15 Instagrammable Cafes in Seoul You Have Missed

Chan Ting Yi

2017 March 13

Themed cafes are pretty common everywhere but the ones in Seoul are quite different as they are well designed and aesthetically pleasing. From character themed cafes to whimsical fairytale looking cafes, the selection is endless! Here the 15 themed cafes that you should totally check out if you’re travelling in Korea!



1. Hello Kitty Cafe | Hongdae

Located right next to Hongdae’s main shopping street, you can see a huge pink Hello Kitty cafe that looks so pretty you can’t believe it’s real. From the wallpaper, bathroom, seats and tables, you will be totally surrounded by everything Hello Kitty. Besides the usual cafe food such as coffee and cakes, there are also Hello Kitty souvenirs for you to purchase and the cafe also allows you take photographs together with their decorations. Cakes such as the Mousse Cake (11,000 KRW) and the Tiramisu (5,5000 KRW) have Hello Kitty designs on them, making them extremely insta worthy. If you’re a big fan of Hello Kitty and would like to immerse yourself in it, this cafe is perfect for you!


Address: 364-14 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Opening Hours: Daily 10am-12am

Nearest Subway Station: Hongik University (Exit 9)



2. Ho Ho Myoll | Hongdae

Vintage themed, with a real Volkswagen parked close to the shopfront, it’s impossible to miss this whimsical looking cafe. The cafe is named after Myoll, a grey cat that lives in the cafe. There are a bunch of seat options, which are nicely decorated to give off a cozy vibe. The flannel drip coffee is served at the cafe and is personally made by the Barista Master who creates wonderful latte art. With fairy lights hanging atop the unique decorations, Ho Ho Myoll also looks amazing at night, when everything lights up!


Address: 93-44 Mapo-gu, Sangsu-dong, Seoul

Opening Hours: Daily 11am-12am

Nearest Subway Station: Sangsu (Exit 2)



3. Thanks Nature Cafe | Hongdae

The combination of sheeps and coffee might be unheard of, but Thanks Nature Cafe has got two cute sheeps roaming at the area outside the cafe by which customers can choose to sit out there and play with the sheeps. Inspired by earthy tones that is reminiscent of nature, the cafe offers free wifi and charging points, making this place a great option for study sessions or a nice chill out day with friends. The cafe focuses on waffles and coffee served with pretty latte art.


Address: 486 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Opening Hours: Daily 11am-10pm

Nearest Subway Station: Hongik University (Exit 9)



4. Banji Cafe | Hongdae

A ring craft shop that allows customers to make their own rings, necklaces and bracelets, Banji Cafe is definitely ahead of the cafe trend in Seoul. The trend became widely known after Korean celebrities, Gain and Jo Kwon made their own matching rings on “We Got Married”. Offering fine silver rings with the choice of black, white, pink or yellow plating as well as the option of adding gemstones and laser engravings, you can pretty much customize your rings however you want it. Enjoy a cup of coffee on the rooftop while your rings are being made!


Address: 366-13 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Opening Hours: Daily 11am 7pm

Nearest Subway Station: Hongdae (Exit 9)



5. 221 B | Gangnam

The name of the cafe might sound familiar, given that is it inspired by BBC’s Sherlock, which also explains the wide variety of items that are reminiscent of the famous TV series. With a giant glass mirror, K pop music playing the background and rotating pictures of Benedict and Martin’s faces, The swanky 221 B room is the star of the cafe. Everything thing here has the Sherlock motif, including the cookies, cakes, candy and coffee cups, which makes for a very handy souvenir. The food and drink selection are pretty standard though there are also smoothies and detox juices as healthier options. Take your time at the cafe because there is certainly a lot to see!


Address: 116-6, Seoul, South Korea 135-821

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-9pm

Nearest Subway Station: Gangnam-gu Office (Exit 3)



6. May Island | Gangnam

The cool thing about this study cafe are the airplane inspired seats , which gives you ample privacy while you furiously work on your laptop. Customers can buy a drink and stay at the cafe for 5 hours. If you would like to stay for a longer period of time, and get more drinks, you can flash your old receipt and get a 10% discount.  The atmosphere of the cafe is similar to a library where people are very quiet, with free wifi that makes it a pretty popular place for students and working adults alike. Studying has never been cooler especially with what the cafe offers!


Address: South Korea, Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Yeoksam 1(il)-dong, 816-6 4-6 층

Opening Hours: Daily 9am-11pm

Nearest Subway Station: Gangnam (Exit 11)



7. Line Friends Cafe & Store | Itaewon

A must visit for LINE fans, the cafe is filled with cute LINE merchandise and LINE themed items that will definitely make you feel like a child again. The first storey consists of mainly toys and accessories while the second floor contains FRIENDS collaboration items along with some LINE inspired clothing. The cafe is located at the basement level, with a 20 piece menu featuring Cony cookies and Brown & Sally macarons. Don’t forget to take a photo with the 3.2m tall Brown at the entrance!


