Best Coffee Shops in Hannam-dong
As an undeniably hip neighborhood, you might have already heard about Hannam-dong. A respite from the rowdy music and large crowds of people that surround Itaewon, the atmosphere in Hannam-dong is strikingly different from its upbeat next door neighbor. Hannam-dong’s main street combines the sophisticated allure of fashion boutiques with a plethora of cultural activities. The Hyundai Card music library is a highly sought after photo-op destination and has a collection of over 10,000 vinyl records. But I’ll let you in on a little secret – the back alley is the real charmer, with its carefully curated boutiques and newly opened restaurants and cafés. And we surely can’t go without having a cup of good coffee in this stylish cultural oasis. We’ve sifted out some of the best coffee shops in Hannam-dong for when you’re out and about exploring this neck of the woods.
Best Coffee Shops in Hannam-dong
Travel back in time with a classic cup of joe
Tucked away inside a quiet residential area, this low-key coffee shop is a breath of fresh air from the fashionable main streets of Hannam-dong. Don’t worry if all you see is an old run-down house because that means you’re at the right place! They renovated this old house but kept most of its original features to maintain its rustic vibe. The bare cement walls and exposed wooden beams give it that unfinished look, with a black-and-white TV and old fashioned radio adding a vintage twist to make you feel like you’ve transported back in time.
R.about is known for its top-notch coffee and quite possibly regarded as the best coffee shop in Hannam-dong. With a selection of locally roasted Fritz coffee beans and Square Mile coffee roasters from London, you must try the insanely velvety flat white, which is arguably its most popular drink. Oh, and be sure to grab a fudgy brownie, regardless of what coffee you choose to drink. It is absolutely divine!
When the weather gets warmer, take a seat on their patio out back. R.about also runs a second spot in Eulji-ro.
Simple, sweet and scrumptious to the senses
This minimalist coffee shop offers the most sensational milk tea in the city (seriously, it’s usually sold out by the afternoon!). One sip of their rich, sweet milk tea will definitely leave you craving for more. BNHR also has the Hannam-dong stamp of approval for its complex and flavorful coffee. Its baristas pull espresso shots from a sleek yellow La Marzocco machine that dually functions as decor to brighten up the space. Who says a Scandi-feel spot has to be completely white? BHNR put their own twist on the typical Scandi look with sprinkles of colorful chairs and posters throughout the space. Oh, and their milk tea bottles with the signature red logo make for the best Instagram flat lay shots, so make sure to add an image or two to your feed. It’s pretty clear that BNHR is the master of aesthetics.
Drink in Style and soak up the chill vibes
Instagrammers have been known to seek out this spot specifically for its idyllic exterior of white tile walls and small wooden steps. 33 Apartment is a collaboration between four childhood friends – an interior designer, a graphic designer, a brand manager and a barista – all experts in their respective fields. The team is big on serving the best of the best, offering Deux coffee, which is one of the finest specialty coffees sourced from Australia.
A space brimming with personality, be sure to check out the basement (which kind of looks like a mini-gallery) after ordering on the 1st floor. The vibes are classy and simple with ample space for reading or listening to the music flowing out of their stylish speaker, while leisurely sipping on a cup of coffee. 33 Apartment is also pet-friendly, so you’re bound to meet a cute furry friend or two.
Anthracite Coffee Roasters
An air of urban sophistication
A signless storefront in the midst of the trendy Hannam-dong neighborhood, Anthracite Coffee Roasters is constantly packed with local coffee lovers who sit out on the small terrace along with their four-legged friends. As one of the most important coffee scenes in the area, the café offers house roasted coffee beans and provides a selection of single-origin and blends, from light to dark roasts.
With its impressive interior, it’s clear that people don’t just come here for the coffee. This industrial-chic coffee shop provides ample seating decked out with wooden tables on the 2nd and 3rd floor. In the center of the 2nd floor is a small garden that perfectly contrasts the café’s monotonous grey interior. Plus, take a peek out the large window where you can see Seoul’s landscape framed on the wall.
If you aren’t in the mood for caffeine, choose from the assortment of ginger-based drinks. Looking for something sweet to pair your drink with? Then the lemon madeleines are a must.
Specialty coffee in an architectural dream
The minute you lay eyes on the entrance of this hip coffee shop you’ll have an unavoidable urge to walk in. What used to be an old residence was flipped to become what is now enDive Hannam. With the warm lighting, dark wooden walls and hints of metallic décor, enDive is every modern architecture lover’s dream. While maintaining some of its original interior, they opted for a whole new look on one side of the café. With a little sun-filled nook and a bold green sofa placed in front of an airy window, this coffee shop is the perfect place to take solace.
enDive is unique in that it exclusively makes drip coffee. That being said, the baristas pride themselves in preparing a fresh cup of coffee for each customer. And for all you coffee lovers, take note! enDive serves UCC Largo coffee beans as well as the delectably aromatic and floral ‘Geisha coffee’, which is the most prized specialty coffee in the world!
If you’ve had your caffeine fix for the day, try the ginger squash or relax with a glass of beer. And while you’re there, make sure to check out the rooftop. The view might not be glitzy, but you can definitely see that juxtaposition of the old and new that is unique to Hannam-dong.