Have you ever been to Suyu? It’s one of Seoul’s cheapest neighborhoods, with some parts giving off a countryside charm. It is located on line 4 of the Seoul subway system which has a wide range of entertaining activities, such as arcade games, restaurants, bars, and more. A few years ago, I lived in Suyu, and one thing I particularly enjoyed about the area was all the adorable and cozy coffee shops. Here are three of Suyu’s coffee shops that I particularly like.
The first coffee shop I would like to recommend is Suyu resort, one of my all-time favorites. The coffee shop resembles a forest resort despite being in the center of the city. It’s the best place to go when you don’t have the time, but still want to get away from the city and have some time to heal.
What I personally liked about the coffee shop was how, though from the outside it resembles a small cozy cottage house, inside it is quite the contrast with a spacious three floors. I also liked how well they designed the place. It has the first floor, only for orders and pickups.
The second floor is for the main dining and the terrace. Finally, the whole third floor is set as the rooftop. This is because I would often feel overwhelmed by other large coffee shops due to their poor management of space. However, when I visited Suyu Resort I felt like I had my own space and didn’t feel like I was intruding into someone else’s area.
In addition to the beautiful inside and outside decor, I also like their beverages and pastries. It is not only insanely delicious but aesthetically pleasing. I would like to share a couple of my personal favorites that won’t let you down so you can get a sense of what they sell.
In addition to their famous financiers in the flavors of vanilla, mocha, green tea, and pistachios, they also provide handmade caramel gelato, green tea soboru, and other refreshing drinks. When I go with friends, I prefer getting the financier package, which is available for 4 for just 10,000 won. If you’re hoping to save some money, this is a great deal.
Suyu Resort (수유리조트) Address: 45 Nohae-ro 8ga-gil, Gangbuk-gu, Seoul Korean address: 서울 강북구 노해로8가길 45 Operating Hours: 08:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Chilboksanghoe is the second coffee place I’d like to suggest. I have to admit that the name was incredibly challenging to say. However, the place’s history is quite moving. According to stories, the establishment, which is now a coffee shop managed by the two brothers, was initially opened in 1984 by their parents as a little dried fish shop at the entrance of Suyu Traditional Market.
Although the coffee shop is great to visit any time of the year, I prefer coming in the summer since the large windows that serve as the door and wall can make the space feel a little chilly in the winter. But other than that, if you’re in the area of Suyu, I highly recommend stopping by.
A coffee item I would highly recommend is their special blend which comes in brown and purple luck. The brown luck has a medium-dark roasting point, a chocolatey aroma, a caramel-like texture, and a perfect sweetness. While the purple luck has a medium-light roasting temperature and milk chocolate’s texture and sweetness. Definitely, it is a place to go if you enjoy coffee and want to experiment with your coffee tastes.
Chilboksanghoe (칠복상회로스터스) Address: 192-93 Suyu-dong, Gangbuk-gu, Seoul Korean address: 서울 강북구 한천로139가길 15 칠복상회로스터스 Operating Hours: Mon-Fri: 11:00 AM - 09:00 PM Sat & Sun: 12:00 PM - 07:00 PM
The third coffee shop I would like to recommend is Kitsch. It is a perfect place to either go on dates or hang out with a couple of friends. This is because aside from serving drinks and desserts, they also do several other things such as providing drawing kits to customers while they enjoy their drinks, one day classes, flea markets, and much more.
I liked how the inside of the coffee shop resembles a combination of a home, an art studio, and a library and does feel overwhelming to be in. I also liked how they project movies on the wall which I thought was nice to watch while drawing.
Finally, I was won over by their adorable menu board. I loved how it was both simple and vibrant, giving the impression that it was someone’s art effort.
They provide a variety of menu options, including desserts, non-coffee drinks, teas, and even cocktails. Personally, I would advise trying their cinnamon apple crumbs. Before discovering Kitsch, I used to enjoy this dessert but couldn’t get it in Korea. Definitely suggest this location to my fellow cinnamon apple crumb cake lovers.
Kitsch (키치) Address: 378 Dobong-Ro, Gangbuk-Gu, Seoul Korean address: 서울 강북구 도봉로 387 1층 Operating Hours: Mon-Fri: 01:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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