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Themed Cafes in Seoul – Part 2

If you’re done exploring the Seoul cafes introduced in the previous Travelog article, here are some more unique themed cafes to visit while you’re in Seoul!

Cafe’ra
Address: Incheon-si, Yeonsu-gu, Songdo-dong 18-1
Closest Subway Station: Central Park Station (Line 1)

cafe'ra

With the rise of Instagram, it seems everyone can be a photographer nowadays. For photography buffs and photographer wannabes, this is one cafe you’ll have to visit. The cafe is decorated with photographs on the wall and other knick-knacks on the shelves. P.S. if you bring along your own DSLR, they’ll let you have a go with their lenses too! After having fun taking pictures around the cafe, relax with a cup of coffee while picking out your favourite snaps of the day.

Thanks Nature Cafe

thanks nature cafe sheep

Cat cafes are cute and all, but for more novelty, why not visit this sheep cafe instead?This is probably the only cafe where sheep can be seen roaming around the cafe freely. Do note that the fluffy animals can only be seen during the cooler months of the year as the owner sends them back to the sheep ranch when it gets too warm, so be sure to plan your visit according to the season! Sheep aside, the cafe also offers well-loved sweet treats like waffles and ice-cream.

Read more about Thanks Nature Cafe here >>

Cafe Oz

cafe oz games.jpegReminisce about your childhood or just spend a lazy afternoon playing at this board games cafe. If you have no plans for the day or would like a break from exploring Seoul, this is a great place to be. Chill with your friends at Cafe Oz with a cup of coffee and tea, and play away. Be warned: time flies at Cafe Oz when you’re engrossed in your games!

See more about Cafe Oz here >>

Hanbok Cafe
Address: 249-24, Jangchungdan-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul,South Korea
Closest Subway Station: Dongdaemun History Culture Park subway station

hanbok

Envision yourself as an actress in a Korean historical drama in this cafe. With beautifully coloured hanboks, the traditional Korean dress for women, have fun choosing your hanbok and getting dolled up. The cafe has many backdrops that depict the Korea of the past, providing many photo locations for you to snap a picture!

Princess Diary Cafe

Here’s another one for the girls- those who dream of being a princess would love this cafe. Live your dream and be a princess for a day at Princess Diary, where racks of dresses and shoes await you. From the interior to the dresses to the drinks, everything is pretty in this cafe! This is where playing dress up is completely acceptable for grown women, so rent a gown, spend time taking pictures and feel pampered like the princess you are.

Read more on Princess Diary Cafe here >>


And if you missed it, here’s the first Travelog article on themed cafes in Seoulclick here to view.

Visit travelog.me for more information on places to visit when next in Seoul.

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7 Famous Celebrity-Owned Restaurants in Seoul

With K-pop and K-drama making waves all around the world, it is inevitable that fans would want a piece of their idols – through their restaurants and amazing food. Korean celebrities are known for owning family restaurants in Seoul, the heart of Korea. These restaurants are made for fans as food is not the only attraction in such restaurants, fans can also chat with the celebrity and their family (if you’re lucky), buy idol merchandises and even leave messages for their idols to read.

Here are 7 restaurants that will feed you and your need for K-pop.

1.  Kang Gary: Paljamakchang, Gangnam

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Owned by half of the cute Monday couple from Running Man, Gary’s Paljamakchang is famous for its delicious BBQ food. They specialize in grilled pork intestine and the food served here is flavorful and tasty. Apart from the delectable food, relax and enjoy the rather ‘hip-hop’ ambience with interesting graffiti all over the walls. If you’re lucky, you might get a glimpse of Gary as well.

2.  Kwon Sang Woo: Tea’us, Myeong-Dong

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Opened by one of Korea’s most popular Hallyu actor, the café is simple yet sophisticated. It’s a little place to enjoy an afternoon with your friends. They even have quite corners hidden away from the crowed where one can unwind and have a private conversation. The café serves a wide variety of coffee, juice, cakes, sandwiches and many more. For the Kwon Sang Woo fans, there are life size pictures of him around the café for photo taking!

