Aside from the Hello Kitty cafes here in Korea, another popular request for me to visit was one of the several Charlie Brown theme cafes! That’s right, Korea also has some official Snoopy cafes! Sadly though… I seem to have put it off a bit too long!! T_T We had a large one right by my house in Sillim and I kept saying “next time” for over a year… till this summer when I walked by and was shocked to find the cafe was gone! Replaced with an Iceberry cafe!!
I quickly hopped on the internet to find the nearest cafe in Seoul so I could still do a post, but ACK ALMOST ALL OF THE SNOOPY CAFES IN KOREA CLOSED DOWN THIS YEAR! Sad news, but I wanted to make sure I got the word out in English so people do not try and find these cafes!
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So yes, chances are a location you read about visiting online is closed (the one in Hongdae was quite popular tourists) so in an effort to help save others time I will share the most up-to-date list at the bottom for you guys~ Korea has gone from about a dozen Charlie Brown Cafes to just 5!! I hate trying to find a place only to arrive and discover it is closed… happened to me this weekend with another cafe *sigh* anyway….
I am not sure exactly why the cafes all closed down, but judging by the comments online apparently it was very expensive and the food just did not taste so hot. They also set the cafes up in places a bit far for tourists who are the main source of income ~ places like the Hello Kitty Cafe need tourists to survive here because Korea is literally filled with cafes. Koreans also do not seem to like snoopy very much, he is not really around here at all on character items so I guess I understand…. although I am sad to see so many cute locations go 🙁
My mother really likes Snoopy and Paddington Bear~ so I have inherited a fondness for the characters as well ♥
One of the easiest locations for tourists to hit up is actually in Incheon Airport! Yes, you can fly to Korea and hit up a theme cafe while you wait for your flight home!!! During my last vacation I made it a point to find this cafe so I could at least share it with everyone~
Lets visit the Charlie Brown Cafe at Incheon airport!!
Aw so cute!! However, calling it a “cafe” is a bit generous… more like a pit stop hehe
When we arrived at the Charlie Brown Cafe in Incheon Airport we quickly discovered that they have no sit-down areas~ it is all carry-out only!
This location will take a few different currencies since it is right by the gate!
The Charlie Brown Cafe at Incheon offers a typical selection of drinks, coffee, and teas hot or iced. They also have a menu of “Snow beverages” which I assume is a crushed ice drink of some kind~ I forgot to ask exactly! Prices range from around 4,000 won to 6,000 won.
They also have a small selection of prepared cakes , sandwiches, and bagels! These are not the full menu that is offered at the large proper cafes, but it is an airport so that is understandable! If you order a sandwich they will offer to heat it up for you ♥
The cutest cakes they have are the character shaped style that come in 3 choices + flavors!
They also had a few smaller sliced treats available that looked just as cute! I decided to try a mini “Snoopy Rare Cheesecake” and cheese steak sandwich with Lucy’s Seal of approval.
To drink I ordered a Chocolate ice drink and Nara got a Green Tea Latte. After paying we found out they do not do any coffee art at this location!! Sorry guys, not even an option! Booo :/
While we waited for my sandwich I had a nice look around at all the cute goodies they had for sale! Even though it is a take-out location they still had plenty of character gifts for you to buy.
Mini Snoopy Shop! The stuff they had for sale was actually really cute, Snoopy fans will love these!
Snoopy Tea! Peach black tea sounds really good…
I would have to say the mugs they sell here win the cute award!
Also the Snoopy lunchboxes they had looked very cute as well! Triplication….?
They also had some large fiberglass figures out for photo sessions! Yay~ I’m glad for that, made me a little less bummed about the lack of coffee art. I never pass up a chance to pose with a giant character statue! haha
Got yer nose
Our food came out quickly and we headed to our gate to chow down as cutely as possible before our flight left for Japan! We had to kind of run to the gate at this point haha I was yelling at Nara to be careful and not smash the cake before I could take photos!
One plus was if you want to bring the food on your flight to eat they give you a very nice box to carry the goodies in! Sure beats those squishy paper bags!
When we arrived to our gate we finally had a moment to enjoy the cute food! Behold~ the “Snoopy Rare Cheesecake”! I was extra classy and ate this on my belly like some kind of sea otter because the gate did not have any tables ㅋㅋㅋㅋ
The cake was a very airy and rich cheesecake mousse…tasted extra cheesy! Inside I found 2 layers of fluffy yellow cake while the outside had some chips of white chocolate as a decoration.
I personally liked my Cheese steak sandwich, but Nara hated it… more for me!! It was just like a really good hot pocket or something hahah the bread was really soft and chewy!
Sadly Nara hated his coffee, he said it was gross and super sweet….I’m sure the high price tag and lack of coffee art did not help the situation.
My iced chocolate was ok, I was really thirsty after all the running around so we both just drank my drink in the end.
Final thoughts? Honestly, while I found it extremely cute to visit since I was at the airport anyway, the food really was not that amazing at all. It is kinda like the Hello Kitty Cafe food, you are paying for cute vs amazing taste. If you love Snoopy and happen to be in Incheon Airport looking for something cute to do and have extra money to blow you should check it out the Charlie Brown Cafe here though~ it was fun to at least see once for me!!
Incheon Airport Charlie Brown Cafe Directions
Charlie Brown Cafe ~ Incheon Airport
Hours : 7:00 am ~ 9:15pm
Location :(Duty-free Area) 3F, Near Gate 12
Snoopy cafe (last we checked) is not listed on most of the airport maps, so we had to call the help desk and find out from them! Keep that in mind if you do not see them listed in the directory, we did not either 😛 haha. The cafe will be on the airport’s 3rd floor right around gate #12 so just follow the signs! It should be on your right (from what I can remember!) and will be hard to miss because of the giant sculptures ^^
Remaining Locations in Korea as of 11/11/2012
Seoul Location #1 상봉역점
This location is a small sit down cafe right in the Seoul Metro station! 상봉역
Address : 서울 중랑구 상봉동 망우로 115
Hours : 6:30 am ~10:30 pm
(XXXXXXNo photo atm! XXXXX)
Seoul Location #2 메이필드호텔점
위치 : 메이필드호텔 스포츠동
Address : 서울시 강서구 외발산동 426번지 메이필드호텔 내 스포츠동 1층
Hours : 7:00 ~ 22:30
Phone Number : 02-2660-9177
Pusan Location #1 해운대센텀점
위치 : 센텀시티역 부근
Address : 부산시 해운대구 우동 1511 센텀다이아몬드빌딩 10층
Hours : 10:00 ~ 21:00
Phone Number : 051-743-7279
Pusan Location #2 부산대점
위치 : 부산대인근
Address : 부산시 금정구 장전동 312-38번지
Hours : 11:00 ~ 23:00
Phone Number : 051-516-5556
Have you ever been to a Charlie Brown Cafe in Korea before? Did you visit the Incheon Airport cafe thanks to this post? Comment below and share your experiences with everyone!