Despite Seoul ranked number one with 284 Starbucks in the world1. I use the number as a mertic to decide how bad a city is, but Seoul broke my rule. 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, even 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...
They have another shop in Mapo which is in a traditional Anguk.
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.