Sillim is an underrated neighborhood in Seoul. It is located on the subway line number 2 near Seoul National University. Sillim is a very busy area with a lot to do. The cost of housing around the station is relatively cheap compared to other places along subway line number 2. Line two is undeniably Seoul’s busiest line. It goes in a circle through the city, connecting the it’s most prominent business districts and universities. As a result, the district is mainly residential, housing office workers and young businessmen who are trying to survive on a budget. Naturally, many Sillim cafes are both delicious and cheap!
Floresta229 is one of my favorite coffee shops in Sillim, not only because of their delicious drinks, but also because of their gorgeous interior. For me Floresta229 is the best place among all the Sillim cafes to buy a warm latte and spend hours studying.
I give Floresta229’s dolce latte a 4 out of 5. I thought it was super good! The ideal drink for the cold weather.
Floresta 229 Address: 229 Munseong-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul Operating Hours: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Directions: From Sillim Station (Line 2) Exit 3 walk stright until you come to the river. At the river cross the bridge and turn left. After one block, turn right. Once you get to the main road, turn right. The cafe will be located on your right.
Daldaeyo is another coffee shop in Sillim where I enjoy studying. Not only are the drinks delicious, but there is also a variety of treats to pick from. Their famous tiramisu and Watermelon Bar Ade are two of my favorites. Their menus are reasonably priced, with everything costing less than 10,000 won.
I give Daldaeoyo a 3 out of 5. I really liked their tiramisu, however I thought their watermelon bar ade was a little too sweet. Regardless, it is a very cozy place to study and reasonable for the price. Plus, the place is very instagramable.
Daldaeoyo Address: 1st Floor, 1419-23 Sillim-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul, South Korea Operating Hours: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Directions: From Sillim Station (Line 2) Exit 7 walk straight. Then, turn right at Dokdo Tuna. After walking straight and rounding the corner, the restaurant will be located on your right.
Valuto has two branches, as far as I’m aware. One in Sillim, which was the one I went to. The store had a very warm and friendly vibe. Their menu also stands out among other coffee shops in the area. While the other two cafes mentioned above are more playful and sweet. This place is more rustic and down-to-earth. My favorite drink they offer is the cacao chocolate latte which was only 4,800 won. I think it’s the best place in Sillim to come with a friend and chat.
I would give Valuto Coffee a 5 out of 5, mainly for their cacao chocolate latte. I thought it was very creative and tasty.
Valuto Address: 1524-5 Sillim-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul Operating Hours: 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM Directions: From Gwanak Noghyeop Sillinjiap bus station (152, 506, 5517, 5522B, 6515, 8541) turn right. Then, make an right at the first street. After two blocks, turn right. The cafe will be located on the second block to your right.
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