As Hongdae continues to gentrify, driving up rents and shutting out independent businesses, many small business owners have turned their attention towards a nearby area, Mangwon-dong. A traditionally working class area situated between Hongdae and World Cup Stadium, its cheap rent and great location have attracted many small businesses, especially cafes. One cafe that really stands out is Zapangi Tin and Bottle with its large pink vending machine door attached to a bare gray concrete wall. 'Zapangi (자판기)' is actually the Korean word for vending machine, thus the door. It has a minimalist workshop-like interior accentuated by stacks of bright, warm pink cups and frosted baked goods and random pink objects and lighting. It's an incredibly well-designed interior that made Zapangi one of the top destinations for Instagrammers and bloggers from all over Seoul.
But it's not just the interior that helps Zapangi stand out. Besides the usual coffee, Zapangi also serves cakes in tins, and special milk tea brews in small cute glass bottles, thus the 'Tin and Bottle' part of the name. There are five types of cakes: Coffee, Cherry, Mango, Blueberry, and Melon, and four types of milk tea: Original, Jasmin, White bean, and Black bean. Compared to most other dessert cafes, Zapangi's menu is pretty minimal, even though they try to spice up the menu with special seasonal treats. But as the old saying goes, 'quality over quantity', and there's no denying that Zapangi's tin cakes and milk teas are out of this world.
|Company Name||Zapangi Tin and Bottle (자판기)|
|Category||Food, Drink & Nightlife Social Family & Living|
|Opening Hours||10:00 - 23:00|
400-2 Mangwon-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea 400-2
Take Line 6 to Mangwon Station and go out Exit 2. -> Go right then cross the street and turn right. -> Walk straight for about 400 meters. Zapangi will be on your left.