Many people these days like to record and share moments of their everyday life, be it a café they visit often, or a restaurant they enjoyed. Some places put in a ton of effort to make their places worthy of the term “Instagrammable,” and you get to reap all the benefits! Visit some of the hottest Instagrammable places in Korea to show off your inssa status!
Cafés in Hongdae, the hipster hideaway
The area around Hongdae, including Mangwon-dong, Yeonnam-dong, and Sangsu-dong, is filled with cafés and restaurants giving off trendy vibes. Among them all, there is one place that continues to rank at the top of many female tourists’ bucket list: Style Nanda! It was even featured in the Korean variety program “Welcome, First Time in Korea?” It’s a must-visit location if you’re interested in the latest cosmetics and fashion trends in Korea. Of course, even if you don’t care about those things, you’ll want to stop by the fourth floor for the Pink Pool Café. Designed with the concept of a bathing room, the café interior is entirely done in pastel tones of pink and blue that give everyone a youthful glow. The best place to take photos is sitting on the edge of the pool in the center of the café.
- Info on Style Nanda Pink Pool Café
4F, 23, Wausan-ro 29da-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 와우산로29다길 23 스타일난다 매장 4층)
- Operating hours
11:00-21:00, open all year round
Order for the gram
Uploading unique foods is just as important as new and trendy places for Instagrammers. One of the latest fads is “dirty coffee,” a cappuccino topped with chocolate powder and overflowing foam. The taste is similar to a regular cappuccino; you’ll just have to take extra care when drinking it. Another popular coffee menu is latte art, but to really stand out, find a café that serves cream art, drawing fantastic images on a layer of cream foam. A new trend cafés are emulating is the idea of a “home café,” serving items like croffles, croissants baked in a waffle iron; caramelting, coffee topped with custard sugar coated in caramel; and the O’sulloc 1979 Afternoon Tea set.
- Major cafés selling dirty coffee & latte art
- Get Some Coffee (Gangnam, Jamsil, Itaewon, etc.), C.Through (Itaewon), Brancusi (Itaewon), etc.
Know your angles Simply coming to a trendy place and ordering the right menu items isn’t enough to be an Instagrammer. You need to know your angles to get the perfect photo for Instagram. The right angle can transform your photo from an amateur snap into the work of a pro! When taking pictures of people, it’s better to have the camera as low to the ground as possible. Taking pictures with the camera down low and angled up will create a slimmer, taller figure. For food or item pictures, lighting is key. You can create a more atmospheric picture by using a curtain to block half the light, or indirect lighting for a soft look.