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8 Cute Cafes in Seoul That You Need To Visit

Home to skyscrapers, food markets and impressive palaces, there are many things to do in Seoul. However, beyond the city’s iconic landmarks lies a charming world of serene and cosy cafes.

As you walk through the streets of Seoul, you’ll come across many of them. There are so many cute cafes in Seoul, that it can be hard to choose where to go.

To help you out a little, I’ve made a list of cute cafes in Seoul that are definitely worth visiting. Read on to find out where to go for a delicious cup of coffee in the capital city.

tables at Kotton Seoul
Kotton Seoul

Cute cafes in Seoul

Seoul has so many cafes that it’s difficult to know which one to visit. This list will give you an idea of cute cafes in Seoul that are really worth visiting.

Tip: In most cafes in Seoul it’s normal to order at the counter before you sit down. They will call your order when it’s ready or you’ll get a buzzer which goes off when your order is ready.

Afterwards, it’s common courtesy to bring your empty cup and tray back to the counter when you’re finished. 

Kotton Seoul

This cafe is a little bit hidden between small alleyways. It took me a while to find this hidden gem and when I arrived there were lots of locals here, which is always a good sign.

You have to order before you sit down. It’s a lovely clean cafe with a restroom and air conditioning, which is pretty nice when it’s warm outside.

signature drink with cotton ball inside at Kotton Seoul
Tauru: one of their signature drinks

A coffee which I highly recommend ordering is Tauru. You have to eat the “cotton” ball inside first and then just drink the drink. Don’t mix it. That’s what the friendly owner told me.

This is one of their signature coffees and costs 7500 won at the time of writing.

If you want to visit a unique cafe in Seoul, then this is a really good choice.

Address: 17 Insadong 12-gil, Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Kotton Seoul entrance

Designhouse

This is a beautiful escape in the popular Bukchon Hanok Village. I was so happy when I stumbled upon this hidden gem. There was no one else there (except for the people that work there of course), it had air conditioning and felt very serene.

cute cafes in Seoul

Drinks are a little more expensive (6000-8000 won), however this includes entrance to the small art gallery. This is definitely a must-visit cafe during your time in Seoul. I had a lovely elderflower lemonade here.

This cafe is not signmarked on maps. As mentioned above, it’s a little bit hidden away in Bukchon Hanok Village!

Designhouse cafe Seoul
Entrance to Designhouse cafe

E.Chae Coffee 

Another hidden gem is E Chae Coffee. This is without a doubt one of the prettiest cafes in Seoul. It’s hidden away, near to Bukchon Hanok Village, yet without the crowds.

The owner is very friendly and the place is an oasis of peace. You should really visit this place, especially if you appreciate attention for details. Their iced coffee and basque cheesecake are very tasty. 

Address: 20-21, Bukchon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03059 South Korea

basque cheesecake and villa oat latte in Seoul
Basque cheesecake and a vanilla oat latte at E.Chae Coffee

Cafe Comma Hapjeong

This is definitely one of my favorite cafes in Seoul. Especially the downstairs area is cool. It’s located in Hongdae and is ideal if you’re looking for a cafe to get some work done.

ade drink at Comma Hapjeong in Seoul

Most people here are very quiet and you see a lot of people working on their laptops. I even saw someone once sleeping in a chair. Their pomegranate sparkling ade drink is very refreshing. 

Address: 49 Poeun-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Cafe Comma exterior
Cafe Comma

Cheong su Dong

Cheong Su Dong is a lovely cafe worth visiting. There’s a little man made waterfall here as well, which is my favorite part of this cafe. It’s good to know that you first have to find a seat first before you can order. It’s a really beautiful and popular cafe to visit in Seoul. 

Address: 223-104 Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Cheong Su Dong
Cheong su Dong outside with lamps and trees and a small waterfall
Cheong su Dong

Greem Cafe 

This cafe is iconic because of its black and white drawing interior. You may have seen it featured on Instagram or TikTok. It’s located near to Cheong su Dong, in a nice neighborhood in Hongdae. 

Greem Cafe

If you want to feel like you’re in a cartoon or in a living drawing, then definitely go here.

Address: South Korea, Seoul, Mapo-gu, Seongmisan-ro, 161-10 카페 1.5층

Greem Cafe drawings
Greem Cafe

Ver’s House

To my surprise, Ver’s House has become one of my favorite cafes in Seoul. It’s the perfect spot to chill. It’s surrounded by so many plants and somehow doesn’t feel like it’s in South Korea. They have plant based milk here and you can choose to sit inside or outside.

Ver's House Cafe

You first have to order at the counter, then you’ll get this round thing which will buzz when your order is ready to be picked up. The iced vanilla late with oat milk is recommended!

The drinks are a little bit expensive (6000-7000 won), but the atmosphere definitely makes up for this. Especially go here if you want to sit outside surrounded by plants and lush greenery.

Address: South Korea, Seoul, Mapo-gu, 246 22 VER’S GARDEN (벌스가든

plant at Ver's House cafe in Seoul
Ver’s House Cafe

Wwwmaum cafe

Bookshelves filled with Korean books, lots of beanbags and greenery. That’s how I would describe Wwwmaum cafe. It’s a lovely and peaceful cafe located in Hongdae. I know, lots of these cafes are in Hongdae, but to be honest Hongdae has a brilliant cafe scene.

Cafe in Hongdae

Wwwmaum cafe is a wonderful place to come and relax after a day of exploring the streets of Seoul. 

Personally, I’ve visited this cafe over and over again. It somehow just made me feel at home, which is pretty precious when you’re traveling alone.

There’s no sign of this cafe on Maps, so I’ll put the address of nearby Hi Jun Guesthouse down below, as it’s located 10 meters away from this guesthouse.

Address: 105 Donggyo-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Cafe near Hi Jun Guesthouse
Wwwmaum Cafe

In conclusion

As you can see, there are many great cafes in Seoul. The list above features some of the cutest cafes in Seoul. This gives you a good idea of where to begin your cafe journey in the capital city.

Especially Hongdae district is home to many lovely cafes, so if you want to go cafe hopping, I highly recommend visiting this area. Enjoy and explore these cute and serene cafes while you’re in Seoul!

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