Created by Design Eum, a publishing group that issues Bear magazine and Kinfolk Korea, Bear Café serves up specialty coffees paired with a tranquil ambiance and culture-related activities. Housed in a charming 70-year-old hanok, it juxtaposes tradition and modernity with the well-preserved garden and quality café menus. The espresso, Americano and latte are brewed with Coffee Libre’s blended beans, Bad Blood, while French press made with Namusairo’s seasonal single origin is also available. Many of Seoul’s coffee geeks may agree: the Gwanghwamun area is filled with an array of quality coffee shops—such as Namusairo, Coffee Tour, Holdme Specialty Coffee and Tongindong Coffee Gongbang, to name a few. As Bear Café qualifies as a great addition to the list, a café crawl through the area might be a good idea, especially if you’re into specialty coffees.
Their pitch black roof tiles, golden-orange hues of the pine wood and rusty white walls meet modern elements to create tranquil sanctuaries that the city full of skyscrapers is so in need of. Some of them even have got a gorgeous garden, so perfect for day-drinking or some quality tea time.