10 Cafes in Seoul Where You Can Study, Work, & Laze Away

Looking for a nice coffee shop in Seoul? Visit this hanok cafe in Bukchon Hanok Village that offers Americano, Einspänner, and Yuja tea!

Highlights

  • Ditch the usual chains and have an authentic coffee experience in Seoul!
  • Among our picks for the best cafes in Korea include Ichae Cafe in Jongno, Saint Ives Cafe in Hapjeong, and Nolsoop Cafe in Hongdae.
  • Book your visit on WAUG to enjoy discounts on drinks and delicious pastries — perfect for solo cafe campers, couples, and friends!

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Looking to try Korea’s local coffee chains? ☕

Visit Ediya, Angel-in-us, Sulbing, Mammoth, Palgong Tea and more with this cafe pass that you can book on WAUG!

Best Neighborhood Cafes in Seoul

That Seoul has a vibrant coffee scene is quite known. But when in the Korean capital, where exactly do you go when you want to enjoy the weekend, have a date to impress, or simply enjoy a good cuppa joe? If you’re looking for some recommendations, check out the following cafes in Seoul that are handpicked by WAUG’s local users:

1. Ichae Cafe in Bukchon Hanok Village

Another notable coffee shop in Seoul is Ichae Cafe, which is located in Bukchon Hanok Village. If you’re ever visiting the area to explore Gyeongbokgung, Insa-dong, and the other palaces, make sure to drop by this place for a delightful cultural and coffee experience. Compared to Cafe Nieun, Ichae has that low-key and traditional vibe, which makes it a great spot for taking photos. They also have a wide selection of drinks, which you can book at a discount below:

MENUPRICE ON WAUG
Americano₩4,500
Latte₩5,000
Einspanner ₩6,000
Green Tangerine Tea₩5,500
Yuja (Korean Citron) Tea₩5,500

This cafe in Seoul is located in 1/F, 20-21, Bukchon-ro, Jae-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul. They are open from 11am-10pm.

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2. Order Espresso in Gangnam

If you like spacious and bright coffee shops, Order Espresso in Gangnam is for you! Pop open your laptop in this cafe and enjoy their signature bottled Strawberry Milk (₩6,100 or $5), Americano (₩ 3,800 or $3.6), or French Vanilla Latte (₩ 5,200 or $4.5). They also serve fresh scones, cookies, and various breads here, so visiting this place will be a very sweet experience!

MENUPRICE ON WAUG
Americano₩3,800
Latte₩4,700
French Vanilla Latte₩5,200
Bottled Milk Tea₩6,600
Fresh Strawberry Milk₩6,100

This cafe in Seoul is located in 27, Bongeunsa-ro 82-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea. They are open from 8:30am-10:30pm on weekdays and 11:30am-9:30pm on weekends.

3. Picky Papa Cafe in Gangnam

Picky Papa Cafe is one of the best community cafes in Seoul for three reasons. First, they make great coffee, pizza, breads, and gelato here. Second, they offer a very conducive place to study and work (I’m writing this article from here!). Finally, they have a mini garden space that’s very cozy. Many coffee and gelato lovers often visit this place, but it’s also popular among fans of Kang Daniel, who has a special spot here.

If you come visit Picky Papa Cafe in Gangnam, make sure to try their Red Bean Bread, Gelato, and brick-oven Pizza! You can book one of their vouchers below (the ₩10,000 voucher is enough if you’ll visit alone!):

OPTIONSPRICE ON WAUG
₩10,000 cash coupon₩9,000
₩20,000 cash coupon₩18,000
₩30,000 cash coupon₩27,000

This cafe in Seoul is located in 35, Gangnam-daero 162-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea. They are open from 11am-10pm on weekdays and 11am-11pm on weekends.

4. Social Factory in Hongdae

As a university district, Hongdae has several specialty cafes and a couple of coffee shops that are open 24/7. However, if you’re looking for a really conducive place in the area where you can study or work, you’ll find Social Factory a commendable option. Here, you and your study partners will enjoy the room filled with books and homey ornaments. The menu options are budget-friendly too; you can have two Americanos and a slice of cake for only ₩10,000 by booking below:

This cafe in Seoul is located in 19-19, Wausan-ro 21-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea. They are open from 9am-11pm.

5. Bluish Brew Coffee in Bangbae-dong

Not to be confused with Blue Bottle Coffee, Bluish Brew is one of Seoul’s specialty cafes that offer single-origin beans with bold flavors. They source them from Ethiopia, Colombia, Kenya, and Guatemala, which they roast in varying techniques to achieve the ideal taste and density. They also make Salted Caramel Latte here, which is great if you prefer your coffee sweet.

Interior-wise, Bluish Brew is an eye candy. Its cobalt blue tone is perfect for a date, especially if you want to make a good impression. Check out Bluish Brew’s menu:

MENUPRICE ON WAUG
Drip Coffee₩3,400
Salted Caramel Latte₩3,800
Vanilla Bean Latte₩3,800

This cafe in Seoul is located in Seocho-daero 25-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul. They are open from 10am-10pm on weekdays (except Monday) and 11am-10pm on weekends.

