5 Personal Favorite Cafe Around Hongdae
Hongik University or Hongdae area is famous for being full of nice cafe with differents themes, drinks, cakes etc. I will share with you today my personal top 5 cafe around Hongik University. Some of them are not super famous but they are worth the visit ! Follow me along the way and find out some pretty gems.
THANKS NATURE CAFE, Hongik
Address: 10 Hongik-ro, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
This cafe is mainly popular for the two sheeps living there. Yes, this cafe is the animal cafe of my list. You can pet the sheep couple only if you do order a drink from the place but you can also just pass in front to say hi to the lovely animals (you can sometimes see them from the top of the stairs).
But if you do feel like spending time there and get a drink, you are making a wonderful decision. I’ve came to this place many times and always took differents drinks and never get disappointed. But moreover, the best item on their menu is the waffle ! They are delicious and you will regret to miss that !
CAFFE YAM, Hongik
Address: Seoul, Mapo-gu, Seogyo-dong, Wausan-ro 23-gil, 47 2층
You love Unicorns, Pink, Mermaid, Macarons, Sweet Drinks etc… Then I have the perfect cafe for you ! In a small street really close from the busking area in Hongdae, up some stairs… Caffe Yam ! This place not only allows you to drink some really original and cute drinks but also to take a tons of adorable picture of you and you friends with multiple type of hat !
There is so many drinks and cake to try there but also a small “cute” goodies shop so you can definitely find something to your liking.
DINGA CAKE, Yeonnam
Address: 93 Jandari-ro, Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Yeonnam-dong is also well known to have a lot of “theme” cafe. The one I picked is specialised in cake ! Their cake are so original and tasty that i could only recommend this place if you want a small sugar rush !
Not only this place serve marvellous cake but also it’s in a house ! Yes a full house 80’s style with a small garden in the front. Be camera & outfit ready to get the best snap of your outfit in the cosy couch of the cafe.
CAFE POETE, Sangsu
Address: 12 Wausan-ro 14-gil, Sangsu-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Are you a Drama lover ? Kpop fan ? I am going to share a secret place with you… This cafe became famous as it appears in many different drama such as “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo” (2016), “Ex-Girlfriends’ Club” (2015); “Plus Nine Boys” (2014), “Love Rain” (2012), and lastly “The Snow Queen” (2006-07). But not only this cafe appears in drama it’s also a well known place for KPop photoshoot and we can understand why.
This “house” cafe looks like out of the city, when you go inside it feels like going in the countryside surrounded by tree and lots of flower. This small house propose nice drinks and cake too. Please, be careful not to come on a photoshoot day or the access to it will be refused…
HUMMING BELLA, Hapjeong
Address: 57 Dongmak-ro 7-gil, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Have you read my bio ? If not, then you need to know before reading this recommendation know that I’m French, and I love pastries ! This cafe is located in a nice street around Hapjeong station where you can find many nice restaurant and bars. What is special about this cafe ? Their croissant and other delicacies !
I highly recommend this place during spring and summer as they have a really nice outdoor area. Don’t worry if you come during winter they also have a nice and cosy indoor space.
Tips: If you don’t have time to stop for a coffee, they have a small bakery downstairs where you can grab a croissant on the go !
I hope this small cafe guide will help you find a new exciting place and mainly will satisfy your tastebuds ! Please let me know in the comment if you ever try one of those cute korean cafe. Also I am always searching for new place to explore so please share your good address with me.
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