[SEOUL] Cheonsang Gaok 천상가옥 is located in Seongsudong (성수동), a district in Seoul known for its eco-friendliness and zero waste culture.

They say Seongsu-dong neighbourhood is still not very well known by tourists. But it has become very popular among Korean millennials — and is often called the Brooklyn of Seoul.

Many old manufacturing facilities here were given a facelift and urbanized with attractions or what you call “urban regeneration”.

For instance, OTD Corporation transformed a deserted factory building in Seongsu-dong into a hip, culture and lifestyle complex called Seongsu Yeongbang.

Seongsu Yeongbang is a 10-min walk from Seongsu Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, Exit 3) and houses small brand stores and facilities like lifestyle shops, bookstores, and F&B stores.

Its two red-brick buildings are connected through a bridge with a centre garden featuring a pavilion.

On the 1st and 2nd floors, there are Changhwadang (dumpling restaurant), Jafa Brewery (craft beer pub), Arc-N-Book (bookstore) and Thingool (lifestyle shop).

You will find rooftop bakery café Cheonsang Gaok on the 3rd floor.

The ambiance exudes a sense of openness, with a ceiling made of glass and natural lighting.

Wave-like white textiles and yellow light fixtures are hung overhead to add a decorative detail. Tropical plants make the space comfier, inviting you to relax when the moods kicks in.

Cheonsang Gaok’s menu covers a bakery menu and a variety of drinks.

Java guzzlers can choose from Espresso (4,800 Won), Americano (4,800 Won), Cinnamon Latte (6,000 Won), Pepper Honey (6,500 Won) to Citron Foam Milk (6,500 Won).

Do try their signature coffee Pepper Honey (6,500 Won), best paired with a chocolate croissant or some Earl Grey scones.

The Pepper Honey is a café latte sprinkled with pepper, to give it a spicy kick. It tastes pungent yet sweet, making it a favourite of many.

If you are veering away from caffeine, get their Real Strawberry Milk (6,800 Won), Real Watermelon Juice (6,800 Won), Banana Brain (6,800 Won) or Plum Ade (6,000 Won).

The Citron Foam Milk is also worth trying for its unique flavour. Its citron scent is subtle and not too strong, but the sweetness has a distinct tone to it.

There is even a hall where guests can lean against the brick wall, as they talk over coffee.

An ideal venue for parties, performances, or workshops; or a place you can relax over a lazy afternoon to experience a slower pace of life.

Cheonsang Gaok천상가옥
322-4, Seongsu-dong 2(i)-ga, Seongdong-gu, Seoul (Seongsu Station, Seoul Subway Line 3 Exit 3)
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Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

Google Maps – Cheonsang Gaok천상가옥

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* Written by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Lewis Tan @juicyfingers.

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