA (카페aA)
This is a museum cafe with a furniture showroom on the 1st floor. You can enjoy delicious desserts in this spacious antique cafe.

  • Operation Hours : 12:00~00:30 (Closed on Chuseok & Lunar New Year’s days)
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-3143-7312
  • How to Get There : </stro ng>5 min. wa
    lk from Exit 1 of Sangsu Station, Line 6

Mobssie Chocolate Cake (몹시초콜렛케이크)
The most popular item on their menu is the oven baked chocolate fondant. They open at 2 in the afternoon, but the place fills up very quickly.

  • Operation Hours : 14:00~23:00
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-3142-0306
  • How to Get There : 10 min. walk from Exit 8 of Hongik Univ. Station, Line 2 and AREX

Cacao Boom (카카오붐)
Here, you can try real Belgian chocolates. Rich homemade chocolate and chocolate drinks are Cacao Boom’s specialties, and there are many flavors to choose from.

  • Operation Hours : 09:00~22:00
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-3141-4663
  • How to Get There : 10 min. walk from Exit 8 of Hongik Univ. Station, Line 2 and AREX

Paul & Paulina (폴앤폴리나)
This is a European-style bakery popular for its breads and dinner rolls. The fewest ingredients possible are used in order to leaven the bread slowly. You can sample breads before buying.

  • Operation Hours : 12:00~19:00 (Closed on Sundays, 1st Monday of every month, Chuseok & Lunar New Year’s holidays)
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-333-0185
  • How to Get There : 5 min. walk from Exit 9 of Hongik Univ. Station, Line 2 and AREX

Eric Kayser (에릭케제르)
This bakery is popular for its naturally leavened French breads. A natural liquid leaven is used and the dough is fermented at a low temperature. This produces a great tasting and aromatic bread. Eric Kayser’s baguettes, which are moist on the inside and crusty on the outside, are especially popular purchases here.

  • Operation Hours : 07:00~22:00
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-789-5687
  • How to Get There : 15 min. walk from Exit 4 of Yeouinaru Station, Line 5 (inside the 63 Square)

Itaewon/Hannam-dong Areas

Dongbingo (동빙고)
Dongbingo makes great-tasting traditional patbingsu using only milk, red beans and rice cake. Many find the rather chunky and sweet red bean sauce to be very addictive.

  • Operation Hours : 10:30~23:00
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-794-7171
  • How to Get There : 5 min. walk from Ichon Hyundai Apartments

Coffee Mihak (커피미학)
This antique coffee shop knows its coffee. The espresso and house blend coffee are very popular here and you can also enjoy medicinal teas.

  • Operation Hours : 11:00~22:00 (Closed on Chuseok & Lunar New Year’s holidays)
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-3785-0723
  • How to Get There : 15 min. walk from Exit 3-1 of Ichon Station, Line 4 and Jungang Line

Neal’s Yard (닐스야드)
Similar to Neal’s in London, the youthful and chic interior stands out as soon as you enter. The brunch menu, with waffles, sausages and a salad, is very tasty and filling.

  • Operation Hours : 11:00~23:00 (Chuseok & Lunar New Year’s days)
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-794-7278
  • How to Get There : 5 min. walk from Exit 1 of Itaewon Station, Line 6

The Lucy Pie Kitchen (더루시파이키친)
This is a traditional American pie bakery whose homemade pies include pumpkin, banana and sweet potato. The most popular however are the “Scream Pie,” so-named because it is considered so good it will make you scream, and the “Chocolate Mud Pie.” There are also specially packaged cookies.

  • Operation Hours : Mon.~Sat. 10:30~22:00; Sun. 10:30~23:00 (Closed on Chuseok & Lunar New Year’s holidays)
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-790-7779
  • How to Get There : 13 min. walk from Exit 4 of Ichon Station, Line 4 and Jungang Line

Standing Coffee (스탠딩커피)
This is a take-out coffee shop famed for its great coffee beans. Standing Coffee’s “blue lemonade,” made with blue curacao syrup, is a popular drink with customers during the summer.

