Stairway to heaven cafes


Sunsets can be alluring and surreal at the same time, making us want to capture its beauty in a picture. The good news is that stairway to heaven cafes with sky staircases have been rising in popularity in Korea and they let you take OOTD shots with an unobstructed view of the sky.

With good weather, timing, and luck on your side, you will get an album of aesthetic, heavenly pictures to fill your Instagram feed. Here are 8 stairway to heaven cafes in Korea that will let you knock on heaven’s door.


1. Cafe Cielo 957 씨엘로957


Stairway to heaven cafes - Cafe Cielo 957
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Cafe Cielo 957’s sky staircase is the first to be known as a “Stairway to Heaven”. It is one of the longest sky staircases in Korea and the only one without a frame at the end.

Stairway to heaven cafes - Cafe Cielo 957
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The cafe opened in 2019 and is surrounded by Jeollanam-do’s beautiful natural scenery.

Stairway to heaven cafes - Cafe Cielo 957
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The dark and classy interior of the cafe is equally aesthetic, with bench seats facing the window so that patrons can get a good view of the surrounding nature.

Stairway to heaven cafes - Cafe Cielo 957
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Look out for the fallen chandelier smack in the middle of the cafeit’s as if it came out of a scene from the Phantom of the Opera.

Stairway to heaven cafes - Cafe Cielo 957, Heaven Baby
Heaven Baby
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There are a variety of drinks and pastries to choose from. The Cielo signature menu boasts German-style pancakes (KRW13,000, ~USD11.52) sold with unique names – Heaven Baby is topped with fresh fruits and cream, while Devil Baby features Nutella, banana slices, and vanilla ice cream perched atop.

Another unique pastry is their Croffle (KRW9,000, ~USD7.97) – a croissant waffle. There’s also a chocolate version (KRW8,000, ~USD7.09) of the croffle.

Address: 957 Majeon-ri, Gyeommyeon, Gokseong-gun, Jeollanam-do
Opening hours: 11AM-9PM, Daily
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2. Salon De Paldang 살롱드팔당


Stairway to heaven cafes - Salon De Paldang
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Salon De Paldang is a cafe located in the heart of Namyangju City. Its spacious 3-storey premises provides a plethora of photo opportunities, cosy seating areas, a large variety of food choices and most importantly, a stunning panoramic view of the Han River.

Stairway to heaven cafes - Salon De Paldang
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The first 2 floors of the cafe have indoor seats and minimalist Scandinavian-style furniture while the 3rd floor – the rooftop – is where you’ll go to snap some shots at the sky staircase.

Stairway to heaven cafes - Salon De Paldang
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On the ground level outside the cafe building, there’s open-air seating available, as well as bean bags for those who want to chill by the river.

Stairway to heaven cafes - Salon De Paldang
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The cafe is beautifully decorated with retro neon signs at the entrance and near the staircases.

Stairway to heaven cafes - Salon De Paldang
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Those who love pastel colours will be thrilled by the cafe’s interior and furniture that showcase a dreamy palette of pastel colours, including baby pink, blue, and purple.

Stairway to heaven cafes - Salon De Paldang
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The cafe sells a variety of Western food such as pizzas, pasta, and rice dishes. Pizza flavours include margherita, gorgonzola, mushroom, rucola, prosciutto, and steak. Prices range from KRW18,000-26,000 (~USD15.95-23.04).

Stairway to heaven cafes - Salon De Paldong menu
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Those who like carbs can go for bestsellers such as the Blue Crab Rose Pasta (KRW24,000, ~USD21.26) and the Chopsteak Rice (KRW18,000, ~USD15.95). Order a glass of wine to add an extra touch to your romantic date night.

Address: 8-1 Gyeonggang-ro 926-gil, Wabu-eup, Namyangju-si, Gyeonggi
Opening hours: 11AM-2AM, Daily
Telephone: 031-577-2948
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3. 91 Coffee 91커피


Stairway to heaven cafes - 91 Coffee
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91 Coffee’s Paldalsan branch is the only “stairway to heaven” cafe with a sky staircase that lets you snap a shot with a perfect full moon.

