© MK2

MK2 is a mid-century modern design café and furniture shop in the trendy Hyoja-dong area of Seoul. Situated just east of Gyeongbokgung Palace on a quiet street of galleries and used bookstoresソウル有数の観光名所である景福宮(キョンボックン)のすぐ隣にある落ち着いた外観のカフェ「MK2」。美術館や古本屋が建ち並ぶ静かな通り沿いでは他にもいくつかのカフェを目にするが、どこか懐かしさの残るモダンなデザインとくつろぎの空間が見事に調和した「MK2」がひときわ目を引く。



住所:122-2 Changseong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
TEL:+82 2 730 6420

Text and photo: Kelly Britton
Translation: Takafumi Asaka
MK2 is hardly the only stylish café in the neighborhood. But it stands out in its perfect pairing of high design and laid-back atmosphere.

A husband and wife team, one a professional photographer and the other a lighting designer, first opened the shop MK2 in 2008 with a collection of furniture they gathered while living in Germany. After finding a mint-condition Faema E61 espresso machine, dating from 1966, they expanded the shop’s offerings to a café. Now, a hodgepodge of vintage pieces – including Eames chairs and Heath ceramics – give the space the feeling of a casual, modern European café. The owners regularly update the interior and all of the pieces, from sofas to lighting to flatware, are available for sale.

Apart from the furnishings, at MK2 you’re likely to find a great soundtrack and a group of hip, young artists absorbed in conversation over coffee. Works by artist Kim Suyoung are on view and small nook filled with rare design books beckons exploration. Keeping with the café’s aesthetic, the menu offers well-executed versions of old-school classics – grilled cheese sandwiches, carrot cake, and Radlers, a mix of beer and lemonade popular in Germany. Grab an espresso from the friendly, unpretentious staff and enjoy MK2’s simple but stylish atmosphere – it’s irresistible.

Address: 122-2 Changseong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
Tel: +82 2 730 6420

Text and photo: Kelly Britton

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