These are Seoul's best brunch spots

Brunch cafes are now trending in the South Korean capital. With flavour options from around the world, your only problem will be in choosing.

Brunch is becoming popular in Seoul, with a range of global flavours on offer.
  • Erin Craig
  • September 2019

Too late for breakfast, too busy for lunch? What’s the perfect meal to kick off your day of sightseeing in Seoul? Why brunch, of course.

Summer Lane

This Aussie brunch café has only seven tables and the alluring smell of bacon guarantees they fill up fast. The family-friendly atmosphere is enhanced by crayon artwork tacked up on the wall and a rare treat on the menu – babycinos! You’ll also find eggs benedict over waffles, honey-drizzled yoghurt with granola and coffee worth lingering over.

Aussie cafe Summer Lane serves up classics such as eggs Benedict and pavlova.
Aussie cafe Summer Lane serves up classics such as eggs Benedict and pavlova.

The Original Pancake House

Say good morning to brunch on an American scale – pile-ups of pancakes, dinner-plate omelettes, thick-cut bacon and bowls of potato hash. This 66-year-old US institution opens in new window made its international debut in Gangnam in 2013 and is now a fave among locals and expats alike. The baked apple and Dutch baby pancakes made the transpacific jump but in keeping with Korean tastes, they’ve added salads to the menu.

Grain

Offering a customisable, healthy, Nordic-inspired menu, this sunken café in the Yeonnam neighbourhood is a hygge hideaway. Create your own four- to six-item brunch from 14 choices, including smoked salmon, roasted mushrooms, eggs and their own homemade yoghurt. Include the Earl Grey tea bread in your line up and finish off your breakfast with coffee, tea or cold-pressed juice.

With a menu featuring smoked salmon and homemade yoghurt, Grain offers a taste of Scandinavia in Seoul.
Grain offers a taste of Scandinavia in Seoul.

Guillaume

While Seoul is crammed with faux-French bakeries, authentic pastry is about as available as unicorns. Thank goodness for Guillaume opens in new window. The wooden counters of this lovely boulangerie are piled with flaky croissants and pain au chocolat, crusty breads and fruit tarts. Order to go or snag one of the window-front tables to sit with a coffee.


Travel Maker

If you’re after an all-day (and into the night) breakfast, you’ve found it. Order at the counter and wait for the spread of pancakes, eggs and hash browns to arrive. Large portions and reasonable prices make Travel Maker opens in new window a backpacker favourite, plus coffee comes with a free refill.