Character-Themed Cafes You Should Visit in South Korea

By Ashton Carson

Cafes are traditionally a quiet place to sip on your coffee while you get some work done or have a light snack while meeting with a friend. With cafes increasing in popularity and with so many to choose from, how do you pick one? If you’re looking for a unique cafe that’s more vibrant and fun then you should check out these character-themed cafes!

  • Remi Cafe

This magical girl cafe was inspired by the Japanese anime Ojamajo Doremi (Magical DoReMi) which is about a group of elementary school girls who become witch apprentices, working hard to become full witches while keeping that a secret makes for some magical mishaps! They use little wizard Remi and friends as their mascots!

Those with a sweet tooth, beware! The sweetness from the menu and decor may make you indulge a little too much!

You can live out your dreams of feeling like a magical girl in this lovely cafe located in Hongdae! Not only can you get delicious food, but also props to play with and truly have an experience!

  • Ryan Cafe

The cute lion character created by KAKAO has gotten his own cafe and of course all his friends are invited as well!

This adorable cafe is located in Hongdae, Seoul and displays the popularity these characters have gotten since their initial release as emoticon characters in 2012!

Ryan is definitely the main decor theme of the cafe, but the cuteness of his design justifies it!

There are also a few Ryan statues that you can take your picture with! Have fun and try to find them all throughout the cafe!

  • Le Chantreville Cafe

This sweet and sugary cafe is located in Jung-gu, Daegu. They make beautifully decorated cakes for any occasion, both plain and character designs!

Many of the desserts found at this cafe have Peanuts characters on them; especially Snoopy.

You can also find Sesame Street’s Elmo and Cookie Monster on cakes, making it even more delicious by adding cookies—double yum!

Have you ever seen the 1996 film Matilda? If so, we're sure you remember wishing as a child to have some of that delicious chocolate cake that Bruce got to eat... Well, you’re in luck! Le Chantreville has got you covered!

You can even ask them to decorate a cake anyway you like! The best way to ensure you get your favorite character on your favorite dessert!

  • 동성로 stove

While you’re in the Jung-gu district, might as well check out this cafe dedicated to the Peanuts characters, and hangout with Charlie and the gang!

You can enjoy not just cakes with their faces on them, but thick pancakes shaped like your favourite duo with strawberries and cream!

Perhaps with an ice cream cone and a handful of halved cherries...

...Or on their own with syrup, Nutella, butter, or even whipped cream! A delicious way to start your day!

There’s even cheesecake that looks like a slice of cheese!

동성로 stove is a quiet and relaxing café to enjoy all these delectables. The decor is simple and fresh, perfect for getting some work done or having a deep conversation.

  • Hello Kitty Cafe

On Jeju Island, which is most famous for their green tea, has a cafe dedicated to the Japanese character Hello Kitty!

The drinks look mouthwatering and are served in adorable cups! (Even the napkins are cute!)

You can enjoy a piece of cake and wash it down with Hello Kitty latte art!

The decor of this cafe will have the Hello Kitty die-hard fans screaming—it’s just so enchanting!

If you’re a fan of green tea and Hello Kitty and trip to Jeju Island should make it into your travel list!

  • Moomin & Me

This cafe located in Seoul, is centered around the characters from the Swedish book and comic series, Mumintroll (Moomin), created by Trove Jannson. It also was adapted into a TV series in the 1960s and has kept evolving into the series we know today!

Moomin is a unique made-up character which resembles a hippo, making dishes more fun by adding his unforgettable appearance to them!

You don’t have to worry about eating alone for you can always have one of the characters keep you company!

  • Cafe Majo & Sady

Majo and Sady are the main characters of a webtoon that was first created in 2010 about a married couple and is still as popular as when it was first released. Majo is a stay at home husband who loves and obeys his wife Sady’s every command. It explores the ups and downs of marriage and explores the love and relationship of this couple!

You can enjoy an Americano with cotton candy and a scoop of ice cream! Along with a side of toasted marshmallows!

Perfect for breakfast dates with friends or that special someone!

It’s also a perfect place for dessert! You could share or have it all to yourself!

There are many character-themed cafes in Korea, especially in Seoul, leaving you many options to choose from when you come to visit! Each cafe offers something different and unique, which will make each visit memorable and not as if you have already been there! There’s a place for every person, decide where you want to go based on your favourite characters, and have a great time sipping coffee and eating sweets!

Written by Ashton Carson

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