Great coffee can be found all over the city. With so many options, however, where should you go? A great first choice should be to check out one of several designated “cafe streets.”
Dynamic Busan offers a primer on where to achieve your caffeinated nirvana.
Mangmi-dong is becoming the latest hot spot for coffee consumers in Busan. This residential area has even garnered a new nickname, Mangmidan-gil, after the popular cafe area Gyeongnidan-gil Road in Seoul.
The best thing about Mangmidan-gil is that, unlike other popular coffee-centric areas, this area remains very quiet. While there are many cafes, its residential surroundings ensure a certain consistent level of calm. The unofficial Mangmidan-gil area is divided into two sections, alleys between Mangmi metro station and Suyeong Sajeok Park, along the riverside.
Many cafes near the Mangmi Station area are in renovated houses, which adds an instant level of ease and familiarity while enjoying a hot or cold beverage. Meanwhile, those along the Suyeong riverside have beautiful views of the water that cannot be beat.
Cafes to Visit
Terarosa (Suyeong branch)
Located in the F1963 art complex near Costco, Teraosa is a very open and spacious cafe that is perfect for both single visitors or for very large groups. The wide-open exposed framework and industrial setting (working in conjunction with the buildings origins as a former wire manufacturing plant) are unique and impressive. Exhibition halls, the YES24 book store and the Praha 993 Czech craft beer and restaurant here make this a must-visit.
Address: 20, Gurak-ro 123beon-gil, Suyeong-gu
How to get there: Suyeong Station (Metro lines 2 and 3), exit 1. Take bus 54 and get off at the KISWIRE bus stop. Or, Mangmi Station (Metro line 3), exit 2. Transfer to Suyeong-gu mini bus 2 and get off at the Sanjeong Apartment bus stop.
This business sells fresh fruits and blended fruit juices. Fruto Fruta remains popular, despite being one of the first cafes to open at Mangmidan-gil’s inception. It is small, but offers a mighty selection inside. Smoothies made of seasonal fruits such as mango and strawberry, mixed juices made of mixed melons and Korean melons, as well as fruit cups and assorted fruit packages are available to purchase.
Address: 35, Yeonsu-ro 357beon-gil, Suyeong-gu.
How to get there: Mangmi Station (Metro line 3), exit 2. Turn left and walk straight several blocks past CU convenience store. Fruto Fruta is on the left.
Information: @fruto_fruta on Instagram
Things to Do
Their cakes, including red velvet, Oreo cookie and blueberry will make most mouths water. Different cakes are served daily and customers can purchase either a whole one or by the slice.
Address: 27-4, Yeonsu-ro 379beon-gil, Suyeong-gu.
How to get there: Mangmi Station (Metro line 3), exit 2. Walk straight and turn right at the next corner. Walk straight three blocks and turn left. Things to Do is up the road and on the left.
Information: @ttdchef on Instagram