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As a remote worker moving around the world, I frequently find myself searching for the best cafes to work from so I can enjoy the local culture while I type away on my laptop. After living in Seoul for a month, I found quite a few good ones.

Here are my recommendations for best coffee shops in Seoul where you can work remotely. (Note all of the locations are near the Hongdae area as that is where I was living at the time).

VERS House

I was in love with VERS House the moment I stepped onto their patio. Everything is covered in plants and greenery and you feel like you are truly escaping from the hustle and bustle of Seoul. The owners have created a calm and welcoming environment with the unique use of plants from floor to ceiling while still avoiding the overwhelming perfume-y smell.

Downstairs seating area covered with all different green plants at VERS House, a coffee shop in Seoul
Downstairs sitting area in VERS House

There are separate rooms if you need a quieter area to work. Our favorite was the C Room for “cinema room” where they played the old black and white Mickey Mouse Cartoons. 

Remote Workers sitting at a table working from their laptops and at VERS House with old mickey mouse cartoons playing in the background

Otherwise, the upstairs area is a bit more open with good light and tables to work from. Power outlets are available, but you need to be strategic about where you sit if power is what you seek.

The drink list is pretty standard for Korea with hot or cold coffee and tea options. In general, I really enjoyed the coffee here as well as the Honey Mint Lime Tea on the menu.

Honey Mint Lime Ice Tea with flower decorated ice from VERS House in Seoul, South Korea
Honey Mint Lime Ice Tea from VERS House

Location: 44 Seongmisan-ro 23-gil, Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Hours: 12pm – 10pm

Astronomers

For a completely different and out of this world feel, head to the cozy and basement-esque Astronomers. Situated off the main street, this cute café is a single room and is less busy than many of the other cafes in Seoul which makes it a perfect place to put your head down and get some work.

Entrance to Astronomers Coffee in Seoul
Entrance to Astronomers

Despite its darker lighting, I never felt cramped in this space. It definitely has a small family business feel to it with only 1 barista and a resident cat who mainly sleeps near the front. Again, power outlets are available but not in abundance so stick to the tables close to the wall if you will need to plugin your computer.

Best Coffee Cafes to Work from in Seoul Astronomers Coffee Inside

While they don’t take the opportunity to play around galaxy theme in their menu, the coffee they serve is on point and the owner takes great care in providing great a great cup of coffee whether it’s an Americano, Latte or Espresso.

Location: 22-30 Yanghwa-ro 19-gil, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Hours: 12pm – 11pm

Coffee Lab

Coffee Lab is another coffee shop in Seoul that has found a way to curate a great experience for visitors. Always buzzing with people, but never too loud made this a frequent go-to spot for me and my fellow Digital Nomads. I especially enjoyed the use of portafilters to decorate their ceiling.

Entrance to Coffee Lab Roasters in Seoul

We mainly worked from the small tables near the windows at the front which provided a good amount of natural light. Plus it was right by the many power outlets in the shop and a bit away from the more lounge areas where people would gather to visit.

Inside Coffee Lab with portafilters hanging from the ceiling as decoration, customers enjoying coffee and the baristas helping a customer.
I loved all of the portafilters hanging from the ceiling

The menu was pretty standard but I never had a bad cup of coffee and the service was really good.

Location: 14 Wausan-ro 29-gil, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Hours: 8am – 11pm

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Veranda Cupcake

Veranda Cupcake isn’t a true coffee shop but instead a café focused on cupcakes and other sweet treats. We stumbled upon this place after eating dinner in the area. As it was already late, we didn’t really want coffee so this was the perfect café for late hours working.  Their menu consists of coffee, smoothies, juices and desserts. And of course, cupcakes!

Best Coffee Cafes to Work from in Seoul Cupcake Veranda

Cupcake Veranda is located on the 2nd floor of the complex with small tables backed up by multiple lounge areas that look out over the veranda. Nights in Seoul in late May/early June can be quite enjoyable so having this open air option was nice.

Best Coffee Cafes to Work from in Seoul Astronomers Cupcake Veranda Wood

The lighting was good and the general feel of the décor emoted happiness with the use of light pastels. We found a few power sockets in the middle, but in general this café would be better used in short time frames, for meetings or as a good way to mix up the routine.

Best Coffee Cafes to Work from in Seoul Astronomers Cupcake Veranda Cupcake inside

Location: 384-7 Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Hours: 12pm – 10pm

Coffee Smith

Coffee Smith was my go-to when I wanted something close to home. Its wooden décor was simple but it’s 3 levels of working options made it ideal despite it always being busy. The bottom floor was mostly a floor for socializing, while the 2nd floor was set up for working and studying.

Outside entrance ito coffee smith which leads upstairs to the main areas
Entrance to Coffee Smith

I personally liked the 3rd floor when they opened the wall windows and it was completely open air.  Air quality in Seoul is a major issue so it makes sense there aren’t a lot of open-air cafes and restaurants, but some days are just too nice to stay indoors.

Locals working and studying from the second floor desks and tables in Coffee Smith
From the 2nd floor of Coffee Smith

The coffee here is just okay. Which is about what you would expect from a chain establishment, but the convenient location and multiple levels of space made up for it. Plus you can find other large and nice Coffee Smiths around Korea so you’ll always know what you are getting.

Location: 9-21 Changcheon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, 2 ~ 4F

Hours: 10am – midnight

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