Feel like unwinding your day while relaxing your body after walking around the city in the cold weather? Stop by and enjoy some down time with a foot bath and massage over a warm cup of healing tea that will soothe the soul. Here, we have picked wellness cafes in Seoul that are sureto provide some warmth to your body and mind.
Cafe Jogyok – Tea Therapy – K-medicenter – Cafe Olosi
As soon as you step inside the cafe, a big foot bath with white tiles in the middle of the premise give you that inviting feeling you get when entering a sauna. You can enjoy a foot bath over a range of beverages to choose from. The ritual forgettinga footbath at thiscafe is to put five different types of natural aroma oils, including peppermint, lavender, and ylang-ylang, and gently floating flower petals in the foot bath tub at the end. Bask yourself in this healing retreat all for the reasonable price of KRW 10,000, if youare only using the foot bath service, or KRW 12,000 to add in a beverage of your choice. A range of massage tools are also provided for you to massage yourself and relax. In addition,the foot bath service comes with a complementary hard-boiled egg, a characteristic treatyou can only find here. Popular menu items of the cafe include smoothies and danggo. They are a perfect combination to enjoy right after a some relaxation. If you have plans to visit the cafe on weekends, making a reservation would be a good idea since itusually gets very crowded on the weekends with crowds of visitors looking for a nice foot bath.
Address: 92, World Cup buk-ro 6-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Hours: Daily 11:00 - 22:00
Directions: Subway Line 2, Hongik University Station, Exit 2 (5 mins on foot)
Tea Therapy is a special themed cafe, which you can see while walking along the Bukchon walking path, home to ancient palaces. This is a tourist hot spot while offering separate menus in Chinese, Japanese, and English. You only need to pay an additional KRW 5,000 to receive amenities and towels you need for the outdoor foot bath area that provides some soothing warmth to your feet.
The place specializes in mainly two types of tea, blended herbal teas and homemade confiture teas. You can even select a traditional herbal tea according to your body type and health condition. For those who find it difficult to choose the right tea, the staff helps you find the tea you need through a simple test. The most popular teas include hyang tong tea, a type of blended mint tea, and quince tea, a unique blend that warms the body during the winter. Tea Therapy also offers a program that allowsyou to create your ownblend of tea after a 1:1 interview, but it requires a reservation. A group tea class is also available where you can try different teas for special themes, such as anti-aging and stress relief, while also learning stories related to traditional herbal teas.
Address: 74, Yunboseon-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Hours: Winter season 10:00 - 20:00, Summer season 10:00 - 21:00
Directions: Subway Line 3, Anguk Station, Exit 1 (10 mins on foot)
K-medicenter, located in Yangnyeong-si, Seoul, the center of the distribution of Korean medicinal herbs, has an interior design resembling a traditional hanok with a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere. It is open to the public and offers various activitiesand programs related to healthy Korean medicinal herbs, such as the Korean medicinal herb exhibition and Korean medical tourism experience programs.
On the first floor, you can find a beauty shop using Korean medicinal herbs, Korean medicine promotion room, traditional costume change room, and exhibition hall. In the Seoul Yangnyeong-si Herb Medicine Museum, located on the 2nd floor, a range of Korean medicinal herbs and its history are displayed conveniently for visitors. In the outdoor terrace on the 2nd floor, there is a foot path zone. Here, you can put your feet in warm water mixed with medicinal herbs and heal your body and mind while sittingon a castle that boaststhe beauty of a traditional hanok. The foot bath service is available at a reasonable price of KRW 5,000 per pair. However, only four sessions are available per day from Tuesday to Sunday. The service is closed during the winter (Dec-Feb) due to the risk of the water pipes bursting. It is essential that you confirm availability before going.
In the Korean medicine experience center, located on the 3rd floor, you can experience a range of Korean medicine related treatments, such as mask packs using natural ingredients, hot massage, stress diagnosis, and more. The Korean food therapy experience center on the 3rd floor is a place where people share healthy recipes using Korean medicinal herbs that suit each body type. In addition, take a note of the cooking class that they offer here where you can cook healthy Korean therapy food. Further information can be found on the website.
Address: 26, Yangnyeongjungang-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul
Hours: 10:00-17:00 (Closed Mondays)
Directions: Subway Line 1, Jegi-dong Station, Exit 2 (50 m on foot) / 3 minutes from Seoul Medicine Market Iljumun
Cafe Olosi offers a chance to heal your body and mind through complete relaxation. Visitors can indulge themselves with a cup of tea that has healing properties and delicious desserts while enjoying a relaxing massage session. The interior is full of plants known to be effective at purifying the air and decorative pieces that create a refreshing atmosphere. The nutty smell of bread, as well as beverages, and foot baths that you can enjoy only in Olosi will be enough to satisfy all your senses. The most representative dishes here are the healing teas and ades. In particular, the cafe sells croissants made by Butterful & Creamorous, which are known as a popular spot for enthusiasts of baked goods, so check the croissants out if you are interested. Meanwhile, customers who spend KRW 8,000 or more in the cafe can user the recliner room for 1 hour. It would be a nice chance to take a quick nap. Originally, this was only available to customers who spend at least KRW 10,000 purchasing both beverageand the foot bath service. Olosi is now throwing a special event which offers free foot bath services for all customers who purchase a drink. The event ends in December, so make sure to take advantage of the opportunity if you are planning on visiting the cafe.
Address: 598, Gangnam-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Hours: Daily 9:00 - 22:00 (Closed on Seollal and Chuseok)
Directions: Subway Line 3, Sinsa Station, Exit 3 (5 mins on foot)