A New Class of Cafes
See & Do Tours
Winter in Korea typically means snow, low temperatures, and gray skies. When it's cold and dreary outside, seek shelter in a new class of colorful cafes in Seoul. Fill up on tasty drinks and food at Coffee Banjeom or Misery Loves Company.
The colorful interior of Coffee Banjeom
Coffee Banjeom is a unique cafe tucked away in Yongsan-gu, Seoul. The cafe is located on a small side street that was once home to numerous printing presses. Though there are no presses running here anymore, there is a plethora of cafes, restaurants, and shops to enjoy. Coffee Banjeom is a cafe by day and a restaurant specializing in Taiwanese cuisine by night. Its bright and colorful interior may bring to mind Taiwanese night markets. Have a taste of Taiwan in Seoul at Coffee Banjeom!
The owner and chef of Coffee Banjeom learned to cook authentic Taiwanese cuisine from his Taiwanese mother-in-law. From savory to sweet, there are many different tasty dishes to sample.
Rose salt coffee; chilled chicken with vegetables
Two of the most popular menu items are the spicy mala stew and the chilled chicken with vegetables. Coffee Banjeom's rose salt coffee is a tasty treat, and visitors may want to try the Taiwanese-style ham and egg grilled sandwich.
Monday-Saturday 10:00-24:00 / closed Sundays
21 Wonhyo-ro 84-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Persimmon-flavored nurungji (toasted rice); pumpkin rice cake
Misery Loves Company (MLC) is a cafe that is famous for its tteok (rice cakes). MLC's owner and tteok chef, Park Kyung Mi had a tteok shop in Seoul before she established Misery Loves Company. Today, Chef Park creates tteok on the 1st floor while the cafe is located on the building's second floor. All of MLC's tteok are made on-site.
The interior of the cafe, facing out towards Seongbuk-dong
One of the cafe's highlights is the colorful garden. Visitors can take in pine trees and an assortment of various plants in old, vintage pots. Unwind tea and tteok while in this quiet corner of Seoul.
Walnut gangjeong (cookies), pear gangjeong; gukhwa cha (chrysanthemum tea)
MLC's most popular menu items are hangwa (traditional Korean sweets) and seolgi tteok, which come in a range of flavors. The cafe's teas are also popular and the mogwa cha (Chinese quince tea) is made at the cafe from scratch. Other popular teas are yuja (citron), lime, jujube, and gukhwa (chrysanthemum).
94 Seonjam-ro 5-gil, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul