5 Popular Cafés in Seoul You Must Visit

Café culture is huge in Korea. There is a café at every street, around every corner. With so many choices, where do you start?

Fret not, we’ve got you covered. Here is a list of 5 trendiest and aesthetically pleasing cafés in Seoul for you to add to your itinerary.

Café Layered (레이어드 연남점)

The best ways to describe the vibes of this café would be cottage core and homey. The moment you step in, you will be greeted with a large selection of pastries and cakes. You will definitely find something to your taste amongst the sweet and savory pastries they offer. Apart from their Yeonnam-dong branch, they have another branch in Anguk.


Address: 223-20 Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울 마포구 연남동 223-20)

Hours: 10:00 – 23:00

Getting There:

Nearest Station: Hongik University Station Line 2 (홍대입구역).

You may choose to walk for 15 minutes to Layered from Exit 3. Alternatively, you may also take a bus (Mapo 05) from Hongik University Station. Take 6 stops and alight at Edenjiu Apartment (에덴지우아파트). Café Layered is a 1 minute walk away.


Café Onion (어니언 안국)

Café Onion (Anguk branch) is a famous Hanok-themed café in Seoul. Definitely not to be missed, this café provides a unique café hopping experience. It is designed and decorated like a Hanok (Korean Traditional Houses) whilst still maintaining a hip and chic feel.


Address: 146-1, Gye-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 종로구 계동길 5)

Hours: Mon – Fri 07:00 – 21:00 Sat – Sun 09:00 – 21:00

Getting There:

Nearest Station: Anguk Station Line 3 (안국역)

From Anguk Station Exit 2, it is a 3 minutes walk to the café.


Cheongsudang Gallery (청수당 – 갤러리)

Cheongsudang Gallery Café is breathtaking. Zen and serene, this is the café to go if you’re looking to unwind with a cup of tea and good desserts.

Every floor of this café comprises of a different concept like Sand and Stone but harmonises together perfectly. It is very Instagram friendly. The desserts and beverages sold are as pleasing to the eyes as they are to the palette. Do order their famed castella if you drop by for a visit!


Address: 544-9, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 1F (서울특별시 강남구 도산대로15길 32-4 1F)

Hours   11:30 – 22:00

Getting There:

Nearest Station: Sinsa Station Line 3 (신사역)

From Sinsa Station, take exit 8. The walk to Cheongsudang Gallery is about 12 minutes.


Mamma Mia Dosan (맘마미아)

Mamma Mia Dosan is too cute not to put on the list. It is a colorful café that serves burgers, brunch and desserts. The exterior of the café is painted in hot pink so it is really hard to miss. Its whimsical and floral interior will definitely not disappoint.

There are 2 stories available and you can find both indoors and outdoors seating. The menu is on the pricier side as it is located in Apgujeong but if cost is not an issue for you, definitely check Mamma Mia café out at least once!


Address: 645-26, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 강남구 압구정로42길 45)

Hours: 10:00 – 23:00

Getting There:

Nearest Station: Apgujeong Station Line 3 (압구정역)

The nearest exit to Mamma Mia Cafe is Exit 3. From there, it is a 13 minutes walk to the destination.

Alternatively, you may also catch Bus 343 from the same exit. Take 2 stops and get off at Apgujeong Police Station. Mamma Mia is a 6 minutes walk down from the bus stop.


Seoul Angmusae (서울앵무새)

Seoul Angmusae can directly be translated into Seoul Parrot. Just like parrots, Seoul Angmusae is colourful and vibrant. It sells a plethora of pastries but is famous for its mouth-watering cinnamon rolls. Seoul Angmusae is very popular among Seoulites and rightfully so. The place gets crowded at around 12:00 – 3:00pm so it is advisable to avoid these timings for shorter queues.

If you are visiting Jeju, it is definitely worth adding their Jeju branch into your itinerary.


Address: 685-213, Seongsu-dong 1-ga, Seongdong-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 성동구 서울숲9길 3)

Hours: 08:00 – 23:00

Getting There:

Nearest Station: Ttukseom Station Line 2 (뚝섬역)

The nearest exit to Seoul Angmusae is Exit 1. From Exit 1, it is a brief 7 minute walk to the destination.


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