A board game cafe is a type of cafe we covered in our very Korean things to do in Seoul article. They were all the rage years ago, but they’re slowly disappearing. But we plead with the Korea cafe gods to stop, cease and desist! The multitudes of people in Seoul need to play Jenga (as well as Monopoly, Clue, Straego, chess, checkers, cards games, etc. — no, but really… JENGA!!!!). Luckily for you they’re still around for your board game addiction. Here you order a drink and just pick any available game to hang out with friends. We suggest playing a game and betting to see who’s going to get one of these physical Korean punishments found in this video 😉
Recommendation: Cafe Oz (카페오즈)
Address: 서울시 강남구 역삼동 619-30 강남빌딩 2층 (Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Yeoksam-dong 619-30 Gangnam Building 2nd Floor)
Closest Subway Station: Gangnam Station (Line 2, Sinbundang Line)
Blogs: Solloveyou (Korean), cbcblv (Korean) 10Mag (English, although there’s not much info :P)
Ever wonder what you’d look like as a Disney princess? Dress Cafes are the perfect theme cafes for girly girls. Just like most of the cafes on this list, you order an obligatory drink and sit down and relax. The fun stuff starts when you let that elementary schoolgirl princess in you to come out! At dress cafes, you get to pick and choose the dress you’ve always wanted to wear. Rentals range from 15,000 won to 40,000 won per hour. Sorry. Prince charming not included :P.
Recommendation: Princess Diary
Address: 서울시 서대문구 대현동 54-9 3층 (Seoul, Seodaemun-gu, Daehyeon-dong 54-9, 3F)
Closest Subway Station: Ehwa Woman’s University Station (Line 2)
Blogs: yue0119 (Korean), myhearts16 (Korean) bassenyourseatbelt (English), MaritainSeoul (English)
You were waiting for this one weren’t you? Seoulistic’s got your back Singaporean fangirls, California kpop teeny boppers and middle aged men from the American Midwest! These Kpop cafes are conveniently located where all Seoul tourists flock to: Myeongdong. It’s more memorabilia store than Kpop cafe, but you don’t care right? Come here to purchase CDs, autographed posters, Girl’s Generation trading cards all while sipping on a latte. Just remember to take it easy on the coffee: Super Junior + caffeine= heart attack!
Tip: K-story is reportedly managed by Super Junior’s Heechul’s older sister.
Tip 2: Everysing is owned by SM Entertainment, so SM groups only 🙂
K-Story Address: 서울특별시 중구 충무로1가 22-6 (Seoul, Jung-gu, Chungmuro 1-ga 22-6, across the street from UNIQLO)
Everysing Address: 서울 중구 충무로1가 24-23 스파오 4층 (Seoul, Jung-gu, Chungmuro 1-ga 24-23 SPAO Building 4th floor)
Maps: K-Story (Google), Everysing (Google)
Closest Subway Station: Myeongdong Station (Line 4), Euljiro 1-ga Station (Line 2)
Blogs: sujuism (Everysing – English), MyKoreanBoyfriend (K-story -English)
Seoul is a metropolis in every sense of the word. There’s tall skyscrapers, tons of cars and lots of busy people. But we’re all humans and sometimes we need to connect with nature. But if you don’t have enough time, camping cafes, complete with tents, picnic tables and camping chairs, will let you pretend you’re out with the stars all you want. But the best part is probably the meat, sausages and vegetables that come straight from an outdoor charcoal grill (which is pretty rare in Seoul). It’s a break from the busy that we all need sometimes 🙂
Note: Not all camping cafes have outdoor grills. But this one does! (Actually, it’s more restaurant-like than cafe :P.)
Recommendation: I’m Camper
Address: 서울 마포구 상수동 329-7 (Seoul, Mapo-gu, Sangsu-dong 329-7)
Closest Subway Station: Sangsu Station (Line 6)
Blog (for pics): sssstartwo (Korean), ViviPumpkin (Korean)
Even though hanbok (Korean traditional clothes) are really pretty, Koreans don’t wear them regularly. So that means there’s a high probability to go your entire trip without seeing a single hanbok! So if you don’t want your only experience with hanbok to be your 2AM historical Korean drama sessions, you should head over to a hanbok cafe and try one on yourself! Rent a hanbok and take lots and lots of pictures in old school Korean style rooms. If you pay a little extra, they’ll do your hair and makeup and take pictures for you too. It’s definitely a touristy place, but that’s not such a bad thing is it? 🙂
Address: 서울 종로구 인사동 143 (Seoul, Jongno-gu, Insadong 143)
Closest Subway Station: Jonggak Station (Line 1), Jongno 3-ga Station (Line 1, Line 3, Line 5)
Blogs (for pics): WestD (Korean), 선마마 (Korean), TiffanyKimchiLand (English)
After going on a cruise around town, you can always head over to a bicycle cafe with your buddies and chit chat over espresso and cookies. But it’s not just a cafe with a bunch of lame pictures of bicycles on the wall. These cafes are the real deal. They also function as repair shops to fix your boo boo while you were trying to do a bunny hop over your dog (repair your bike, not your dog :P). Customers can also rent bikes for a short period of time. Some of these cafes function more as repair shops that sell coffee, and others are a nice balance between the two.
Address: 경기 성남시 분당구 백현동 592-2 (Gyeonggi-do, Seongnam-si, Bundang-gu, Baekhyeon-dong 592-2)
Closest Subway Station: Seohyeon Station & Sunnae Station (Bundang Line)
Blogs (for pics): Bike & Cookie (Korean), JYStudio (Korean)
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