Dressing Up in Seoul: Princess Diary Cafe

On Sunday, I decided to return to one of my favorite theme cafes in Seoul; The Princess Diary Cafe.  Conveniently located near Ewha Women’s University (an area with 100’s and 100’s of Wedding Dress shops!), and hope skip and a jump from the circle line subway, it’s super easy to find and can provide hours of entertainment! While maybe not as quirky as the cafes in Taiwan, Seoul still has a fair share of strange places to visit!!

Princess Diary Cafe is pretty much a dress up cafe where, depending on how much money you would like to spend (between 15,000 and 40,000 depending on which dress you choose), you can chill out in very cutesy booths with a group of your girlfriends, sip on delicious smoothies and ice-teas…and try on a wide variety of “princess” dresses or even a traditional Korean hanbok.

While most of the dresses are long, flowing, white wedding gowns, there are also some traditional Korean Hanboks and also some very cheesy and over-the-top party dresses that we steered clear of!

princess diary cafe seoul

princess diary cafe seoul

dress up cafe seoul

As this was my second time in this “unique” place, I opted for a traditional Korean dress while one of my friends chose a full length wedding gown and 2 of the others decided to suit up in Tuxedos!

You can keep your chosen outfit on for up to an hour while you prance around the cafe striking different poses (there is a variety of props to use such as a piano, a fake tiger skin blanket, bunny ears, geisha hats…) and taking a ridiculous amount of photos!

janet korean hanbok

korean traditional dress hanbok

awkward photo

I do think it is a *little* overpriced but as you decide yourself which dress you want to wear, it’s up to you how much money you spend. You can also go to the cafe, purchase a drink and take pictures with al the crazy props without trying on any dress. This will set you back around 12,000 won, and could be a fun option if you are low on cash.

I really enjoyed the 2 hours we spent here, and while I would not go back for a 3rd time, I will cherish the great photos we took and memories made for quite some time.

wedding dress shop seoul

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princess diary dress up cafe seoul

How to get to the Princess Diary Cafe: Take green circle line (line 2) to Ewha Women’s Univ. Station and walk out of exit 3. Walk down the street to your right when you exit the station then turn left at the Juno Hair alley. The Princess Cafe is on the 3rd floor of the building to your right.

  • silkpurseproductions
    September 17, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    This sounds like the kind of place every one should visit once. Kind of like Vegas or Disney Land. Expensive. Over the top. Lots of fun!

  • Russell Smith
    September 18, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I love the fourth photo of you by yourself in the Korean clothes! If it were black and white, it would look like a Victorian era photo of a British traveller, except you probably wouldn’t be smiling. Lovely pics. Thanks for sharing.

  • Sarah
    April 22, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Hi! Do they have big sizes dress? I’m a uk12

    • intrepidtraveller
      April 23, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      They sure do! Im UK size 12 too and they even had dresses that would fit size 14 and 16!! :) Have fun.

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  • Stéphanie Langlet
    January 16, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    That’s a crazy place, I like it !!! I couldn’t imagine such a cafe exist, but I’d really like to experience it.