  • Operation Hours : Weekdays 07:00~24:00; Weekends & national holidays 11:00~24:00
  • How to Get There : 5 min. walk from Exit 2 of Noksapyeong Station, Line 6

Tartine (타르틴)
Tartin’s Chef Garrett makes American-style pies and tarts using recipes passed down by his mother. Although a little pricy, the pies here are larger than elsewhere. The Rhubarb pie is a particular specialty here that you won’t be able to find anywhere else in Korea. This cafe featured in the representative Hallyu variety show Running Man when Yoo Jae-suk wa
s carrying out his mission.

  • Operation Hours : 10:00~22:30
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-3785-3400
  • How to Get There : 5 min. walk from Exit 1 of Itaewon Station, Line 6

May Bell Bakery (오월의 종)
This bakery is known for its leavened breads. May Bell supplies bread to many of the restaurants in the area. Prices are reasonable and portions generous.

  • Operation Hours : 11:00~18:00 (Closed on Sundays, Chuseok & Lunar New Year’s holidays)
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-792-5561
  • How to Get There : 10 min. walk from Exit 2 of Itaewon Station, Line 6

Lynn’s Cupcakes (린즈컵케이크)
Lynn sells reasonably priced cupcakes that are attractive, colorful, and not too sweet. The red velvet cupcakes are especially popular.

  • Operation Hours : Mon.~Sat. 11:00~22:00; Sun. 10:00~20:00 (Closed on Chuseok & Lunar New Year’s days and days after)
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-792-0804
  • How to Get There : 15 min. walk from Exit 1 of Hannam Station, Line 1

Passion 5 (패션파이브)
This is a landmark of the Hannam-dong region. Although a bit expensive, the luxurious interior and great tasting desserts will make up for it.

  • Operation Hours : 07:30~22:00
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-2071-9505
  • How to Get There : 5 min. walk from Exit 3 of Hangangjin Station, Line 6

Gangnam Area

Hansa Toy (한사토이)
The members of Girl’s Generation have visited this lovely cute toy cafe filled with realistic animal toys. Why don’t you create a memorable moment on your hallyu trip with a spicial toy from Hansa Toy?

  • Operation Hours : 10:30~22:30
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-544-0049
  • How to Get There : Located about 480m from the Exit 6 of Apgujeongrodeo Station, Bundang Line

Mango Six (망고식스)
Mango Six was used as the cafe run by Lee Jung-rok (Lee Jong-hyuk), in the drama Gentleman’s Dignity. The romantic scene when Seo Yi-soo (Kim Ha-neul) kissed Kim Do-jin (Jan Dong-gun) over the window was also filmed here.

  • Operation Hours : Open 24 hours
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-3443-7266
  • How to Get There : Located about 900m from the Exit 3 of Apgujeong Station, Line 3

Take Urban (테이크어반)
Take Urban has a wide selection of delicious desserts and teas. If you order a drink in the morning, you can have all the bread you want for an additional 1,000 to 1,500 won.

  • Operation Hours : 08:00~00:30
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-519-0001
  • How to Get There : Exit 3 of Sinnonhyeon Station, Line 9

Patissier Kim Youngmo (김영모과자점)
Operated by Korean confectionery master Kim Youngmo for over 30 years, this is one of the few private bakeries left to this day. Especially delicious is the Mont Blanc, a type of rolled cake that melts in your mouth.

  • Operation Hours : 08:00~22:30
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-3460-2005
  • How to Get There : 10 min. walk from Exit 4 of Maebong Station, Line 3

Deux Cremes (듀크렘)
This tart shop has a great assortment of tarts including cheese tarts, chocolate tarts, black sesame tarts, sweet potato tarts and tiramisu tarts. There are also tasty drink that go well with the tarts, but especially recommended is the Deep Chocolate, which as the name implies is very chocoaty, yet not too sweet.