3.  Se7en: Yeolbong , Shinsadong

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Se7en’s melodic voice has charmed many girls (and guys) around the world. However his fans are not the only reason why his restaurant is so popular. The jjimdak (soybean chicken boiled with vegetables) is absolutely delish and leaves you wanting more. Also, you definitely have to take a photo with the famous cut-out of se7en in the restaurant. It’s the next best thing to grab a photo with the 2D star if you didn’t manage to catch him in the shop.

4.  Jaejoong: Coffee Cojjee, Cheongdamdong

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Part of the sweet trio JYJ, Jaejoong rides on the celebrity restaurants wave with his Coffee Cojjee shop. As the name suggests, the restaurant mainly serves normal coffee at ridiculous ‘star’ prices. However, the sleek ambience here makes up for the lack of quality in beverages. If you’re looking to just chill out and enjoy a cup of coffee while browsing through the various JYJ merchandise, this place is for you.

5.  Kim Hyun Joong: Jaksul Chicken, Ilsan

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Famous for being the leader of boy group SS501, Kim Hyun Joong teamed up with his childhood friends to open a fried chicken restaurant with special sauces and quality ingredients. Upon stepping into the restaurant, you’ll be greeted by a waft of fried chicken and Kim Hyun Joong’s face on all printed materials. Even if you didn’t manage to catch Kim Hyung Joong in the restaurant, you’ll still have the chance to get served by his equally good-looking brother.

6.  Haha’s 401, Hongdae

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Everyone who loves Kpop and Running Man should be familiar with Haha and his funny antics. Haha’s restaurant is a franchise of Gary’s Paljamakchang and sells grilled food. The décor in the restaurant is very hip-hop and reflects Haha’s style. If you want to catch a glimpse of the famous star, try going to the restaurant at night where he might be hanging out with friends or even serving the customers himself.

7.  Bae Yong Joon’s Gorilla in the Kitchen

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Unlike other celebrity restaurants that aim for a local and homely atmosphere, Bae Yong Joon’s Gorilla in the Kitchen is modern and minimalistic. The restaurant focuses on naturally healthy food that a powerful gorilla would be interested in (hence the name). Food prices may be on the expensive side but the western cuisine served is interesting, creative and healthy. You might not be able to find the same dishes anywhere else in Korea and Gorilla in the Kitchen is the perfect, romantic place for a date with your significant other.

For more information about where to eat out in Seoul, visit Travelog.


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If none of these suggestions are mouth-watering enough for you, check out Bliss for more great food recommendations in Seoul.

Eight Themed Cafes in Seoul You Have to Visit

1.  Cat Attic
Location: Hongdae
Cat Attic (Hongdae)

Feline fanatics, this will be your haven. Cat Attic has a few branches across South Korea, each housing about 20 cats. This place doubles up as a cafe so you go in, order a drink then mingle with the cats for as long as you like! While there are specific rules such as not waking a cat up (and cat’s do love to nap), if you’re lucky enough the occasional cat will hop into your lap and remain there till something else takes it’s fancy. The variety of cats from beautiful Persians to unique Sphynxs to the more common Tom Cats should be enough reason for you to visit this cat café! Observe them climb everything possible (including the coffee machines), hop into boxes or snuggle with each other! It’s definitely recommended that you come here if you’re a fan of the cats but not so much if you’re looking for a good coffee.

2.  Bau House Puppy Café
Location: Hongdae
Bau House Puppy café  (Hongdae)

Just like the cat café, this dog café works the same way – just with dogs. You buy a drink then seat yourself down as you mingle with the dogs. There are about twenty resident dogs varying in size, colour and breed all of which are vying for attention. Be prepared for even the biggest of dogs, which will attempt to hop onto your seat (and inadvertently onto your lap) as they sniff out their latest visitor. You will be given a list of the names of the dogs so that you can familiarise yourself with them and for a small fee, you can purchase dog treats which will definitely make you the centre of attraction. For all dog lovers out there who wished you had a dog but can’t accommodate one, this dog café will definitely be the place you should visit to satisfy your pet wants.

