From voice-activated robot baristas to interiors straight out of a comic book, these restaurants are changing the way people eat

In competitive culinary environments like Seoul, restaurants have to stand out to make an impact on customers. And these three concept spaces definitely do, ranging from robotic baristas to interiors straight out of a comic book. These Seoul-based brands give something new to their guests, offering a glimpse into a new kind of restaurant experience.

Dal.Komm Coffee
Korean chain Dal.Komm Coffee employs a new kind of barista in its Jamsil-Dong store. B;eat is a voice-enabled kiosk capable of serving 120 beverages per hour, plus recommending orders and answering questions. Shoppers simply have to ask for their drinks and receive them within minutes. In the future, B;eat will be able to personalize its recommendations with facial recognition.

YND239-20
With a name inspired by a bar code, YND239-20 is a coffee shop that takes inspiration from black-and-white design. Everything inside the space is rendered to look like a cartoon, with thick, black lines painted over white surfaces to create a trompe l’oeil effect. The result is an immersive experience like no other café, making it worth the trip for locals and visitors.

Hyundai Cooking Card Library
Automaker Hyundai offers a unique loyalty program for people who use its branded credit card. The Cooking Card Library is a five-story space that combines cooking, learning and eating. Cardholders can experience every facet of the culinary arts, from an entire library of cookbooks to classes taught by chefs, plus an in-house café and rooftop restaurant.


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In competitive culinary environments like Seoul, restaurants have to stand out to make an impact on customers. And these three concept spaces definitely do, ranging from robotic baristas to interiors straight out of a comic book. These Seoul-based brands give something new to their guests, offering a glimpse into a new kind of restaurant experience.

Dal.Komm Coffee Korean chain Dal.Komm Coffee employs a new kind of barista in its Jamsil-Dong store. B;eat is a voice-enabled kiosk capable of serving 120 beverages per hour, plus recommending orders and answering questions. Shoppers simply have to ask for their drinks and receive them within minutes. In the future, B;eat will be able to personalize its recommendations with facial recognition.