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Starbucks in Korea: Korea’s 12 Most Remarkable Starbucks Cafes

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Korea’s coffee culture is a blend of tradition and innovation, and what better way to experience this fusion than by sipping your favorite brew in a setting that’s nothing short of extraordinary? I’ve scoured the vibrant streets of Korea to bring you a carefully curated list of the most remarkable Starbucks cafes in the country. From mountain-view escapes to riverside retreats and charming hanok cafes, these Starbucks locations redefine the concept of a coffee break. So, prepare to embark on a caffeinated journey as we explore 12 of the most unforgettable Starbucks locations Korea has to offer.

Starbucks Gyeongdong 1960

📍147 Choui-ro, Jegi-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul

The ‘Gyeongdong 1960’ Starbucks store in Korea is a large and cozy coffee spot located in an old market area. It’s designed like an old theater, and they support the local community by donating some money for every item sold and hosting regular performances by local artists.

Starbucks Gyeongju Daereungwon

📍125 Cheomseong-ro, Hwangnam-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do,

Starbucks Gyeongju Daereungwon, situated in the city of Gyeongju with its UNESCO World Heritage Site, stands out with its hanok-style design, a beautiful fusion of traditional and modern architecture. This unique Starbucks store showcases the revival of hanok houses, once a common sight in Korea, and impresses both locals and tourists with its pink and brown exterior, a departure from the iconic Starbucks green.

Starbucks Byeoldabang

📍100 Toegye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul

Starbucks Byeoldabang in Myeong-dong, Korea, is a very unique Starbucks branch located in the State Tower Namsan building and is the headquarters for Starbucks Korea. The name “Byeoldabang” combines “star” from Starbucks and “dabang,” which refers to old-style Korean cafes and teahouses. It’s a way for Starbucks to show appreciation to its Korean customers, and it’s the first time they’ve given a cafe a special name in Korea. This Starbucks is special not just because of its name but also its interior and concept.

Starbucks Reserve Famille Park

📍205 Sapyeong-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul

Starbucks Famille Park, situated on the 3rd floor of Famille Station Mall near the Express Bus Terminal in Seoul, is recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful Starbucks outlets by Vogue Korea. Built in 2014 to commemorate Starbucks’ 15th year in Korea and serving as the 800th store in the country, it’s also a Starbucks Reserve location. The store features a striking geometric glass dome exterior and an eco-friendly interior with potted coffee trees, creating a unique urban coffee forest experience within the city.

Starbucks Seoul Wave Art Center

📍145-35 Jamwon-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul

Starbucks Seoul Wave Art Center, located within the floating Seoul Wave Art Center at Hangang Park on the Han River, offers breathtaking views of the river and the city skyline from its two-story interior. While the window seats provide fantastic views, it can get warm during the day, but the upstairs floor also offers a cool vantage point, making it a great spot for those who appreciate stunning views.

Starbucks Hwangudan

📍112 Sogong-ro, Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul

Starbucks celebrated the reopening of a remodeled store near Hwangudan, a historical site in Seoul, South Korea, by integrating traditional Korean design elements and partnering with local artists. The store showcases local culture through its seating areas, partitions, and custom mural, and proceeds from unique merchandise sales will contribute to cultural heritage preservation, emphasizing Starbucks’ commitment to supporting traditional Korean culture.

Starbucks Mungyeongsaejae

📍288-33 Sangcho-ri, Mungyeong-eup, Mungyeong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do

Just a short walk from Mungyeongsaejae Provincial Park, you’ll find a hanok-style Starbucks with a wooden interior and a small terrace that beautifully blends old and modern South Korean culture, offering a unique coffee experience. In addition to the Starbucks, the area boasts traditional buildings, a marketplace, and a forge that provide excellent photo opportunities, while the nearby Gaeun Open Set caters to the historical drama enthusiasts who seek pre-Joseon era settings.

Starbucks Mangwon Hangang Park, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Located in Mangwon Hangang Park, the second Starbucks on the Han River offers stunning sunset views, even more impressive than its Jamwon-dong counterpart. It provides a unique experience where you can savor Hangang Ramen, enjoy the beautiful sunset, and have access to a barbecue restaurant and convenience store on the first floor.

Starbucks Jeju Jungmun, Seogwipo, Jeju

📍32 Jungmungwangwang-ro, 110 beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

The Starbucks Jeju Jungmun branch in Seogwipo City stands out as the coffee franchise’s most vibrant location, featuring a rainbow staircase leading to a quirky, steampunk café. It’s a playful collaboration with the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum and offers exclusive desserts and drinks unique to Jeju Island, such as the Jeju Carrot Basalt Cake and Jeju Black Sesame Latte.

Starbucks Bukhansan, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul

The Bukhansan store offers a unique blend of city life and natural serenity, located near the entrance of Bukhansan National Park. With 253 seats, including 66 on the rooftop, customers can enjoy their favorite beverages while taking in panoramic views of Bukhansan Mountain, creating a harmonious urban-nature experience, complete with a special photo zone showcasing the mountain’s beauty.

Starbucks Daegu Jongro Gotaek

📍22 Jungang-daero 77-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu

In 2022, Starbucks Coffee Korea opened the Daegu Jongro Gotaek store in a century-old hanok, preserving the original hanok decor, including roof tiles, beams, and flooring, while combining it with a modern Starbucks experience. The store features an outdoor garden and an interior space, along with a dedicated music listening area equipped with a fully automatic turntable and high-quality speakers, offering a unique space where coffee and music blend with the traditions and history of Daegu.

Starbucks Yangpyeong

📍22 Jungang-daero 77-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu

Starbucks opened its largest store in South Korea, the three-story Yangpyeong DTR store in Gyeonggi Province, accommodating over 260 customers and offering a Starbucks Reserve coffee bar, Teavana drinks, and a drive-through window. Customers enjoying their drinks in-store can also enjoy views of the South Han River, making it a popular destination in a scenic area close to the capital.

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