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Seoul is the Paris of Korea, the place for lovers. The city where you can find couples everywhere! 

Dating Culture in Korea

Dating a Korean is different than in western countries, in America it is normal for guys to come up and make their first move, but in Korea, it is rather rare. Most couples would meet online through dating apps or through Sogaeting which is a common way to meet people through mutuals! 

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Koreans however are very text savvy, they will spend hours on their phones speaking to their partners and it is highly common in relationships. You will be expecting good morning or good night texts every day from your other half.

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Just like in K-dramas, the men in Korea are just as romantic. Date nights are a must in Korean relationships! Not just date nights, Koreans are known for going on dates in general as they celebrate many different love holidays! 

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Whether just a picnic in a park or roller-skating, there are many options to choose from. The most common dating place would be in cafes. There is where most people meet up for first dates or even through Sogaeting. 

Importance of Cafes in Korea

In Korea, there are cafes located on every street. You may find each of them filled with people on their laptops or simply just chatting with a friend. 

Koreans love coffee and fun fact they have the most Starbucks compared to any other city in the WORLD. They consume coffee as much as Seattle and San Francisco combined.

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But why? Apartments in Korea are tiny, most people who work from home or simply university students will turn to cafes as a comfortable space to do their work. 

Therefore, in Korea cafes with many different themes or even a simple café are always packed with people. Since coffee is a go-to drink and most cafes offer wi-fi and comfortable seats, what more can one ask for?

The Top 5 Romantic Cafes in Korea

  • Tora B [토라비]

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This café is located in Hongdae and is one of the places where a K-drama was filmed. The white and brown exterior gives you a warm and subtle vibe making the place perfect for a date!

A web drama, In Seoul, was shot in this café. It featured three friends visiting the café to write their college entry cv. 

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The price of the food and beverages is not more than ₩10,000. Many people suggest coming to the café and trying their cappuccino! 

There is an outdoor terrace where you can sit and enjoy your coffee. 

 

 

They are open from Monday to Saturday as Sundays are their regular off day. 

Address: 2F, 24 Wausan-ro 29ba-gil, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

  • Coffeest [커피스트]

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It has a very cozy interior with coffee-related items decorated all around the shop. The owner makes the coffee using the hand drip technique which was learned from England. 

You can choose from 10 different kinds of coffee which include variations such as café royal, Irish coffee, and even café au lait. 

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The price of each coffee ranges from ₩4000 to ₩6000. They also serve sandwiches which pairs perfectly with your coffee and it is priced at ₩6500. For a set, a cup of house-blended coffee and a plate of sandwiches it will cost you ₩9000.

If you would like to purchase the coffee beans, it is sold online on their official website.

Coffeest is open every day from 9 am to 9 pm except on Sundays they are open from 12 pm to 6 pm. 

Address: 39 Gyeonghuigung-gil, Sajik-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea.

  • Bear Café 

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If you’d like to experience Korea’s “kinfolk” style for a romantic date, then this café will be a great choice! The interior of the café gives off a clean white Scandinavian vibe. While its exterior is as if you are in a Hanok village. 

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You can visit their mini garden to take some pictures and immerse yourself in the traditional Korean village vibe. 

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The café also works as a bookstore; you may find a table filled with books up for purchase! They are books that are independently published by local authors. 

 

 

Bear café operates 5 days a week, they open from 11 am to 7 pm and close on Monday and Tuesday. 

Address: 62번지 Hyoja-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea.

  • The Piano Café

Located on a luxurious hill in Seoul. It has a beautiful view overlooking the city and will be the perfect spot to have a romantic date! 

The tables are set outdoors overlooking the green scenery! But keep in mind that they do not have indoor seating areas therefore if it’s raining it will be impossible to visit.

 

 

Prices are a bit pricey as it includes an admission fee to the private property. A cup of coffee costs two to three times more than in Seoul. The price is more than ₩10,000 for a coffee. 

Considering its beautiful scenery many dramas were filled at this café, one featuring Suho from Exo-K of the drama 'Three Colour Fantasy'. The café was used as a house where Woo-joo (Suho) lived in. 

However, the café is closed at the moment and will reopen in March 2022! 

 

 

Address: 71 Pyeongchang 6-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul. 

We hope this article will help you in picking your date night location!

Let us know in the comments which place you would love to visit most!

Author: Estella

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