Talk a walk down any street in Seoul. You won’t fail to find a convenience store, a beauty store or a cafe. Starbucks, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Hollys Coffee are also nice, but sometimes we want to have that Instagram-worthy, locally sourced cup of coffee. These cafes sell the best coffee in Seoul, and they should be on your list of Seoul cafe tour. Take a look.
Fritz Coffee Company
Their consistently delicious coffee and pastries aside, we love Fritz Coffee Company for their strong brand identity. They offer cupping classes for prospective cafe owners and baristas.
You might’ve seen the Coffee Libre sticker in some dessert cafes that reads, “Our coffee beans are from Coffee Libre.” On Instagram, Coffee Libre founder Pil shares photos from his trips to Guatemala, Honduras and Kenya on his quest to find the best-tasting coffee.
Namusairo, 21 Sajik-ro 8-gil, Sajik-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul; 070-7590-0885
Mouse Rabbit Coffee (Kondae)
Located near Konkuk University, this cafe is popular among the students and local residents alike for their coffee but also creative drinks like this cereal latte.
Mouse Rabbit Coffee (Facebook), 1 Neungdong-ro 11-gil, Hwayang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul; 016-649-6758
With 11 locations and counting, this cafe is on its way to becoming one of those mega brands. They’re known for roasting the beans over an open fire and generously portioned cake slices. In the Sinchon location, there’s a language exchange every Friday evening. Check out the group on Facebook or Meetup.
Coffee Dz, multiple locations.
The Beaner Cafe (Gangnam)
Just a few blocks off the populated Gangnam-daero is located The Beaner Cafe. Their signature blend tastes melodiously sweet and acidic. “My special way of blending coffee involves balancing sweetness and acidity for a a taste of harmony. This way, flavor doesn’t change much when coffee is freshly-brewed or cooled,” owner Lee Min Seok explains. Read more about The Beaner’s here.
The Beaner (Facebook): 725-29 Banpo-dong (Sinnonhyeon station exit 2), Seoul; 02-548-0810