Daejeon is a metropolitan city in Korea where many foreigners live. Admittedly, it is not a popular destination, but maybe it should be! Daejeon has some pretty cool cafes that make for some amazing must-visit locations. Here are 3 Cafes in Daejeon you need to visit!
The cafe’s name is written in Chinese characters which means it is translated as ‘Big Field’. However, it is actually just the name of the city – Dae (big) Jeon (field). Although I can read it in Japanese and Chinese, I am not familiar with Hanja, so at first, it did not register to me that this cafe is read as ‘Daejeon’ until I saw the same Hanja at the Daejeon station.
Interestingly, this cafe adopts a Japanese style and vibe with its interior and exterior. It looks neat and minimalist from the outside, and very cozy inside. It is also within a short walking distance from my place, so it instantly became one of my favorites!
This cafe uses FRITZ beans for their coffee, which happens to be my favorite because it is quite hard to find decent coffee beans in Korea (coming from me who grew up in a coffee-producing land). They sell coffee, tea, smoothies, and cookies. All items are affordable!
I highly recommend their specialty: sogeum coffee (salt coffee). This coffee originated from Taiwan and tastes very rich and creamy. It is not salty at all despite the name! I also suggest you try their cookies. They are really thick and crunchy at the same time.
Big Field Cafe (빅필드) Address: 143 Tanbang-ro 7beon-gil, Tanbang-dong, Seo-gu, Daejeon Korean Address: 대전 서구 탄방로7번길 143 1층 빅필드 Opening Hours: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM *Closes at 9:00 PM on Sundays
This cafe is located a bit far from the center of Daejeon. To reach this cafe, I had to take the subway, then transfer to the bus. Another option is taking a one-hour bus, but my partner severely dislikes a long bus ride, so…
Anyway, along the way, I found that it’s near a university called Hanbat University, so there are many other cafes and restaurants nearby. Plus, this cafe has the most interesting building, which is why it’s so ‘instagrammable.’
Once I arrived in front of the building, there were some people lining up to take a photo. As you can see from the photo, this building looks a bit like a skateboard park with its curves. Cafe Teri occupies the left side, while the right side is a hotteok place (and a restaurant, iirc).
The interior was also very interesting. There are three floors in this cafe and it is equipped with an elevator, totally helpful for an old lady (me). The seats are in a stadium-seating arrangement for the first floor, while the second and third floors have normal, cafe-like seating. There are also outdoor seats if you enjoy the summer breeze.
Right behind the cafe, there is a hiking trail for Bingyesan Mountain. Even if you’re not interested in hiking, you can still enjoy the lush greenery from the big windows on the second and third floors.
For the coffee, their specialties are Einspanner: cinnamon and vanilla. I tried both and they were just okay and too sweet for me. The other drinks are on the pricier side, with an average price of KRW 6,500 for drinks and KRW 5,500 for cakes (the chocolate cake was good, though).
O.Gan Teri Cafe and Dessert (공간태리) Address: 9 Sutonggol-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon Korean Address: 대전 유성구 수통골로 9 Opening Hours: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
This cafe is the farthest from Daejeon’s downtown and there is no way to reach there without a taxi or a car. The closest bus stop is still 20 minutes away from the cafe on foot. That’s why, personally I will only visit this cafe once, for the sake of crossing my must-visit-cafe list.
It is located near Daecheong Lake, an artificial lake that also provides water for Daejeon and Cheongju City. Surrounded by mountains, the view along Daecheong Lake is indeed stunning. Locals usually enjoy driving along the lake for the view. Honestly, the view is the only thing that makes the trip to this cafe worth it.
As soon as we arrived there, I could see how packed the parking lot was. This cafe seems more popular with local families and couples. Besides us, I only met two other foreigners.
Once we got in, we found out that Pangsion is not only a cafe but also a restaurant. So the indoor seating was full of people dining in. There is a more spacious area outdoors, though, so might as well sit outside with our drinks and enjoy the views. Like Cafe Teri, this cafe is also connected to some walking trails around the area. I saw some people taking a leisure walk along the lake while I was there.
For the price, I found that the drinks are definitely on the higher side, with an average price of KRW 7,000. If you want to eat at this place, you will need to pay at least KRW 20,000 for one dish. They have a ‘special menu’ for items KRW 40,000 above. The ‘signature combo’ (steak, chicken, prawns, and other dishes on a platter) takes the cake with KRW 198,000.
Pangsion Cafe (팡시온) Address: 227 Hoenam-ro 275beon-gil, Dong-gu, Daejeon Korean Address: 대전 동구 회남로275번길 227 Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 10:30 AM - 09:30 PM Sat & Sun: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
What do you think of the cafés?
They all have different price ranges and seating arrangements, but if you ever visit Daejeon, I recommend you to visit at least one of them to cool off amid the Korean hellish summer!
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