Paju is way north in South Korea. As in, nearly at the DMZ kind of north. But that hasn’t been stopping Koreans and tourists from flocking to the small city and its neighboring countryside. What many of them are making the journey to is a fantastic art and commercial convergence known as Hyeri Art Valley. A ton of wonders to explore for any art enthusiast, but for cafe lovers, this area seems to be more closer to heaven rather than being close to one of the world’s craziest borders.
Without further ado, a tribute to Hyeri’s art cafe scene.
Gallery Cafe Sihu Daam is a vibrant art gallery that also acts as a cafe that serves coffee, pancakes and patbingsu.
Gallery Jireh is a sprawling art complex that is constantly putting on exhibits and has an art cafe of its own.
Gallery White Block is a massive exhibition space located next to a pond, complete with cafe where you can sit outside and take in the surroundings.
Hyeri MOA is a gallery cafe situated in the heart of Hyeri, which has received great acclaim for its architectural design.
Cocina is another art space that also operates as a workshop/seminar facility, featuring an Italian restaurant that serves up great pizzas.
ADAMAS253 is a gallery cafe that seemingly has a window for every diner who comes to munch on their steaks and healthy salads.
Whoever Jennifer is, she appears to be having a blast. Jennifer Gallery features a rooftop observatory, while lower levels include galleries and a cafe. If that’s not enough, she’s got an underground pool that you can use.
Han Hyang Lim Ceramic Museum is also worth exploring, if not for relaxing on a great terrace.