It’s hard to deny that Korean coffee shops have special appeals. Many of the cafes come with creative and cute desserts and coffee is also improving day by day, thanks to the expanding specialty coffee market. Sipping coffee surrounded by walls and furniture ideally stationed for Instagram feeds, you will understand that the coffee shop culture in Korea is formed with complexity, involving not just the food and drink, but much of environment and atmosphere as well.
If you want to explore the culture furthermore, there is no better place than Jeonpo-dong. Once an industrial district where hardware stores and old residential buildings housed, the neighborhood has now turned into a “Cafe District” where the trendiest coffee shops welcome visitors.
There are numerous cafes in Jeonpo-dong, but sometimes it can feel tricky to select only a few when so many options are given. So please feel free to use the list below as a basic guide and explore the neighborhood to find hidden gems!
80, Seojeon-ro 46beon-gil, Busanjin-gu, Busan
One of the pioneers of Jeonpo Cafe District, Before Sunset is widely known for its stylish presentation of desserts. The facade changes color once in a while, presenting a great selfie wall.
12-5, Jeonpo-daero 176beon-gil, Busanjin-gu, Busan
Cafe Ethan is an ideal place in Busan to explore Korea’s expanding specialty coffee scene. The owner and barista here uses selected beans from renowned roasteries, which rotate every week. The week’s selection is used for all the coffee-based drinks, ranging from pour-over to signature coffee cocktails.
115, Seojeon-ro 58beon-gil, Busanjin-gu, Busan
Werk must be the hottest roastery right now, not just in Busan, but in the country. The three-story building as a whole is operated for a great coffee experience: a roastery lab on the ground level, a coffee “curation” space on the basement level, and a cafe on the second level each serve to present the most pleasant drinking experience.
39, Seojeon-ro 47beon-gil, Busanjin-gu, Busan
The Australian coffee industry has a great influence on that of Korean. Alike Coffee, which is hidden on the second floor of a shady building, shows a great example of that. Using coffee beans from Australia, the coffee shop offers a piece of Melbourne to its customers. You will nod your head once you take a sip of their coffee and a bite of Australian desserts.
By Heewon Kim