Hanok Coffee Shops in Seoul: Gahwadang
Meaning "a home with a beautiful picture," Gahwadang is a traditional Korean teahouse situated in a quiet alley off Samcheongdong-gil Road. From the moment you step inside through the stairway entrance, you are welcomed with Gahwadang's traditional feel thanks to its classic roof tiles and earthenware pots.
This small café is housed in a horseshoe shaped building that resembles the Korean alphabet character "ㄷ". Customers are required to take their shoes off before entering. It has about five tables and the inside of the café is decorated with beautiful Korean items. The menu consists of traditional Korean teas, grilled garae-tteok (long, round rice cakes), hangwa (traditional Korean cookies), and other traditional snacks. In the summer, they also offer refreshing bingsu, a Korean dessert still very popular today.
Address: 16-1 Samcheong-ro 4-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Operating Hours: 13:00–20:00 on weekends / 13:00–21:00 on weekdays (closed on Mondays)
Directions: Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 1.
Walk straight from the exit and turn right onto Samcheong-ro.
Follow it about 550 m and veer right and after about 150 m, turn right into Samcheong-ro 4-gil.
Inquiries: +82-2-738-2460 (Korean, Japanese)
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