Planning a K-Drama pilgrimage? Give your itinerary a look, and we’re more than a hundred percent sure that there’s at least one cafe where a show was filmed on your list.
Coffee shops are a staple setting for K-Dramas. From first dates to face-offs, cafes are the most convenient meeting places for the characters in the story. In turn, they become must-visit spots for any K-Drama (and caffeine) lover visiting Korea.
And as though you couldn’t fit enough cafes in your travel plan, we rounded up some of the most memorable cafes we saw in our favorite dramas that you can visit on your trip.
The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince
Where you saw it: Coffee Prince (2008)
337-2, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Let’s start with the obvious: that pretty cafe in the 2008 Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun-hye-starrer Coffee Prince called — surprise, surprise — The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince. An old Hongdae cafe remodeled for the show, this coffee shop has since been kept operational for the fans of the hit MBC drama. Just a heads up: you might be asked to buy coffee before being allowed to take pictures of the place. Keep your wallet ready, as their coffee and cakes are quite pricey.
Where you saw it: Descendants of the Sun (2016)
162-4 Jeongja-dong, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do
Any fan of the groundbreaking 2016 series Descendants of the Sun will know this cafe chain. Various branches of dal.komm Coffee were featured throughout the show; each one associated with a scene that reveals the progression of the main characters’ love stories — from singlehood, to heartbreak, to double dates. And with the show’s iconic couple Song Joong-ki (as Captain Yoo Si Jin) and Song Hye Kyo (as Dr. Kang Mo Yeon) tying the knot in October, there’s no better time to visit one of the cafes and let the kilig feels flow once again.
Where you saw it: Goblin (2016-2017)
195-56 Saeori-ro, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
With interiors that exude the feel of a classic European designer building, it would be easy to assume that the fancy restaurant where Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun) and Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) sat down for some steak is nowhere near South Korea. Looks can be deceiving, though, and such is true for that particular restaurant on the show. Supposedly located in Québec, Canada, the resto can actually be found in Paju City, northwest of Seoul, and its real name is Chocolatier Zino.