Seoul is no stranger to trendy cafes. However, Perception Cafe (located in the Mapo-gu district) takes things to the next level. It’s the ultimate coffeehouse in Seoul.
You can visit the cafe with friends and family and appreciate its architecture. The design incorporates many curves and wood elements, making it an excellent blogging spot.
As you’ll learn in this article, the cafe’s concept is very unique. If you’re visiting Seoul for the first time, it’s certainly worth it to visit Perception Cafe.
Overall, there are four key things you should know about this unique coffeehouse:
Perception Cafe Has A Unique Design
In contrast to other cafes, Perception Cafe doesn’t even look like a cafe at first. Both the exterior and interior are utterly unique.
From the outside, the cafe has sleek, black-rimmed windows. As pictured above, the outer display is pretty minimalist with only a few potted plants.
However, inside the cafe, the warm wood tones and attractive ceiling change the atmosphere of the cafe. The wooden ceiling (pictured below) is the most striking object in the cafe.
The cafe’s architect and designer, Jung Hae Jun, won a platinum award for his work on the cafe. The wooden ceiling was a large contributor to this win.
Before it was revitalized as his vision, the cafe was an old building, leftover from the eighties. Jung began work on Perception Cafe in 2018. The cafe was launched the following year in 2019.
Jung calls the ceiling a ‘Shading Tree’, which enhances a barista’s performance through its unusual spatial features.
There’s Only Coffee On The Menu
Unlike other cafes, Perception Cafe only has coffee on the menu. There are about 15 coffee options, all brewed in-house.
The most popular coffee blends are Perception Cafe’s signature espresso blends. These blends have unique names such as ‘Atmosphere in the Day’ and ‘Memory of the Moment’.
The former is very smooth and bitter; it’s available in both hot and iced versions. Alternatively, the latter is much sweeter. Accordingly, you can get ‘Memory of the Moment’ with salted caramel, matcha, and chocolate additives.
Apart from coffee, there is a selection of teas and juices. If you’re looking for a snack, there are only a couple of options.
In this way, Perception Cafe remains primarily a coffee house. If you’re looking for a caffeine rush, you will definitely like it.
You can even buy the cafe’s in-house coffee and tea blends. They come with cute accessories and ecofriendly tote bags.
Perception Cafe Is Named for a Specific Philosophy
Perception Cafe is undoubtedly unique in its concept and branding. However, how the name came about is pretty interesting.
According to Jung, people should focus on how they perceive different things. Perception is very subjective and can often distort someone’s view of something.
As per him, people viewed the locality as decrepit. However, through his design, Jung aimed to revitalize the locality. The cafe’s unique design and branding are meant to add a layer of intrigue into an ordinary neighborhood.
Therefore, the cafe aims to change people’s perceptions. In this way, the cafe promotes creativity and imagination among people.
As mentioned, Perception Cafe is located in Seoul’s Mapo-gu district. It’s within walking distance of both Hapjeong Station and Sangsu Station.
Therefore, if you’re taking the subway, you simply need to exit at these stations. In Hapjeong Station, you should get off at Line 6/7. Once you’ve done that, you can take the seventh exit directly to Perception Cafe.
Moreover, if you’re getting off at Sangsu Station, you need to exit at Line 6. Afterward, you need to walk towards the fourth exit. The coffeehouse should be merely five minutes away from there.
All caffeine lovers should visit Perception Cafe at least once. However, be mindful; the cafe is open Wednesdays through Mondays. It’s closed on Tuesdays.
In essence, Perception Cafe is one of Seoul’s most unique attractions. It’s undoubtedly amazing how the cafe feels both futuristic and homely. Both locals and tourists should visit and experience the unique aesthetic and delicious coffee.
However, Seoul has much more to offer than just coffee. If you’re a fan of the oscar-winning film, Parasite, you should visit its filming locations. They’re definitely fun tourist spots.
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