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The 5 Best Photographic and Instagrammable Themed Cafes in Seoul!

By Jaclyn Cao

KDA Internship


Imagine a picture-perfect scene: great drinks, delicious desserts, and a gorgeous cafe! Here are 5 cafes in Seoul that can catch your eyes and fill you up!



1. Thanks Nature Cafe | Hongdae


486 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Open daily, 11am-10pm


Located near Hongik University, Thanks Nature Cafe created a twist on cat and dog cafes with two fluffy sheeps! The coffee and dessert joint quickly became popular after an episode of Korean variety show, We Got Married. The sheeps are kept in a pen separated from the cafe so there are no worries about sheeps stealing your waffles. Inside the cafe, you can choose from refreshing drinks, coffee, desserts, and light snacks. Choose from a variety of waffle flavors, honey bread, garlic cheese toast, fresh fruit ade, and ice flake bingsu.

Free Wi-Fi with charging ports are available.

Photo credits: Thanks Nature Cafe (facebook)


2. Hello Kitty Cafe | Hongdae


364-14 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gy, Seoul, South Korea

Open daily, 10am-12am


From the building, wallpaper, bathroom, seats, and menus, everything is pink! You can order from a selection of Hello Kitty inspired coffee, tea, beverages, dessert, and yogurt. Check out their cakes in the shape of Hello Kitty, tiramisu, and waffles. While waiting for your drinks or food, visit the Hello Kitty Room to relax or the gift shop that’s full of souvenirs for every Hello Kitty lover! Free Wi-Fi is available for customers.

Photo credits for slideshow: iamontheroad.net


3. Banji Cafe | Hongdae


366-13 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Open daily, 11am-7pm

At Banji Cafe, you can make your own rings, necklaces, and bracelets from scratch! Custom-made jewelry became popular after Korean stars made their own rings at ring craft shops. Gain and Jo Kwon made their own matching rings on “We Got Married”! You can pick from 3 different thickness of silver bars to make your rings or bracelets. Personalize your creations with word engravings, birthstones, and images of your choice. All jewelry is made of fine silver but you can coat the rings in pink, gold, yellow, and black. No English speaking staff is here but guidelines in English will be provided.


Photo credits: Annie Eats In Korea


4. Banana Tree | Itaewon


526 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Opens Mon to Fri, 11am-8:30pm

Open Sat, 11am-12am

Closed on Sundays


Banana Tree takes flowers and cakes to combine them into the best of both worlds: a flower cake! The Flower Paap is a cake served in a miniature flower pot that you can choose from four different flavors including blueberry and espresso. The cake consists of Oreo cookie crumbles, chocolate pebbles, and cake. Other dessert items include a cotton candy latte (SomSaTang Latte) with different flavors to choose from and a cotton candy cloud that floats on top. Try the strawberry flavor that has real chunks of strawberries in it!

Photo credits: seoulfoodie.com


5. Ddo-Ong Cafe | Insadong


67 Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gy, Seoul, South Korea

Open daily, 10am-9pm


Drinking a latte out of a toilet bowl might not sound appetizing but at Ddo-Ong Cafe, it’s delicious! Their most popular item is the rose coffee latte that comes in a mini toilet bowl with rose petals. This poop-themed cafe will have you sitting on the toilet (literally) while eating curries and pastas in toilet-shaped plates, poop-shaped bread filled with red bean paste, waffles, and more. You can buy toilet bowl mugs as a souvenir or look around the cafe for poop-shaped decor to take pictures with!

Photo creds: Ddo-Ong Cafe (Facebook)

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