When you get a craving for Western-style brunch in Korea, it can be hard to find a suitable restaurant, especially in Sejong. Koreans traditionally eat from the same menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and specialized breakfast-only restaurants are uncommon. Until recently, brunch-hungry residents of Jochiwon had to venture to Daejeon or Cheongju to satisfy their cravings. Luckily, there is now a brunch café right in the heart of Sejong City!
Located a few blocks from the Sejong Lake Park, Cafe Apill offers a tasty assortment of french toast, pancakes, eggs benedict, omelets, and salads, as well as a full array of coffees, teas, and smoothies. On hot days, the pomegranate iced tea provides a very refreshing (though very sweet) complement to the meal. We highly recommend the french toast with bacon. The bacon is crisp, unburnt, and sits atop a couple slices of bread so fluffy they seem to melt in your mouth. The dish is quite sweet, so it pairs well with one of the eggs benedict dishes, which comes on salmon or hash browns (we prefer the hash browns). Following Korean custom, we recommend ordering both dishes together and splitting them between two people.
With large windows often open to the fresh air and a bubbling brook running along the boardwalk, Cafe Apill offers an atmosphere similar to a European bistro or the front porch of a small-town coffeeshop. During warm months, we recommend getting a seat near the open window.
Cafe Apill is open on weekdays until 11 p.m., so you can order breakfast all day long! However, since the idea of “brunch” is still more novelty than custom in Korea, scheduling your visit on a weekend is considerably more tricky. The cafe is closed on Sundays.
In case you do show up on a weekend it’s closed, we recommend trying Mekong Thai or Japanese Ramen, both located in the same building.
Directions: Take the 620 or 601 bus to Sejong.
On the 601, get off at Gongjeong-georae-wui-wonhee (공정거래위원회) stop. Walk west, away from the government complex. Once you pass a Starbucks, Cafe Apill will be in the next building to your left. It is in the back of the building on the first floor.
On the 620, get off at the Handolmaeul Apartments (한똘마을아파트) bus stop, which is right after the Sejong Lake Park stop coming from Jochiwon.
Price Range: ₩10,000-₩15,000
Dish Picks: French Toast with Bacon, Eggs Benedict, Pomegranate Iced Tea
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. (Last order is at 10 p.m.) Closed Sundays.
Address: 세종특별자치시 도움8로 91 (어진동) 세종마치 123호/ Sejong Government City Do-eum 8 ro 91