We all know and can appreciate the craze to get that perfect instagram shot. If you are familiar with Seoul then you know Seoulites love their cafes and that there are always new places popping up to keep up with the demand. Hitting up new cafes in the city is something I love to do on the weekends in Seoul. I tend to only go to the cafes that are "instagram worthy" because I always take pictures. I'm definitely guilty of looking up cafes on instagram before I go, so I can see where the best place to sit is and decide what I should order in advance.
Here are cafes that I think are the most instagram worthy in Seoul
Passion 5 is a premium dessert cafe with cakes, salads, sandwiches. Beware, there are so many beautiful desserts to choose from that you might end up getting more than one, like I did.
Closest Station: Hangangjin Station Exit #3
Address: 272, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Urban Space// INSTAGRAM
Urban space is a funky adults only cafe with a ball pit and inflatable pool toys. They sell cocktails and other beverages but don't drink too much or you'll never want to leave. There are also photo spots set up so you can take some candid pics!
Closest Station: Myeongdong Station Exit #8 or Apgujeong Station Exit #3 or Seongsu Exit #4
Address: 23, Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul / 9, Yeonmujang 3-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
Guillaume is one of the only authentic French Bakeries in Seoul. They have the best macarons I have had since I was in Paris! They also have many other cakes to choose from which all look quite delectable. Each macaron is about 3,000won and the cakes are about 10,000won which isn't too bad considering places like Paris Baguette are around the same price and are not nearly as good. Also, the staff speak Korean, French and English and the menus are also in the 3 languages!
Closest Station: Apgujeong Rodeo Exit #4
Address: 17, Seolleung-ro 152-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Peach Gray // INSTAGRAM
Peach Gray is not in the typical university area, this one is actually in Songdo. This cafe especially appeals to those with artistic talents because most people go there to paint. You are given paper, a palette with various paint colours and a water-colour brush to create your own masterpiece. All you have to do is buy a beverage, which are mostly under 8,000won. The strawberry lattes make for good photos ops with your paint palette. Sometimes it can be hard to think of ideas to get started. Luckily, the cafe has some books for you to find some inspiration.
Closest Station: Songpa Station Exit #1
Address: 97-49 Songpa-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Cafe Yeonnam-dong// INSTAGRAM
Currently, Cafe Yeonnam-dong is one of the most famous cafes in Seoul. This cafe resembles a webtoon with its black and white decor. You are guaranteed to feel like you are in a cartoon or a sketch. Even the utensils, plates and mugs have the same kind of black and white cartoon design.
Closest Station: Hongik University Exit #3
Address: 223-14 Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Who doesn't love Dior? The Dior cafe is one of the most expensive cafes I have ever been but easily the nicest. The decor is beautiful, everyone is dressed very nicely and there are waiters to take your order. There are many drinks to choose from but the most popular is the cafe latte, because it's got Dior written on it. They have a seasonal menu for the desserts but when in doubt get the ispahan dessert.
Closest Station: Apgujeong Rodeo Station Exit #4
Address: 464 Apgujeong-ro, Cheongdam-dong, Seoul
Sona is located in Sinsa-dong and is a cafe with dessert masterpieces. This cafe may not look like and instagrammable cafe but their desserts are! Each dessert are carefully handcrafted and elegantly made. Every dessert is aesthetically appealing and unique. Make sure to try the Champagne Sugar Ball!
Closest Station: Sinsa Station Exit #8
Address: 535-1 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Cafe Mula // INSTAGRAM
Cafe Mula is a very inviting cafe. The interior is all white with green plants even where and very sleek furniture. It's even got a rooftop terrace but the inside is better if you want to take photos! The Green Tea Tiramisu is amazing! It's very light and fluffy and tastes like heaven. If you aren't a fan of Green Tea they have the original flavour too.
Closest Station: Sinsa Station Exit #8
Address: 524-22 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
C27 Cheesecake & Coffee // INSTAGRAM
Have you ever seen a cafe that looks like an amusement park? Well that is what C27 Cheesecake & Coffee looks like! This cafe is known for their cheesecakes. I've tried about 3 different ones and they all seen to be pretty light. Although I do miss the richness of American style cheesecake these ones are a lot easier to gobble down and don't make you feel like heavy. Plus, there are so many places to take pictures in here.
Closest Station: Hongik University Station Exit #2
Address: 159-5 Donggyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Pink Pool Cafe//INSTAGRAM
With two locations in Seoul, the Pink Pool Cafe has become a popular hangout spot for visitors as well as locals. The decor is obviously on the pink theme and there is a very shallow pool inside, which is just for decoration. However, you can order cocktails and other beverages here!
Closest Station: Myeongdong Station Exit #6 or 7 inside Style Nanda, Hongik University Station Exit #6
Address: 37-8, Myeongdong 8-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, 23, Wausan-ro 29da-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
8b Dolce // INSTAGRAM
8b Dolce definitely has one of the most beautiful desserts. The flower desserts come in different flavours and yes, those are real flowers and they are edible. This dessert consists of gelatin and whipped cream. The photo above is the mango flavour, however I didn't taste much mango.To be honest the dessert didn't have much of a taste but it's so pretty! Even their ades have flowers in them!
Closest Station: Nambu Bus Terminal Station Exit #6
Address: 27 Hyoryeong-ro, 47-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul
Hi Hey Hello // INSTAGRAM
Hi Hey Hello is more than just a coffee shop. Other than the shop looking very chic, they have different art displays and works of art. My favourite part of the cafe was the floor tiles. There is also a good selection of desserts and breads. Also, the drinks menu is quite interesting. I ordered the lemon bubble latte which is something I've never seen or heard of before and it was pretty good.
Closest Station: Sinsa Station Exit #8
Address: 18 Dosan-daero 15-gil, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Cafe Yam // INSTAGRAM
This cafe is strictly just for photo purposes. The drinks on the menu are are decorated with cute designs or characters such as Cookie Monster, unicorns, cotton candy, etc. They also sell unicorn, Rilakkuma, unicorn, and many other types of cake slices. However, the cake slices are around 7,000won from what I remember. I ordered the unicorn frappacino, it was nothing special but it was really cute. I would go here again just to take pictures, not for the drinks or cakes.
Closest Station: Hongik University Station Exit #9
Address: 345-3 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu-gu, Seoul
Dessert Lab// INSTAGRAM
The Dessert Lab is now home to where the Hello Kitty Cafe once was in Myeongdong. However, Dessert Lab is a chain cafe, with shops all over Seoul. The desserts here are super cute and unique as they come in many different shapes, so you can see how they are very photogenic!
Closest Station: Myeongdong Station Exit #5
Address: 28 Myeongdong 4-gil, Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul
Have you been to any of these places? What are your favourite cafes in Seoul? If you like this post make sure to check out popular theme cafes in Korea.
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