Dotori Cafe is a Ghibli-style cafe in Seoul, South Korea that opened in 2022.
Dotori Cafe in Seoul now has two locations. I went to the Dotori in Yongsan, but the new location in Jongno also has the same vegan options on the menu!
While Dotori Cafe is not a vegan or vegetarian cafe, they offer more vegan options than I’ve seen at other non-vegan cafes.
For all-vegan dessert cafes in Seoul, check out my vegan recommendations in Seoul blog post.
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Dotori Cafe Locations
Dotori Cafe in Yongsan
Address: 25-6 Hangang-daero 52-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Address in Korean: 용산구 한강대로52길 25-6
Hours: Open daily from 8am to 11pm
Dotori Garden Seoul
Address: 19-8 Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Address in Korean: 서울특별시 종로구 계동길 19-8
Hours: Open daily from 8am to 11pm
Dotori Yongsan Photos
Dotori basically feels like a Ghibli cafe in Seoul. There’s seating inside and outside, and are either wood-furnished or sky blue. It’s very homey and the most aesthetic cafe I’ve visited in Seoul.
Vegan Options at Dotori Cafe
When you walk in, you’ll see tables set with self-serve baked goods and sandwiches — none of those are vegan. 😅 Walk towards the 2nd table for the vegan options.
When I went, the prepackaged vegan items were on a top shelf. Now, it looks like they serve the vegan options in separate baskets on a table.
This section is self-serve, so you bring the items to the counter to pay.
Self-Serve Pre-Packaged Vegan Items:
- Vegan mugwort pound cake ($3.80 USD)
- Chocolate pound cake ($4.20 USD)
- Vegan cookies, chocolate chip, and oatmeal flavors ($3.45 USD each)
Vegan Food on the Menu
The only vegan items to order on the menu seem to be drinks. You can order one of the sweet teas or juices.
They do not offer plant milk for the coffees. None of the yogurt bowls or granola appear to be vegan.
There are vegetable soups on the menu, however, they don’t list the full ingredients. I didn’t get any of those, so it’s better to ask the staff if they contain any milk, butter, or eggs.
When you order from the menu, they give you a coaster that will buzz when your order is ready to pick up.
My Review of Dotori Cafe
I got the vegan chocolate pound cake and vegan chocolate chip cookie (at Dotori Yongsan location). The pound cake was dense and a bit dry. The cookie was a 7.7/10 and the better option from the two.
Still, I’d recommend visiting the cafe to experience the cafe setting itself. There’s plenty of indoor and outdoor seating and again, they offer more vegan options than other non-vegan cafes. At other popular cafes in Seoul, drinks are usually the only vegan option.
There are plenty of all-vegan cafes to check out in Seoul though. Here’s my top vegan restaurants and cafes to try in Seoul.
How to Get to Dotori Cafe
Dotori Yongsan in Seoul Location: The nearest train station to Dotori Yongsan is Samgakji Station.
Take exit 3 and the cafe is a short 5-minute walk away.
Dotori Garden Jongno Location: The nearest train station to Dotori Garden is Anguk Station. Take exit 2 and the cafe is a short 3-minute walk away.
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