  • Operation Hours : 11:00~23:00
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-545-7931
  • How to Get There : 10 min. walk from Exit 8 of Sinsa Station, Line 3

Boulangerie Le Alaska (르알래스카)
This place sells over 40 different French breads and pastries. Especially popular is the “Tri-nut,” a three-nut bun, and the “Choco Bas,” a pastry covered in almond cream, chocolate and caramel syrup.

  • Operation Hours : 09:00~22:00
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-516-5871
  • How to Get There : 10 min. walk from Exit 5 of Apgujeongrodeo Station, Bundang Line

Bon Nuvel (본누벨)
This bakery specializes in breads made with natural enzymes, but also popular are the handmade chocolate and cakes. The inaka, a Japanese raisin bread, is especially recommended.

  • Operation Hours : Mon.~Sat. 08:00~23:30; Sun. 08:00~23:00
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-516-5871
  • How to Get There : 10 min. walk from Exit 6 of Apgujeongrodeo Station, Bundang Line

Pain de Papa (뺑드빱바)
This place is known for its assortment of baguettes. The breads here are grainy and not very sweet. Healthy breads that have no sugar, butter, eggs or milk added are also available.

  • Operation Hours : 09:00~21:00 (Closed on Sundays, Chuseok & Lunar New Year’s holidays)
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-543-5232
  • How to Get There : 10 min. walk from Exit 4 of Apgujeong Station, Line 3

Ceci Cela (세시셀라)
This orange-colored Mediterranean-style bakery has a great variety of pastries and cakes. You can also enjoy a relaxing brunch of Belgian waffles and pancakes. The carrot cake, with lots of cream cheese and fresh cream, is the most popular item on the menu.

  • Operation Hours : 11:00~23:00
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-3448-7100
  • How to Get There : 15 min. walk from Exit 5 of Apgujeongrodeo Station, Bundang Line

5CiJung (오시정)
5CiJung’s distinctive name is an abbreviation of the Korean phrase “soul (jung, or jeong) that writes five poems (ci, or “si”).” Everything here is homemade, and the scones served with any tea you order are especially popular.

  • Operation Hours : 11:30~23:00
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-512-6508
  • How to Get There : 15 min. walk from Exit 8 of Sinsa Station, Line 3

Paper Garden (페이퍼가든)
Principally a coffee shop, Paper Garden also serves entrees such as pasta and fried-rice. The eco-friendly design is very appealing, and the 2nd floor is used as a gallery.

  • Operation Hours : 11:00~24:00
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-3443-8880
  • How to Get There : 10 min. walk from Exit 5 of Apgujeongrodeo Station, Bundang Line

Mealtop (밀탑)
Mealtop is located inside the Hyundai Department Store. Unlike many patbingsu parlors, this place uses frozen milk that literally melts in your mouth as you eat.

  • Operation Hours : 10:30~22:00
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-547-6800
  • How to Get There : Exit 6 of Apgujeong Station, Line 3

Heo Hyeong-man’s Apgujeong Coffee House (허형만의 압구정 커피집)
This is one of the best coffee houses in Korea. Here, you can taste coffee made by the famous roaster, Heo Hyeong-man.

  • Operation Hours : 08:30~19:00 (Closed on national holidays)
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-511-5078
  • How to Get There : 10 min. walk from Exit 6 of Apgujeong Station, Line 3

Guilaume (기욤)
This is a traditional French bakery well known for its baguettes, macaroons, meringues and eclairs. The first floor was designed like a typical country home, while the 2nd floor is styled after a luxury French apartment.

  • Operation Hours : Weekdays 10:00~24:00’ Weekends 10:00~01:00 (Closed on Chuseok & Lunar New Year’s days)
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-512-6701
  • How to Get There : 8 min. walk from Exit 4 of Apgujeongrodeo Station, Bundang Line

Cafe t (카페 t)
The entire cafe has floor-to-ceiling windows, providing an open and relaxing atmosphere. The menu includes dishes like aslads, pancakes, pastas and rice dishes, so you can have lunch or dinner at Cafe t.

