The blazing sun is finally loosening up and as we enter into the month of October, the weather will be just right to explore Seoul with less hesitation! If you want to escape the frenzy of Seoul for just a moment, we provide a list below of some quiet, peaceful cafes where you can give your soul some rest. The great views and weather are sure to give you some sort of refreshment. The way that the Namsan Seoul Tower towers above the thick and dense forest region of Namsan makes is hard to ignore and who can resist the splendor of leaves changing colors? The great thing about this list is that it does not force you to trek mountains or valleys. You can enjoy these glorious seasonal changes right from a cafe while sipping on a delicious drink.
Spots to Watch the Sunset
Situated at the top of Kyunglidan hill is a cafe that brings an instant atmosphere change. You feel as if you have suddenly been transported to a posh lounge in the middle of downtown. Offering a clear view of Namsan Seoul Tower and the clustered Itaewon residential area, feelings that you haven't felt in a long time are awakened within you as you relax on the chique and colorful imported Swedish furniture (which you can also buy). The building has several floors that all invite you to snuggle up while letting the perfect breeze lightly graze your face through the large, wall-sized windows. Customers are mainly young, females that stay for hours excitedly taking selfies with the well-decorated, luxurious showrooms and beautiful outdoor views. Customers are also permitted to enter the rooftop if they want to soak in the view a bit more fully.
In the neighborhood is another cafe that also grants you a stunning view of the Namsan tower. Decorated with African pieces, the cafe temporarily provides an escape into a different culture. Sitting here with a friend while sipping on their delicious coffee makes for an extremely satisfying post-lunch pick-me-up.
- 60-1 Hoenamu-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (Graddhyllan)/ 243-36, Itaewon 1-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (Kenya Kaimbu Coffee)
- Phone number
- 02-797-9541 (Graddhyllan)/ 02-798-0020 (Kenya Kiambu Coffee)
- 11:00-23:00 (Graddhyllan)/ 9:00~22:00, 9:00~21:00 on weekends (Kenya Kiambu Coffee)
Cafes that Feel like Gardens
Nearby Namsan Park is a cafe that looks and feels like a park itself. Inside the cafe's garden is a passageway that leads to Namsan Park and just like a scene from a fairy tale, a forest suddenly comes into view.
Another cafe with a great outdoor atmosphere is small, but decorated in such a way to make you feel like you're in a real life fairy tale. There's a charming wooden door at the entrance and tiny flowerpots sitting atop tables. Nothing really compares to the feeling you might get while relaxing here in the afternoon sun. The interior of the cafe has also been decorated very similarly (as if to look like an indoor garden).
- 258-148 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (La Spera), 101-1 Sopa-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul (Cafe Flower)
- Phone number
- 02-792-1692 (La Spera), 02-3789-4490 (Cafe Flower)
- 11:30~21:00, open all year round (La Spera), 11:00~23:00 (Cafe Flower)
Lose Yourself in the Fall Foliage
Because of the beautiful scenery, Sowol-ro is known to be a good spot for a drive. On this street, you're sure to find cafes that let you bask in these views. Due to its prime location in the heart of Namsan mountain, the view is simply unlike any other. The bright red colors of the Autumn foliage against the crystal clear sky almost reminds you of a painting and as the evening draws closer, cafe dwellers can see the sky colors changing moment by moment. This particular cafe serves crème brûlée, a nice treat for your tastebuds. When the weather is nice, barbeque is also an option. But, keep in mind that cafes in this area tend to be on the higher end, and may charge you a bit more than you'd expect for a drink.
Yet another cafe in Itaewon with a great view comes with adorable dogs and the scent of candles. Just like the clean and neat exterior that you can see from a length away, the interior is just as cozy and well-decorated. The suggested menu here is grapefruit juice (or ade).
- 44-gagil 7, Sowol-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (Harvest Namsan), 13 nagil 17, Hoenamu-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (CONTE DE TULEAR)
- Phone number
- 02-793-2299/02-793-7779 (Harvest Namsan), 070-8846-8490 (CONTE DE TULEAR)
- 11:00~0:00am (Harvest Namsan), Tuesday ~ Friday 12:00~23:00 / Weekends 11:00~23:00 (CONTE DE TULEAR)
[Jan. 03, 2016 04:12 Input / Dec. 02, 2015 00:00 Publish]