Despite Seoul ranked number one with 284 Starbucks in the world1. It turns out, even though it has this many. The local cafes are even better! The Coffee game in Seoul is stronger than I anticipated. I heard it is good, I did not know it is that good. It’s literally every 100m you will bump into a good cafe. A cafe that has great interior and serves high quality coffee.
I mostly drink iced coffee latte, which real coffee enthusiasts would not approve. I enjoy the milk mixes with good espresso. But from the barista's attention to pouring. The smell and people around me at cafes. I can assure you they're drinking great pour over, too.
- Local people usually order Iced Americano
- They drink coffee all the time, especially after dinner
- Cafe usually opens around 10am, closes at 10pm
Below is my recommendation of good cafes.
FRITZ COFFEE COMPANY
Maybe the tastest latte I have. Six friends started this company, who are the no.1 at picking beans, making coffee, making bread...
Their shop in Mapo which is in a traditional Hanok house setting.
I went to two of its branches! The one around Hannam is better. The one in Sinsa is tiny and not very comfortable...
Anthracite Coffee Roasters
https://anthracitecoffee.com/ in Hannam.
The basement is a D&DEPARTMENT shop (밀리미터밀리그람) . The cafe is packed with the chicest people.
The photogenic one in Anguk.
I went there but line was too long to get anything, estimate 1 hour waiting, so I only took some pictures.