Yeonnam-dong Cafe Guide | Locals' Recommendations

A complete list of must-visit cafes in the popular Yeonnam-dong area of Seoul!

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Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide

Yeonnam-dong 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 Yeonnam-dong 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-to's. If you want more general information about Yeonnam-dong, follow this link for our guide to Yeonnam-dong.

Urban Beach Yeonnam
어반 비치 연남

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Urban Beach Yeonnam  어반비치연남

This yellow-themed cafe is really special because of its sandy floor. If you miss the feeling of walking on the beach, just hop on over the Urban Beach Yeonnam!

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Urban Beach Yeonnam  어반비치연남

The shop is decorated in a simple, modern style and has many great photo spots. The oversized windows allow in plenty of natural sunlight, making it bright and cheery.

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Urban Beach Yeonnam  어반비치연남

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 Dongyo-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Hours: Sun-Thu (12:00 - 24:00), Fri-Sat (12:00 - 00:30)
12:00-22:00 (Cafe Hours)
18:00-Closing (Wine Bar Hours)

Basque Cheesecake (바스크치즈케이크) 7,900 KRW
Choco Latte (초코라떼) 6,500 KRW

How To Get There: 404 m from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station

Cafe Layered
카페레이어드 연남점

One of the most massive and popular cafes in Yeonnam-dong is Cafe Layered! It has a very European vibe with the brick building and the dainty decorations inside. Cafe Layered is extremely popular, so it's always quite busy. We visited on a weekday right when it opened at 11:00 AM, so there were only a few groups waiting outside! 

The interior is designed with beige tones and has many cute decorations! The various colorful desserts pop out even more against the beige walls and furniture. It is really clean inside and there's a lot of seating on the first floor as well as the second floor, which also has a terrace with extra seating! 

The most prominent part of this cafe is the huge selection of desserts! There's a table in the middle with various baked goods and a table against the wall with beautiful cakes. There were so many options, it was hard to choose! 

We ended up getting 2 desserts and 2 drinks! The Matcha Homemade Cheesecake (8,500 KRW) had a good matcha flavor and was not overly sweet, with good thickness and consistency. The Classic Butter Scone (4,800 KRW) was buttery and well-balanced, going perfectly with the Classic Potion Butter (800 KRW). The Fresh Orange Iced Tea (7,500 KRW) was super refreshing and the Einspanner with the Dark Choco Sound blend (6,500 KRW) was smooth and paired well with the desserts!

Everything we ordered was delicious! We highly recommend these menu items, but we also feel that anything you order on the menu will be pretty good.

Address: 223-20 Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울 마포구 연남동 223-20)

Hours: 11:00-22:00

Matcha Homemade Cheesecake (8,500 KRW)
Classic Butter Scone (4,800 KRW)
Fresh Orange Iced Tea (7,500 KRW)
Einspanner (6,500 KRW)
Classic Portion Butter (800 KRW)
Drinks 5,000-8,000 KRW

How To Get There: 836m from Hongdae Station Exit 3

earth us

'earth us' is a small, eco-friendly cafe located on a quiet street in Yeonnam-dong. It has a very simple, earthy decor, so it blends in with its surroundings – you might even walk right past it if you don't look closely! Earth us is the perfect place to rest at and enjoy some coffee and desserts after walking around Yeonnam-dong. What's special about earth us is that it is eco-friendly and only uses reusable, sustainable products. You can only get takeout from here if you bring your own container to take it in!

First off, the decor at earth us is extremely cozy and homely. It has a very comforting, calm atmosphere, with soft music playing throughout the cafe. It is on the smaller side, but there is plenty of seating available and a big table for bigger groups as well. Going along with their eco-friendly image, there are a variety of plants set up throughout the cafe as well!

We ordered the Nunu Nana Banana Cream Cheesecake (8,000 KRW), an Iced Americano (5,000 KRW), and the Green Tea Island (6,500 KRW). The banana cheesecake was thick and creamy, with a hint of tangy yogurt cream and sweet banana. The inside consisted of fresh bananas, cream, and pie crust. The iced americano was refreshing and well-balanced, and the Green Tea Island, which consisted of sweet green tea ice cream on top, was smooth and had a good green tea flavor.

Eco-friendly reusable napkins

Earth us is a great cafe and the perfect environment to have a quiet conversation with a friend over delicious desserts and high-quality coffee/tea. It also feels great to support an eco-friendly business, which can be rare to come across in Korea!