3.  Hello Kitty Café
Location: Hongdae
Hello Kitty Café (Hongdae)

Here’s another cat café but for the world renowned Hello Kitty. You’ll be able to spot the café from a mile with its brightly painted walls in its signature pink. And if that doesn’t get your attention, look out for Hello Kitty’s (not so little) pink bow situated on the walls of the café’s exterior. Step inside and you will receive a warm welcome into Hello Kitty’s world. The interior is furnished with pretty much anything and everything white, pink and ‘Hello Kitty’. Even the food and latte art comes in the shape of the iconic cat. It’s definitely an interesting café to visit and will delight any Hello Kitty fan but come here with the expectation of a novelty trip and not looking for good food.

4.  I’m Camper Cafe
Location: Hongdae
I’m Camper Cafe (Hongdae)

Outdoor enthusiasts would love this café, especially in the winter. Recreating the environment of camping grounds, this café has tents pitched up in the café itself and customers can barbeque their food using utensils that one would use when camping. The best part is enjoying the full experience without having to be exposed to the elements at a fraction of the cost, since you won’t have to bring your own tent or cooking utensils. Complete with picnic tables and camping chairs, this would be an interesting experience for a family or group of friends! Perhaps even for someone not so enthusiastic about the outdoors, this culinary experience would take to your fancy – after all you aren’t exposed to the elements nor do you have to climb or walk up a mountain just to get your food.

5.  Victorian Era Café

Victorian Era Café
Furnished with lush furniture, heavy drapes and laced lamps all in the setting of a warm glow; this café is themed in the Victorian era. Be transported into the world where women were dressed in hooped skirt frames covered with heavy fabrics, corsets and lace and the men in top hats, coats and vests. The Victorian era boasts a sense of posh luxury that is quite evident in this café and perhaps in the prices of its drinks as well. From glassy chandeliers to gold-framed mirrors, one will truly feel like a princess or prince in this café whose name when loosely translated to English means ‘Palace-like Café where a Princess lives’. However, as with all other themed cafés in Seoul, it is best to come here for the experience instead of the food.

6.  Velo Bike Café
Location: Bundae
Velo Bike Café (Bundae)

Park your bikes, grab a coffee and spend a couple of hours chit chatting with some friends. This café serves up coffee and food to cyclists who are looking for a rest stop but doubles up as a bike rental station as well. For cyclists who are facing some issues with their bikes, the bike café provides repair services and while your bike is being fixed, you can pop into the café, grab a bite or coffee while you wait. Definitely a convenient one stop centre for all things bike related and who knows, you just might meet your new bicycling buddies at this café!

7.  Café Blue Fairy
Location: Hongdae
Café Blue Fairy (Hongdae)
Big round eyes, porcelain faces and slender bodies. We aren’t referring to the waitresses at this café (even though there could be one or two who look like that) but instead we’re talking about the ball-jointed dolls that this café is all about. As you step in, you will see groups of girls gathered around a table quietly playing with the dolls that are intricately crafted to a perfection that is appreciated by some. While there are those who may find this behaviour rather creepy (it’s not often you see grown women playing with dolls), it is also unique and intriguing. Order your drink and take a seat. If you don’t choose your doll, the owner will very nicely recommend a doll for you to play with (or to keep you company as it sits against the table and watches you). This café is certainly not for everyone, especially not those who recently watched ‘Chuckie’. It is however still a recommended experience for those interested in these unique dolls, which are a step away from the world of ‘Barbie’.

8.  Raintree Café
Location: Edae
Raintree Café (Travel theme) (Edae)

An escape from being in Korea itself, the Raintree café has a travel theme going on as it is furnished with an eclectic mix of tables, chairs, photographs and colour but ultimately coming together to provide a cosy atmosphere. Maps of the world are on the tables and walls for customers to take a look and perhaps plan a potential world trip. Customers can also look through the owner’s albums, which contain photographs of their worldly endeavours. Even the food is categorized according to the country it originated – a variety of food from ‘lassi’ to pancakes are served and with quality too. The owners hope for the café to be an escape from reality, from everyday life and perhaps you would be inspired to plan your next adventure.

Looking for other interesting and alternative things to do in Seoul? Visit Travelog for places to visit and things to do in Seoul. Click here.


 

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