9 Must-See Quirky Coffee Shops in Seoul
March 4, 2015
Why settle for a regular café when you can go to one dedicated to bananas?
Check Out These Bizarre Coffee Shops
Themed coffee shops in Seoul are generally whimsical in nature, though some do involve creepy dolls and cookies shaped like disembodied fingers. You’ll find no North Korea-themed dining here, but it’s not unlikely that an Amsterdam-inspired café will pop up, especially in the trendy Hongdae area, where so many of these coffee shops are located.
Conveniently located near Ewha Womans University, the unabashedly girly Princess Diary Cafe lets you rent a wedding dress, evening gown, or traditional Korean hanbok for an hour while you drink your coffee.
Aircafe is where travel-lovers can truly nerd out. Model airplanes, flight-style seating, clocks showing the time in multiple cities, and exotic souvenirs decorate the café, which serves coffee, alcohol, and various “in-flight menus” (economy and first-class) from actual airlines.
At Mustoy Cafe, a chain with locations all over Seoul, you order a porcelain doll that comes in various sizes and shapes and is yours to keep. Coffee is on the house.
A;t Fox is just as alternative as its spelling: an afternoon high tea joint that also sells makeup. The ingredients that go into the house-made teas, like bergamot and jasoyup (an aromatic leafy herb), are the same that are used in the cosmetics, so you will be beautiful inside and out.
While they do subvert the stereotypical whimsy of cupcakes by etching frosting in the image of veiny eyeballs, bloody knives, and crows pecking on human guts, Monster Cupcakes still manages to be very cute. In addition to the usual café fare, they serve “Monster Blood,” which is essentially artisanal Kool-Aid.
Polar Bear Cafe
This museum café (note: it’s a museum of stuffed animals) on the outskirts of Seoul, in the small artist’s village of Paju, is modeled after the polar outskirts of the world. Some of the baristas at Polar Bear Cafe are human, and the rest are large mechanical bears who serve drinks from a vending machine.