If you need something fun to do on the weekend or a relaxing night out, there’s nothing better than spending a few hours at a board game café. There are several board game cafes downtown, and there are two major cafes that are frequented by foreigners. One has been much discussed on the Touch Daegu blog, so please read more about it by following this link: http://globaldaegu.blogspot.kr/2014/06/entertainmentpress-article-noriteo.html.
But there is another board game café that requires some publicizing as well. Noriteo is a board game café located right next to 2.28 Memorial Park. It is on the 4th floor above Café Moren. Start at Jungangno Station on the red line and head towards the park. Take a right just as you get to the outer boundary of the park. Continue walking straight for 2 minutes, and you’ll see Café Moren with Angels-in-Us just across the street. Noriteo is on the top floor of the small building.
Noriteo doesn’t share much in common with the other popular board game café, so when debating between the two, it is important to ask yourself what you’re most looking for. If you want a large selection of games, you might consider going to the board game café with the link provided earlier in this post. If, on the other hand, you don’t mind having a smaller selection of games and would like to eat some food or drink alcohol, you should visit Noriteo instead.
Noriteo has a great selection of food, desserts, and drinks at decent prices. Noriteo has a lot of delicious appetizers that are great for sharing, like nachos and potato wedges. You could make a full meal of the pesto ham-cheese sandwich or the tortilla pizzas, even though they are under the “snacks” section of the menu. All the food items are under 10,000 won. There is a long list of cocktails, beer, and soju with prices ranging from 4,500 to 7,000 won.
As is to be expected at a café of any kind, Noriteo has a nice selection of coffee beverages, teas, and juices as well. They even have blended drinks on the “Flake and Shake” section of the menu for less than 6,000 won. The food options at Noriteo are way better than the bags of chips and cookies you can get at the other board game café. Noriteo is definitely a more adult place, catering to those who want to eat something more substantial or drink while they play.If you need a food recommendation: the chocolate muffins come heated with ice cream on top and only cost 4,500 won!
In addition to games, food, and alcohol, Noriteo also has cats! Their names are Choco and Uyu (milk in Korean) because of their colorings. The cats are very friendly and won’t disturb your game-play or eating too much. Just be careful if you stand up: one of them might steal your seat! Noriteo combines all the best parts of the many themed cafes in Korea into one place.
It costs just 1,000 won per hour to play games at Noriteo. They have several sets of Catan and Rummikub. They also have classics, like Like and Clue, and several card games, like Citadel. Just be careful because some of the games are only available in the Korean version, which may be difficult for non-Korean speakers to play.
Noriteo has an English-speaking owner, named Hailey, which makes things easier for foreigners as well. Hailey likes to host special events at Noriteo, including summer barbecues on their rooftop deck and club fairs where you can meet people and maybe start a new hobby. Stay informed about these events by liking their facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Noriteocafe) and joining their events page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/Noriteo.Daegu).
Just Remember: there is more than one board game in Daegu. Try out Noriteo if you haven’t yet. Whether you simply want to eat and drink, play board games, or pet some adorable cats, this café gives you the freedom to do what you’d like. Noriteo is doing a fantastic job fostering a sense of community within the foreign community in Daegu.
[NORITEO(놀e터) Board Game Cafe]
-Address: 22-2, Gongpyeong-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu