Starbucks is not only known for its coffee—wherever you are in the world, there's at least one branch that has a *unique* concept. There's a Spanish-inspired house in Mexico, a bank vault turned cafe in Amsterdam, and a rose gold-themed reserve in Tokyo. For its newest branch in Daegu, South Korea, the famed coffeehouse and roastery chain celebrated the city's heritage and gave it a modern take!
The Starbucks Daegu Jongro Goteak is built with hanoks in mind. ICYDK, a hanok is a traditional Korean-style house that has giwa (tiles) roofing and a wooden architectural structure. They were first designed during the Joseon dynasty, that's why one look at them and you'll immediately be transported back in time. You've seen hanoks in some of your favorite K-dramas such as The King's Affection and Mr. Queen.
This Starbucks branch in Daegu has an open layout and ground seating (there are also the ~usual~ tables and chairs) that faces a garden to *complete* the experience. With this design, heat is retained during the winter season while the interiors are cool in the summertime. Traditional wall paintings are also peppered all over the place for everyone to admire.
Apart from being an architectural wonder, Daegu is also known as a UNESCO City Of Music and Starbucks made sure to include this recognition in their Jongro Goteak store! There's a spot in the cafe that's specifically for music in partnership with Danish manufacturer Bang & Olufsen (B&O). Customers can also purchase a B&O Beosound Explore Portable Bluetooth Speaker at the said branch.
If you're currently planning your trip to South Korea, you might want to add the Starbucks Daegu Jongro Goteak to your must-visit list. Scratch that—you might want to make a stop at the fourth-largest city in SoKor! Check out our guide to Daegu right here.
The Starbucks Daegu Jongro Goteak is located at 77-gil 22 Jungang-daero, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea.
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