Stairway to heaven cafes - 91 Coffee
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The moon is actually a large round balloon, but its realistic craters and colours will have your Instagram followers fooled.

Stairway to heaven cafes - 91 Coffee
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The cafe’s dark modern interior and warm lights make it a posh yet intimate space for date nights and cosy chats with your BFF.

Chill out with a cup of americano (KRW4,000, ~USD3.54), which goes well with tiramisu (KRW5,000, ~USD4.43) or a mini cheesecake (KRW4,000, ~USD3.54). The cafe also serves signature coffee and tea mixes, yoghurt smoothies, and fruit juice. Prices range from KRW4,500-6,500 (~USD4.07-5.87).

Stairway to heaven cafes - 91 Coffee
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During warmer seasons, patrons can head to the alfresco seating area furnished with beach chairs and gravel, reminiscent of a day out at the beach.

Address: 4 Haenggung-ro 26-gil, Namchang-dong, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do
Opening hours: 12PM-10PM, Daily
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4. Orda & Bakery 오르다 & 베이커리


Stairway to heaven cafes - Orda & Bakery
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Jeju Island is known for its picturesque scenery and Orda & Bakery’s sky staircase frames the island’s gorgeous blue sky and ocean perfectly. The staircase is located right in front of the cafe.

Stairway to heaven cafes - Orda & Bakery
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If being out and about in the sun is not for you, you can always stay indoors and enjoy a panoramic view of the surroundings through tall glass windows.

Stairway to heaven cafes - Orda & Bakery
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The spacious cafe offers bleacher-style seats, coffee tables and chairs, and cosy couches that are so comfortable, you’d never want to leave.

Stairway to heaven cafes - Orda & Bakery exhibition
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They recently opened a new swimming pool-themed exhibit that allows you to take realistic photos “underwater” without getting wet. The cafe also lends selfie sticks so that you can have a mini photoshoot by yourself.

Stairway to heaven cafes - Orda & Bakery menu
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Orda and Bakery has a good mix of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Quench your thirst with their signature coconut shake (KRW18,000, ~USD15.95) or a refreshing strawberry kiwi smoothie (KRW16,000, ~USD14.18). Alcohol lovers can try the refreshing apple citron martini (KRW15,000, ~USD13.29).

Address: 269-37 Handa-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju
Opening hours: 9AM-9PM (1F) | 9AM-7PM (2F), Daily
Telephone: 064-783-8368
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5. Vils4339 빌스4339


Stairway to heaven cafes - Vils4339
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The sky staircase at Vils4339 is unique as it has a door frame that can light up. It also has a glass panel at the end of the stairway so that customers won’t have to worry about falling through the door frame.

Stairway to heaven cafes - Vils4339
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Vils4339 is a 3-storey family-friendly cafe with a kids zone, book cafe, and swimming pool. If splashing around in the water or burying your nose in a book is not for you, you can simply enjoy a picturesque view of the endless fields surrounding the cafe while sipping on their signature coffee (KRW8,500, ~USD7.48).

There are also coffee tables and picnic benches outdoors for those who’d like to fully immerse themselves in nature.

Stairway to heaven cafes - Vils4339 menu
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The cafe has an in-house bakery that offers a wide variety of freshly baked pastries, including tarts, croissants, and bread rolls.

Address: 259 Janggil-ri, Guryongpo-eup, Nam-gu, Pohang-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Opening hours: 10.30AM-9PM, Daily
Telephone: 054-277-4339
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6. LABYRINTH 라비린스


Stairway to heaven cafes - LABYRINTH
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LABYRINTH is a 5-storey cafe with a sky staircase on the rooftop that affords a view of the cityscape of Cheongju. The cafe has 3 different types of seating areas – indoor, terrace, and rooftop. There’s also a dedicated play zone for kids on the 2nd floor, making the place family-friendly.

