I never used to drink coffee at all before coming to Korea. While I did have a brief dalliance with Tesco instant coffee during my final year of university, several ill-advised exam period all-nighters which ultimately ended in tears, I had always got my caffeine injection from copious amounts of tea or coke. However, this soon changed once I landed in coffee-mad Korea.
Seoul is said to have more coffee shops than any other city on the planet and, after living here for more than a year, I can well believe it. Cafe culture is dominant and it is nigh on impossible to walk down any street without passing at least one coffee shop.
While I’m certainly not of the opinion that all chain coffee is awful, I quickly grew tired of paying through the nose for mediocre drinks. I wanted something better. I became eager to discover cafes which could provide a higher level of quality.
Chansbros, situated opposite Street Churros in Gyeongridan, has established a strong reputation for great coffee so I decided to check it out as I was in the area.
The cafe is very small with room for roughly 20 people and during peak times a miracle is required to find a seat. Luckily, I popped in just before lunch when it was almost empty.
The menu is large and varied. As well as the usual coffee drinks, both Optimum blend and single origin, they offer teas and smoothies.
We decided to play it safe and order the latte and cappuccino. After reading so much online about Chansbros I couldn’t help going in with high expectations. I needn’t have worried though because after the first taste it was clear that my expectations would not only be met but surpassed. Both the latte and cappuccino were delicious.
Chansbros exudes an air of tranquility and it is the perfect place in which to enjoy a cup of coffee while watching the hustle and bustle unfold outside.
DIRECTIONS: Take the train to Noksapyeong station (Line 6). Come out exit 2 and walk straight until you reach the underpass. Go down it and leave via the right exit. Walk straight past Standing Coffee and you will find Chansbros at the end of the street. I should mention that there is a second Chansbros branch nearby which is marked as B on the map.