Address: 150 Seongmisan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 성미산로 150)

Hours: Mon, Wed-Sun 12:00-21:00 (Closed Tuesdays)

Nunu Nana Banana Cream Cheesecake (8,000 KRW)
Iced Americano (5,000 KRW)
Green Tea Island (Iced Only) (6,500 KRW)

How To Get There: About 754m from Hongdae Station Exit 3

Motunui Island

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Motunui Island  모투누이

This is a small cafe in Yeonnamdong and although there are not many seats, people come here to eat their deliciously unique desserts and drinks!

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Motunui Island  모투누이

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.

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Motunui Island  모투누이

Motunui Island is famous for its mugwort-flavored menu items. The Mugwort Tiramisu is delicious and creamy, the mugwort flavor cutting out the heaviness of the cream. 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 - 21:30 (Last Order 21:00, Closed Wednsedays)
Fri-Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Closed on Tuesdays

Mugwort Tiramisu (쑥절미 티라미수) 6,900 KRW
Nui Latte (누이라떼) 6,500 KRW
Mugwort Latte (쑥라떼) 6,500 KRW
Lemon Cake (레몬케이크) 2,400 KRW

How To Get There: 469 m from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station

Merry go round

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Merry go ground 메리고라운드

Merry go round is the perfect cafe for those who like cute aesthetics. Everything here, from the drinks to the decor, is incredibly adorable and the owner is super friendly as well.

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Merry go ground 메리고라운드

The shop is decorated with striking golden yellow tones and there are many great places for taking photos.

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Merry go ground 메리고라운드

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

Tue-Fri 12:00 - 20:00
Sat-Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Closed Mondays

Merry Latte (메리라떼) 7,000 KRW
Roundade (라운드에이드) 7,500 KRW
Carrot Cupcake (당근이 컵케이크) 6,000 KRW
Black Bear Cupcake (흑곰이 컵케이크) 6,000 KRW

How To Get There: 708 m from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station


Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: MERITREE  메리트리

If you like white-toned cafes with minimalistic decor, then Meritree will be a perfect choice for you.

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: MERITREE  메리트리

In addition to the indoor seating, there is also an outdoor terrace that is wonderful for sitting and enjoying nice weather while sipping coffee.

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: MERITREE  메리트리

This cafe is famous for its croffles, which are waffles but with layers of butter and pastry like a croissant!  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 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

Hours: 13:00-21:00
Closed Mondays

Original Croffle (오리지날 크로플) 9,000 KRW
Hey, Meri! (헤이, 마리!) 7,000 KRW
Tangerine-ade (청귤에이드) 6,500 KRW

How To Get There: 863 m from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station

Randy's Donuts
랜디스도넛 연남점

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Randy's Donuts 랜디스도넛 연남점

This doughnut shop is so popular that every day you'll see people lined up, hoping to get some doughnuts before they sell out. 

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Randy's Donuts 랜디스도넛 연남점

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 KRW each.

After purchasing your treats, you can go to BONA BASIUM, the cafe on the second floor, to eat the doughnuts. The space is bright and large, with lots of seating.

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Randy's Donuts 랜디스도넛 연남점

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

Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Order 20:30)

Iced Americano (아이스 아메리카노) 4,500 KRW
Glazed Raised Donut (글레이즈 도넛) 2,200 KRW
Roasted Coconut Raised Donut (로스트 코코넛 도넛) 2,900 KRW
White Ganache Raised Donut (가나슈 도넛) 3,300 KRW
S'mores Raised Donut (스모어 도넛) 3,300 KRW

How To Get There: 428 m from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station

씨스루 홍대연남점

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: C.THROUGH 씨스루 홍대연남점

This cafe is the place to go if you're looking for some skilled latte art! The cafe itself is not very large, but it is very neatly arranged and the soft white tones make it feel bright and warm.

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: C.THROUGH 씨스루 홍대연남점

Their most-known drink is the Creamart, which we recommend to people who like adorable cafe art! 

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: C.THROUGH 씨스루 홍대연남점

There is also the Giggling Cookikiki, which is a coffee drink topped with a chocolate cookie with googly eyes!

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

Hours: 12:00-22:00 (Last Order 21:20)

Creamart (크림아트) 7,500 KRW - 8,000 KRW
Giggling Cookikiki (웃음이키키키) 7,800 KRW

How To Get There: 616 m from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station

Yeonnam Bangagan

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Yeonnam Bangagan 연남방앗간

Yeonnam Bangagan is a rather large 2-story cafe, library, and gallery combo.

