[Seoul] Myeongdong has become a tourist-favourite when it comes to street food and beauty-product shopping, but perhaps not many would know of the coffee scene there.
Center Coffee 센터커피 is not an unfamiliar name with serious coffee drinkers in Seoul.
It is headed by Sang-ho Park who was the champion in 2013 UK Brewers Cup and 2015 Coffee in Good Spirits, with a Master’s graduate in Sensory Science and resume of the Head of Quality for East-London’s Square Mile Coffee Roasters.
The first outlet is a two-storey café at Seoul Forest, with the lower level focused on coffee preparation, and a second more-spacious space for chilling out and relaxing.
This new café at Myeongdong is a quaint find, as not many have discovered it yet.
The building is ‘hidden’ away from the hustle and bustle of the shopping street to just relax and enjoy the comfort.
To find it, walk towards the direction of Myeongdong Cathedral, and you would find a stand-alone café with a contemporary façade surrounded by greens.
This is a really beautiful café with a rustic, serene vibe and lovely trees planted outside that offer an amazing view.
From the quaint interiors to the design of cups, everything just provides a calmness and sets the mind at ease.
Ah, the attention to details. One thing I noted was that even the tables and furniture were designed to fit the colour and the design of the logo.
The white walls and glass windows with wooden layout provide a neat and tranquil look.
Worry not if you do not speak Korean, as the service is also quite friendly and the coffee is understandably, undeniably good. Since they are known to use beans of exceptional quality.
Take not that price is on the higher side.
Coffee lovers love their “K72” Geisha brew (7000 Won, SGD8.10). The name has a special meaning behind it, signifying the process through which it is brewed.
72 is a combination of natural processing for 24 hours, coupled with Kenya processing for 48 hours that adds a tasteful sweetness to the brew.
Try their Americano (4000 Won, SGD4.65) to get a taste of freshly grounded coffee beans at its finest.
Another specialty is their Ssuk Latte (6,500 Won, SGD ) included with Korean mugwort (often used in Korean cakes) that provides that touch of herby, earthy, part-bitter aftertaste.
Center Coffee 센터커피 – Myeongdong
89 Myeongdong-gil, Jeodong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tel: +82 70 4177 0124
Opening Hours: 8am – 9pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 10pm (Sat – Sun)
Center Coffee – 센터커피 Seongdong-gu
28-11, Seoulsup 2-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울 성동구 서울숲2길 28-11
Tel: +82 70 8868 2008
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
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