The Einspanner Experience

About the einspanner

Much like a cappuccino, another favorite of mine, the Einspänner uses whipped cream instead of frothed milk. This classic drink is popular in Austria’s Viennese Cafes. I’d love for a historian and/or Austrian to add more details about when this drink was created. However, for a great list of Viennese Cafe terms, check this site.

The einspänner (“one-horse-drawn carriage”) was the preferred coffee drink for coachmen as it allowed them to drive the carriage with one hand and hold their coffee with the other.  The firm, lightly whipped cream top served both as an insulator and prevented spills. An Einspanners should be served hot and not meant to be mixed, as the baristas at Oasis Cafe will remind you.

Einspanner in South Korea

I’m not sure how this popular Viennese drink made its way to Korea but it has become my litmus test to select cafes I prefer to frequent. Though few cafes in Korea offer the Einspänner (or “Viennese” or “Vienna”, as it may be called in Korea) hot. It is often exclusively iced.

7 of the Best Einspanners I have had in South Korea

My travels across South Korea have made me a minor expert in the Einspanners and these are my top 7 spots for my favorite drink.

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Vienna Coffee

Vienna Coffee4.3

0507-1314-1683

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This is a big old cozy corporate kind of coffee shop, but we like it. It has a fun interior and the owner was friendly and excited about being in Pyeongtaek. Its where we go when we are in more of a hurry and dont want to walk to one of the more tucked away location

Hangul Address

경기 평택시 비전5로 10

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Cafe Vienna (Sosabeol, Pyeongtaek) Notes: – As the Cafe name should suggest, Cafe Vienna has a diverse menu of drinks and the greatest selection for Einspänner fans. 

Oasis Cafe

Oasis Cafe5

0507-1320-6458

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Lovely chain cafe with lots of outdoor space on the top floor of a 3 floor building. Lots of open air and space.

Hangul Address

경기 안양시 동안구 동편로183번길 24

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Oasis Cafe Notes: Located in Asan Techno Valley, and much like Cafe Vienna, this is one of the few cafes that offer the Einspänner both hot or iced. Both are great. 

Warm Site

Warm Site5

041-543-1100

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Beautiful location for a date at any time of day. Indoor and outdoor seating, rooftop seating but you can get an amazing mountain and lake view from almost any spot.

Hangul Address

충남 아산시 신창면 신정호길 262-8

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Cafe Loan

Cafe Loan5

0507-1333-7753

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For those who love matcha with coffee, the einspanner matcha latte is a must, recommended on ice, but the other coffee drinks are great, too! The couple who own this Cafe are fascinating to chat with. The art work in the Cafe are all care of this couple. They live nearby and also teach sewing and oil art classes, also has a lovely flower garden, indoor and outdoor seating, including roof top seating, for those who just need a quiet spot to sit and enjoy their coffee.

Hangul Address

충남 아산시 둔포면 봉신로 96-22

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People and Story

People and Story 5

041-566-3133

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Cute two-story Cafe, the bar is downstairs, you enter on the upper floor. Outdoor seating with lake views and access to a lake walk.

Hangul Address

충남 천안시 동남구 천호지길 17

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Cafe Windhill

Cafe Windhill5

Just outside of the Daegwallyeong sheep Farm, is Cafe Windhill. The farm is great for kids and scenic pictures, but this Cafe has espresso, Milk, and latte spreads AND coffee bread.

Hangul Address

14-309 Hoenggye-ri, Daegwalnyeong

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Dewdrop Cafe

Dewdrop Cafe4.9

0507-1305-9170

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Cute little cafe with rooftop seating.

Hangul Address

경기 평택시 팽성읍 신흥북로29번길 40-5

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Dew Drop Cafe (Anjeong, Pyeongtaek)Notes: Dewdrop Cafe gets an honorable mention. The Dew Drop Spanner is offered iced only and it’s like whipped cream heaven. However, their regular hot Einspänner tastes somewhat watered down.

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