Welcome to Standing Coffee. I’m not going to lie, I made fun of this place several times on my adventures in Itaewon. Living only 15 minutes away by foot, I pass by several times a week.
I was never curious as to why people lined up to stand for coffee, as my preference is to enjoy a brew with my tush on a cush.
I so ignorantly assumed their could not be anything good about standing coffee.
Shame on me.
Standing Coffee is affordably delicious.
Behind the tacky plastic curtain lurks a small cafe with quality brews protected from the possible intrusions of the street.
My first visit was in March, just as the feeling of spring was slowly creeping into the air. It was a little cold, most wanderers of the street at this early hour were not outside to enjoy the weather.
However, when the weather warms, Standing Coffee has a couple places for seating. They are usually quick to fill and take away from the whole concept of standing coffee.
I suggest take it with you as you explore further into Itaewon. Also, explore earlier than 2:00 pm on Monday through Friday for the least crowds.
As soon as I stepped into the window of the cafe, I knew I was in for a treat.
I ordered a large Americano for 3,500, which is about half of what I usually pay for brews at cafes. But Americanos typically run from 4,000 to 5,500 at the sitting cafes I frequent.
Standing Coffee is not the only cafe focused to take away beverages. There seems to be standing cafes on every block in high traffic areas. I used to rely on this cheaper option while I was studying at university in Seoul. They did the job; I stayed awake most of the time in class.
However, Standing Coffee was indeed a treat for my trek through Itaewon.
I will be back.
There are plenty standing cafes offering Americanos for 1,500, they tend to lack a lot.
568 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
224-1, Noksapyeong-daero, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Monday to Friday
7:00 am to Midnight
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 am to Midnight
Quality ~ Price ~ Location