CONTRIBUTED BY LAUREN PISTOLE
Just a few minutes away from the DMZ lies the small town of Munsan where a handful of military families live. We are lucky enough to get to enjoy Healing Coffee, a small “Mom and Pop” Korean coffee shop that serves an assortment of baked goods, light sandwiches, and of course, coffee.
Healing Coffee is rarely crowded, so you can sit down, linger, and fully relax to truly enjoy the experience. The owners put a lot of effort into crafting your drink, so make sure not to come if you’re in a rush! Be prepared to spend at least half an hour in the peaceful café environment. If you are in a hurry, they do have a “to go” option. Healing Coffee offers a welcome respite from the overwhelming humidity and heat with a blasting aircon system which only adds to the appeal during the summer.
My favorite drink is the iced caramel macchiato which even comes with coffee ice cubes so your drink doesn’t dilute as the ice melts! Add a pancake, which comes with a generous drizzle of caramel syrup, sliced almonds, and a blueberry or two, and you are set for a delicious mid-morning snack! Slices of tiramisu, blueberry cheesecake, coffee mousse, and cheese sandwiches are also available. The pink lemonade and cherry-ade are yummy options for non-coffee drinkers.
A snack and a drink will cost you anywhere from 6,000 won to 9,000 won; a drink by itself will cost about 3,000-4,500 won. They do offer a loyalty card where you get your 11th drink free, so make sure to remember it when you come back! Unfortunately, the only downside to Healing Coffee is a lack of public bathroom, so you’ll have to be prepared to run to the HomePlus down the road if nature should call.
Hours: 10 am-8 pm
Directions: Munsan is an hour from Yongsan and Casey. The following directions are from Yongsan, by train: Head to Seoul Station. Transfer to the Gyeongui line and take the train all the way to the last stop, Munsan. It will be about a 52 minutes ride. Once there, take a taxi (should be 3,500 won) to Healing Coffee-it may be helpful to show the driver a picture of the loyalty card so they can see the name and address. Congratulations, you’re there! 🙂
Payment: Credit card and won.