• Cass Lau

Coffee in Seoul

Updated: Jun 6, 2019

The Koreans take a lot of pride in their coffee and I was surprised! Having come to Korea before with the impression that their Americanos were over-diluted or they drank really good 3-in-1s after every meal.


My friends and I had our fair share of cuppas throughout the country and we concluded that we liked one the best.


*A/N: i’ve only drunk Americanos/Cold Brews because I‘m not that much of a coffee connoisseur to drink straight up espressos.


#1: The WINNER - Fritz Coffee Company

We tried the first one at their Wonseo Outlet (which i will write a separate post on because there are simply TOO MANY great cafes in that area).


I was surprised how smooth yet strong the brew was, and the coffee went so well with the walnut kouign aman.


It was so good we went back a second time to a different branch — the Dohwa-do one, which was closer to Hongdae.

The design of the interior is consistent giving off the vibe of an old-school coffer place with its rustic brown tones of furniture and 70s-esque illustrations.

The quality of their food and coffee has been consistent over the two branches we’ve been to so I think you’re safe dropping by any one of them!


Branches in Seoul:

📍Fritz Coffee Company, Dohwa

68 Mapo-daero, Dohwa-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea


#2: Café Onion


We went to Café Onion, having been tantalised by its express branch in Wonseo. The brew was undoubtedly something they took pride in, and definitely necessary as a pairing to their sweet pastries.

The mount fuji-looking one below is a buttery brioche covered in powdered sugar. Being the suckers for “best-sellers” as we were, that was the first addition to our tray. No regrets though.

📍Café Onion:

8 Achasan-ro 9(gu)-gil, Seongsu-dong 2(i)-ga, Seongdong-gu, Seoul, South Korea


#3: Coffee Nap Roasters


A store set up purely dedicated to coffee, you’d expect a standard here. The interior was akin to a brick-tiled roof, with a small bamboo feature on the side.

I ordered a cold brew this time, which would explain the weaker taste of the coffee. But still a great experience on the tastebuds nonetheless.

📍Coffee Nap Roasters:

Yeonnam-ro, Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea


Maybe I should do a Seoul Map with the Coffee Spots? What do y'all think?


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