Move over Tokyo, as Seoul is slowly but surely making an entrance into the quirky cafe scene. From poop motifs to wedding gowns, what you can find at these cafes in Seoul exceeds a good cup of coffee.
So, check out the most fascinating and strange themed cafes in Seoul that are enough to plan an entire trip around.
Note: $1 converts to roughly 1000 won (Korean currency), so, all prices are converted from original cost in won.
Cat Cafe, Myeongdong
Feline lovers have joined hands to open as many cat cafes possible around the worlds. Cat-lovers in Seoul too have taken part in the movement and revealed some adorable cafes around the city. The Cat Cafe in Insadong is selected because of its convenient location and the number of adorable spoilt cats that are seen crawling around the place.
Cost per cuppa - $10, cost includes entry fee.
Where - 8-5 Myeongdong 8-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Cafe Yeonnam-dong 239-20, Hongdae
How would it feel to step inside a comic-book? This quirky and fascinating cafe in Seoul is making the dream of comic lovers come true. From chairs, wall decors everything in this small cafe are designed to create 2D optical illusion transporting its visitors straight into a comic strip. The cafe seeks direct inspiration from the hit Korean show 'W', in which the characters operate between the worlds of fantasy and reality.
Cost per cuppa - $6 for the W Coffee
Where - Mapo-gu, Seoul
Thanks Nature Cafe, Hongdae
Has it ever occurred that a cup of coffee and low-fat waffles must taste fantastic in the company of some, wait-for-it, sheep! If not, then your idea of dining is clearly not as out of the box as the people who started Thanks Nature Cafe. Two fluffy and very adorable sheep occupy the cafe at all times, giving it an unbeatable edge over others.
Cost per cuppa - $6 for espresso
Where - 486 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Get & Show Cafe (Lego Cafe), Hongdae
Get & Show is a kid friendly cafe that the adults will fall in love with! Whether you are with a group of friends or alone, while away your time with hot chocolate and a stack of legos at this quirky cafe in Seoul. Celebrate your childhood obsession without committing to a full-blown purchase of a Lego set here, as you can rent your preferred models for a very nominal cost.
Cost per cuppa - $4 for a latte. To rent a Lego set for 30 minutes it costs $4.5.
Where - 395-80 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu
Ddo-Ong Café, Insadong
The fascination with excretion beats me. Its unfathomable as to why people would want to sip their coffee out of commode shaped mugs and poop emoji straws. Its probably this disgust filled wonder that attracts hoards of people to this cafe which can be summarized as a massive manifestation of the poop emoji.
Cost per cuppa - $5 for a cappuccino.
Where - 67 Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu
Princess Diary, Seodaemun-gu
Step back in time or make your rosy dreams come true by having a dining experience in your preferred princess outfit. The Princess Diary in Seoul lets your transcend your regular boring life for an hour into a glimpse of a fairytale world. As soon as your enter, you pay an entry fees which covers rent for a ballgown, wedding dress or a hanbok. After changing, you can take pictures with its dreamy interiors to your heart's content.
Cost per cuppa - Entry fees range from $15 to $30 which covers cost of a single cup of coffee
Where - 26, Ewhayeodae-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
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