A Guide to the Best Cafes in Daegu
The cafe culture in South Korea is one that can’t be rivaled. Beautiful interior design, jaw dropping desserts, delicious artisan coffee – this country is a coffee addict’s paradise!
I’ve scoured the city of Daegu (and the interwebs) for the best cafes in Daegu and I’ve gone ahead and blessed the internet with a comprehensive, all-in-one, end-all-be-all list of the best places in Daegu to get your coffee fix! Ok I’m getting a little carried away, but seriously this is a big list of deliciousness for your next trip or exploration around Daegu!
Cafes Downtown Daegu – Jung-gu.
District Gate 5.
17-1 Dongmun-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu
대구광역시 중구 동문동 17-1
District Gate 5 is a cafe located near the Jungangno subway station and does the industrial design style well. Offering coffee, smoothies, and a light brunch menu, this spot is definitely for the cool kids.
La Mia Emily.
2061-2 Dalgubeol-daero, Jung-gu, Daegu
대구 중구 달구벌대로 2061-2
La mia Emily’s slogan is “An oasis in the city” and an oasis it is! This absolutely adorable cafe is located down an otherwise drab and empty alleyway and opens up into a gorgeous cafe with whimsical garden seating. Offering coffee, brunch and desserts, my goal is to become a regular. Hands down la mia Emily is one of my favorite cafes in all of Daegu.
7 Myeongnyun-ro 11-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu
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Situated down an unlikely and seemingly remote side street, Schoron is definitely a hidden gem of a brunch cafe. Offering more than just brunch, this modern diner should be at the top of your must-try Daegu restaurants. The eggs benedict is to die for and may be one of the best I’ve had yet!
94 Dongseong-ro 4-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu
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On the same Dongseongro Café Alley as Ryu and My Coffeecal Romance, Cafe Lucid always graces the top spots of Daegu’s best cafe lists. With so many fabulous options in one single alley, it can be difficult to choose where to grab your next cup of joe!
124-24 Deoksan-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu
대구광역시 중구 덕산동 124-24
A dessert addict’s paradise, Tarr Tarr sells beautiful tarts, cookies and cakes of all design and flavor. Come with an empty stomach and a group of friends to indulge in a sampling of the best tarts downtown.
26 Dongseong-ro 1-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu
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A brand new addition to the downtown area, Le Pouldu is a beautiful bakery cafe. Walk in and instantly enjoy the sights and smells of freshly baked goods. Sample the offerings and take your coffee upstairs to enjoy window seats overlooking the hopping streets of Daegu.
My Coffeecal Romance.
93 Dongseong-ro 4-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu
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Located on Dongseongro Café Alley, My Coffeecal Romance is a popular spot to enjoy a nice cup of coffee and their beautiful bingsu (Korean shaved ice dessert).
Ryu Coffee Roasters.
66-2 Gongpyeong-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu
대구 중구 공평동 66-2
Ryu is one of the most well known and famous cafes in Daegu – and for good reason. Pop by for a cup of cold brew, a fresh slice of tiramisu and chill out in their hip and industrial vibed space.
Sugar Pumpkin is the sweetest little cafe I have ever been too. Come for a cup of coffee but stay for the over-the-top watermelon bingsu that’s perfect on any sweltering summer day (as most summer days are in Daegu).
45 Dongseong-ro, 12-gil Jung-gu, Daegu
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Schumann& is a starving college student’s dream. This cafe has loads of cozy spots for groups and couples to relax and offers customers unlimited freshly baked breads and desserts with the purchase of a beverage. How high can you pile your plate?
26-9 Gongpyeong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu
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Located on a side street from the main drag, Delizzert offers a minimalistic and cozy environment with fanciful desserts. Start with the famous chocolate lava cake and come back for everything else on the menu! This spot has the makings for a perfect date night.
28 Jungang-daero 79-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu
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When people think of brunch in Daegu, they think of Mansion5. This cute cafe is housed in a traditional Korean hanok and offers delicious brunch menu options, numerous coffee choices and a good selection of fresh baked goods.
48-5 Dongdeok-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu
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Cafe Moga is another cafe stationed inside a beautiful small hanok. This cute spot is famous for its ice cube latte, carrot cake and cozy atmosphere.
Cafes Near Kyungpook University – Buk-gu.
Deep Flat Coffee.
Deep Flat Coffee is tucked away down a tiny alley near Kyungpook University’s north gate. Complete with cute garden seating and the best banana pudding in Korea, we stumbled upon it as a happy accident and now it’s one of my favs.
Sankyuk Rooftop Cafe.
1412-35 Sangyeok-dong, Buk-gu, Daegu
대구 북구 상곡동 1412-35
On the main bustling restaurant street next to Kyungpook University, this rooftop cafe is as cozy as cozy can be. Two levels offer guests the ability to relax inside or venture to the rooftop for views of the neighborhood. Stop by for a cold beer, a cup of coffee or a sweet treat – this place has it all!
Cafes in Southeastern Daegu – Suseong-gu.
33-4 Dongdaegu-ro 77-gil, Suseong-gu, Daegu
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A bit off of the beaten track, Slow Life is another Daegu favorite. This cafe is a maze of natural lighting and garden seating, and it offers an extensive menu of coffee and cake options. It’s a great space for creative musings and good conversation.
Crescendo Coffee & Dessert.
861-2 Hwanggeum-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu
대구 수성구 화궐동 861-2
Crescendo Coffee and Dessert cafe offers customers the cutest cat tiramisu in all of Korea – it’s even caught the attention of Insider! Come see what the hype is about over their coffee and cat inspired treats.
Bonus: Pet Cafes of Daegu.
15 Daehak-ro 17-gil, Buk-gu, Daegu
A cafe tour of Daegu wouldn’t be complete without visiting one of the many pet cafes in Korea. Raccona Matata is a tourist favorite where customers can sip their brews amongst raccoons and even take the time to play with them and feed them.
Cat Dog Cafe.
120-16 Dongseongno 3(sam)-ga, Jung-gu, Daegu
If raccoons aren’t your speed, you can also check out the Cat Dog Cafe for furry cuddles with – you guessed it – cats and dogs! A true staple, this classic pet cafe is not to be missed.
There you have it folks – some of the best cafes Daegu has to offer. For more of what to do in Daegu, check out my 25 Things to Do in Daegu for inspiration! 🙂
Where is your favorite place to grab a cup of joe in Daegu? Comment below!