[Wide Angle on Busan] Regular House and Notice
Busan's Jung-gu (district) is a hidden gem of the city. While it is home to Nampo-dong (neighborhood), it also houses two cafes unlike most others Regular House and Notice. Featuring alluring decor and marvelous views, the two coffee houses have enough to fill your heart and your day. It's good to pause in the hustle and bustle of a busy afternoon, so why not indulge in a coffee break?
▷ Regular House takes on an ordinary name but provides patrons with a wholly unique take on a coffee shop and bar.
One of Gwangbok-dong's highlights is Gwangbok-ro (street), which is perhaps better known as Fashion Street. With its many fashionable cafes and shops, as well as traditional street food stalls, it's easy to get lost in its splendor.
Connected to Fashion Street is the grand Gukje Market, which traditionally was the go-to spot for goods brought in from the nearby Busanhang Port. Camouflaged in the many stalls and tiny alleyways of Gukje Market is Regular House, a cafe that is anything but what its ordinary name suggests. After you climb the small set of stairs that lead to the entrance, you'll be greeted by soft music and friendly staff.
A dark wooden interior with soft yellow lighting adds to the comfortable atmosphere, making it perfect for a quiet time alone or a romantic date night. Regular House's choice of decor is a black sofa in front of a wall of antique suitcases, as well as old rotary telephones and other vintage items that rest on the cafe's tables. The vibe presented by the cafe is evocative of the sense of adventure presented by an old-fashioned cruise liner.
Whether you're after a plain Americano or a more flavorful Vienna coffee, which is Regular House's speciality, the coffee shop is a scenic pit stop in the middle of your day in Jung-gu. But, since Regular House is more than just a coffee shop, the cafe also serves as a bar. So, if you're not in the mood for coffee, or if you want to stay a little while longer than what it takes to down a cappuccino, take your pick of any of the fine liquors and fancy beers that the establishment has to offer you and your party.
Address 22 Junggu-ro 40beon-gil, Gwangbok-dong, Jung-gu, Busan
How to get there Gourmand Alley in Gukje Market
Hours Noon to 11 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday
▷ Regular House serves artisan Vienna coffee.
Leaving the center of Gwangbok-dong and moving towards the Busan Port Authority will take you to an area with many cafes, but one to focus your attention on is Notice. Originally constructed as a warehouse in the 1950s, the building was eventually transformed into a cozy coffee shop. If the interior looks familiar, it's because it was used in the television series "Fight For My Way" ("쌈 마이웨이"), starring Park Seojoon and Kim Jiwon.
▷ Notice's dim lighting, brick walls and view of the port make it unlike most other cafes in Busan.
The first floor is usually reserved for groups, but if you're alone, the second and third floors are all yours. With the venue's music in your ears, head up the stairs and take in Notice's atmosphere tables, dim lighting, videos projected on the wall and windows looking out onto the bustling Busanhang Port and its boats.
If you want outdoor seating to enjoy this impressive view even more, head up to the third floor. Be sure to catch the fabulous sight of the city, port and boats that are all illuminated in the evenings and throughout much of the night!
How to get there Jungang-dong Station (metro line 1), exit 2. The cafe is across the Busan Port Authority.
Hours 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
▷Notice's view of Busanhang port.