It’s no secret that I love a good café, and Korea is known for its amazing theme cafés. Around Pyeongtaek there are a lot of chains, but there are also a lot of little mom-and-pop cafés that seem to come and go. The ones that stick though? They’re amazing, and they’re worth a visit. Sometimes, a new one pops up, too, and it’s just too intriguing to pass up…like The Cottage Café here in Pyeongtaek.
I can’t 100% tell you if there’s a real theme to this café, but I can tell you that it’s such a cute little joint, and it’s 100% worth the visit. As you approach Camp Humphreys, you’re flanked by seemingly endless little shops, but just an intersection or two away from the Anjeong-ri gate lies the most non-descript little coffee shop…from the outside, anyway. Entering the Cottage Café though offers immediate Harry Potter vibes with its petite, closed interior.
When you enter, you’re immediately greeted by a giant plush bear welcoming you to take photos with it, a winding staircase directly in front of you, and the café’s offering, kitchen, and register to your right. Drinks are made to order, donuts are fresh daily, and the offerings are as fun and kitschy as the décor. I opted for a Nutty Delight donut, but options range from Berry Dream to Caramel Cloud, White Winder, Dolce de Leche, and beyond.
There are traditional lattes (like Café Latte and Café Mocha) available, but the specialty lattes are the real treat here! I actually wasn’t sure which one I wanted to tr, and I went back and forth between the Banana Milk Latte and the Tiramisu Latte, eventually opting for the latter. They’re hot or iced, and like the New Hampshirite I am, I ordered iced because…ifkyk. They also have a solid tea menu, and you can also pre-order donuts by messaging them on Facebook.
Upstairs, you can enjoy your cup surrounded by books, a petite fireplace, quaint little windows, and plenty of books to keep your heart happy. One of my photographer friends and I went there with the intent on taking our headshots, and we obviously didn’t emerge until we’d heartily indulged in the treats there, as well.
Honestly, like I said, there is no shortage of good café options here in South Korea, but this was such a fun little addition to the neighborhood directly surrounding Camp Humphreys! There are also a few kiddos’ drink options, books for littles to enjoy, and plenty of little photo options for you! If you live nearby, trust me when I say that you’ll want to visit The Cottage Café!
How to Go to The Cottage Café in Pyeongtaek
Address: In Waze – Gyeonggi-do, Pyeongtaek-si, Anjeong-ri 40
Hours: Open Monday – Thursday: 6 AM-12 PM, Saturday – Sunday: 10 AM-6 PM