Seoul is a city with an incredible amount of cafes. In fact, Seoul has the most Starbucks per capita in the world. This is a fact which surprises many people, me included! But actually, Korea has a very strong cafe culture.
Along with the more ‘standard’ cafes, a large variety of more unique cafes have also appeared around the city – and around the country. Jeffrey Cafe is one such cafe.
Although the concept of flower cafes may seem odd at first, it makes a lot of sense when you consider life in Seoul. Although there are some fantastic parks in Seoul, there are comparatively few places you can go and see a wide variety of flowers. Although Seoul Botanic Park was opened recently, it’s a long-distance for many people to travel.
Further, with Korea’s famous dating culture, couples are always looking for great locations that they can visit with their lovers. This makes flower cafes such as Jeffrey Cafe a popular spot for both couples and those just want to have some colour in their life.
The cafe has a wonderful atmosphere!
Flower cafes have sprung up to try and fill this gap, creating places where you can go to enjoy a drink of tea or coffee and see (and smell) a variety of flowers and plants. While they are often a bit more expensive than normal cafes, they are also often very nice with great atmospheres.
Jeffrey Cafe is a flower and specialty drinks cafe in Hyehwa (click here for more detailed directions), a suburb in the northern area of Seoul. Hyehwa is famous for being a great place for university students and it has a wide variety of activities and places for students to visit and hang out at. This means that Hyehwa has many unique places that can’t be found elsewhere in Seoul.
Some of the flowers that are for sale at Jeffrey Flower Cafe.
The cafe doubles as a florist where you can buy a wide variety of flowers and even some plants. This makes the cafe a perfect place for a date or if you would just like to spend some time in a beautiful place (it also smells fantastic… Like flowers, funnily enough!). The flowers are a bit more expensive than what you will find elsewhere though so keep that in mind.
It is primarily a cafe though, and that means it must sell drinks! Like I said earlier, this cafe is rather exceptional. I think that the picture below explains exactly what I mean. However, these drinks weren’t even the more ‘crazy’ drinks that the cafe offers, the cafe is famous for its cotton candy drinks.
Cotton candy drinks! (the cotton candy dissolves when you pour syrup over it)
There is a very large menu (more than 10 pages of different drinks), that range from fruit and vegetable juices (broccoli all the way to strawberry), to cotton candy lattes (basically a latte with a massive ball of cotton candy on top). If you want sweet or bitter, healthy or unhealthy, this cafe has it all.
The drinks at Jeffrey Flower Cafe are works of art themselves!
The drinks that we got were both strawberry. The drink on the left was cheese/strawberry, and the drink on the right was a strawberry smoothie. While looking like expensive drinks they aren’t actually too badly priced (for what you get), ranging from 5000KRW to around 10,000KRW. There are also deserts and brunch if you want food.
Delicious Drinks and Beautiful Flowers!
One of the flower displays at the cafe.
The cafe is very pretty and makes for a very nice place to sit and relax for a few hours. The location of this cafe is also rather great, being close to the subway (and busier areas), but far enough out of the way that it is very quiet and calm. The cafe also offers a small outdoor sitting area for the days when it is warm and pleasant outside!
The cafe fits its theme very well. I have been to a few flower cafes in my time in Korea, but none are anything like this. Jeffrey Cafe does something to stand apart from other similar cafes, and this makes it a very cool place to visit. If the look of the cafe isn’t enough to make you visit, then the menu should be!