6 Best Indie Cafes in the Sinjang SED Area Near Osan AFB

Where is the Shinjang-dong SED located in Pyeongtaek, South Korea?

Known as the SED (Songtan Entertainment District) by the US military working on the Osan Air Force Base (OSAFB), the Sinjang Shopping Street and Songtan International Market areas are located right outside of the OSAFB. This area is part of Pyeongtaek-si which is located in the southern part of Gyeonggi-do and about 50 minutes south of Seoul. You can learn more about this Pyeongtaek-si, Gyeonggi-do neighborhood by reading our Neighborhood Introduction blog. You can access this neighborhood via Songtan Metro Station and the Songtan Bus Terminal. It is about a 30-40 minute drive from Camp Humphreys Army Base which is also located in Pyeongtaek-si.

The Cafe and Coffee Shop Scene in Sinjang-dong, Pyeongtaek-si, Gyeonggi-do

The SED contains both national coffee chains such as Ediya and Cafe Bene and a variety of lovely, independently owned cafes. Each cafe has its own unique aesthetic, personality, and flavor profile. Some cafes cater to the Korean taste which leans toward milky drinks, light coffee flavor, and a Korean dessert collection. Other cafes provide western desserts and stronger coffee tailored to the international crowd. We recommend exploring both Korean and Western styles cafes to learn more about how tastes differ.

The independent cafes in the Sinjang-dong SED and International Market areas tend to be small in size. Not many of the independent cafes can easily hold groups larger than 10.

The cafes focused on a Korean clientele put a lot of effort into being Instagram friendly. This means they will have super cute drinks and an interior perfect for photos. These are excellent cafes for date nights when you want to set a certain mood.

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The cafes focused on an international clientele put their effort into providing unique items. Their drinks and desserts that chosen to fit the taste of an audience that travels. You will find unique items that may not be available in any other part of South Korea.

The 6 Best Indie Cafes or Coffee Shops in the Sinjang-dong SED

I chose the following arbitrary list of best cafes in Sinjang/Songtan based on 1) who has been around the longest, 2) mentioned most often in Pyeongtaek Food & Fun, 3) offers the most unique menu, and 4) where I take my friends they go back to later without me. This makes these cafes an awesome place to start your cafe adventures in South Korea if you work Osan Air Force Base or live near Sinjang Shopping Street. These are also cafes that often get a lot of votes in the South of Seoul Best of Pyeongtaek Awards each year.

Cafes in the SED Catering to the Korean Taste

These cafes will have an aesthetic, coffee profile, and dessert choice that cater to Korean trends.

Of Coffee

Of Coffee3

0507-1302-1073

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This high-concept coffee shop sits tucked away on a side street not far away from the Osan Main Gate. With very few signs to market it, you could easily walk by and never notice it's there. Inside though, it's simply lovely. A great place for a date after dining at one of the delicious local restaurants.

Hangul Address

경기 평택시 중앙시장로19번길 3

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Cafe CF

Cafe CF5

031-665-2936

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The desserts at this cafe are AMAZING! They have a lot of weird rules like everyone has to buy something, so you need to go hungry (not everyone has to buy a dessert but they need to buy something.) They also have limits on how many people can share things. Still, the desserts are amazing so its worth it to make a plan and go anyway. We also would NOT describe it as kid friendly. If you have kids under 12 we dont recommend this place.

Hangul Address

경기 평택시 쇼핑로 26

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oo:u

oo:u3

A cute egg-tart cafe with no parking. They have non-dairy Oatly Latte.

Hangul Address

경기도 평택시 신장동 202-5

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Cafes in the SED Catering to Western Taste

These cafes will have an aesthetic, coffee profile, and dessert choice that cater to Korean trends.

Counting Stars Bakery Cafe

Counting Stars Bakery Cafe5

031-662-7741

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A pocket sized cafe with the best small-batch desserts around. The selection changes regularly and the cookies are the best in Korea.

Hangul Address

경기 평택시 쇼핑로 8-1

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Cafe Cozy Someday

Cafe Cozy Someday4

0507-1337-2975

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A pocket sized bakery and cafe. The owners bake up an assortment of special treats everyday. Just as the name implies, this is a cozy place for coffee and a sweet treat. Vegan desserts are their latest specialty.

Hangul Address

경기 평택시 중앙시장로12번길 1

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Camel Espresso

Camel Espresso4.5

031-666-4112

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If you are looking for unique or dairy free drinks, you came to the right spot. This cafe has lots of choices.

Hangul Address

경기 평택시 쇼핑로 14

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Cosmic Cat Sinjang

Cosmic Cat Sinjang4.6

01077345248

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Hand made custom donuts. Pre-orders: Wednesday to Friday (No pre-orders on weekends) Pre-order by messaging their Instagram. You can also find their daily menu there.

Hangul Address

경기 평택시 중앙시장로25번길 11

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Which cafes do you think are the best in the SED?

Leave your reviews in the South of Seoul app! In your review, share what you love the most about the cafe. What is your favorite item to order? How often to do you go do the cafe? What makes the cafe special to you? Your experiences help everyone moves to the Sinjang / Songtan / Osan Air Force base area find what’s perfect for them and improve the lives of everyone in the community from business owners to international residents.