In Gwanghwamun area lies this beautiful street named Samcheongdong-gil. If you are in the area touring Gyeongbokgung, you must drop by this street that is dotted with many fashion boutiques, unique cafes and handicraft stores.
It is a promising shopping destination as there are many handicrafts that are sold at affordable prices. Many of the boutiques here are also of local brands and designers, and you could get some bargains that are unique and not found elsewhere in Korea.
The laidback atmosphere at Samcheongdong-gil makes it extremely attractive if you are looking for a relaxed day in the fast-paced Seoul. To top it off, the pretty cafes dotting the entire street are really nice to rest in and they provide good views for crowd-gazing.
Samcheongdong-gil is the perfect spot for dating as there are many rooftop cafes, which allows you and your other half to enjoy a quiet, undisturbed haven away from the rest of the city.
Here are 7 cafes that you should bookmark and visit when you come to Korea!
At the beginning of Samcheongdong-gil, you will find this artsy aA cafe which makes use of furniture as their main decorative. You would love the alfresco seats on a cooling day!
AA CAFE | 55 Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Woodside Coffee is a unique cafe housed in a traditional Hanok (Korean house). It is great for an escapade, as you could sit quietly at this cafe and think about nothing at all.
WOODSIDE COFFEE | 63-19 Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Cafe D’ 55 is a beautiful cafe with a rooftop view that is extremely romantic for dates. The white and bright interior allows a homely feeling which would be extremely comforting to a tired soul.
CAFE D’ 55 | 55 Palpan-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Cafe Terrace is a cute multi-story cafe which plays on various bright colours to bring out the personality of the cafe. It has seats facing the streets, making it one of the best cafe for crowdgazing.
CAFE TERRACE | 62-16 Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Hidden in the streets behind the main Samcheongdong-gil, you could find Look and Eat Cafe, which promises delicious and fresh handmade food from the kitchen.
LOOK AND EAT CAFE | 132-1 Palpan-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Along the same lane, lies Cafe Rosso, which is a single storey cafe which has a cosy ambience. It would be a great place for you to rest after walking the streets of Samcheongdong-gil!
CAFE ROSSO | 40-1 Palpan-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Cafe Breezin’ is another cafe that lined up on the main street. It is rather popular and you would see visitors chattering away happily in the cafe. It also has multiple levels and a rooftop seating. From the rooftop, you could have a clear view of Samcheongdong and Mt. Bugaksan in the background.
CAFE BREEZIN’ | 63-12 Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
HEAVEN ON TOP | 35-251 Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Directions to Samcheongdong-gil
From Gyeongbokgung Subway Station (Line 3), take exit 5 and walk along the front entrance of Gyeongbokgung. Turn left into the adjacent road next to Gyeongbokgung (follow red dots on the map), walk straight for about 10-15 minutes.
You will arrive at “Samcheongdong-ro” and that would be the beginning of Samcheongdong-gil.
Refer to the map on the right in your hunt for the abovementioned cafes!
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