EL16.52 in Busan


If there were cafes in outer space, they’d probably look similar to EL16.52, a cafe in Busan with futuristic glass domes and the best view of marine cable cars. Busan is more than just the sea and seafood – the lively city is increasingly brimming with some of the coolest cafes in Korea. 


Dine privately in glass domes 


EL16.52 - how the glass dome seat looks like in the day
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The most eye-catching part of EL16.52 is their rooftop, where the glass domes are located. 

The rooftop seats are encased in transparent domes that allow you to enjoy the scenery while sharing a private moment with your loved ones. And in light of the ongoing pandemic, it’s also an excellent way of making sure that diners are socially distanced from other groups without sacrificing aesthetics.

EL16.52 - how the glass dome looks like at night
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And if you think these glass domes look impressive in the day, wait till you witness them at night. When the sun sets, the domes are illuminated by colourful LED lights, amplifying the beauty of the structures and creating a completely different vibe from the day. 

EL16.52 - combination of glass domes and LED lights - especially when they’re blue - creates a futuristic look
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The combination of glass domes and LED lights – especially when they’re blue – creates a futuristic look that wouldn’t be out of place in a Hollywood sci-fi movie.

EL16.52 - besides glass domes, there are regular seats in the cafe
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During the summer, the glass domes can get steamy and warm like a glasshouse. But fortunately, EL16.52 had the foresight to include regular seats – both indoors and outdoors – in the premises so that diners can have more options. 

One of the best things about EL16.52 is that it can house big groups of customers. If you’re planning a visit with a huge group of friends or family members, finding a seat wouldn’t be of great concern. 


Cable cars & sea view 


EL16.52 - Spring and cherry blossoms in beautiful Busan.
Spring and cherry blossoms in beautiful Busan.
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Even with the growing glut of themed cafes in Korea, EL16.52 manages to stand out from its peers – it’s not every day that you get to visit a cafe with a view of the sea and cable cars. Come spring and the view is further improved by cherry blossom trees in stunning shades of pink.

EL16.52 - view of the cable cars from the cafe
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The cafe is located in the vicinity of Songdo Base Station, which is where you can find the marine cable cars.

Fun fact: the cable cars at Songdo Beach were Korea’s first ever cable cars. 

EL16.52 - view of the cable cars from the cafe
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Let your imagination run free and the sight of cable cars dangling from steel cables quickly becomes reminiscent of musical notes on a score.

EL16.52 - view of the cable cars from the cafe
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Head down to EL16.52 when you’re in Busan


EL16.52 - drinks and desserts in the cafe
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The cafe is located in front of Amnam Park, so we highly encourage you to visit the park before paying a visit to EL16.52. 

Since the park and cafe are in close proximity to each other, the directions to Amnam Park and the cafe are the same. 

How to get there: 

  • Head to Exit 2 of Jagalchi station.
  • Make a turn on your left and cross the road. 
  • There, you’ll see a bus stop where you can take bus no. 7, 9 or 71.
  • Alight at Amnam Park bus stop. 

Address: 177 Amnam-dong, Seo-gu, Busan
Opening hours: 10am-9.30pm, Daily
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Cover image adapted from: 밍뎅이, @forever_7411 and @l_____lolllmee

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