Quick Korean Phrases for the Cafe

Today, we’re going to teach you all about Korean cafe phrases. You’ll be ordering like a local in no time! If you’ve been to a cafe in Korea, then you’ve probably heard the same phrases over and over.

A guy holding coffee cups in both hands while smiling

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For the rest of you who are ready to master your craft and become the kings of the café, follow the Korean cafe phrases in the dialogue below.

We know that for some of you, it may be challenging to try to speak in a foreign language.

To help get past that hurdle, it might be helpful to think of it more as a scene in a movie where you’re an actor performing a role. That way, you’re simply practicing lines and rehearsing them with the other actors. Much less pressure, and more opportunities for fame!

Sample dialogues used in Korean Cafes

Since the baristas and cafe employees are often polite, they will be using more formal wording.

For those who are learning Korean and are used to talking in the casual form, it may be more difficult to understand what they’re saying. And if you don’t understand what they’re saying, it makes it difficult to respond! This can make for some awkward dialogue using lots of hand gestures and sentence fragments.

We’re going to fix that! We’ll identify some common phrases at the cafe that you’ll hear and then give you some response options to make you sound like a native. Not only will you be learning Korean to make your interactions smoother, but you’ll also get some great practice studying every time you visit a café!

Scene 1 – Barista is asking if you’d like to order

For your first leading role, you’re going to study the Korean cafe phrases in Scene 1. In this case, the barista is asking if you are ready to order.

Korean Phrases for Cafe 1

Scene 2 – Barista is asking if you’re dining in

Now that you’ve got ordering down, let’s move on to Scene 2. After your order, the barista will ask if you’re going to be eating or drinking at the café. Notice there are two different answers based on what you ordered. If it’s a drink only, then use A2. For all other cases, use A3.


Scene 3 – Barista is asking if your drink is for takeout

You may also hear the barista asking you if you’ll be taking the order out. Scene 3 is similar to Scene 2, except the question is regarding a drink-only order. If you ordered food, the barista would not ask you this. You will only hear this if the order is for a drink.

Scene 4 – Barista is asking if your drink and food are for takeout

In Scene 4, the barista will ask you the same question as in Scene 3. However, this is for an order that is NOT drink-only. So if you order food, or food and drink, the barista may ask you the question from Scene 4 below.

Scene 5 – Receipts

Now that you’ve proved your performance skills, it’s time to wrap things up with the final scene. Let’s talk about receipts.


Since you’ve made it this far, now is a good time to put these Korean cafe phrases into action! Add these new Korean phrases and vocabulary to your flash cards. If it seems like there are a lot of ways to ask and answer questions about ordering at a cafe, many Koreans would agree with you!

However, if you keep learning Korean and practicing them, it will become second nature. Head out to your local cafe and get one step closer to sounding like a native! Not near a cafe? These phrases can also be easily used at Korean restaurants near you. And to order with ease in Korean cafes, learning to express the number or amount of your order in Korean will be of great help to you. You can learn about reading and expressing numbers in our full guide about Korean numbers.

Wrap Up

What phrases do you hear most often at a café? Do you have a place you visit often where you’d like to interact in Korean? We’d love to hear from you, so feel free to leave a comment below!

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