8 Super Cute Korean Cafés In Manila You Should Hang Out At
Who says you need to fly all the way to Seoul to visit a Korean café? There are Korean cafés in Manila that offer South Korean desserts and drinks.
Graffiti on walls, sticky notes, love locks, and photographs are just some of the things that we love about these cafés. Unlike hole-in-the-wall Korean restaurants that have little to no decorations, the cafés focus a lot on interior design, and how to make it as cozy as possible.
Check out our picks of cute Korean cafés in Manila that will have you singing gwiyomig!
There’s no other café that screams K-pop more than Subspace Coffee does. You can expect K-pop songs and music videos to play nonstop while you’re here, so it’s definitely a haven for hallyu (Korean wave) fans. But don’t worry, even non-K-pop fans can appreciate the café’s pretty interiors designed by Space Encounters. From walls designed with cute graffiti (Hello, Totoro!) to a mind-boggling art installation on the ceiling, every nook and cranny is Instagrammable at Subspace.
PHILIHAPPY PRO TIP: they take pride in their latte art so make sure to request for one!: they take pride in their latte art so make sure to request for one!
For the taste buds: Try their Purple Potato Latte for something new and unique compared to other Korean cafés in Manila.
Unit 103, GF Grand Emerald Tower, F. Ortigas Jr. Road corner Garnet Road Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Open Monday to Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Caffé Bene is one of the first Korean cafés that started the bingsoo craze in the country. You will love their menu of bingsoo, waffles, honey bread, and specialty drinks. Its homey interiors are just the cherry on top! With its walls decorated with bookshelves and plant boxes, any bookworm will be at home at any of its three locations in Manila.
For the taste buds: Share a large coffee bingsoo with your friends and partner it with Caramel Cinnamon Honey Bread. Don’t have a sweet tooth? Go for the Misugaru Latte.
SM BF Parañaque
Other branches at Pasay City and Makati City
3Snow Boom Dessert Café
Spend an entire afternoon reading, study for exams, or binge-watch TV shows with friends—these are just some of the things you can do at Snow Boom Café! You’ll immediately want to take off your shoes and sidle inside one of the cubicles in the café. The booths look like double beds, but you’ll find a small table and throw pillows inside. The bottom bunks also offer a little privacy with its string curtains. Snow Boom is one of the Korean cafés in Manila that specializes in bingsoo, but they also serve coffee, frappes, and cakes.
For the taste buds: You can’t go wrong with Cheese Mango Snow Ice and Real Choco Snow Ice. Try a slice of rainbow cake, too.
Snow Boom Dessert Café
2/F University Mall, 2507 Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila
Café Noriter has been around for a while, but it’s still as charming as it was before. Like Snow Boom, it has bunk bed-like dining spots to cozy up with your friends among all the throw pillows and plushies. You can already feel the history of the place with all the writings on the walls and tables. Sticky notes and photographs of patrons also hang from the walls. The vibe of the café is reminiscent of Seoul’s Miss Lee Café in Insadong!
For the taste buds: Sweet tooths will love the Oreo cake, and the honey bread topped with whipped cream. For a more filling meal, go for the Beef Soy Bulgogi rice meal.
2/F, Reyes Bldg., Taft Ave. corner Estrada St., Malate, Manila.
5Ice Flower Snow Falling Korean Dessert Café
For brevity’s sake, let’s call the coolest café on this list, Ice Flower Café. And when we say coolest, we literally mean ice-cold, bone-chilling cool! There’s an area in the café where children and forever young adults can play with fake snow! No other Korean cafés in Manila can offer that! We’re pretty sure you wouldn’t want to stop playing with the snow till your orders arrive. The play area is the perfect accompaniment to their specialty—bingsoo! The chairs and tables are as colorful and playful as their bingsoo, which comes in eleven flavors.
For the taste buds: They may be specializing in bingsoo (try the blueberry cheese flavor!), but it’s the Injeolmi toast that’s the real winner.
Ice Flower Snow Falling Korean Dessert Café
Molito Commercial Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
If you’re in love with traveling and anything Korean, then you must be pleased to know that there’s a café that caters to both. The Korean-inspired café uses signposts to travel signages to decorate the place. There are also double-deck cabins to while away the hours with your friends. You can spend hours here because every cabin has two power sockets, perfect if you’re bringing your laptop with you. While you’re short on budget and traveling somewhere new is not an option, you can drop by Café Travel instead.
For the taste buds: If you’re planning to hang out for hours, fill up by trying the ramyeon and following it up with red velvet cake. The green tea latte is pretty good, too.
2/F, Archer’s Nook Center, 2624 Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila
Open Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.
7Noonsaram Korean Dessert Café
If its name’s literal English translation is snowman, you bet there’s a lot of cute going on. The glass windows of this place are adorned with large stickers of cute snowmen. There are also walls filled with graffiti and sticky notes from previous patrons. Truly, Noonsaram Korean Dessert Café is the perfect place to hang for weekend afternoons (or everyday, actually). They don’t just offer desserts such as bingsoo and pastries, but they also have traditional Korean snacks and light meals such as kimbap, spicy rice cakes, and ramen. Need something a little more filling? Check out our list of must-visit Korean restaurants in Manila.
For the taste buds: Share a towering order of melon bingsoo among your friends. You won’t be able to finish it alone. The Injeolmi bingsoo is a crowd-favorite, too.
Noonsaram Korean Dessert Café
G/F, Oracle Hotel & Residences, 317 Katipunan Ave, Quezon City
8Mr. Park’s Bread & Cake
At Mr. Park’s Bread & Cake, it’s not just the interiors that are cute and fun, even their cakes and pastries are swoon worthy! Don’t worry if you end up spending so much time marveling over the bread and cake display because you’re not the only one to do that. They also have a good selection of drinks and cold desserts on the menu. They can be found at a couple of locations, too, so you’ll never be too far from one. The size of the dining area for each branch varies, but it’s never too crowded.
For the taste buds: Order a cup of caffé latte and a Jumbo Croquette to have in-store, then order a few more croquettes to bring home with you.
Mr. Park’s Bread & Cake
200 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City
Other branches at Las Piñas, Quezon City, Ortigas, Alabang, and Pasay City
Have your own share of cute latte art and leave your marks on walls and table at any of these cafés. While the funds are low and a visit to Korea still sounds impossible, a visit to one of these Korean cafés in Manila will do.
Do you have a favorite Korean café not mentioned in the list? If we missed your fave, do tag @Philihappy on Instagram! Also, if you want a more filling Korean meal, then head on over to our list of best Korean restaurants in Manila!