Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide | Locals' Recommendations
A complete list of must-visit cafes in the popular Yeonnamdong area of Seoul!
Yeonnamdong is known as a vibrant and youthful neighborhood near Hongdae Station and more and more people are being drawn here by the beautiful and unique cafes to experience.
The cafes in Yeonnamdong all have their individual charms and it can be hard to choose where to go, so today we have compiled a list of our favorite go-tos.
And if you want more general information about Yeonnamdong, follow this link for our guide to Yeonnamdong.
Urban Beach Yeonnam
어반 비치 연남
This yellow-themed cafe is really special because of its sandy floor, some if you miss the feeling of walking on the beach, just hop on over the Urban Beach Yeonnam!
The shop is decorated in a simple, modern style and has many great photo spots. The over-sized windows allow in plenty of natural sunlight, making it bright and cheery.
There is not a huge dessert menu here, with their signature items being the cheesecake and Madeleine.
We tried the Basque Cheesecake, Vienna Coffee, and Choco Latte. The cheesecake was very smooth and flavorful and the drinks were also very tasty!
Address: 서울 마포구 동교로 245 3층
3F, 245 Donggyo-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Basque Cheesecake (바스크치즈케이크) 7,000 won
Vienna Coffee (비엔나 커피) 7,000 won
Choco Latte (초코라떼) 6,500 won
How To Get There: 404 m from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station
This is a small cafe in Yeonnamdong and although there are not many seats, the drinks and desserts here have made the cafe famous.
The shop has both indoor and outdoor spaces with tables and chairs that bring the feeling of having a picnic.
I highly recommend sitting outside for the best experience, and if you let the owner know, they can arrange the tables and chairs for you.
Motunui Island is famous for their mugwort flavored menu items. The Mugwort Tiramisu is delicious and creamy, without feeling greasy. The Nui Latte and Mugwort Latte were also delicious and had a distinct mugwort flavor, but no bitterness could be detected. Their Lemon Cake is also cute and tasty and comes wrapped up to look like a lemon.
Address: 서울 마포구 동교로 251
251 Donggyo-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Mon, Wed, Thu 12:00-21:00
Closed on Tuesdays
Mugwort Tiramisu (쑥절미 티라미수) 6,900 won
Nui Latte (누이라떼) 6,500 won
Mugwort Latte (쑥라떼) 5,500 won
Lemon Cake (레몬케이크) 2,400 won
How To Get There: 469 m from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station
Merry go round
Merry go round is the perfect cafe for those who like cute aesthetics. Everything here, from the drinks, to the decor, to the desserts are all lovely, and the owner is super friendly as well.
The shop is decorated with striking golden yellow tones and there are many great places for taking photos.
We can't say enough how impressed we are with the drinks and desserts here! Both taste and presentation are absolutely outstanding. The Merry Latte comes with an adorable ice bear made from frozen coffee and the Roundade is beautiful and elegant looking with a refreshing taste.
Their cupcakes come decorated like little teddy bears - so cute!
Address: 서울 마포구 동교로50길 11
11 Donggyo-ro 50-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Merry Latte (메리라떼) 7,000 won
Roundade (라운드에이드) 7,500 won
Carrot Cupcake (당근이 컵케이크) 6,000 won
Black Bear Cupcake (흑곰이 컵케이크) 5,500 won
How To Get There: 708 m from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station
If you like white-toned cafes with simple and lovely design, then Meritree will be a perfect choice for you. Each table at Meritree is decorated with different concepts so you can get a good photo wherever you sit.
In addition to the indoor seating, there is also an outdoor terrace that is wonderful for sitting and enjoying nice weather while sipping coffee.
This cafe is famous for its croffles, so we ordered the Original Croffle which was crispy and delicious and also a good price comparatively.
We also tried the Hey, Meri! and Tangerine-ade which both tasted great, but if I had to choose just one, I think I would go with the Tangerine-ade because the the sweet and tangy flavor was very refreshing and went wonderfully with the croffle.
Address: 서울 마포구 성미산로29안길 17 2층
2F, 17 Seongmisan-ro 29an-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Original Croffle (오리지날 크로플) 9,000 won
Hey, Meri! (헤이, 마리!) 7,000 won
Tangerine-ade (청귤에이드) 6,500 won
How To Get There: 863 m from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station
This doughnut shop is so popular that every day you'll see people lined up, hoping to get some doughnuts before they sell out.
On the first floor is the doughnut shop where you will find a wide variety of flavors to choose from, from basic glazed to elaborately decorated ones. Prices generally range from 2,200 to 3,300 won each.
