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Jiyugaoka 8丁目 (or Jiyugaoka Hatchome) is a Korean cafe famous for its most delicious desserts. It is located among the peaceful alleys of Bukchon Hanok Village. So, you can enjoy the delicious treats and relieve your stress at the same time in Jiyugaoka.
The cakes are handmade at the cafe and the serving size is just perfect. Unlike many Western cafes, the portions are excellent. You don’t feel cheated with tiny slices of mouthwateringly yum cakes! All the desserts in the cafe are made with the best quality ingredients.
The cafe comes from taking inspiration from Jiyogaoka Street in Japan. It is famous for dessert cafes in Tokyo. In this street, there are high-end residential areas in harmony with shops. Jiyogaoka 8丁目 is a place where you can celebrate handmade cakes and desserts baked with care. Jiyugaoka Hatchome combines the Japanese dessert cafe street ‘Jiyugaoka’ and the number ‘8’ (hatchome), which symbolizes good luck. The complete name means ‘a place full of good fortune’. The cafe’s motto, “Handmade, Family, Warmth” reflects in the culture of the homemade cake specialty cafe that only serves food with healthy ingredients without using any preservatives.
The cafe is within the beautiful alleys of Bukchon Hanok Village near Gyeongbokgung Palace. As you walk down the streets of the village, you will be able to find the cafe easily. The building has light tone bricks and shades of blue in awning make it shine brightly amongst the shades of hanoks in the region.
There are multiple locations of Jiyogaoka cafes in Korea – Samsung Store in Gangnam-gu, Cheongdam Branch, Yeoksam, Grand Seoul Branch, Nonhyeon Branch, Seolleung Branch, Apgujeong Rodeo, and Ilsantanhyeon Branch.
From the outside, the cafe has glass walls. You can soak in the sunlight if you sit next to the huge windows. And the view is certainly worthwhile and will give you calm and peaceful vibes.
The cafe also offers terrace seating where you can sit and enjoy your coffee and cakes with a beautiful view of Bukchon Hanok Village. If the weather is nice, you must try to get a place outside so that you can have the best of all worlds – yummy cakes, beautiful views, and perfect weather.
Interiors of Jiyogaoka
You can take some Insta-worthy shots at this picturesque cafe with a decor theme of cute toys and books all around.
It’s not a huge cafe but certainly very cozy. There are many small details of the interior that you will enjoy ranging from tiny ceramic toys to a snow globe. All around you there are beautiful props that fit in perfectly with the cozy interior decor of Jiyugaoka. It almost feels like you are in a toy store!
Along with a multitude of toys, there are just as many books in the cafe. They are all related to travel so you will undoubtedly enjoy browsing through them.
The walls have posters with cute illustrations of delicious cakes. There’s even a poster from the movie “Hill of Freedom.” The significance of this poster is that the name of the cafe, Jiyugaoka means the ‘hill of freedom’. And, the owner of the cafe is the female lead for the movie!
At every table, you will see flower vases with fresh flowers. It certainly adds a touch of romance to the beautiful atmosphere in this Korean cafe. The menu is handwritten on a board behind the counter. It certainly adds on to the cuteness factor of the cafe.
The coffee is moderately priced with espresso starting from KRW 4,500 to fancy coffee at KRW 6,000. The cafe also serves tea so if you are a tea drinker, you can enjoy your slice of cake with hot or iced tea. This Korean cafe in Bukchon Hanok Village, Seoul also serves wine. If you sit on the terrace and order wine, you will certainly feel like you are in Europe! The wine selection is just that good!
Before making the selection, you can check out the different cakes in the display infront of the counter. A cake slice costs about KRW 9,000 while the whole cake is KRW 38,000. The price might seen expensive but it is definitely worth the price. They bake their own cakes and they are super-yummy. The generous portion and amazing taste will make you fall in love with Jiyugaoka. You might even end up buying the whole cake after enjoying a single slice. Aki Cake (a chocolate cake with cream on top) and Blueberry Cheesecake are their signature flavors. If you are planning to visit Jiyugaoka, you must try these two cakes with a choice of drinks.
Take a break and enjoy delicious desserts at this cozy Korean cafe, Jiyugaoka, in Bukchon Hanok Village.