|Photo courtesy of Caffe Bene and JoongAng Daily.|
According to the JoongAng Daily, ever since its foray into Seoul in 1999, Starbucks has enjoyed its status as Korea’s first foreign take-out coffee chain. But its long-standing hold on the market began to slip last year as two homegrown competitors - Caffe Bene and Angel-in-us - began outpacing it in terms of number of branches nationwide as a result of aggressive expansion efforts.
Check out some of my favorite local Korean coffee shops in Seoul that offer alcoholic beverages.
Coffee Factory – Located in Samcheong-dong this coffee shop is well known throughout Seoul. Hi Expat review
Cafe Beatles- This is a cafe owned by an old student of mine Yong Jun Lee. He has collected tons of beatles music that you may listen to in the cafe while you are enjoying your coffee or beer! (02) 2232-9980 Cafe Beatles Website
Sanmotoonge (Corner of the mountain)- This coffee shop is in the most beautiful setting in Seoul on the corner of a mountain overlooking the city and with views of the Seoul Fortress Wall.
Lime Tree Coffee & Deli- Located in Insadong this coffee shop is among my favorites in Jongno! Lime Tree Facebook Page
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