Tourists in Seoul tend to choose places such as Myeongdong and Hongdae as their top destinations. However, there are many hidden gems around Seoul just waiting to be discovered. If you’re feeling tired or stressed, or simply yearning to express your creativity, you should visit Peach Gray. Peach Gray Cafe is a paradise for those who love to draw and paint. However, even if you’re not a whiz with a paintbrush, its super fun to go along with friends and have a go!
There are actually 2 Peach Gray branches, one in Gangnam and one in Jamsil. Both cafes are pretty small, only able to accommodate 15 people at once. However, even at full capacity, the cafes are not crowded and customers can relax and paint freely.
The menu consists of classic cafe beverages like coffee, tea, lattes and ades but their signature menu item is the huge fluffy pancakes! You must order a drink in order to stay at the cafe, and there is a 3,000 KRW fee for the painting materials. Once you’ve ordered, the staff will supply you with a watercolour pallet, brush and paper.
Now it’s up to you! You can draw whatever you like, but if you’re stuck for ideas, there are books available for inspiration. Alternatively, take a gander at the wall of drawings that previous customers have pinned up.
With the calm surroundings and easy-listening music playing, you can lose yourself in your artwork and escape the busy world outside.
Made a mistake? No worries, you can get extra paper if you mess up. Before I went to the cafe, I read on the internet that extra paper was free, but in actuality it cost 500 won for extra sheets. Nonetheless, its cheap and worth the money, especially if you want to do a second drawing.
Once you finish your painting, you can either give it to the staff who will post it by the entrance, or you can take it home. The painting would make a great souvenir of Korea or a gift for a friend. However, if you’re an influencer or commission artist, you can leave at the entrance with your Instagram handle!
I’ve been to 100s of cafes in Korea: plant cafes, animal cafes… even a poop cafe, but I really enjoyed this one. It was obvious that the motive of Peach Grey was to provide a peaceful respite from the busy city and the chance for people to express themselves through art. There was no sense of competition, just a peaceful atmosphere, tension relief and the sweet aroma of pancakes.
I visited during exam season and I found it was a great escape from studying. No matter whether you love drawing or not, you can release your stress at Peach Gray.
Peach Gray Jamsil Address: 14-1 Garok-ro 21-gil, Songpa-gu, Seoul Operating Hours: 11:00am - 9:00pm Tues - Sun, closed Mon
Peach Gray Gangnam Address: Floor 4, 32 Bongeunsa-ro 4-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul Operating Hours: 12:00pm - 10:00pm Tues - Sun, closed Mon