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South Korea’s Cafe Dreamy May Be the Strangest and Coolest Cafe in the World

cafe dreamy south korea camera cafe

The owners of Cafe Dreamy live the dream with their daughter

Let’s see what we have here: a two-story cafe resembling a vintage German Rolleiflex film camera next to a small residence on a South Korean countryside.

This has to be Photoshop, right? Perhaps an April Fools joke?

It is neither. It is Cafe Dreamy, a two-story functioning cafe in Yangpyeong County in South Korea, about 50 miles East of Seoul. It is the brainchild, construction project and lifelong lifestyle dream a married couple of camera-obsessed Army aviation pilots, one active and one retired. Designed by the couple — they also custom built much of the interior woodwork — the shop and home were built in 2012, and the cafe has since become a popular tourist attraction. (Note to travelers: It is closed on Tuesdays.)

cafe dreamy rolleiflex at night

vintage camera inspired cafe dreamy design

The vintage camera that inspired the design

Inside, custom wood displays show off working vintage cameras, along with toy cameras and replicas, while shelves are filled with photography books, and original photography lines the walls. A small homey office and kitchen space — complete with grinders, brewers and an espresso machine — occupies much of the first floor space.

cafe dreamy second floor photo gallery

The second floor space serves as a dining area and photo gallery

Rolleiflex cameras made by the German company Franke & Heidecke, which later Rollei-Werk, were a high-end line that continue to be highly prized by collectors and camera buffs alike. And now there is a monument.

Here is the official website (in Korean) for Cafe Dreamy, and here is the Cafe Dreamy Facebook. Check out more pictures of this totally dreamy cafe (all from the Cafe Dreamy website). You can’t make this stuff up:

A pre-construction rendering

A pre-construction rendering

Cafe Dreamy welcome sign

The welcome sign

The cafe dreamy slab. Photo from August 2012.

The cafe dreamy slab. Photo from August 2012.

cafe dreamy vintage cameras woodwork

Vintage cameras and custom woodwork inside.

The condiment bar

The condiment bar

cafe dreamy korea menu

The daughter puts the finishing touches on the menu