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Cafe Pokpo: A Refreshing Getaway in Seoul’s Concrete Jungle

Stumbling across beautiful reels and images on Instagram has never failed to trigger my itchy feet into visiting new places. This time, it hit me with a stunning scenic footage of what appears to be a cafe’s terrace situated right in front of a majestic waterfall. It was hard to believe that such a place could exist in a busy and bustling city like Seoul. In this post, I am taking you on an adventure to the discovery of this gem named ‘Cafe Pokpo.’ Let’s dive in and explore what this spot has to offer, along with some travel tips to make your visit truly unforgettable!

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    A Paradise on the Bank of Hongjecheon:

    Opened late in 2022, Cafe Pokpo (카페 폭포) or ‘Cafe Waterfall’ quickly climbed to the top of the list of must-visit coffee places in the Seodaemun neighborhood, and it’s not hard to see why. The credit goes to the cafe’s prime location and the breathtaking view it offers.

    Cafe Pokpo is strategically positioned on the bank of Hongjecheon, the first tributary of the Han River. The cafe is constructed at what can only be described as the most beautiful part – on higher ground along the Seodaemun walking trails, just before the Hongjecheon Waterfall. While the waterfall itself is artificial, the ambiance it creates is utterly relaxing and soothing.

    Getting to Cafe Pokpo:

    Cafe Pokpo is in Seoul, so getting there offers plenty of ways, depending on where you’re coming from. Here are some convenient routes to check out:

    Option 1: From Hongdae

    • Start your journey by heading to Hongik University station. From there, make your way to exit 4.
    • Look for the bus stop number 13144 (located in front of A TWOSOME PLACE) and catch the 110A고려대 bus.
    • After approximately 15 minutes, alight at stop number 13159, just before Seodaemun-gu Public Health Center.
    • Walk southeast towards the stream, and you’ll find Cafe Pokpo tucked right behind Dongshin Hospital (동신병원).
    • When it’s time to return to Hongdae, head to the opposite side of Dongshin Hospital and wait for the 110B국민은행 bus at stop number 13158.
    • After the short bus ride, get off at stop 14061, which is conveniently located near Hongik University station exit 5.

    Option 2: From Apgujeong

    • Begin your journey by taking Seoul subway line 3 to Hongje station (홍제역).
    • Once at Hongje station, proceed to exit 4 and locate the bus stop number 13334.
    • Catch bus number 7738, which will take you to stop number 13200, just before Baekryeon Bridge. The ride from Hongje station to this stop typically takes around 7 minutes.
    • Cross the bridge and continue walking southwest until you spot Cafe Pokpo, nestled behind Dongshin Hospital.
    • For your return journey to Hongje station, head to the bus stop number 13159 and board bus number 7713.
    • Alight at the same stop (stop number 13334) near exit 4 of Hongje station.

    Awe-Inspiring Tips for Cafe Pokpo Visitors:

    Timing Matters: The cafe has two indoor sections that fill up quickly on hot days. If you prefer an air-conditioned environment, it’s best to visit early in the morning or during weekdays to secure indoor seating options.

    Embrace the Outdoors: Cafe Pokpo has plenty of outdoor seating, allowing visitors to soak in the stunning views and get closer to the waterfall’s mesmerizing beauty.

    The Best Perspective: For the most spectacular view of the waterfall and its surroundings, I highly recommend sitting in the area on top of the main indoor chamber. This vantage point offers a higher and wider perspective that will surely leave you in awe.

    Scheduled Break Time: Keep in mind that the cafe takes an unscheduled break from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. If you find yourself craving a cup of coffee during this time, fret not. There is an Angelinus Coffee chain located nearby to satisfy your caffeine needs.

    Explore Beyond the Waterfall: While Cafe Pokpo and the waterfall itself are the main attractions, don’t forget to take a leisurely stroll along the stream. There’s more to discover and enjoy than just the waterfall!

    Cherry Blossom Wonderland: If you happen to visit in April, make sure to swing by Yeonhee Forest (연희숲속쉼터), located just behind the waterfall. It boasts one of the biggest cherry blossom clusters in the entire city, creating a dreamy and enchanting atmosphere.

    I am thrilled that Seoul never runs out of things to keep my heart and my camera busy. With each discovery, the city never fails to amaze me. As I eagerly anticipate what’s next for me to explore in this ever-developing metropolis, I hope this blog entry has opened your eyes to more of what Seoul has to offer. Share and save this post for your future visit to Cafe Pokpo, and get ready to experience a hidden oasis amidst the urban hustle and bustle. Happy adventuring!

    Gallery: Cafe Pokpo & Hongjecheon in Summer

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    Quick Info About Cafe Pokpo:

    Address: 서울 서대문구 연희로 262-24
    Naver Map: Link
    Hour: 11:00AM~10:00PM (Everyday)

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