Recently, Ikseon-dong has risen out of the shadows of nearby attractions like Insadong, Gwanghwamun and Myeongdong to become a must-visit neighborhood in town. The twists of narrow alleys hold treasures in the form of cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops. Located in Ikseon-dong, one of the hippest neighborhoods in Seoul, Seoul Coffee 1945 is a hanok-styled café with appealing exterior and interior design touches. This café is widely popular especially among social media influencers and food Instagrammers. Read on to see what is unique about this hanok café.
First and foremost, take a subway to Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Line 1, 3 or 5) and make your way out of exit 4. Then, take a 4-minute walk to the café.
Seoul Coffee at a Glance
This hanok-themed cafe truly does bring out the best of both worlds with their minimalist interior design blended with its traditional Korean-style framework. The café is filled with the alluring scent of desserts and aromatic coffee. The café is enclosed by transparent glass windows, so there is natural lighting that will make your photos look extraordinarily pretty without any filters or edits! They use vintage traditional style Korean mansion wooden door and cute, round tube signage outside the building that is usually use in the 1980’s in Seoul.
As you can see, the furniture and decorations of the café uses antique and preserved items from Korean ages, maintaining a classical ambience that is pleasing to the eyes. The most popular seating are the basalt seats and wooden barrel tables near the entrance, which is a good spot for Instagram-worthy pictures. Note that they are usually occupied especially during peak hours.
The café is quite small – you can see the whole café in just one glance! Just look at the exquisitely beautiful combination of contemporary and traditional designs!
There is always a room for desserts, and Seoul Coffee 1945 is ready to serve! Seoul Coffee 1945 is not only famous for its aesthetic design, but it also offers great coffee selections, bakeries, and ice-cream. Their best-selling drinks are drip coffee, Vienna Coffee, Vienna Milk Tea and Vienna Strawberry Latte.
On the other hand, their signature bakeries is the ang butter bread (a sliced block of butter and red bean paste stuffed in the bread). What makes it more special is the bread comes in two flavors – squid ink (black-colored) and milk.
Another selling point of this café is their signature cube ice-cream. The famous cube ice-cream that can be ordered at the store also comes in a box, so you can take it home. It also comes in the form of cups and cones. Some notable ice cream flavors include sweet rice, acacia honey, plum, kumquats (a citrus fruit that tastes sweet and sour) and egg cookies. Do you know you can even buy the ice-cream online?
I ordered the Vienna Strawberry Latte, squid ink ang butter bread and green tea tiramisu. My personal favorite is the strawberry latte and the butter bread. The latte did not taste artificially sweet and is just nice. Fret not, the squid ink does not give off any weird smell – it just tasted like normal bread.
The price for the drink ranges from 5000 to 7000 won whereas the desserts cost around 4500 to 7500 won.
I fell in love with the café at first sight because of its vintage vibes and simplicity. It does not have much decorations, but it offers a feeling of calm and ease to its visitors. If you are café hopping in Ikseon-dong area, I suggest you to include Seoul Coffee 1945 into your list. Check out this article to read more about the must-visit hidden neighborhood in Seoul, Ikseon-dong.