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Banana Tree Cafe/ Rebecca Biage
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The Quirkiest Cafes In Seoul, South Korea

Picture of Rebecca Biage
Updated: 9 February 2017
While Seoul is home to numerous cafes, the ones that outshine all the others are the city’s themed cafes. Here are our picks of the best quirky themed cafes to stop by during your next visit.

While Seoul is home to numerous cafes, the ones that outshine all the others are the city’s themed cafes / Pixabay
While Seoul is home to numerous cafes, the ones that outshine all the others are the city’s themed cafes / Pixabay
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Banana Tree

Located in the Itaewon neighborhood, Banana Tree cafe-goers will be delighted by the cozy and colorful atmosphere upon entering. Small, wooden tables with colored chairs in shades of blue and green with plaid cushions decorate the floor space. Stuffed bananas and miniature banana-flavored tea crates are prominently displayed throughout the cafe. A vibrant yellow sketch of the cafe’s exterior is emblazoned on the wall. The menu offers delicious cafe options: americano, green tea latte, and caramel macchiato, and plenty more. But the highlight and the cafe’s trademark: if you order a pudding dessert, it will be served up in a nifty potted plant!

Banana Tree, 259 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea +82 02 792 6050

Banana Flower Paap And Somsom Chocolate Latte // Banana Tree Nearest Mrt Station (Seoul): 1) Apugujeong/Sinsa, 2) Hangangjin/Itaewon, 3) Konkuk University Location (Seoul): 1) 526 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 2)Yongsan-gu, Hannam-dong 739-5, Seoul 3) Lotte Department Store Star City Nearest Mrt Station (Singapore): Outram Park Location (Singapore): 26 Keong Saik Road What To Order: Flower Paap & Somsom Latte Cafe Ratings: 4.5/5 Food Ratings: Flower Paap (8/10) & Somsom Latte (7/10) Price (Seoul): Flower Paap (6,300 Won) & Somsom Latte (5,800 Won) Reviews: You may have heard about this place because they have just opened a branch in Singapore. I tried it today in Korea and I've got to say I quite like how the food was presented as well as the taste of it. The banana pudding cake was not too sweet and I like how you can taste the different layers in the cake itself. They were also generous in the amount of fresh bananas they incorporated into the pudding. On the other hand, the somsome chocolate latte was not too bad but it could be better if they could combine the candy floss as well as the latte together because it feels like the candy floss was used just to beautify the drink. I don't know if they taste the same in Singapore but I think it is worth dropping by the cafe to try these two. They only have three flavours for both the flower pot and drink which is banana, chocolate and expresso. #sgcafehopping #cafehoppingsg #cafehopsg #sgcafe #cafesg #koreacafe #cafekorea #cafeseoul #seoulcafe #foodporn #singaporeinsiders #eatoutsg #instafoodsg #flowerpot #banana #cakes #chocolate #latte #candyfloss #bananatree #bananatreeseoul #bananatreesg

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Thanks Nature Cafe

The open and airy ambience at Thanks Nature Cafe is a welcome reprieve from the chaotic streets of Hongdae. The retro 1970s style seating, exposed plumbing and contemporary artwork seem like a rather peculiar mix, but they mesh well together design-wise. Stuffed sheep decorate shelves, while outside the entrance you can hear two real sheep bleating. The menu offers a delicious mix of coffees, smoothies, ice flake and waffle desserts. The honey pomegranate tea is a must-try. Its light, naturally sweet flavor includes delicious jello morsels at the bottom of the cup.

Thanks Nature Cafe, 486 Seogyo-dong
, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea +82 02 335 7470

The open and airy ambience at Thanks Nature Cafe is a welcome reprieve from the chaotic streets of Hongdae © Wei-Te Wong / Flickr
The open and airy ambience at Thanks Nature Cafe is a welcome reprieve from the chaotic streets of Hongdae | © Wei-Te Wong / Flickr

Get and Show (Lego) Cafe

Another popular Hongdae cafe spot is the Get and Show (Lego) Cafe. They offer patrons a selection of desserts to satisfy your chocolate fix – or your Lego-building passion. Above the entrance towers a large-scale Lego character. Inside, smaller characters are displayed in the windows, along with even more Lego constructions of police stations and neighborhood buildings peppered throughout the cafe. There is even Lego merchandise for purchase. However, before you race to your seat to excitedly assemble your own Lego creation, don’t forget to order from the cafe’s extensive menu. Coffees, teas, gelato and Lego-shaped chocolates are just a few of the items to choose from.

Get and Show (Lego) Cafe, 27 Dongmak-ro 3-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea +82 2 326 1888

Another popular Hongdae cafe spot is the Get and Show (Lego) Cafe © Candace Nast / Flickr
Another popular Hongdae cafe spot is the Get and Show (Lego) Cafe | © Candace Nast / Flickr
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Hello Kitty Cafe

‘Perky’ is the word that springs to mind as you enter the Hello Kitty Cafe. The pink painted walls flaunt kitty in various depictions: sipping a cup of coffee or bestowing a bouquet of flowers, all while giving her adorable wink. The cafe menu includes coffees and teas, along with Hello Kitty mousse cakes in harmonious strawberry and chocolate flavors. The frothy pinkccino and greenccino beverages give a modern twist to an otherwise dull iced cappuccinos, and hot latte drinks are served in a cute cup decorated with Kitty stenciled in chocolate on top. On your way out, pop inside the gift shop where you’ll find an array of Hello Kitty paraphernalia. Jewelry, mugs, stationery and wallets are just a few of the items available for purchase. This is a must for fans, big and small.

Hello Kitty Cafe, 18 Wausan-ro 19-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea +82 02 6326 6500

‘Perky’ is the word that springs to mind as you enter the Hello Kitty Cafe © Laika Ac / Flickr

‘Perky’ is the word that springs to mind as you enter the Hello Kitty Cafe © Laika Ac / Flickr

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Charlie Brown Cafe

Take a cartoon detour down memory lane by visiting the Charlie Brown Cafe. While Charlie Brown is there to greet you outside, inside Linus, Lucy and Snoopy will make for some great photo-ops. Brightly lit and spacious, the cafe has ample seating for patrons. Walls are colorfully decorated with the rest of the Peanuts gang: Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Sally and Woodstock. Even the tables have character stencil designs on top. The menu has a selection of coffees, desserts and frappes — lattes also have the artistic touch of Snoopy outlined on top. Similar to both the Lego and Hello Kitty cafes, this one also sells Peanuts merchandise.

Charlie Brown Cafe, 426, Oebalsan-dong, Seoul, South Korea +82 02 2207 7279