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Finding Good Coffee in Seoul

Being from New Zealand, home of the flat white, we’re serious about our coffee. After having had a few bad coffees in Asia, we were pleasantly surprised at the coffee scene in Seoul. We found lots of places for a decent brew, from hip modern roasters to hidden cafes to simple espresso bars.

Anthracite

Coffee Libre was one of the first roasters to bring good coffee to Korea. They have quite a few branches - the one we went back to again and again due to its central location was the one inside the Myeongdong Cathedral (102 Myeondong 74-gil, Jung-gu, coffeelibre.kr).

Anthracite (240 Yongsan-gu, Itaewon, anthracitecoffee.com) made our favourite flat white in Seoul. Located on the main road in Itaewon, the cafe is beautifully minimalistic, putting the focus where it should be - on the coffee. They also have a larger cafe and roaster in Hongdae.

Anthracite

Terarosa Cafe has multiple outlets with a couple handily located near popular sights. There’s one just outside Gyeonbokgung Palace (45-1 Junghak-dong, Jongno-gu, terarosa.com), and one near Yeouido Park (56 Yeoui-daero, Yeoeuido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu). The coffee isn’t bad either.

Coffee Hanyakbang (16-6 Samil-daero 12-gil, Jung-gu) is probably the coolest cafe we went to in Seoul. Hidden down a narrow alleyway, the cafe is decorated with retro furniture and antiques inside. They roast their own beans in a small drum roaster, so the coffee is on the darker side.

Coffee Hanyakbang

Coffee Hanyakbang

Coffee Hanyakbang

Looking to eat and drink your way around Seoul? Check out our 72 hour guide for where to find the best noodles, dumplings, KBBQ, sochu, makgeolli and more.

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