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Seoul's Coffee Culture

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For thousands of years, tea was the go-to drink in Korean culture. But within the last few decades, coffee has emerged as the caffeinated beverage of choice. This fact is glaringly obvious in Seoul, where every third or fourth storefront is another cafe serving up mochas and lattes by the gallon. Here, our favorites.
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460 Buil-ro, Simgok 2(i)-dong, Wonmi-gu, Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
One of Seoul’s most ubiquitous coffee chains is the unusually named Angel-in-Us (strangely, Korean’s pronounce it Angelina’s). The name apparently means that the store's coffee is god's gift delivered to earth by angels. Heavenly moniker aside,...
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Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Café Publique is one of my favorite spots to sip a beverage and watch the world go by in Seoul. Actually more of a café hybrid attached to a quirky boutique called Around the Corner, Café Publique serves up a cool bohemian vibe similar to what you...
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2198 Hwanghak-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
There are only two other countries in the world that have more Starbucks locations than Korea. It’s fair to say that Koreans love their coffee, and Seoul is leading the pack with over 200 of the brand’s coffee shop locations. My favorite is the...
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South Korea, Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Sinsa-dong, 536-20
In trendy Garosugil sits the see-and-be-seen hotspot Coffeesmith. This two-story, open-air coffee house is more about the atmosphere than about the beans, but no one seems to care as this place is always packed. The dark wood paneled walls give it...
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Jongno 5(o)-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Anyone who's been to Seoul knows how coffee-crazed South Korea's capital is: There are well over 200 Starbucks locations in Seoul alone! But this independent coffee shop, a few blocks down from the city's medieval East Gate, takes it to a whole...