Cafe in South Korea


Seoul has fantastic and beautiful cafes all around the city. In Spring and Autumn, 2 beautiful seasons in South Korea, we love getting our cup of coffee outside to enjoy the perfect weather.

Believe it or not, Koreans drink more coffee than they eat Kimchi. Indeed, the number of cafes in Korea exploded over the last few years. Starbucks has more branches in Korea than anywhere else in the world.

To discover more amazing cafes in South Korea, you can also check out our list of most incredible cafes in Korea, here.

Best outdoor cafes in Seoul

By far the most stunning outdoor cafe in Seoul. The Piano is located in Pyeongchang-Dong, right on the edge of the Bukhansan National Park. This cafe is an award-winning architectural building, surrounded by a beautiful garden and a jaw-dropping view of the mountain and Seoul in the background.

There is no public transportation to reach The Piano. Hence, a car or a cab ride from the city would be required. However, once you reach there, you will instantly fall in love with this place.

This cafe also appears in movies and TV shows, such as The Three Colors of Fantasies or The Liar and His Lover.

  • INSTAGRAM: here
  • WEBSITE: here
  • ADDRESS: 서울 종로구 평창6길 71 (here)
  • OPENING HOURS: 11:00am to 7:00pm every day

Sanmotoonge has an unpronounceable name, but it is surely one of the most stunning outdoor cafes in Seoul. We enjoy admiring the autumn sunset from Sanmotoonge.

Like Piano, the best way to get there is by car or taxi ride. However, you can also reach there by bus and then walk for about 15-20min.

This cafe also serves beer, which is a rare thing in cafes in Korea. So if you are up for beer in the evening watching the sunset, it’s a perfect place for it.

The view from Sanmotoonge is absolutely gorgeous. It is a great place to relax on the weekend and definitely one of the best outdoor cafe in Seoul.

  • WEBSITE: here
  • ADDRESS: 153 Baekseokdong-gil, Buam-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul (here)
  • OPENING HOURS: 11:00am – 10:00pm every day

Hans Gallery is another beautiful cafe in Seoul with an awesome outdoor seating area.

Hans Gallery in Seongbuk-dong is often used as a wedding venue. It has a beautiful big garden with plenty of space to sit outside. The setting is gorgeous and the architecture is very modern. It’s a perfect blend.

Hans Gallery also serves delicious and healthy food and has great coffee. It is also a very relaxing place. They are sometimes close, as it is also used as a wedding venue.

We enjoy this outdoor coffee a lot. We’ve been there so many times.

  • INSTAGRAM: here
  • WEBSITE: here
  • ADDRESS: 서울 성북구 정릉로10길 127 한스갤러리 (here)
  • OPENING HOURS: 11:00am – 10:00pm every day

Right next to Gyeongbokgung Palace, in Samcheong-Dong, Jinseon Cafe (카페 진선 카페) is ideally located to enjoy a great cup of Coffee while sitting outside.

The outdoor area is quite big and well-decorated. We enjoyed Jinseon Cafe every time we went there. Take a book or your laptop and enjoy a great afternoon.

Jinseon Cafe is definitely one of the top outdoor cafes in Seoul.

  • ADDRESS: 카페진선서울 종로구 삼청로 59, 서울 (here)
  • OPENING HOURS: Weekday: 11:30am – 9:30pm / Saturday: 11:00am – 10:00pm / Sunday: 11:00am-9:30pm / Monday closed

Built in a Hanok, a traditional Korean house, Cafe Onion is a beautiful cafe with great architecture, where modern blends perfectly with traditions.

Cafe Onion has a great outdoor seating area. Their coffee and bakery is delicious. We highly recommend Cafe Onion if you are in Seoul. It has become very trendy over the years.

It is located near Insadong and Ikseong-Dong, 2 very cute neighborhoods in Seoul.

  • INSTAGRAM: here
  • ADDRESS: 146-1 Gye-dong Jongno-gu, Seoul (here)
  • OPENING HOURS: Weekdays: 7:00am – 10:00pm / Weekends: 9:00am – 10:00 pm

Cafe Onion has multiple locations. Our favorite ones are in Anguk near Insadong and in Seongsu near Common Ground (blue containers).

