Coffee is loved all over the world and South Korea is no exception and you can find a coffee shop on nearly every street. The prices and quality do range a lot from one place to another and often there is more sugar, cream and flavored than Coffee. However if you’re looking for some real quality coffee at a fair price then Coffee Libre maybe worth while visiting.
Basic Background & Information
Coffee Libre is basically a small side venture from the main business which is coffee roasting (done at their main office). The roasting house has won numerous awards from it’s roasting as well as for sourcing the best quality beans for the different blends. The owner travels all over the world sourcing the best possible beans for his coffee, and it really pays off.
The Coffee Shop is hidden away from the main hustle and bustle of Hongdae down a side street a little up the road (directions & map below). The best way of noticing it is by the long line of people which goes out of the door and around the corner.
Once inside you can purchase some of your own coffee for home use and of course the famous coffee. You have 3 options Espresso, Americano (Black Coffee) and Cafe Latte all priced the same at ₩4,000 and all to go, there is basically no seating area.
We tried both the Americano and the Latte and they were both amazing. They were smooth and crisp, with no nasty bitter aftertaste.
The Coffee and Inside Coffee Libre
Pictures of the Outside
How To Find Coffee Libre
As we’ve already mentioned Coffee Libre is not easy to find and even with a map and good directions it’s easy to get lost and confused. The Map below is pretty good, however here are directions from Hongik University Station;
1) Take Exit 3 and walk straight until the 3 way junction.
2) Follow the road to the right (not towards Yonsei University) and walk for maybe 5minutes.
3) Just before the next major road intersection you need to turn right. Basically if you reach a GS25 you’ve gone to far.
4) Coffee Libre is just down this side street.
Also please note that the opening hours are low only 1pm to 9pm most days.
Links and More Information
More Information can be found on their website: coffeelibre.kr
This video shows the inside of Coffee Libre:
If you’ve been to Coffee Libre and wish to share your opinion with us we would love to hear from you. Also an other questions or comments are welcome.
Thank you and have a nice day.
Tim & Jeonghye