Stairway to heaven cafes - LABYRINTH
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Get a seat before ordering and remember to keep your receipt to get access to the rooftop and sky staircase.

Stairway to heaven cafes - LABYRINTH
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The cafe’s gold and marble interior gives off a classy vibe, similar to what you’d find in a hotel lounge. The row of chandeliers hanging from the ceiling also adds an extravagant touch to the place.

Stairway to heaven cafes - LABYRINTH menu
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The cafe’s menu includes coffee, tea, and juices, all for the price of KRW6,500 (~USD5.76) each. For fruity flavours, you can get a smoothie or flavoured lemonades at KRW7,000 (~USD6.20). Don’t miss out on their cakes that go for KRW6,000 (~USD5.76) per slice. The cake flavours change according to season, so be sure to come back regularly to try them all.

Stairway to heaven cafes - LABYRINTH night view
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Another highlight of LABYRINTH is the panoramic night view at the rooftop.

Address: 10 Suam-ro 20-gil, Sangdang-gu, Cheongju-si, Chungbok
Opening hours: 10AM-12AM, Daily
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7. Dodoo Cafe 도두카페


Stairway to heaven cafes - Dodoo Cafe
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Dodoo Cafe is located in Wonju City, Gangwon Province. Their sky staircase has railings on each side, which is comforting for those who have a fear of heights or are clumsy. Because the cafe is surrounded by nature, you can enjoy luscious green scenery and take a breath of fresh air while you’re there.

Stairway to heaven cafes - Dodoo Cafe
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Besides the sky staircase, there’s also a minimalist white swing on the rooftop.

Stairway to heaven cafes - Dodoo Cafe
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The cafe has a main indoor seating area with a minimalist white and blue interior. There’s also an outdoor seating area for those who prefer being outside. The rooftop has a special tent seating area so that you can experience “camping” without the hassle of setting everything up by yourself.

Stairway to heaven cafes - Dodoo Cafe menu
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Items on the menu carry quirky names and flavours, such as the Try A Prawn Sandwich (KRW12,500, ~USD11) and the Apple-filled Open Sandwich (KRW11,500, ~USD10.12). The cafe is best known for their Fried Egg Cake (KRW9,500, ~USD8.36), an apricot-flavoured dessert that resembles a fried egg.

Address: 152-53 Panbusinchon-gil, Panbumyeon, Wonju-si, Gangwon
Opening hours: 11AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 033-765-1932
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8. URBAN GREEN Roastery 어반그린 로스터리


Stairway to heaven cafes - URBAN GREEN Roastery
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URBAN GREEN Roastery is a cafe located in the scenic Gangwon Province. The cafe’s sky staircase sits near the water and allows one to capture shots with both the beautiful sky and calming blue waters.

Stairway to heaven cafes - URBAN GREEN Roastery
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Bask in the morning sun by sitting at the outdoor seats in the garden and along the river. There’s also a picnic set-up by the river that doubles as a photo zone for patrons.

Stairway to heaven cafes - URBAN GREEN Roastery
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The interior of the cafe gives off a simple and natural chill vibe, perfect for casual meet-ups and dates. Plants are strategically placed throughout the cafe so that you don’t miss out on the beauty of nature even when you’re indoors.

Stairway to heaven cafes - URBAN GREEN Roastery menu
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URBAN GREEN Roastery serves drinks and desserts, with the selection for the latter changing every day. They usually offer sweet treats like cakes, croissants, and pound cake, and savoury dishes like pie.

Address: 732 Baksa-ro, Seomeyon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon
Opening hours: 11AM-9PM, Daily
Telephone: 033-243-1224
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Stairway to heaven cafes in Korea


Now that you know the location of these stairway to heaven cafes, there’s no reason to hold back on getting those aesthetic sky-high IG shots. However, be sure to check the weather forecast, lest you have gloomy skies ruin your plans.

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