It seems in Seoul anything and everything can have a café. In Gangnam, even the international luxury brands have gotten into the game. Where Dior gives ostentatiously feminine banquet hall vibes, Hermès offers a more low key intimate setting for dining in a sophisticated luxury palace.
Tucked in the heart of a larger than life golden building, Cafe Madang is surprisingly understated. Warm wood tones and dim lighting make for a cozy environment even in mid-afternoon. While they serve meal entrees throughout the day (mostly “western” fare), there is a certain luxury that comes with sipping tea out of Hermes china and nibbling through a tiered snack set. Or perhaps an early dinner with drinks and maybe you leave with a little treat in the form of a leather good.
All hype aside, Cafe Madang is a special treat. It’s not everyday you get to dine in a luxury fashion house, and let’s be real, food is probably the most affordable thing you’ll ever get in these walls.
Go here for: a midday coffee or an afternoon tea break from all that hard work shopping
Order this: afternoon tea set – it’s a good deal considering the experience
Amount of time to spend: an hour or two for a leisurely break
When to come: afternoon on a weekday works for walk ins
Getting here: about a 15-20 min walk from Apgujeong (3) and Apgujeong Rodeo (Bundang) stations
Other things to note: Very tourist friendly, with English menus and staff that speak English (and likely other languages too)
Last visited: October 2019
Last updated: October 2021