Yangnim-dong is well known for its cultural heritage but apart from the rich culture and monuments, the cafes of this district in Gwangju are popular for the caffeinated drinks they serve!
Gwangju, located in South Jeollanam, is the capital of the place and houses a small district called Yangnim-dong, which is well known for its cultural heritage. Being associated with the City of Democracy, this district has several aspects which depict old times. Yangnim-dong is also known as the Penguin village for the same. The history of this district is highly influenced by the American missionaries who took over the place and built several schools, libraries, hospitals, churches, most of which still stand tall in the place. Apart from the rich heritage and monuments, Yangnim-dong is also known for its cafes in recent times. Korea itself is well known for housing elegant, innovative coffee shops and the cafes in Yangnim-dong are known for the taste of the coffee they serve. It is said that they have mastered the basics of coffee making so well that you would not want to stop drinking that coffee just after one cup. Here is a list of some beautiful cafés, also called the hidden treasure of Gwangju.
Lois Cafe, named after a missionary Lois Neil who helped in building several churches and missionaries in ancient times, is a small yet elegant cafe located in the Yangnim-dong area of Gwangju. The minimalist place takes the form of a local hangout during any missionary programs. As soon as you enter the cafe, you will experience a whiff of freshly brewed coffee and roasted coffee beans. The aroma is not the only attraction, but the distinguished taste of their coffee too never fails to leave a mark. Their special Cortados and other cold brews have won the hearts of the coffee connoisseurs.
Cafe Villa Roma
This is another beautiful café located in Yangnim-dong. Cafe Vila Roma is a perfect blend of vintage and elegant vibes with walls built of red bricks from outside. The furniture and the seating arrangement of the cafe are too organized and elegant for hangouts or photoshoots. The cafe also has furniture on display for sale. The upstairs of the café is also decorated well and is a favorite spot for the influencers to capture videos. So next time you are in Gwangju, visit this café to relish your coffee in style.
Cook Poly Kongjip
Cook Poly Kongjip is a cafe with nature in its laps. The cafe is themed on gardens and greenery that will enhance your mood as soon as you enter. The coffee here is a delicious brew that gives a sense of rawness and closeness to nature. The cafe is surrounded by greenery outside and has huge windows for the guests to relish their coffee, enjoying the beautiful sight. The botanical garden within the cafe houses exotic plants and also represents the ancient traditional ways of plant culturing of Korea.
6K Coffee is named so after its hexagonal logo. Located nearby the previously mentioned Lois Cafe, 6K Coffee has its unique way of standing out. The cafe serves a special kind of coffee made up of water, coffee, and coconut milk. The idea behind preparing coconut milk coffee is to give the blend of tropical side to their brew. The cafe attracts lots of customers, especially from the young lot. 6K Coffee has a minimalist design made up of modern white furniture and glass panes.
Hawon Jae is different from the other cafes mentioned in this list because its specialty is not coffee but tea. The cafe is located nearby a university and has a traditional outlook. The cafe boasts a special preparation of black tea, which is enjoyed the most by their customers. The tea preparation is also done in a traditional manner which is the key attraction of the place.
The Strukt Cafe perfectly depicts modern mini cafes with a modern interior with decorative pieces placed on walls. This cafe is the best place to visit after sunset, and it has beautiful lights with a good ambiance. No wonder it’s one of the most preferred cafes in Yangnim-Dong for date nights.
Cafe Milldang is another cafe located nearby Lois Cafe. The cafe is known to have a studio-like interior, which is also the key reason for attracting social media influencers to the place. The cafe walls are left with a finish of cement and have indoor plants kept hanging in between. The cafe, along with brewing excellent coffee, also has an exceptional cake menu to serve. Slurping coffee and having a bite of the delicious cake reading a book, doesn’t it sound dreamy? So next time you visit Gwangju, make sure to visit Malldang cafe for some lip-shaking cakes and coffee. Don’t fail to try their delicious tarts when there.
Cafe Kkot Hana
Kkot Hana in Korean means one flower. The café truly stands by its name with its flower decor inside the cafe. The aroma of coffee and flowers in the cafe lightens the mood instantly. The cafe believes in always making their guests comfortable. They also provide blankets for their guests during winters for them to relish the coffee at their comfort.
Cafe Illda Is one of those old-school places in the world of the modern blaze. The cafe houses a minimalist interior with ancient paintings thing on the wall. The café is isolated from the blaring noisy downtown Gwangju in terms of its peaceful environment. This place not only serves one of the best coffees but also makes you feel at home. So, if you are somebody who likes to enjoy your coffee at peace contemplating various ideas in the meantime, you will perfectly fit in this place like a right pea in the pod.
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