There’s a new vegan-friendly coffee shop in the Noksapyeong/Itaewon area that just opened about a month ago. It’s not an exclusively vegan cafe, but they have some sweet treats and also soy milk options. Awesome!
The interior ambiance is really nice too with vintage books, eco-friendly cardboard seating, handmade journals, good music, free wifi (ofcourse), and every time I go, there’s a fresh vase of vibrant gorgeous flowers to turn any frown upside down. I really love the big glass window where you can sit and people watch. It’s a little separated from the main Itaewon street which is always busy and a bit of an eyesore, but it’s really calm along this alleyway and you can still have fun seeing folks of all different backgrounds and ethnicities passing by– it makes me feel like I’m not in Korea.
It’s worth checking it out just for the relaxing ambiance and the good coffee. In addition to high quality roasted coffee, they also serve dutch (water drip) coffee which tastes really smooth and has hardly any caffeine so you can enjoy it late at night. You can buy some by the bottle too. I got a small bottle of it to take home and diluted it with some soy milk and ice. Delicious. Oh, and the customer service is great. The barista manager there is always so sweet and cheerful.
Soy chai latte. Their original chai latte mix has some dairy in it, but if you ask, they can make a vegan version for you with a regular chai tea bag and some frothy soy milk (no extra fee for soy milk!). If you like it on the sweeter side, you can add a brown sugar cube that is adorably wrapped like candy:
Directions to Botton:
Itaewon Station line 6, exit 1. Walk straight, til you almost reach the end of Itaewon street. Before you get to the end, you will see a narrow road that veers to the right and up a hill. Walk uphill, passing Cup & Bowl and Hillside bar on your right. Botton will be on your right. About a 10 minute walk from the station.
Noksapyeong Station, like 6, Exit 1. Come out the exit and take the overpass bridge. Pass Petra’s restaurant on your left and follow the road as it curves. Botton will be around the corner, on your left.
Opening hours: 1pm-11pm
Closed on Mondays
Address: 서울시 용산구 이태원동 455-23
They don’t have a website at the moment, but if you’re on twitter, their twitter account is @Coffeebotton