Seoul changes constantly; businesses open and close at a rapid pace, while older neighborhoods seem to get torn down every year to make way for new developments. However, there are still parts of Seoul that remain untouched, and it's shocking to see Minerva, a cafe that's been open since 1975, still thriving in an area that has been largely gentrified over the past decade. It's been serving high-quality coffee for over forty years, and its interior remains largely unchanged from when it first opened, making it feel almost like you're going back in time. The cafe uses a special brewing method known as the 'siphon vacuum method', as well as a variety of coffee beans from all over the world. If you order more than two cups the owner will demonstrate this "siphon vacuum method" at your table.
The owner of Minerva sees his cafe as a sort of oasis where people can take a break from their busy schedules to relax in a place where it seems that time has stopped. In contrast to the fast-paced, constantly changing aspects of modern Korean society, Minerva remains a sort of time capsule, an oasis of sorts that rejects this trend. Its interior remains largely the same from what it was over 40 years ago and old Korean pop music plays over the speakers, exacerbating this feeling.
|Company Name||Minerva (미네르바)|
|Category||Food, Drink & Nightlife Family & Living Social|
|Opening Hours||Monday to Friday: 11:00 - 22:30 / Saturday: 11:00 - 22:30 / Sunday: 12:00 - 22:00|
|Closed Days||Closed on the first Sunday of every month|
18 Myeongmul-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea 18
Take Line 2 to Sinchon Station and go out Exit 3. -> Walk straight, away from the rotary, about 150 meters until you reach a large pedestrian intersection. -> Turn right and walk straight about 80 meters. Minerva will be on your right.