The Cafe Yeonnam-dong 239-20 in South Korea makes you feel like you have been transported into a different world the moment you walk inside. Its interior decorations and furnishings have been rendered into 2D. It makes you feel like you have stepped into a comic book illustration.
This quaint establishment only has two tables inside and a few more outside, but it is definitely Instagram-worthy. Except for some potted plants and maybe the sumptuous food that you order, the entire place is totally devoid of color.
Instead, this trendy cafe features all-white walls while dark black lines adorn the walls, the ceiling, and even the tiles on the floor. Likewise, black lines contour the chairs, tables, mugs, and plates to create the flattened look of a drawing.
A few plants and flowers provide table accents but they can only do so much in creating a different vibe. You still feel like you’re in a 2D painting or in a cartoon environment. Even the hand-drawn images further amp up the 2D optical illusion.
The Cafe Yeonnam-dong 239-20 opened in 2017. It took its design inspiration from a Korean TV show called W–Two Worlds. The series tells the story of a woman who walked into a comic illustration and fell in love with a man from that fantasy world.
Photos Courtesy of Cafe Yeonnam-dong 239-20