Harmony of drip coffee and a vintage interior, Coffee Hanyakbang
With sweet desserts and enough caffeine to clear one’s head, cafés are a must! Many travelers make use of the comfortable ambiance and Wi-Fi found in cafés to enjoy a moment of rest in their busy schedule while fueling up on energy between meals. These days, some people are even going so far as to set off on café tours, exploring all the latest and greatest coffee shops available in the area! The following five cafés are the hottest cafés in Seoul based on Instagram posts.
Coffee Hanyakbang is located in an alley in Euljiro that is so narrow that you would have to close your umbrella to enter on a rainy day. Ignore the dreary vibes given off by the alleyway and the old wooden door; they only serve to protect the wonderful world that hides within Coffee Hanyakbang. The interior of this café is decorated with mother-of-pearl and lacquer ware items and antique roasting tools. Music is continuously played from LP records to complete the vintage aura.
Coffee Hanyakbang roasts their coffee beans daily through the direct contact method, something that is not seen often in other cafés. Through the direct contact roasting, the beans take on a smoky flavor that translates into the coffee grounds. Because of the strong flavor and smell, filter coffee is a must-try when visiting Coffee Hanyakbang! However, if you do not enjoy drinking coffee, the café also has raspberry, grapefruit-lemon, and grapefruit teas made in-house, as well as house-made raspberry yoghurt. The owners of Coffee Hanyakbang also operate Hyemindang, the dessert shop just across the alleyway.
Directions: Hannam Station (Seoul Subway Gyeongui-jungang Line), Exit 1. Walk approx. 14min.
Signature menus: Latte 40 6,000 won / Latte 60 6,500 won / Cold brew 5,500 won / Big apple 8,500 won / Cheesecake tart 7,000 won / Mint cream brownie 6,500 won