Euljiro-3-ga (Euljiro-sam-ga) is a quiet neighborhood near Myeongdong. It was known for having small print shops and factories, but these days, it’s becoming a neighborhood for young Korean artists and hipsters. In the tiny alleyways, there are many old buildings built in the 80s and 90s, and people are hiding their cafes and galleries in the upper floors. Their signs are so small that they sometimes seem impossible to find!
According to the interviewees in this article, they don’t want to be found. They don’t want to become another one of those neighborhoods—like Hongdae or Itaewon—that used to be for hipsters but became popularized and overcrowded. But as a cafe enthusiast, I can’t resist the temptation to explore the neighborhood and find those hidden gems. And here I am sharing this on a blog even though some of the cafe owners want to stay hidden.
1. Bunkasha (분카샤, 文化社)
Bunkasha was the first Euljiro-3-ga cafe that I visited. I almost missed the sign but my friend had good eyes and found their tiny sign. I ordered a milk tea and a fruit sandwich (후르츠산도, フルーツサンド) and I loved both of them for their tasty cream. I went on a weekday evening but seats were full. I wonder how busy it could get on weekends. I can’t wait to go back!!
2. Clazic (클래직, クレジック)
I visited Clazic on a weekday night after dinner. Their basil iced tea is so refreshing and good…it’s worth getting again! Because I was already full, I only got a drink but next time I want to try their dessert menus.
3. Horangi (호랑이, ホランギ, tiger)
I’ll have to be in the Euljiro-3-ga neighborhood before sunset if I want to visit the popular Horangi cafe. Their entrance is very pretty and they are also known for their seasonal fruit sandwiches.
4. Cetu (쎄투, セトゥ)
I’ve been wanting to visit Cetu for their cute cakes and drinks. Hopefully I can go on a weekday when they are less busy.
5. George (죠지, ジョージ)
I want to go to George for their melon soda, which is a common cafe drink in Japan. Their cakes are also very colorful and cute.
Many of the cafe’s antique theme reminds of kissaten (Japanese-style tearoom/coffee shop, 喫茶店 ) in Japan. Kissatens in Japan usually serve coffee, sandwiches, spaghetti, custard pudding, and melon soda floats. Maybe I’ll write a post about them in the future.