After purchasing your treats, you can go to BONA BASIUM the cafe on the second floor to enjoy. The space is bright and large, with lots of seating.
We ordered the iced Americano and four different kinds of doughnuts: Glazed, Roasted Coconut, White Ganache, and S'mores. The doughnuts are soft and sweet and taste lovely. We would most recommend the S'mores doughnut!
Check out our full review of Randy's Donuts for more details.
Address: 서울 마포구 동교로 247
247 Donggyo-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Iced Americano (아이스 아메리카노) 4,500 won
Glazed Raised Donut (글레이즈 도넛) 2,200 won
Roasted Coconut Raised Donut (로스트 코코넛 도넛) 2,900 won
White Ganache Raised Donut (가나슈 도넛) 3,300 won
S'mores Raised Donut (스모어 도넛) 3,300 won
How To Get There: 428 m from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station
Gifted is a very eye-catching cafe in Yeonnamdong as the shop looks like a pink gift box, complete with the giant bow.
This cafe is often host to K-pop idol birthday events organized by fans.
The day we visited, the shop was decked out for ASTRO Sanha's birthday, complete with commemorative cup sleeves!
Gifted also has lots of decadent cakes like these gorgeous ones for you to enjoy.
For our full review about our experience visiting for Sanha's birthday, check out our Gifted blog.
Address: 서울 마포구 성미산로 150
150 Seongmisan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Drinks 5,000-6,700 won
Cookies 4,500-5,000 won
Cake 7,000-8,000 won
How To Get There: 684 m from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station
Fave Bakery is very famous for their delicious, high quality baked goods, so they have many regular customers.
The interior is not very large, but it is airy and bright, with plenty of seating by the windows.
The highlight here is the eye-catching display of bakery items right in the middle of the shop.
We got the Mont Blanc Croissant, Cream Puff, and Blueberry Financier and a Vanilla Bean Latte. The prices were not very high compared to other bakeries and they tasted really good, so it's definitely worth it!
For more details, including discount coupon information, check out our full blog.
Address: 서울 마포구 연남동 255-12 가야빌딩
Gaya Building, 255-12 Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Last Order 21:20
Mont Blanc Croissant (몽블랑 크로와상) 4,500 won
Cream Puff (크림퍼프) 3,500 won
Blueberry Financier (블루베리 피낭시에) 2,600 won
Vanilla Bean Latte (바닐라빈 라떼) 5,500 won
How To Get There: 521 m from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station
This cafe is the place to go if you're looking for some skilled latte art! The shop is not very large, but it is very neatly arranged and the soft white tones make it feel bright and warm.
The most famous drink here is the Creamart, which we highly recommend everyone try at least once here!
There is also the Giggling Cookikiki, which consists of coffee on the bottom and chocolate cookie with funny little cartoon-like eyes on top.
You can read our full review and get a 10% off coupon here.
Address: 서울 마포구 동교로 266-6
266-6 Donggyo-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Creamart (크림아트) 7,500-8,000 won
Giggling Cookikiki (웃음이키키키) 7,500 won
How To Get There: 616 m from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station
Yeonnam Bangagan is a rather large 2-story cafe, library, and gallery combo.
The interior is warm wood-tones, giving a classic and peaceful feeling. Additionally there are a few outdoor seating areas.
When you come here, we recommend their signature Bangagan Coffee, which has a thick layer of cream that creates a wonderfully rich flavor and texture.
Read more about Yeonnam Bangagan in our blog.
Address: 서울 마포구 동교로29길 34
34 Donggyo-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Price: Bangagan Coffee (방앗간커피) 6,000 won
How To Get There: 443 m from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station
Cafe Highwaist is a famous cake cafe chain with a branch in Yeonnamdong. The cottage chic design style gives a cozy and cute vibe.
The interior feels like a small house from a fairytale and is an instant mood-lifter.
The specialty here are the assortment of baked desserts. From pies and cakes, to cookies and more, there are many options to choose from. Prices vary depending on the item, but all are reasonable.
You can read all the details about Cafe Highwaist here.
Address: 서울 마포구 연남동 223-80
223-80 Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 12:00-18:00, Fri-Sat: 12:00-21:00
How To Get There: 787 m from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station
Cafe Skön is a rather large cafe with lots of seating. Just from the exterior, you can tell the inside will have a very modern and youthful design.
There are plenty of seats to choose from inside and the simple style makes everything feel even more spacious and neat.
There are also stationary items sold here, so you can pick some up as souvenirs while you're here.
