Known for their high quality roasts and attention to detail, Terarosa is a local favorite. Although they started in the coastal city of Gangneung just a decade and a half ago, they now boast over a dozen locations throughout Korea. My first visit to a Terarosa was at their original Gangneung location, and I’ve remained impressed ever since. With a slowly rotating selection of single-origin and espresso-based drinks, this is the spot to sit & chat in. The “authentic americano” is said to be their best seller. Be sure to read the flavor notes before choosing your brew, and pick up a bag of freshly-roasted coffee beans to take home.
Speaking of beans, Coco Bruni is another popular chain cafe in Korea, and with good reason. However, most of the beans they deal in are cacao beans, the almond-shaped seeds ground up to make chocolate. Just like in neighboring Japan, the craft chocolate scene in Korea is growing quickly and worth a taste. Although Coco Bruni doesn’t make their own chocolate, they source fine French chocolate and offer one of the widest drink menus in Seoul. They’re known for their tea affogatos and single-origin coffees, as well as the hot chocolate flight (my recommendation). What kind of chocolate blogger would I be if I didn’t steer you towards a box of their signature bonbons, as well? Bring a friend and pack a plate with truffles, macarons, and a slice of cake, and you can send my piece in the post.
Another wordy coffee menu and well-known stomping ground of Seoul’s millenials, Caffe Themselves offers three levels of seating that are often filled. Get there early or arrive after dinner to sip a single-origin espresso or cold brew, and partake of a piece of cake. The shop is a favorite for its house-roasted beans and friendly service. They’re often so full that they offer a ₩2000 discount on to-go coffees, making it quite a deal for this tourist-heavy district.