If you’re a girl, you totally understand the love of taking pictures and uploading it on Instagram – especially pictures of dessert. After all, sipping that pretty art latte drink while munching on the three-tiered strawberry chiffon cake is sure to get you over 100 likes from strangers on Instagram, with the right hashtags that is #dessert.
South Korea is all about cafes – franchised and independent. Each café has a story or you make your own story. Every café has a specialty, whether it be in its drinks, pastries, or interior.
Check out the list below and if you see one that catches your eye – I guess it’s best to say start looking up flights to South Korea! After all, it is only 13 hours flying – all for the game of “who has the most likes on Instagram.”
A hidden gem in the rural South Gyeongsang Province city Jinju, also known as my parents’ hometown. Back four years ago, Starbucks was not even present; however, times have changed and cafes have become an important spot for people of all ages to meet up and hang out. With the rapid pop-ups of franchised café it allowed for the slow inception of independent cafes, as well. With Jinju being a small city in South Korea, there are limited places where one can get macarons, after all this isn’t Paris, which has McDonald’s offering macarons. TIP: Pick up a macaron and a cupcake – early in the day. If you go in the summer, try their Shaved Ice treat with six scoops of gelato and three various macaron flavors of your choosing.
Address: Pyeonggeo-dong, Jinju-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
Jo Mal Soon:
A teeny-tiny cafe that houses only four tables. Why is this place worth visiting? First off, it’s a short walk from Gwangali Beach, the new hit hangout area for all young people at night. Forget the famous Haeundae Beach. Second off, the food is distinct, no typical cake pastries as dessert – expect more traditional snacks, indulge in a piece of Korean culture. Lastly, it’s quiet, no one is rushing you – although the café is small, the worker does not give you the evil laser eye. TIP: Try the yogurt, which is not a drink but a scoop-able dessert with nuts and other lavish toppings, a healthy but yummy treat. Then add the rice cake on the side, it may be simple but where else will you have rice cake as a dessert in a world filled with cupcakes and cookies?
Address: 184-2 Gwangan 2(i)-dong, Suyeong-gu, Busan, South Korea
Bean Tie Cafe:
You can do it! A café that has encouraging words on the wall. What more can you ask for? The pathway to the café feels as if you are walking towards your grandma’s house who gardens plants. The café inside is made up of wooden and vintage furniture. A place that has plenty of seats and allows you to comfortably chat with your friends for long hours. Located in the center of the shopping district, tired from holding your bags, take a seat and check out their specialty drinks and munch on their homemade cakes. TIP: The main point of the café is their cake and Jollypong smoothie. The smoothie is filled with the Jollypong cookie on the top. A fun twist to one of Korea’s favorite snack. Their cakes are always made fresh, my favorite is grapefruit, a rare flavor in the cake world.
Address: 395-9 Gosa-dong, Wansan-gu, Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea
Feeling angry towards your loved one but don’t want to fight with them verbally, yourself. Use a third party source. Café Woolabong is not your standard hearts and bear art latte café spot. Instead when you go up to order your drink, they interview you and the other people in your respective party. Once they finish the interviews they find clever messages to put in your drink – the messages are meant to be insulting but taken in a fun way. It makes you wonder if they’re all hidden psychologists on the side, trying to unleash your inner true feelings that are not so pretty. TIP: Although it is a kid-friendly café and kids are allowed, the message you receive in your drink will not be as funny. With kids present, they steer clear of cursing and write nice messages instead – don’t worry it still won’t be compliments. They NEVER compliment anyone.
Address: 22 Dongmun-ro, Jungang-dong, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
If there was a heaven for girl’s, this would be it. This café allows visitors to go photo crazy. There are several floors, all offering a different atmosphere and design. My favorite is the second floor where they have a section that is designed to cater after a kitchen. Plus, if you’re a cheesecake lover fan, it may become your next obsession. They offer more flavors than The Cheesecake Factory. Hard to believe, check it out yourself. TIP: Go up to the top floor and start taking pictures before ordering your drink and cheesecake, which will take another long hour as you stare at the cheesecake display.
Address: 545-12 sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Whip out your phones and selfie sticks and let the competition begin with your friends. Once you hit up those hot spots in South Korea, you’re guaranteed to gain followers from all over the world – that is as long as you don’t have horrible photo taking skills.