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No Phones Allowed: Escape the Digital World at Yokmang Book Cafe in Gangnam

an empty and quiet book cafe

In a world where our smartphones have become extensions of ourselves, finding a moment of peace and undistracted focus can feel like a distant dream. But what if there was a place where you could escape the constant buzz of notifications and immerse yourself in the simple pleasure of reading, working, or studying? Step into Yokmang Book Cafe, located near Sinnonhyeon Station in Gangnam, where the only way in is by surrendering your phone.

a lineup of books and bookshelves

At Yokmang Book Cafe, the concept is refreshingly simple yet profoundly impactful: leave your phone behind, step into the serene sanctuary of the cafe, and reclaim your time from the clutches of digital distraction.

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As you enter, you'll be greeted by a safe box where you can securely store your device. With your phone safely stowed away, you're free to focus on whatever task or activity lies before you, uninterrupted by the incessant pings and notifications that often hijack our attention.

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The cafe cultivates concentration and thinking, with cozy nooks bathed in ample natural light. Attentive, hotel-like service and an open rooftop seating area, and balconies with bean bags to further encourage you to settle in and fully engage in your chosen pursuit.

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While e-readers, tablets, and iPads are allowed for note-taking, laptops and phones are not permitted. To enhance the cozy ambiance, the lights are dimmed at 8pm. You can also rent light stands, book holders, and blankets for an even more comfortable experience.

dark chocolate brownie dessert

Indulge in delicious desserts and beverages while you're here, and don't miss out on their events, including book clubs. Additionally, if you're seeking uninterrupted focus, you have the option to strictly restrict your phone usage for two hours, allowing you to concentrate fully on your task at hand.


45 Gangnam-daero 102-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 2F, 3F

서울 강남구 강남대로102길 45 2층, 3층 (욕망의 북카페)

Image source: Instagram @yokmangbookcafe

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