6. Square Garden in Seocho-gu

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A vintage hideaway. This is what Square Garden is all about. If you’re looking for unique cafes in Seoul, then this is the place! Like the previous option, Square Garden offers single-origin coffee (they have bags of beans for sale), but they also have premium coffee blends and delectable bingsu. You can book their menu at a discount on WAUG below, starting at ₩4,000 or $3.4.

MENUPRICE ON WAUG
Square Garden Blend (120g)₩7,500
Ethiopia (120g)₩9,500
Brazil (120g)₩8,000
Colombia (120g)₩8,000
Indonesia (120g)₩9,500
Blueberry Red Bean Bingsu₩14,000

This coffee shop in Seoul is located in 26, Seorae-ro 5-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea. They are open daily from 11:30am-10pm, except on Sundays when they open shop at noon and close at 8pm.

7. Glyn Coffee in Gangnam

Situated in a quiet neighborhood in Gangnam, Glyn provides an intimate place where you and your friends can enjoy some chit-chat and aromatic coffee. Their drip is the best, but you will not regret getting their Flat White and Mocha Latte. They also have delicious French butter cookies here (Sablé Breton), which you can order with your drink of choice below:

MENUPRICE ON WAUG
Americano + Sable Breton₩7,000
Latte + Sable Breton₩7,500
Flat White + Sable Breton₩7,500
Vanilla Latte + Sable Breton₩8,000
Mocha Latte + Sable Breton₩8,000

This cafe in Seoul is located in 101, 7, Gaepo-ro 21-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea. They are open from 9am-6pm on weekdays and 11am-7pm on Saturday’s.

8. Saint Ives Cafe in Hapjeong

St. Ives Cafe in Hapjeong (near Hongdae) is arguably one of the popular coffee shops in the capital. You may find it hard to find a spot here, but if you’re able to, you’d feel most delighted. This is one the cafes in Seoul that are recommended for travelers, and you can book their menu offerings at a discount below:

MENUPRICE ON WAUG
3 Bottled Drinks Set₩18,000
Beans & Drip Bag Set₩27,000
2 Signature Drink₩12,000
Dessert & Bottle Drink₩11,000

Saint Ives is located in 23, Dongmak-ro 5-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul F2. They are open from 11am-11pm daily except Mondays.

9. Nolsoop Cafe in Hongdae

What to like about this artsy and cozy coffeeshop in Hongdae? This one has a nice “healing” touch! Filled with books, comfortable sitting spaces (ideal for studying!), and ambient lighting, Nolsoop is definitely one of the hidden cafe in the college district. If you’d like to enjoy some quality time with your significant other or friend near Hongik University, this is the best place to go!

To make the most of your visit, you can book the A-3. 놀숲 2시간 + 음료 이용권 voucher here, which gives you a 2-hour cafe + Drink pass! Other options include 1-hour Cafe + Drink Pass (A2), 3-Hour Cafe + Drink Pass (A4), and 5-hour Cafe + Drink Pass (A5) — all below ₩10,000!

10. 943 King’s Cross Cafe in Hongdae

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Finally, the famous Harry Potter cafe in Seoul! While 943 King’s Cross is first and foremost an attraction for fans of the Wizarding World, their 4-story coffeeshop is fully equipped with plugs and WiFi for those who need to get some work done! Since I live very near hear this cafe in Hongdae, I actually pop in whenever I want to organize my thoughts, read a book, or write an article like this one! I usually hang on the 2nd floor, but their 3rd storey (which is designed like the Great Hall) has long tables and plenty of plugs for those who will be coming in as a group. Oh, and if you’ll visit, you can make the most of your stay by putting on any of their Hogwarts-inspired uniform sets as well as ordering their 943 Set (worth ₩15,600 or $14 on WAUG and comes with 1 wizard drink, dessert, and jellybeans worth ₩15,600 or $14!)

How to Book Cafes in Seoul on WAUG

If you’re unfamiliar with using WAUG to book coffee shops and restaurants in Seoul, just follow these step:

  1. Log in or sign up for an account here.
  2. Proceed to the booking page of your preferred cafe in Seoul.
  3. Choose the date of your visit and provide the other information.
  4. Check out using your Visa, Mastercard, or AMEX.**
  5. Wait for your voucher/s that we’ll send through the WAUG app, which you can download below:

Is your method-of-payment issued in South Korea? You can switch the page’s currency to KRW so you can see the other local payment options, like phone payment.

Enjoy your cafe experience in Seoul!

Also check out the following Cafe Pass options that you can use to pay for your orders in Ediya, Angel-in-us, Mammoth Coffee, Coffine Gurunaru, Palgong Tea, Sulbing, and more:

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안녕하세요. 글로벌 콘텐츠 마케터 Kevin입니다. Hey, I'm Kevin from the Marketing Team. If you have any questions about WAUG or this blog post, feel free to send me an email!

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