Address: 9 Myeongdong 8na-gil, Chungmuro 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Opening Hours: Daily 10am-11pm

Nearest Subway Station:  Myeongdong (Exit 6)



8. Banana Tree | Itaewon

The cafe is known for their flower paap, which is a cake served in a flower pot with a spoon that looks like a mini shovel. There are 4 different flavours, with the blueberry and espresso being the most popular ones. Comprising of Oreo cookie dirt, chocolate pebble rocks and cake underneath it all, the flower pot looks too pretty to be edible. Another interesting item on the menu is the SomSaTang Latte, which is a cotton candy latte offered in different flavours and served with a huge portion of cotton candy that floats on top of the delicious latte. You can also choose to take away the flower pot cakes, which looks absolutely gorgeous as a gift!


Address: 526 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Opening Hours: Mon- Fri 11am-8.30pm, Sat 11am-12am, Closed on Sunday.

Nearest Subway Station: Sinsa (Exit 7)

9. Takeout Drawing | Itaewon

The two storey establishment is both an art exhibition space and a cafe, which makes it a nice place to immerse yourself in some art while sipping a piping hot cup of coffee. The Meringue coffee is an interesting item on the menu, which lets you enjoy the coffee while dipping the meringue cookie into the drink. Another item worth a try is the Iceberg Macchiato, which has a milk iceberg partially submerged in the espresso, making it a photo worthy drink. All earnings from the cafe goes into maintaining the art space. Come during the weekdays to avoid the crowds!


Address: Itaewon-ro 252-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, 140-892

Opening Hours: Daily 11am-11pm

Nearest Subway Station: Hangangjin (Exit 2)



10. Blüte | Itaewon

Blüte means flower or blossom in German, and this cafe has perfected the outdoor garden vibes with the shady trees, potted flowers and fresh flowers surrounding the space, coupled with hundreds of yellow roses hanging from the ceiling. The Lemon Cheese Tart is a must try at the cafe with hints of lemon and delicious smooth cream cheese. With different backdrops available, you can definitely take a perfect #ootd shot for keepsake of this whimsical and magical place!


Address: 12, Wausan- ro 14-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Opening Hours: Mon 10am-12pm, Thurs, Fri, Sat 10-1am

Nearest Subway Station: Sangsu (Exit 2)



11. Insadong Chatjip | Insadong

Serving homemade traditional tea such as the Daechu, Ssanghwa, Misan and Ujeon varieties, Insadong Chatjip is a good hideaway from the busy streets of Insadong. Step into the warm atmosphere of the cafe with its calm and relaxing decor as well as traditional music played in the background. There are also a few private rooms in the back area behind the garden if you would like to have some alone time away from the tourist crowds. Enjoy a bowl of Pat Bingsu or some rice cakes with your hot tea for a perfect day out!


Address: 33-1, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Opening Hours: Daily 10am-10pm

Nearest Subway Station: Anguk (Exit 6)



12. Ddo-Ong Cafe | Insadong

A poop themed cafe might not sound attractive, but rest assured it’s all for good fun and plus the cafe actually looks pretty cute. A number of poop themed items and decorations such as their head wear, wall art and toilet shaped potted plants, this cafe is certainly taking it’s shit (pun intended) very seriously. It’s selling point is that all coffee is served in a toilet bowl and food are shaped like poop. With its bizarre theme, the cafe definitely offers a novel experience!


Address: 67 Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Opening Hours: Daily 10am-9pm

Nearest Subway Station: Anguk (Exit 6)



13. Blind Alley | Jung-gu

Dog and cat cafes are quite common, but at Blind Alley, racoons are the stars of the cafe. The 2 young raccoons are actually owned by the cafe owner and they certainly bring joy to the customers who visit the cafe. Simple espresso, cakes and Bingsu are served at the cafe. Remember not to bring any food into the racoon section as they will try to nibble at it! Since raccoons sleep a lot, you’re lucky if you get an active one that you could play with.


Address: 63-20 Cheongpadong 2(i)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Opening Hours: Daily 9am-10.30pm

Nearest Subway Station: Sookmyung Women’s University (Exit 10)



14. Get & Show | Hapjeong

If you’re a big fan of legos, Get & Show is the first cafe you should visit when you’re in Seoul. Offering a vast collection of Lego merchandise such as castles, figurines and houses filled with Lego characters, including a quirky Lego vending machine, it’s no surprise that the shop is also an official Lego retailer. For 5,400 KRW you can rent a lego kit for 30mins while sipping on their delicious drinks. If you’re looking to get some souvenirs, the Lego shaped chocolates could be a great option!


Address: 395-80 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Opening Hours: Daily 11am- 11pm

Nearest Subway Station: Hapjeong (Exit 5)



15. Monster Cupcakes | Gyeongnidan

Offering themed cupcakes such as “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Sesame Street” as well as a bunch of well decorated ones, you are certainly spoiled for choice. There are also Monster Blood packets, which are colourful drinks packaged in blood bags. The place is rather small, perhaps good enough for a few people, so it might be better to take away your pretty cupcakes and sit at a park to enjoy it to the fullest!


Address: 305-7 Itaewon 2(i)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Opening Hours: Daily 12pm-10pm

Nearest Subway Station: Noksapyeong (Exit 2)

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