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5 Instagram-Worthy Cafes in Seoul

29 Mar 2019

There is no doubt that Seoul is one of the most fascinating cities in the world – well, in my opinion. From cafes built around fictional characters to live animal and vibrant murals, the city is covered in magic in each every corner. It’s a place of the weird, the wonderful and the future – everywhere you turn, you will find a fix of adrenaline seeps into your heart because Koreans are often one step ahead of the game. Whether you are looking to step up your Insta-game or you are a camera junkie who loves to take pictures, we have curated the perfect guide to 5 most Instagram-worthy cafes in Seoul.




Source: The Skyfarm FB


The Skyfarm

28-1 Yeoeuido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Heogwan 50th and 51st Floor, Seoul, South Korea


Dine in the Skyfarm is probably already on your list of things to do in Seoul. And if it isn’t, it should be. Dubbed ‘the most gorgeous cafe in Seoul with Han River view’, the Skyfarm housed on 50th and 51st Floor of the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) building. The building itself is a design marvel – a stunning wave of glass and metal in an urban sea and is perfectly decorated with greenery for the best selfies. The concept of this cafe is as literal as its name, the Skyfarm is a farm in the sky, though with a lot more additional elements which add to the glamourized yet tranquil ambience of this place. Perched high above the city, with a remarkable panoramic view of the famous Han River and surrounding Yeoeuido-dong, the Skyfarm serves up breakfast and brunch items from all around the world. If you head back to the elevator from which you came and look for a stairwell, there you will find another elevator that goes up to the 52nd floor to a quaint little indoor garden with different kinds of plants scattered across the area, soil and ferment included. Instagrammable, excellent service, stunning views and delicious dishes make this one a must-have on this list.


How to get there?

Take the subway to Yeouido Station (subway lines 5, 9) exit 2 and walk for approximately 10 minutes to reach the FKI building.






400-2 Mangwon-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea


If it is cute and quirky that you are looking for, it is Zapangi you need to hit up. Zapangi is a cafe where everything is designed with the Instagram-crowd in mind. Situated just a stone’s throw away from Mangwon Market, Zapangi – literally translating to ’vending machine’ in Korean – is known for their iconic brightly-lit pink vending machine door. After snapping the requisite picture with the famed door, head inside for even more kitsch. Zapangi’s quirkiness extends to its interior design and product presentation. Here, you can expect a range of mermaid cupcake served in a metallic tin, colourful doughnuts, coffee and their whimsical signature milk tea served in glass bottles. Basically, Zapangi is the perfect place for anyone who has a love for all things pretty or wants a dreamy picture to jazz up their Instagram feed.


How to get there?

Take the subway to Mangwon Station (subway line 6) exit 2. Keep walking straight along the street and you will see the signature pink vending machine door on your left.






Cafe Yeonnam-dong 239-20

239-20, Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea


If you’re an optical illusion art fanatic or a selfie enthusiast, be sure to have your phone and camera ready to take pictures at the Cafe Yeonnam-dong 239-20. Inspired by the 2016 Korean drama series, “W – Two Worlds,” starring Lee Jong-suk and Han Hyo-joo, in which the characters clash between the real world and a fantasy world inside a webtoon, Cafe YND 239-20 quickly became Instagram hit thanks to its innovative and cute decor. The small yet cozy cafe looks like it’s straight out of a bizarre two-dimensional cartoon world. From the moment patrons cross the cafe’s doorstep, they are greeted with a striped black-and-white cartoonish aesthetic imbued on its walls, floors, and furniture. The cartoonish aesthetic is depicted even on its dishes, mugs, and cutlery. Whatever it is, it’s making Cafe YND 239-20 a likely candidate for the most stylish background in Instagram.


How to get there?

To get there take the subway to Hongdae Station (subway line 2) and come out of exit 3. Walk straight along this street until you reach the seventh right turn. Walk along this street and then take the first left turn, there you should see Cafe YND 239-20 just ahead of you on the left.



Thanks Nature Cafe

486 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea


Because dog and cat cafes are too mainstream, we have sheep cafe. Thanks Nature Cafe, located in Seoul’s popular Hongdae University, is an animal cafe where patrons can get cuddly with a pair of adorable sheep while enjoying their macchiatos. Along with serving freshly brewed coffee and fluffy waffles, Thanks Nature Cafe is gorgeously decorated in an earthy undertone and has an alfresco seating area where the sheep roam freely. Patrons can approach the star attraction of the cafe and give their thick and fluffy woolen coats a pet, or feed them some hay. If animals are your thing, make sure you check out this cafe for that perfect Instagram shot in your feed.



Source: Thanks Nature Cafe FB


How to get there?

To get there take the subway to Hongik University Station (subway line 2) and come out of exit 9. Take a left turn and go to the main gate of the Hongik University. Once you get there, look out for the signage of the cafe.






Stylenanda Pink Pool Cafe

66-2 Chungmu-ro 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea


It all started in Seoul. Stylenanda, the Seoul-based fast-fashion and beauty brand, is known for its covetable makeup products, stylish apparel, and minimalist aesthetics. This Instagram-worthy nook, the swanky Stylenanda’s Pink Hotel & Pink Pool Café in Myeongdong offers whimsical K-style vibes with pinkish photo-worthy decorations – think flower-filled bathtub, neon signs, a faux laundromat, plant-adorned rooftop patio and a cafe set inside an empty “swimming pool”. Make your way through the hotel-inspired concept clothing store and chill by the pink pool cafe with all Instagram-ready treats like the giant ice cream wrapped in big pastel coloured cotton candy or their signature cotton candy coffee. Whatever you decide, your photos will surely scream #instagramgoals!


How to get there?

To get there take the subway to Myeongdong Station (subway line 4) and come out of exit 6. Take a left turn into the main shopping street of Myeongdong. Get to the second alley, turn right and the Stylenanda Pink Hotel will be on your right.




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