Read this essential Seoul cafe guide from Aaron Frey of FRSHGRND:

I moved from Korea to Sweden back in the summer of 2010, and that unfortunately marked the end of my coverage of Korea’s best cafes & roasters (and a few of its quirkiest). However, I get a lot of people asking for recommendations about where to visit in Korea. A number of interesting new cafes and roasters have opened in Seoul over the past couple years and I think it’s time for a post highlighting a few of the most noteworthy.

This was a real collaborative effort, with invaluable translation, research, long-distance phone calling, and photos by my girlfriend Claire Lee; more great photos and notes provided by my friend, former co-worker, and fellow coffee-geek, Jin Park; as well as photos by Tom from – whose current adventures in Seoul you should definitely be following! Thanks so much!