Queenmama Market is one of the coolest hangouts in Seoul. It combines an urban lifestyle boutique that spans across two levels and a mezzanine, an entire level of curated books, and a huge cafe that does some serious coffee business.
It is a stunning space, to say the least.
With four levels of wonders, Queenmama Market—opened by designers Jinyoung Kang and Hanni Yoon—is a destination in Apgujeong, Gangnam-gu for a little retail and coffee therapy. It is also every fashionista’s dream for there is no lack of photo spots here.
You might miss Queenmama Market from the road if you are not paying attention closely. The standalone building has an entrance that’s covered in lush greenery with some chairs for casual lounging in the outdoors.
Upon stepping in, you’d be greeted by the first level of the pop-up market. Of potted cacti and tall plants, gardening needs and several ranges of home fragrances, anyone would be tempted to bring something home from Queenmama Market to beautify their houses.
Special mention to the range of home fragrances that have been curated especially for the boutique; every brand and scent have been carefully picked and you’d be spoilt with some of the best local brands.
There are a total of two levels of the pop-up market where brands and merchandise would change periodically. On the second level sits OhBoy! the shop that is stocked with eco-friendly goods.
On the third floor of the building is PARRK, a huge book store of interesting books for adults.
The fourth level is Manufact, a ground for serious coffee lovers. The rooftop coffee house is (still) filled with huge potted plants and perfumed with the aroma of coffee. There is only coffee on the menu and nothing else; but that’s what you need to be there for anyway.
Manufact deals with cold brew, but if that is not up your alley, there is also your regular brews. For Hand Drip coffee, the beans are mainly from Ethopia and Peru; they are W4,000 each. Otherwise, your Espresso variations include the usual Flat White and Americano, also at W4,000 each.
Grab a cup of coffee, take a seat at the outdoors and take in the wondrous views of either the residential park or the quiet(er) neighbourhood; Queenmama Market is indeed a fantastic pit stop in Seoul.
50 Apgujeong-ro 46-gil, Sinsa-dong
Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tue to Sat: 10.30am – 8pm
Sun: 12pm – 8pm
Nearest Station: Apgujeong