Another one of the ‘hot’ cafes to visit in Seoul is Cafe Zapangi, right by Mangwon Market. Which is practically our backyard, but I hadn’t heard of it until a friend here suggested visiting on one of our girls’ day Fridays.
Zapangi, or 자판기 in Hangeul, literally means ‘vending machine,’ hence the cute pink vending machine door. (Yes, that’s the door!) The interior isn’t particularly remarkable, just grey concrete with seating along the edges. There’s also seating along the massive window, which stays open when the weather is nice, where you can watch everyone get their obligatory shot of walking into a vending machine, or those who weren’t in the know try to figure out how to get into the cafe.
The drinks and desserts were almost sickeningly sweet (and I have a serious sweet tooth), but you can’t argue that they aren’t pretty—my friend and I split a cake in a tin can topped with pastel frosting and pearls and a vibrant, edible mermaid tail. And I washed it down with a jasmine milk tea. The sugar rush was real, guys. But, do it for the ‘gram.
My recommendation: get your walking into a vending machine shot, then go eat delicious and cheap Korean street food at Mangwon Market one street over.
Address: Mapo-gu, World Cup-ro 13-gil, 79
마포구 월드컵로 13길 79
Hours: 11am-11pm daily
See more of the cafes we’ve visited in Seoul below!