It must be said that this cafe is not only aesthetically pleasing, but the drinks and food are also excellent. We recommend the Apple Lime Soda with a delicious tart taste, or the Strawberry Latte with a fresh strawberry flavor. The Walnut Choco Chip Cookie and Lemon Cake, which we ordered as well, were also very tasty!
For a detailed review of Cafe Skön, click here.
Address: 서울 마포구 연남동 239-4
239-4 Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Apple Lime Soda (애플라임 소다) 7,000 won
Strawberry Latte (딸기라떼) 7,000 won
Walnut Choco Chip Cookie (월넛초코칩 쿠키) 4,000 won
Lemon Cake (레몬 케이크) 3,000 won
How To Get There: 704 m from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station
This is one of the most popular cafes on social media because of its astonishing interior design that looks like you've stepped into a drawing - 그림 in Korean. It was inspired by the K-drama W!
Entering this cafe, you will feel like you are living in a comic book. Photos taken here come out stunning!
But the theme doesn't stop at the decor, the drinks as well look like they've been pulled right out of story book! The Green Green Milk has a very fragrant green tea taste. The Orange Cafe Latte may be an acquired taste though. If you happen to like orange and coffee flavors together, though you may love this picture perfect drink. The Earl Grey Roll and Biscuit Chocolat were both delicious!
Read all about Greem Cafe here.
Address: 서울 마포구 성미산로 161-10
161-10 Seongmisan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays
Green Green Milk (그린그린 우유) 5,500 won
Orange Cafe Latte (오렌지카페라떼) 6,000 won
Earl Grey Roll 7,000 won
Biscuit Chocolat 7,000 won
How To Get There: 902 m from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station
One of the most massive cafes in Yeonnamdong is the brick mansion-esque Cafe Layered.
The interior is designed with beige tones and many cute decorations and is always busy.
The cake stand is the most prominent feature of the shop, with many beautiful and delicious looking cakes on display.
If given the option, we would highly recommend the Puppy Puppy Cake. It's a delicious red velvet cake adorned with a cute frosting pup.
Address: 서울 마포구 연남동 223-20
223-20 Yeonnamdong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Puppy Puppy Cake 7,000 won
Drinks 4,500-7,000 won each
How To Get There: 836 m from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station
If you like the lovely style of cake, don't miss Yammy Cake, the shop that looks like colorful fairy house.
The interior is simple, but cute and anywhere you take a photo will come out well.
Yammy Cake, as you could probably guess, is famous for its cakes and you can purchase whole cakes here for 33,000 won for events such as birthdays, but you can also come get a single slice of cake if you like. They also have a diverse range of drinks from coffee to tea to ade.
Address: 서울 마포구 월드컵북로16길 53
53 World Cupbuk-ro 16-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Whole cake 33,000 won
Slice of cake ~7,000 won
Drinks 4,500-7,000 won
How To Get There: 742 m from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station
Cong Ca Phe
Cong Ca Phe, a famous coffee chain in Vietnam, can also be found in Yeonnamdong with its distinctive moss green color.
Source: IG @congcaphe_kr
The decor in the cafe is identical to that in Vietnam, with wooden tables and chairs and blue and red seat cushions. Coming here, you will definitely feel the atmosphere of Vietnam.
When talking about Cong Ca Phe, it is impossible to not mention the Coconut Smoothie Coffee! The aroma of coffee and coconut dancing together is alluring and there is also a foam star drawn on top.
Address: 서울 마포구 성미산로 161-14
161-14 Seongmisan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Last Order 21:30
Coconut Smoothie Coffee (코코넛 스무디 커피) 6,000 won
How To Get There: 896 m from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station
This is a special cafe because here you can make your own keychain and the shop itself looks like an art studio.
The cafe is not big, but has quite a few seats. The window seats are the most popular because they are always filled with light.
The Rose-ade and Creamy Matcha are our recommendations. In particular, if you come on a hot summer day, the Rose-ade will cool and refresh you nicely. If you choose to make a keychain, you drinks will be presented to you in a tray with art supplies.
The price to make your own keychain is 6,300 won and you can draw your won picture or color one of the available ones. Even if you aren't artistically gifted, you can still make a cute, pretty souvenir here.
Address: 서울 마포구 연남동 223-8 2층
2F, 223-8 Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays
Roseade (장미에이드) 6,000 won
Creamy Matcha (크림말차) 6,500 won
Keychain 6,300 won
How To Get There: 923 m from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station
That brings our list of Yeonnamdong cafe recommendations to a close! There were quite a lot, weren't there?
If you want to know more about restaurants in the Yeonnamdong are, click here.
So which cafes are you most excited to visit?