Beer, Bread, Coffee – Take a Winter Trip to Gangneung

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With the new KTX running from Seoul to Gangneung, visitors are able to commute between the two cities within two hours, making a day trip to Gangneung from Seoul an option. For those who prefer the tranquil winter beach over the enthusiastic summer beach, read on for trip ideas to enjoy a winter trip to Gangneung as well as the region’s beer, bread, and coffee!

B! Beers crafted to perfection

Drink up! Gangneung craft beers available only at Budnamu Brewery
Once a makgeolli (rice wine) factory, the elegantly redesigned Budnamu Brewery now offers its own signature craft beers that incorporate Gangneung’s local characteristics. Budnamu Brewery’s signature drink Minori Session derives its name from a region in Gangneung known to cultivate rice. Other drinks such as Zeumeu Blanc and Haslla IPA also have a special tie with Gangneung; Zeumeu means “A village where the sun sets,” whereas Haslla was Gangneung’s old name, meaning “a vast ocean.” Likewise, many of the beer names crafted at Budnamu Brewery are connected to the local region, offering visitors an opportunity to learn interesting facts about Gangneung as they enjoy exquisite beer.
Newcomers to Budnamu Brewery are recommended to try out Budnamu Sampler as the menu consists of the brewery’s four signature beers – Minori Session, Zeumeu Blanc, Pine City Pale Ale, and Ojuck Stout. Minori Session is characterized by a refreshing mandarin-scented aftertaste and Zeumeu Blanc by its smooth wheat flavor followed by a hint of chrysanthemum and Chinese pepper. On the other hand, Pine City Pale Ale offers a bitter but refreshing taste, while the dark Ojuck Stout is bold in both flavor and alcohol content. Budnamu Brewery offers several side menus to go with the beer, but we recommend Budnamu Platter for a taste of the various choices, including cheese, nachos, olives, croquette, and chili.

C! Coffee and charm along the coffee road

Awaken your senses at Wanda Mansion
Wanda Mansion attracts visitors with vintage furniture, live plants, and an elegantly decorated interior. The tables are widely placed apart from each other, providing adequate space for visitors to sit and relax. The café also features a terrace where visitors can sit outside during spring and summer to enjoy the fresh blossoms and greenery, or remain inside and enjoy the view through the terrace windows over a latte during chilly winter.
Taking a photo of Wanda Mansion’s desserts is a must as they look just as charming as the café’s interior. Their appearance will delight you even before you take your first bite. Homemade sweet fruit ades are available regardless of season, but a warm latte or cup of strongly blended flat white will melt away the winter cold. Add a rich chocolate brownie to complete your perfect afternoon.

Culture and coffee meet at Bonbon Roastery
Bonbon Roastery was remodeled from an old abandoned mill and is now a café that shows appreciation for coffee and cultural arts. The atmosphere is calm and relaxing, welcoming visitors to settle down cozily at their seats. Coffee beans are personally roasted at the café then carefully poured over, pursuing excellence even to the last drop. The second floor resembles a gallery with displays of framed photos and artwork by local residents and artists of Gangneung. Treat yourself to a special break by taking a seat surrounded by outstanding works while enjoying a cup of hot coffee.
Bonbon Roastery can be characterized by its sincerity. The fragrance of carefully roasted beans fills the air, tickling your nose. Coffee lovers will be pleased with the diverse coffee options to choose from. If you’re not a fan of coffee, other beverages are also available, such as the house special lemon grape bonbon, presenting a sweet refreshing taste to recharge your energy, or the misutgaru (powder mixture of roasted grains) drink with honey to make for a filling meal in a cup.

Embrace the ocean at Bossa Nova
Café Bossa Nova is located on Gangneung’s famous Coffee Street near Anmok Beach. The café is a four-story building with a rooftop terrace on its top floor. Many people brace themselves against the cold winter breeze to take in the ocean view from this rooftop. A sip of hot coffee and the refreshing view of the blue East Sea are enough to blow your concerns and chills away along with the ocean breeze. If you can’t handle the cold for long, head on downstairs to the indoor café with floor-to-ceiling glass windows that allow visitors to enjoy the view in a warm, cozy atmosphere.
The breathtaking view of the vast ocean is not the only significance Bossa Nova has to offer – the café’s true value lies in their outstanding coffee. Only the most exceptional coffee beans are carefully selected on a seasonal basis and prepared to bring out flavors as superb as the rooftop’s view. The café opens early morning, offering fresh croissants and warm coffee to start the day. Other beverages beside coffees are also available so don’t forget to include Bossa Nova into your itinerary.

A truly romantic winter sight, Anmok and Jumunjin Beach

Beach road filled with coffee aroma, Anmok Beach
The road along Anmok Beach has gained much attention as Gangneung Coffee Street. The street across from the beach is lined with cafés that boast distinct coffee aromas of their own. The well-managed pathway along the beach provides for a pleasant walk by the calm waters. In contrast to the bustling summer beach, the winter beach gives off a quiet and tranquil ambience, setting a perfect mood to reflect on life.
Swings just the right size for two people can be found along the sandy beach, perfect for taking in the ocean view as you share body warmth with someone special. The swings especially serve as a romantic photo spot for couples along with the open beach as a wonderful backdrop. Another way to enjoy winter at Anmok Beach is to take in the ocean view with a hot cup of coffee from the nearby coffee vending machine. The sweet instant coffee is readily available at only 400 won per cup, so don’t forget to prepare some coins in advance.

Follow the footsteps of “Guardian” at Jumunjin Port) (Credit (top): CJ E&M)
Jumunjin Port and its breakwater first came into spotlight upon appearing in the popular K-drama “Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016),” and continues to attract hundreds of visitors to this day. Many who flock to the area seek to take memorable photos by reenacting a significant scene from “Guardian” with the ocean in the background. Originally known for fresh hoe (sliced raw fish), Jumunjin Port consists of a huge hoe center where visitors can enjoy hoe menus at a reasonable price. Other attractions are also available near the port, such as the Jumunjin Beach and Jumunjin Lighthouse.

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