Best Coffee Shops in Garosu-gil, Sinsa-dong
Garosu-gil – the trendiest little neighborhood within the buzzing Gangnam district. Its streets flooded daily by fashionistas and foodies alike, this neighborhood is the place to be seen. With everything within walking distance, stores and cafés are conveniently located in this compact strip. Sprinkled with one-of-a-kind boutiques, world-renowned brands and hot-in-demand eateries, Garosu-gil is the perfect place to shop, drop, eat, and repeat. And what is Seoul without coffee? Escape from the hustle and bustle of Gangnam and slip into one of the many aesthetically pleasing (and not to mention delicious) cafés nestled within the alleyways of Garosu-gil.
Nearest subway station: Sinsa Station, Line 3 (Exit 8)
GET SOME COFFEE
Coffee fit for the gram
This rustic-chic coffee shop is one of Garosu-gil’s treasures. Tucked away in a tiny alley, many get lost trying to locate this haunt. Its cozy vibe and photogenic coffee has made it one of the most Instagrammable cafés in the neighborhood, with locals and tourists flocking over to “do it for the ‘gram”. Decorated and furnished with hand-selected items, this coffee shop has just the right amount of uniqueness and style. Its two signature drinks – the Dutch Pepper, a cold brew topped with sweetened cream, and the Dirty Cappuccino that overflows with frothy foam – aptly complements its bespoke aesthetic. And don’t forget to grab their enticingly delicious apple cinnamon scones that come with any coffee of your choice. But take note! This quaint spot fills up fast, especially on the weekends. If you’re lucky enough to get a table on a sunny day, enjoy your coffee at one of the outdoor tables.
We would definitely recommend checking out their other locations in Yeoksam and Lotte World Mall as well.
IKOVOX COFFEE ROASTERS
A neighborhood staple for caffeine junkies
If you’re looking for quality coffee in Garosu-gil, you won’t find anything better than IKOVOX. Unlike the other trendy, fast-paced cafés in the area, IKOVOX has become a staple to locals, serving some of the highest quality coffee since its opening in 2010. Follow the aromatic brew of coffee and you’ll find yourself stepping into a semi-basement. For those who prefer bright settings, fear not, for its dramatic windows welcome plenty of sunlight and provide the perfect street level view for people watching.
Tailor your coffee by selecting one of the three blends this café has to offer – Jazz, Mono and Cello – according to your preference in acidity (roasting level and roasting profile). Also, pale ales are offered if you’re in need of something a little stronger.
SAND COFFEE NONTANTO
Treat yourself to something exotic
In desperate need of some coffee and adventure? If so, this is the place for you. With a unique and specialized concept, Sand Coffee Nontano provides authentic Turkish coffee by using a traditional brewing technique. Here’s how it works. After placing the finely ground coffee beans and water inside the brewing device called the Cezve, they boil the coffee on sand that is heated to over 300 degrees Celsius.
If you are curious about what traditional Turkish coffee tastes like, We suggest you go with Nontano’s original coffee. Your order comes with a glass of water to cleanse your palate in case the micro-grounds get stuck in your teeth (Tip: wait for the grounds to settle in your cup before taking a sip). Though not appealing to everyone, this unfiltered coffee provides robust flavors and an extremely rich scent. If you’d prefer to stick to something more familiar, Nontano provides a wide selection of classic brews as well.
DORRELL 6Z ONE
A sweet and nutty energizer for your shopping break
Finding yourself in need of an energy booster during your shopping spree? Drop your bags and rest your feet at Dorrell 6z One for a sweet break. Considered one of the hottest cafés in Jeju, Dorrell made its way to the mainland and added ‘6z’ to its name (pronounced [yook-zee], which means land in Korean). The café’s ironclad walls, coarse wooden tables and vintage décor make for a modern and industrial interior with a vintage touch. Make sure to try the Nutty Cloud coffee, which uses peanut butter as its main ingredient (fittingly sourced from Udo Island in Jeju). The nutty, full-bodied flavor of this signature drink is layered with creamy milk and rich espresso, which gives you a unique experience of distinctive yet complementing tastes. Tip: instead of mixing the three layers, savor each experience separately.
A boutique of well-curated coffee beans
Conflict Store is a little slice of heaven for all you coffee connoisseurs out there. With beans carefully selected from seven roasteries, this coffee boutique provides a sophisticated experience for its customers. If you’re conflicted or need some coffee 101, chat up the baristas; they will certainly be excited to guide you through your journey. If you’re looking for something a little sweeter, Conflict Store has additional signature must-try drinks on their menu, including the Einspanner and the Peanut Butter (which actually uses a type of coconut-based sweetened coffee that is finished with peanut cream). Surrounded by brick walls and mood lighting, enjoy your coffee in the café’s calming atmosphere surrounded by a curated playlist that perfectly ties the entire experience together.