Cafe Hunter: Four B

Back to the Basics

Story by: Becky White

Photos by: Ahn Dong Ho 


The absolute basics of a good cafe include a well-made cup of coffee and a comfortable place to simply be. Cafes boast a remarkable history of providing the proper atmosphere where significant books and songs were penned, the landmarks of artistic history. Cafes are where both java and ideas percolate, where revolutions are planned, and where people fall in love. A small table, a single mug full of the bitter brew set before you, the hum of conversation and carefully chosen music cast a spell of creativity. Interesting themes and fancy drinks are but whimsical designs that decorate the stark simplicity of a cafe's foundations; a good cafe can do without.

Four B promises to take their cafes back to the basics. The three locations of Four B around Seoul all have airy and light-filled architectural styles. I visited the Hapjeong cafe; a huge, bright building designed to capture space. Complete with an outside pavilion, an inside garden-like terrace, and expansive windows, the openness of the cafe is like a sigh of relief. The bakers on the first floor roll dough with calm focus, white baker's hats on their heads and white flour on their hands. One young man roasts beans in the loft-style room. The roasting room is all glass and no wall. It's somehow soothing to see the beans tumble and turn inside the coffee roaster. 

Here at Four B, they promise specialty coffee of the highest quality, guarding the flavor of their beans from green to extraction to present the perfect cup of coffee. Their bagels are made every morning and are a unique point among other cafes; the most simple of bread made in the most exquisite way. I always recommend getting a bagel to those visiting Four B. 

For the interior designer and photographer who loves clean angles and natural lighting, the Hapjeong location of Four B is a dream. I absolutely propose it for a nice date spot or a time to hang out with friends; itโ€™s not so much a study cafe but a good place to chat. Come be inspired and let go of cramped thoughts and overwhelming worries. Who knows; perhaps the next greatest idea will come from you next, here at Four B. 


Hours: Monday through Sunday 10:30 am - 22:30 

Location: 66 Yanghwa ro 3 gil, Mapo-gu 

Plastic Free: Take out bagels & cream cheese are in plastic containers / eating in is plastic free 

Instagram: @fourb.hours

Sean Choi