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Amongst all the skyscapers, it is difficult to find traditional Korean houses, hanoks. Most people who want to check out the beauty of hanok visit the royal palaces in Seoul or head over to Bukchon Hanok Village. But, that’s not the only place where you can experience the beauty of hanok. You can check out the hanok-style cafes that are trending in Korea. Tourists can explore the traditional Korean houses as well as enjoy the local delicacies.
Here are some of the whimsical and hidden hanok cafes in Seoul where visitors can relax and take in the beauty of the cafes.
#1 Seoul Coffee, Ikseon Branch
Ikseon-dong is the place where past and present co-exist in harmony. There are places which are seeped in the rich Korean culture, while others are more modernized.
Located in Ikseon-dong, Seoul’s oldest hanok village, Seoul Coffee is a hanok cafe that brings back memories of Korea of the old. It is a franchise cafe that specializes in conveying new values of our long forgotten ones. The vibe of the cafe is comfortable and brings back nostalgia showing that old is still beautiful. The cafe has hanok-style interiors and serves several Korean cafe dishes. It is a busy cafe all year round.
#2 Cha Masineun Tteul
Cha Masineun Tteul is a traditional Korean teahouse where you can enjoy all kinds of Korean tea. Just like you would expect from an olden-day teahouse, the sitting space in this hanok cafe is in form of low wooden tables. It has the perfect ambiance of a hanok.
If you are unfamiliar with traditional Korean tea, you can follow the recommendations from the cafe. The cafe also serves Korean-style desserts like Sirutteok (rice cake) or danpatjuk (sweet red bean porridge).
Enjoy the views of the beautiful garden and relax with a cup of traditional Korean tea.
J. Hidden House is a modern hanok with over 100 years of history. The traditional hanok that houses the cafe was renovated and restored through handwork. In this process, the sensibility of a traditional hanok was maintained while the interior is now designed with modern style.
As the cafe is located near Dongdaemun, it is one of the best cafes in hanok that you can visit if you want to take a break from all the shopping. The delicate interiors will also serve as the perfect place to capture an Insta-worthy shot!
#4 E.Chae Cafe
Located in the heart of Bukchon Hanok Village, enjoy the perfect harmony between coffee and hanok in E.Chae Cafe. The cafe is spacious with indoor and outdoor seating arrangements. You can sit by the window and fall in love with the city’s beautiful view or simply sit outside in the warm sun and relax.
It is one of the best hanok cafes in Seoul that serves not only coffee but also wine. If you want to enjoy wine, the cafe has extended hours until 10 pm. So, for a day and night experience of hanok cafes, E.Chae Cafe is the perfect option!
Its a cafe that is housed in a building that is designed to look like a hanok. It has a retro atmosphere and some modern design interiors.
You can enjoy delicious and high-quality coffees and desserts at Fritz. The cafe also makes its own range of products that you can buy from here.
#6 Suyeonsanbang Mountain Tea Room
Originally home to Korean novelist Taejun Lee, Suyeonsanbang Mountain Tea Room is the one of the best hanok cafes in Seoul. The location of the cafe is a little offbeat but the trip will certainly be worth the effort.
The name of the cafe literally translates to ‘a small house in the forest where writers meet.’ In this cafe, you can enjoy traditional Korean tea like ssanghwacha or yujacha.
#7 Onion Anguk
Onion Anguk is one of the most popular hanok cafes in Seoul. It started in Seongsudong and then opened another branch in Anguk. Both the locations are super busy so you should plan your trip accordingly.
The cafe is beautifully decorated in hanok style with traditional seating. There’s also an option of ordinary seats so no need to worry of you don’t prefer low-seating. Onion Cafe is most popular for its delicious desserts.
Traditional floor seating and large glass windows that look out into a beautiful courtayd garden are the most impressive sights of the Tteuran Tea House. The hanok cafe was established about 7 years ago after the renovation of the traditional building. They preserved the original structure and its remote location makes it a perfect option for visiting one of the hanok cafes on the list.
Away from the city’s hustle-bustle, you can enjoy traditional tea ceremonies and take in the peace and quiet.
#9 1 Man 1 Cup
It is one of the most popular hanok cafes in the newest hanok village of Seoul, Eunpyeong Hanok Village. There are three floors in the cafe with the third floor having rooftop access. From the third floor, you can see the beautiful sights of Eunpyeong Hanok Village.
The cafe building is made of wooden materials so that it blends perfectly with the other hanoks in the area. Get a sense of serenity and calm in the 1 Man 1 Cup cafe after you explore the nearby village!
Green Mile Coffee is another hanok cafe located in Bukchon Hanok Cafe. It’s a three-storey building with the third floor being an open space roof. Visitors can take some beautiful pictures from the terrace of the neighboring village. The intricate designs of the hanok tiled roofs will make up for a perfect backdrop for your Insta pics!
You can enjoy coffee and snacks while enjoying the beautiful views from large windows of the cafe.
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