  • Operation Hours : 10:00~24:00 (Closed on the day before and day of Chuseok & Lunar New Year’s days)
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-517-0255
  • How to Get There : 10 min. walk from Exit 4 of Apgujeongrodeo Station, Bundang Line

Cakehouse Wien (케익하우스윈)
This bakery is over 20 years old and sells old-style Korean breads. A popular menu item is the monaka ice cream sandwich, originally from Japan.

  • Operation Hours : 09:00~22:00 (Closed on Chuseok & Lunar New Year’s holidays)
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-546-1585
  • How to Get There : 3 min. walk from Exit 8 of Cheongdam Station, Line 7

Damjang Yeope Gukhwakkot (Chrysanthemum by the Fence) (담장옆에국화꽃)
This rice cake store has various traditional teas that go well with rice cake, but rice cake with coffee is also a surprisingly good combination you should try. There are traditional rice cakes such as chapssal tteok and songpyeon, and also fusion rice cakes, most notably the chocolate brownie rice cake. Also recom
mended is th
e roasted injeolmi rice cake with nuts and grain syrup.

  • Operation Hours : Weekdays 09:00~23:00; Weekends 10:00~23:00 (Closed on New Year’s Day, Chuseok & Lunar New Year’s holidays)
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-517-1157
  • How to Get There : 10 min. walk from the Seoul Palace Hotel

Paris Croissant (Banpo Seorae Branch)
Although a franchise bakery, the Banpo Seorae branch is notable for having its own French pastry chef. This branch is also said to have the best tasting breads and cakes of all the Paris Corissants. The chewy, moist baguettes are especially popular.

  • Operation Hours : 07:00~23:00
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-3478-9139
  • How to Get There : 10 min. walk from Pangbae Middle School

Red Bean Flowering Tree House (팥꽃나무집)
Red Bean Flowering Tree House makes their patbingsu with frozen milk instead of water ice. The patbingsu here has an especially sweet taste. The parlor is located within the food court of the Shinsegae Department Store in Apgujeong-dong.

  • Operation Hours : Mon.~Thu 10:30~20:00; Fri.~Sun. 10:30~20:30
  • Tel. : +82-(0)2-3479-1664
  • How to Get There : Exit 8 of Express Bus Terminal Station, Line 3, 7 or 9 (inside the Shinsegae Dept. Store)

<Irresistible Taste of Street Food>

If you haven’t tasted Korean food during your stay in Seoul, you’ll regret it terribly when you return at home. Here are nine representative street foods of Seoul that are loved by all tourists. Be sure not to miss out on these tasty foods however busy you are sightseeing.

  • Myeongdong Area
    • Potato Twisters 
      • Interesting looking potato twisters, crunchy and tasty !
    • 30cm Ice-cream
      • Super-large ice-cream, just as you like it.
    • Kkultarae
      • An elaborate traditional Korean sweet mode of honey. 
  • Tongin Market
    • Oil Tteokbokki (rice cakes in soy sauce / chili sauce flavors)
      • It’s not too spicy but very savory! 
  • Namdaemun Market
    • Vegetable Hotteok (Korean pancake)
      • A crunchy hotteok is stuffed with well-cooked vegetables and glass noodles.
    • King Dumpling 
      • One “king dumpling” will leave you feeling full and satisfied! 
  • Gwangjang Market
    • Mayak Gimbap
      • Mayak means frug in Korean. This addictive little gimbap will keep you coming back for more!
    • Bindaetteok (mung-bean pancake)
      • A great combination of warmth, crunchiness, and flavor!
    • King Sundae
      • It goes well with tasty, gooey tteokbokki. Guess what it is mode of !
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