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Yeonnam Bangagan 연남방앗간

The interior consists of warm wood tones, giving a classic and calming ambiance. Additionally, there are a few outdoor seating areas.

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Yeonnam Bangagan 연남방앗간

When you come here, we recommend getting their signature Bangagan Coffee, which has a thick layer of cream that mixes with the pleasantly bitter coffee in your mouth. 

Read more about Yeonnam Bangagan in our blog.

Address: 서울 마포구 동교로29길 34
34 Donggyo-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Hours: 12:00-21:30 (21:00 Last Order)

Price: Bangagan Coffee (방앗간커피) 6,000 KRW

How To Get There: 443 m from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station

Cafe Highwaist
카페하이웨스트 연남점

[Temporarily Closed]

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Cafe Highwaist 카페하이웨스트 연남점

Cafe Highwaist is a famous cake cafe chain with a branch in Yeonnamdong. The cottage chic design style gives a cozy and cute vibe.

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Cafe Highwaist 카페하이웨스트 연남점

The interior feels like a small house from a fairytale and is an instant mood-lifter. 

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Cafe Highwaist 카페하이웨스트 연남점

The specialty here is 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 

Cookies ~ 4,500 KRW
Cake 7,500 - 8,500 KRW
Drinks 4,500 - 7,000 KRW

How To Get There: 787 m from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station

Cafe Skön

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Cafe Skön 카페스콘

Cafe Skön is a rather large cafe with lots of seats. Just from the exterior, you can tell the inside will have a very modern and youthful design.

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Cafe Skön 카페스콘

There are plenty of seats to choose from inside and the minimalistic decor makes everything feel even more spacious and neat.

There are also stationery items sold here, so you can pick some up as souvenirs while you're here.

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Cafe Skön 카페스콘

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 tartness 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

Hours: 10:00-22:00

Strawberry Latte (딸기라떼) 7,000 KRW
Walnut Choco Chip Cookie (월넛초코칩 쿠키) 4,000 KRW
Lemon Cake (레몬 케이크) 3,000 KRW

How To Get There: 704 m from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station

Greem Cafe

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Greem CafeThis 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!

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Greem Cafe

Entering this cafe, you will feel like you are living in a comic book. Photos taken here come out stunning!

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Greem Cafe

But the theme doesn't stop at the decor, the drinks look like they've been pulled right out of a storybook as well! The Greem 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

Hours: 12:00-21:00
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

Green Green Milk (그린그린 우유) 5,500 KRW
Orange Cafe Latte (오렌지카페라떼) 6,000 KRW
Earl Grey Roll 7,000 KRW
Biscuit Chocolat 7,000 KRW

How To Get There: 902 m from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station

Yammy Cake


Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Yammy Cake 야미케이크

If you like the lovely style of cake, don't miss Yammy Cake, the shop that looks like colorful fairy house. 

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Yammy Cake 야미케이크

The interior is simple, but cute, and anywhere point your camera, your photo will come out well! 

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Yammy Cake 야미케이크

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

Hours: 13:00-22:00
Closed Tuesdays

Whole cake 33,000 KRW
Slice of cake ~7,000 KRW
Drinks 4,500-7,000 KRW

How To Get There: 742 m from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station

Cong Ca Phe
콩카페 연넘점

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Cộng Cà Phê 콩카페 연남점

Cong Ca Phe, a famous coffee chain in Vietnam, can also be found in Yeonnamdong with its distinctive moss green color.

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Cộng Cà Phê 콩카페 연남점Source: 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.

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Cộng Cà Phê 콩카페 연남점

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

Hours: Mon-Fri 11:00-22:00 (Last Order 21:30); Sat-Sun 11:00-22:30 (Last Order 22:00)

Coconut Smoothie Coffee (코코넛 스무디 커피) 6,000 won

How To Get There: 896 m from Exit 3 of Hongdae Station

Cafe Neulbo

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Cafe Neulbo  카페늘보

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.

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Cafe Neulbo  카페늘보

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.

Yeonnamdong Cafe Guide: Cafe Neulbo  카페늘보

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

Hours: Wed-Fri 14:00-21:00 (Last Order 20:00); Sat-Sun 13:00-21:00 (Last Order 20:00); 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 an end! There were quite a lot, weren't there?

If you want to know more about restaurants in the Yeonnamdong area, click here.

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