Tucked into a quiet corner downtown, Moga Café offers a bit of rest and relaxation for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. From the traditional Korean architecture to the peaceful courtyard, Moga feels more like a home than a café. The menu is made up of a variety of coffee, espresso and tea, homemade cakes and bingsu (Korean shaved ice).
Moga, 40-17 Daebong 1-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea, +82-53-426-8488
Coffee snobs will love just about everything about RYU Coffee Roasters. Not only is the traditional-meets-modern interior seemingly straight off the cover of Kinfolk, but owner Jideok Ryu and his team of baristas don’t play around when it comes to java. These guys are regular champions at local and national barista contests, and it shows in the coffee they serve. Although their espresso menu is good, RYU’s hand-drip coffee is the best.
66-2, Gongpyeong-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea, +82-53-425-3527
While some coffee experts may come off as pretentious, the baristas of 30ml Espresso deliver quality beans and brews with genuine passion, dedication and a caring smile. There’s not an ounce of arrogance to be found at this modern establishment. What you will find, however, is beautifully roasted beans from around the world, creative beverages (blueberry infused coffee!), great service and a laid-back atmosphere.
75, Dongseong-ro 6-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea, +82-53-252-5030
As yet another haven for coffee aficionados, Coffee Community also places an emphasis on quality over quantity, as well as sustainability. Offering a selection of single origin coffee and small batch roasted coffee, there are plenty of brews that will please the most refined of palates. Beginners, too, will have no problem finding a bean to meet their taste, as the café includes detailed flavor notes on its menu. Check out Coffee Community’s roasting and brewing classes to bring your coffee game to the next level.
17, Deulan-ro 16-gil, Suseong-gu, Daegu, South Korea, +82 10-3718-2513
As the first café on the ever popular Dongseongro Café Alley, Café Lucid has really made a name for itself among Daegulites. While the café serves up the classic beverages, it’s their shaved ice desserts that really put them on the map. Try their Green Tea Bingsu, a tasty dessert popular even in the winter, or the Melon Bingsu, a refreshing option available in warmer months. The kitschy décor – stuffed animals, tiny figurines and colorful knick-knacks – creates a cheerful mood on even the gloomiest of days.
70-2, Gongpyeong-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea, +82-53-422-7020
For those looking to satisfy their sweet tooth, look no further than Delizzert, the sweetest spot in Daegu. Located on a rather unremarkable street in the downtown area, it offers up an array of creative desserts that are as nice to look at as they are to eat. First timers must try the Chocolate Lava Cake, a rich concoction that ‘erupts’ with hot, chocolatey goodness when cut open. If chocolate isn’t your thing, select from options such as the lemon roll, panacotta or crepes. There’s truly a dessert for everyone… and every diet.
26-9, Gongpyeong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu 41940, South Korea, +82-53-218-1393
No list of Korean cafes would be complete without a pet café, and Racoona Matata is undoubtedly the most unique in the city. Here, five raccoons (and two dogs) wander the place freely, and make use of the hanging ropes, chairs and catwalks to keep themselves entertained. Patrons are allowed to interact with the animals, but keep an eye on your belongings, as raccoons are curious creatures who apparently enjoy digging through bags. Coffee is generally more expensive here, but the furry companionship makes the inflated prices worthwhile.
15, Daehak-ro 17-gil, Buk-gu, 2F, Daegu, South Korea, +82-53-939-8882
Bringing the magic of Hogwarts to Daegu, Hogsmeade Café is a Harry Potter fan’s dream come true. Set in a dark, dungeon-like space, and adorned with spell books, house scarves and a sorting hat, Hogsmeade is a great spot for an unforgettable café experience. Of course, there are plenty of coffee and teas to choose from, but butter beer is probably the most appropriate choice. The themed café plans to expand, so keep an eye out for a new medieval railway concept coming soon.
36-11 Seongam-ro 12-gil, Gyeongsan, Gyeongsangbukdo, South Korea, +82-53-811-1858