In November, cold winds begin to blow and people start to bundle up when heading out. The cold can leave you sluggish and feeling like every step is a Herculean feat. The best way to recharge your batteries and get back your vitality is by surrounding yourself with green plants. This winter, visit a greenhouse or garden-themed restaurant for a quick pick-me-up!
Calling the Seoul Botanic Park large is an understatement; two times the size of Yeouido, the first city garden in Seoul is gigantic!
The park comprises Yeollinsup, an open forest; Jujewon, a theme garden; Hosuwon, a lake park; and Seubjiwon, a marsh eco park. The most popular attraction is the greenhouse in the theme garden, which is filled with plants from twelve countries in the Mediterranean and tropics regions. Be sure to head up to the skywalk for a bird’s-eye-view of the entire layout.
Yeouido is one of busiest areas of Seoul, being the center of the commercial industry. Perhaps this non-stop rush was the driving force behind the opening of All the Morning, a beautiful restaurant perfect for taking things slow. The restaurant is located on the 50th floor of the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) building, providing views of the surrounding city through the floor-to-ceiling windows. It is popular for taking in the nightscape, as well as for hosting wedding ceremonies due to the all-white interior design.
As the name implies, All the Morning serves brunch menus from various countries including France, England, and Greece. Additional menus include desserts, coffees, and wines. No matter what time you visit, you can enjoy a delicious meal in an interior that is equally scrumptious.
The Grand Greenhouse of Changgyeonggung Palace was the first greenhouse in Korea. Built in 1909 just before the Japanese colonial era, the greenhouse was designed after the Crystal Palace from the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London. Although rather small in size, the greenhouse is filled with over 70 different types of plants. There is no separate fee charged, but visitors must pay admission to Changgyeonggung Palace to access the greenhouse.
Urban Plant is a café filled with greenery! The tasty brunch menus are a perfect match to the cozy interior. The signature Urban Omelet is stuffed with avocado, tomato, and bacon for a filling meal. To go with this, we recommend the sweet and sour fresh grapefruit juice to quench your thirst.
With various potted plants creating a cozy atmosphere, dining at Urban Plant will give you some time to relax and enjoy a meal. The café has plenty of seating, taking up three floors, with terrace space as well. The home-like interior will have you wanting to never leave.
Alex the Coffee is located in the quiet neighborhood of Seongbuk-dong in Seoul. One wall of the café is entirely made up of windows overlooking the garden, while the café interior is filled with various potted plants. All the coffee beans used are directly purchased and roasted for a high-quality flavor. To satisfy a sweet tooth, we recommend Charlie Choco, served with ice cream and chocolate cake topped with marshmallow.
* This column was last updated in October 2019, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.