Coffee is not only the preferred beverage of choice for Seoulites in general, it's also an essential staple in every office, as Koreans work some of the longest hours in the world. It not only keeps energy and productivity levels high, it also inspires creativity. Nowhere is this more evident than at Takeout Drawing, a café fusing design, imagination, and caffeine. With its concrete walls, window scribblings, and minimal décor, Take Out Drawing exudes the ambiance of an architect's studio more than a coffeehouse. The fact that the building also functions as an art exhibition hall adds to the appeal, as the inspiring photographs, models, and sketches on display rotate frequently, creating an art space that allows visitors to witness the creative process first-hand.

Grab one of the newspapers at the counter, which contain rather poetic descriptions of the resident artists and the café's organic drinks and snacks. The beverages, inspired by past and present works on display, are inventive and playful. The Jindallae Ade, for example, is a refreshing twist on a traditional Korean fruit punch that combines the delicate flavors of azalea petals, lemon, cinnamon, and plum. Paul's Meringue Factory is arguably the most aesthetic option; a cup of smooth espresso is topped with peaks of melt-in-your-mouth meringue, perfect for dipping. The drinks and sweets are photo-worthy, and you should expect to pay high prices for these edible works of art. Whether you're an art lover or simply seeking a bit of creativity, Takeout Drawing is a great place to go for inspiration. On your way out, pick up a few products designed by local artists, or walk a few minutes to delve even deeper into Korea's art scene at The Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art.