Anmok Beach (안목해변) and its cafe street (안목해변 커피거리) are located in Gangneung (강릉시), a small city on the east coast in Gangwon province (강원도). Although the city itself is like any other small Korean town (boring), the cafe street and beach have a nice relaxing atmosphere.
Anmok Beach is certainly not ugly, but there are certainly more beautiful beaches to be found in Korea. The sea gets deep almost immediately, so it's not ideal for swimming when you have little children, and the sand is a bit coarse. However, going to Jeju Island requires you to take a plane, Busan's Haeundae is overcrowded in summer, and if its really important to you that you lie on a perfect beach, head over to nearby Gyeongpodae Beach.
The real attraction of Anmok Beach is its cafe street. There are several nice looking cafes with a view of the sea. Its a godsend in the cooler spring and fall months, where it cools off quickly in the evening and you can warm yourself up with a nice warm cup of coffee.
In addition to the cafes there are several fish restaurants that serve very fresh seafood. I'm sure they are very good (my wife said it was delicious), however I don't like seafood so I had to look for alternatives. I was almost going for the convenience store food when I spotted Bikini Burger (비키니버거); a hole-in-the-wall burger joint full of murals, toy robots, and just a few tables.
The interior certainly looked interesting. What's more important however, is that the staff was very friendly and the burger really delicious. I really recommend eating here if you have the chance.
How to get there
Gangneung is roughly 3 hours by car from Seoul. If you don't have a car to your disposal, you can take a bus. go to the Dong (East) Seoul Bus Terminal (동서울종합터미널), across the street from Exit 3 of Gangbyeon (강변역) subway station on Line 2. Ask for tickets to Gangneung (강릉). When you arrive at the Gangneum Express Bus Terminal (강릉시외 고속터미널) take bus 202-1 from the street behind the terminal to get to the cafe street.
Address of the cafe street: 1Gangwondo, Gangneungsi, Changhaeno, 14 beongil, 16
(강원도 강릉시 창해로14번길 16 (견소동)).
Address of Bikini Burger: Gangwondo, Gangneungsi, Gyeonggangno 2668 (강원도 강릉시 경강로 2668).