Gangneung, a city in the province of Gangwon-do is no doubt a place that I really love and would like to travel to again. It is a city where you can feel the beauty of nature and enjoy the slower-paced life. There is no way to find a better way to escape the hustle and bustle of city life than this. If you ever get a chance to travel to Gangneung, there is something that you should not miss out- Gangneung coffee!
About Gangneung Coffee
Gangneung is well-known as the “city of coffee.” There are a few reasons that contribute to the rise of Gangneung coffee. The most significant reason is the water use to make the coffee. Pyeongchang water and water in Gangneung have are famous for their clean taste. This precious water is responsible for the coffee’s delicious aftertaste and leads to the development of local coffee culture. Besides, after coffee was first introduced to Korea, cafes became popular spot for writers to work at in the 1930s. Due to the large number of writers in Gangneung, Gangneung’s coffee culture developed earlier than other regions. Therefore, it is said that Gangneung pioneered the coffee culture in Korea.
Gangneung Coffee Street
If you would like to experience the Gangneung coffee culture, there is no other place better than the Gangneung Coffee Street. It is worth mentioning that the Gangneung Coffee Street was selected as the ‘The Star of Korea Tour” by the Ministry of Culture and Sports in 2016.
The whole street is about half-kilometer stretch of road. The street houses about 40 cafes, from big chains to local independent coffee shop. There are so many choices to choose from and each of the café has its own uniqueness. You will be spoiled for choice!
Also, not to mention that most of cafes have windows or even terraces that face the sea, serving the customers great sea views.
The beach located right opposite to the Gangneung Coffee Street is the Anmok Beach (안목해변). Clean white sand and clear calm water, what a paradise! Unfortunately, we went on a rainy day.
You can also try out the Aranabi Zipline here. The zipline costs 19000 won per person.
Address: Changhae-ro, Gyeonso-dong, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do.
Santorini is a cafe located near the end of the Gangneung Coffee Street. The cafe is well known for its all blue and white exterior design, which inspired by architectures in Santorini, Greece. The blue roof on the white outer wall stands out in the coffee street, making the place a big hit on social media.
The price range is a bit more expensive compared than other ordinary cafes but the ambiance definitely worth it!
Besides cakes, the cafe sells various types of pastries as well.
We grabbed a seat next to the big floor-to-ceiling windows for better views.
Since we are not fans of coffee, we ordered kiwi juice, hot real chocolate latte and hot honey citron tea. The hot real chocolate latte unexpectedly tastes good! It has a really deep choco taste. Highly recommend for those choco lovers!
The interior is simple and cozy. We spent hours inside the cafe enjoying coffee and pastries as well as the panoramic sea views.
Also, don’t forget to head to the rooftop terrace for cool sea breeze and stunning rooftop views! And some photos as well!
Address: 2667, Gyeonggang-ro, Gangneung, Gangwon-do
I had a healing evening spending time having coffee while enjoying the scenic view here. Gangneung Coffee Street is no doubt a great place for those who needs some rest or relaxation. I highly recommend Gangneung Coffee Street for all the coffee lovers. You won’t be disappointed. Be sure to drop by here to grab a drink and go for a walk at the beach if you happen to visit Gangneung!
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