Cafe Onion Seongsu has a great rooftop to enjoy some fresh air. Their bakery is also super yummy. Cafe Onion has become one of the most popular and most Instagramable cafes in Seoul.

  • INSTAGRAM: here
  • ADDRESS: 서울 성동구 아차산로9길 8 어니언 (here)
  • OPENING HOURS: Weekdays: 8:00am – 10:00pm / Weekends: 10:00am – 10:00 pm

Adela Bailey serves great Italian food as well as good coffee. The rooftop has a stunning view over the Bukhansan Mountain. It is one of our favorite spots to enjoy a great dinner on the rooftop with a beautiful sunset.

You can also go there if you only want a coffee. Adela Bailey is certainly on our list of top outdoor cafes in Seoul

  • INSTAGRAM: here
  • WEBSITE: here
  • ADDRESS: 서울 성동구 아차산로9길 8 (here)
  • OPENING HOURS: 11:30am – 10:00pm every day

Ground 62 in Pyeongchang-dong is a beautiful cafe with a gorgeous garden overlooking Bukhansan Mountain. In summer it is an ideal place to chill and lay down in the hammock between the trees.

Occasionally Ground 62 also organizes BBQ, which makes it one of the best place to chill in summer while staying in the city. It does have a sort of holiday feel.

  • INSTAGRAM: here
  • ADDRESS: 서울 종로구 평창길 62 (here)
  • OPENING HOURS: Ground 62 is only open from late Spring to Early Autumn as the main draw of the cafe is to sit outside. Check out their instagram page for more details.

In a small and quiet alley right next to Gyeongbokgung Palace, you can enjoy a great cup of coffee at 33 Market.

33 Market is also a bar that serves different kind of beers and wines. Seating there in the evening with cute lighting all around the terrace is very romantic.

  • INSTAGRAM: here
  • ADDRESS: 33 Hyoja-ro Jongno-gu Seoul (here)
  • OPENING HOURS: Weekdays and Saturday: 12:00pm – 11:30pm / Sunday: 12:00pm – 7:00pm

Chosochaekbang Book Cafe recently opened, in late 2020. This cafe is nestled in the mountains with a stunning view of Seoul on one 1 side and the Bukhansan National Park on the other side.

Their cafes are delicious and they also have a bakery. Chosochaekbang quickly became one of our favorite spots to have a cafe outside and chill pretty much all day.

There is no public transportation to get to Chosochaekbang Book Cafe. Hence we recommend getting a cab.

  • INSTAGRAM: here
  • ADDRESS: 172, Inwangsan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • OPENING HOURS: 8:00am until 10:00pm

The Royal Food and Drink is mostly known for its legendary brunch. However, you can also enjoy an amazing cup of coffee on their rooftop if the weather is nice. The view to the city is unbeatable!


  • INSTAGRAM: here
  • ADDRESS: 율곡로3길 87 올모스트홈 카페
  • OPENING HOURS: 10am – 9pm

Vers Garden is a flower shop that also serves coffee. They have a very cute outdoor area, which makes it the perfect place to relax on a sunny day.

The smell of the fresh flowers when entering the shop, fills you with positive energy. Vers Garden is a great place to enjoy a great cup of coffee in a peaceful and green environment.

  • INSTAGRAM: here
  • ADDRESS: 서울 마포구 성미산로23길 44 벌스하우스 & 벌스가든
  • OPENING HOURS: 10am – 9pm

In Conclusion

There are many beautiful outdoor cafes in Seoul. Having a coffee at any time of the day with friends, family and colleagues is part of the daily life for Koreans.

In the busy city of Seoul, having a great cup of coffee in a nice café is a perfect way to relax and slow down from the fast pace of the city. This is why we are always searching for nice cafes with beautiful outdoor seating area.

We love discovering new places in Seoul, hence if you have any recommendations of nice coffee shops we would love to hear from you!

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