Stepping into one of Seoul’s many coffee shops and cafes feels like entering an Instagram feed come-to-life. Airy, bright, and cozy spaces welcome you to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee or sweet treat.
However, Seoul is a deceptively sprawling city. Pair that with the limited utility of Google Maps or other international navigation apps (instead, you’ll have to use South Korean apps like Naver or KakaoMap), and it can be difficult to find which coffee shops and cafes are the best.
Through this guide, discover the best local coffee shops and cafes in Seoul.
What are the best local coffee shops and cafes in Seoul?
📍89-15 Seosulla-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
This spacious hanok-style cafe serves coffees and pastries the size of your head. The airy, wooden building wraps around a quaint courtyard and has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. The food and beverages are good, but the the real draw is the trendy ambiance.
📍8 Bukchon-ro 4-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Mosaique’s sweet (no pun intended) decor is the first thing that draws you in. The cafe features tempting baked goods (like the crème brûlée toast, pictured left) and large mugs of coffee.
Ediya Coffee Lab.
📍South Korea, Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Nonhyeon-ro, 636 이디야빌딩
Ediya Coffee Lab has several locations throughout Seoul, but their upscale, flagship cafe in Gangnam is particularly worth a visit. At the entrance, a valet can park your car as a doorman welcomes you inside. This massive coffee shop has ample tables perfect for working remotely, taking meetings, or catching up with friends.
For enormous bowls of ice cream over shaved ice, visit the popular dessert chain cafe Sulbing. Order from a kiosk near the front of the shop and wait at a table for your mountain of ice cream to arrive. Flavors range from fruity and light to rich and chocolatey. Order one bowl to split between two people.
📍49 Nonhyeon-ro 159-gil, 신사동 Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Milestone Coffee’s vienna coffee (pictured left) is one of the best coffees in Seoul. This modern cafe in Gangnam offers indoor and outdoor seating to enjoy its selection of drinks and baked goods. Expect to wait in a short line if you’d like to dine-in.
📍138 18번지 Hwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
For elevated, American-style donuts, pay a visit to Press Donut. This cafe is located between Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changgyeonggung, so is a perfect sugary pick-me-up as you explore Seoul. Press Donut sits on a popular street full of boutiques, restaurants, and other cafes.
📍78 Seongsui-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Daelim Changgo is one of Seoul’s largest coffee shops. This massive, loft-style cafe features airy dining areas, lots of natural light, and a huge selection of delicious baked treats and coffee drinks. This is a great spot to bring a book, do some work, or simply hang out with friends.
Hotel Anteroom Seoul
📍153 Dosan-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The cafe and bar of Hotel Anteroom Seoul offers sweeping views of the city and Hangang River. Even on a rainy day, you’ll be able to enjoy this oasis above the skyline. Take your pick from their selection of coffee, tea, wine, and small bites. This cafe in the clouds is a particularly intimate and unique date spot.
📍10 Apgujeong-ro 18-gil, 신사동 Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
ARKI COFFEE is a modern, Scandinavian coffee shop featuring furniture and home decor pieces available for purchase. This is a great coffee shop for an easy morning or afternoon reading or chatting with a friend.