Every country has its own preferences when it comes to coffee culture. While some countries in particular, like Italy and Brazil, are more famously regarded as having some of the best coffee in the world, other countries like South Korea are not to be overlooked. The capital city of Seoul in particular is full of unique cafes that serve some of the most delicious and high-quality coffee available.
943 Kings Cross
For the Harry Potter fan in all of us, South Korea may not be the first place you’d think to look for such a magical-themed coffee shop, but this cafe located right in the heart of Seoul is full of pleasantly whimsical touches. From “Dragon’s Blood” syrups to Wizard’s Chess-inspired decor, you’re sure to find something you’ll love at this 6-story shop straight out of Hogwarts. Espresso Patronum!
Sahara Cafe at Soongsil University
You won’t find much about this hidden gem on Google or social media. They have no website or Instagram page but are still a go-to for locals and students of Soongsil University where the cafe is located. Their selection is small but the quality is high, and with everything under 5000 won (about $4.50 USD) it’s a great option for any traveler on a budget.
This cafe, offering three different roasts of coffee, is almost unanimously regarded as the best coffee in South Korea by travelers from all over the world (and the internet). Every cup is freshly brewed by the owner himself, and the environment is warm and friendly, filled with books and vintage posters. Bring your laptop or a good book and stay awhile with their famous Dutch Iced Coffee.