Much like its sister city of Tokyo, Japan, South Korea also has a rising scene of independent coffee roasters and cafes. Yet no other coffee franchise has taken over the country quite like Starbucks. With over 1,200 outlets, you will of course find some of the world’s most beautiful Starbucks stores in South Korea.
We can’t wait until Covid-19 is a thing of the past, and we can once again stroll the streets of South Korea and go on coffee dates. From a glass dome structure to one floating on the Han River, we’ve rounded up some of the most beautiful Starbucks stores in South Korea. Don’t forget to bookmark this page for your future Korea travel plans!
1. Famille Park, Seocho District, Seoul
Built in 2014 to mark Starbucks Korea’s 15th anniversary, this spectacular outlet comes complete with a geometric glass dome structure and metal birds hanging from the ceiling. The greenhouse-like structure is inviting with its eco concept. Think wooden décor made of eco-friendly materials, and potted coffee trees to help create a natural space.
As you can tell, this is no doubt one of the most beautiful Starbucks stores in South Korea. The ideal place to have intimate conversations and relax with your favourite cup of coffee or tea!
2. Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi Province
This Starbucks is the largest branch in South Korea. It boasts three stories, 261 seats, and stunning views of Namhan River. This glass encased Starbucks outlet is also the first in South Korea to house a Reserve coffee bar, Teavana bar, and a drive-thru all in one!
Its panoramic windows and sleek cream interiors offer the perfect ambiance for a warm cup of joe on a cold day. Not to mention, its rooftop area is also tailor-made for romantic coffee dates!
3. Gyeongju Daereungwon, North Gyeongsang Province
Once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla, today the city of Gyeongju is home to UNESCO World Heritage sites and a cultural destination for visitors. So it should come as no surprise that its Starbucks store blends in with its surroundings with a hanok (traditional Korean house) inspired Starbucks store.
Inside the coffee house, the tables and seating perfectly emulate traditional Korean furniture. Along with the paintings on the walls, they combine to form a very peaceful and aesthetically pleasing environment.
5. Seoul Wave Art Center, Seoul
From afar, this Starbucks outlet looks like a cruise ship docked in the Han River. Up close, it looks like an art installation. Moving away from its usual green and brown colour theme, this Starbucks is not just your usual Starbucks. Located at the Seoul Wave Art Center, it is a brand new café called Starbucks Wave.
The interior follows a clean and minimalistic design with floor-to-ceiling glass windows in progressive stacks. Perfect for basking in the golden rays of the sun and taking in a panoramic view of the Han River. Not sure about you, but this is definitely going on our Starbucks bucket list.
6. Songdo Beach in Seo District, Busan
Any Starbucks with a view of the sea makes it one worth visiting, and this Starbucks outlet in Busan’s Songdo Beach is no exception. It’s panoramic glass windows offer beautiful views of the sea, sand and sky, and its interior is calming with its turquoise theme.
Located in a residential district, this is a great spot to rest up with some snacks and a cup of coffee. Or, grab a cup to go and make you way to the 365-metre walkway that approaches the bay.
7. Seogwipo, Jeju Island
Wondering why this Starbucks store looks like it came out of a Studio Ghibli movie? Well, it’s actually a collaboration with the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum next door! To pique your interest even more, the store offers desserts and drinks exclusive to Jeju only.
Treat yourself to a special Jeju Black Sesame Latte or Jeju Tangerine Muffin, made from ingredients fresh from the island. For a one-of-a-kind Starbucks experience, make sure to bookmark this page and make a trip here!
7. Mungyeong Saejae, North Gyeongsang Province
This Starbucks store is designed to reflect a hanok with its special roof and low seating area with cushions inside. In line with its theme, this Starbucks is located at the entrance of Mungyeong Saejae, a historical mountain pass and a popular hiking spot.
The natural scenery is definitely a highlight here! Order yourself a drink and take in the peaceful surroundings. During autumn, you will also be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding trees. Undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful Starbucks stores in South Korea.