I've been a K-drama fan since 2006 when I first saw Goong or Princess Hours. I don't know what it was that really hooked me in. Was it the riveting plot, the eye-catching style or the talented actors? Perhaps it's all of the above! But as the years went by, I've been beholden to Korean series because of its stunning cinematography. That, and they always seem to have the best filming locations!
Each show felt like an invitation to visit their country, and if you've ever been to South Korea, you'll know that the country is brimming with Instagrammable nooks and corners. So, it's no wonder why this country sits atop of everyone's travel bucket lists.
Now, if you're a keen K-drama watcher, it's easy to spot the popular Korean restos featured on each show. But if you're like me who treats K-dramas as your source of new places to go to, then you're most likely eyeing the prettiest cafés you've spotted in your fave series. Below, we rounded up 20 of the most Instagram-worthy coffee shops and restaurants that are certainly on my list, too. Ready your 'fits and poses, everyone!
1. Hotel SEINE
Up for a quick time travel? Drop by Hotel SEINE and hang out with your friends in this old hotel converted into a themed cafe. Grab your cup of joe by the concierge (a.k.a. the coffee bar), drop by the second floor to enjoy pastries in the cake room, before lounging at the Art Salon. Don't forget to hit the balcony of the Full Moon Lounge where you can enjoy your drinks and dessert under the starlit sky.
Where you saw it: Hotel Del Luna
Address: 28-5 Donhwamun-ro 11-gil, Nakwon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Wondering if Park Saeroyi's DanBam actually exists? Good news, IC fans! You can recreate your fave scenes from the popular K-drama right here at Oriole Cafe. Owned by R&B star Jungyup of the Brown Eyed Soul group, Oriole is located in Itaewon and serves delicious Italian dishes. They're also a popular hang out place for guys and gals who's looking to end the day with a relaxing drink and a breathtaking view from its roof deck.
Where you saw it: Itaewon Class
Address: 43 Sinheung-ro 20-gil, Huam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
3. Olivia Garden
Here's another Italian restaurant that boasts a picture perfect cafe interior! Olivia Garden is tucked away in a quaint neigborhood in the Jongno District. It's popular for its pumpkin pizza, hearty pasta, and delicious angus steak.
Where you saw it: Something in the Rain, Secret Garden
Address: 16 Jahamun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
4. White Birch Story Tea Cafe
Here's a cozy cafe to visit for some much needed unwinding after a full day of exploring. White Birch Story Tea Cafe is a Hanok-style cafe that treats its patrons to a variety of beverages like coffee, healing teas, and even refreshing smoothies.
Where you saw it: Goblin, Touch Your Heart
Address: 74-15 Yulgok-ro 1-gil, Jongno-gu
5. Milky Way Cafe
Located in Hongdae, Milky Way Cafe is inspired by the '70s and '80s as it features collections of handmade and antique items. The quaint cafe became popular after 10cm, a Korean indie band, made a song about the cafe.
Where you saw it: He is Psychometric, My First First Love
Address: 33-1 Tojeong-ro, Hapjeong-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
6. Bojeong-dong Café Street
Okay, this is technically not a cafe but a street that's lined with adorable coffee shops, themed restaurants, and boutiques! If you've got a free afternoon to spare in Seoul, we suggest you spend it exploring the European-inspired neighborhood. Go cafe hopping and bank a bajillion cafe snaps for the 'gram!
Where you saw it: What's Wrong with Secretary Kim
Address: 1344, Bojeong-dong, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
7. Cooking Lab By Young
Want an upscale and private dining experience while in Seoul? Head on over to the Cooking Lab by Young, a restaurant located in Gangnam that only caters to one table at a time. Oh, and did we mention you can also enroll in its cooking school, too?
Where you saw it: What's Wrong with Secretary Kim
Address: 14 Eonju-ro-152-gil, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
8. Art Gallery Café
Love books, coffee, and art? Then head over to Art Gallery Café, located in Paju. This minimalist coffee shop is situated in Paju's Book City and is within a short walking distance to Mimesis Art Museum.
Where you saw it: Romance Is A Bonus Book, What's Wrong with Secretary Kim, Another Miss Oh
Address: 445-2 Hoedong-gil, Munbal-dong, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
9. Alex the Coffee (Goyang Branch)
Alex The Coffee is widely popular for their delicious, heart-warming coffee. But apart from this rep, Alex the Coffee is a cafe that truly deserves a place in your bucket list as it elevates your coffee experience with a visual treat. Its shop is fashioned after a greenhouse, where it boasts floor-to-ceiling wide glass panes. You can easily enjoy nature's beauty with a fresh brew in hand.
Where you saw it: What's Wrong with Secretary Kim
Address: 103-30 Tongil-ro 493beonan-gil, Sinwon-dong, Deokyang-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
10. Helsinki Espresso Bar
Got a sweet tooth and an irrevocable love for coffee and tea? Helsinki Espresso Bar may just be your new favorite place. This European-style dessert cafe is popular for espresso-based beverages, meringue desserts, and Scandinavian-inspired interiors.
Where you saw it: What's Wrong with Secretary Kim, A World of Married
Address: 10 Jeongjail-ro 213beongil, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do
11. Chocolatier Zino
Of course, this cafe is on the list! Who can forget this opulent restaurant from Goblin, right? While on the series, the resto appears as a fine dining restaurant in Quebec, Chocolatier Zino is actually found in Seoul. It's a cafe that specializes in Italian cuisine set in a British museum-inspired interior.
Where you saw it: Crash Landing on You, Her Private Life, Memories of Alhambra, Goblin, The Heirs
Address: 94-5 Daedong-ri, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
12. Artinus Farmer’s Table
South Korea has no shortage of Instagram-worthy cafes with delicious food offerings, and Artinus Farmer's Table certainly fits the bill. This cafe will bring you closer to nature as the Italian restaurant incorporates plants and natural elements as part of the restaurant's decor.
Where you saw it: Romance Is A Bonus Book, Touch Your Heart, What's Wrong with Secretary Kim, Wok of Love, While You Were Sleeping, Bride of the Water God, Fated to Love You, Boys Over Flowers
Address: 59-77 Heyrimaeul-gil, Beopheung-ri, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
13. Gallery White Block
Looking for an OOTD spot that basks in natural light? Gallery White Block will certain help you nail your snap! This minimalist cafe also shares a space with an art gallery and in Heyri Art Village so make sure you go around and shop for souvenirs, too.
Where you saw it: The Beauty Inside, What's Wrong with Secretary Kim, Radio Romance, I'm Not A Robot, While You Were Sleeping, Introverted Boss, Legend of the Blue Sea
Address: 72 Heyrimaeul-gil, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
14. Forfork Cafe
Forfork Cafe appears as Kang Mo Yeon's (Song Hye Kyo) pad in Descendants of the Sun but in reality, her home is actually a furniture showroom converted into a cozy cafe! If you're dropping by, make sure you taste their IG-worthy pastries along with yummy beverages.
Where you saw it: Descendants of the Sun
Address: 23 Seongmisan-ro 29-gil, Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
15. Queens Park
Queens Park is a popular restaurant for people who love organic food! This place is known for its scrumptious brunch food that includes English favorites like bread and jam, fresh-off-the-oven cookies, hearty pasta, blueberry pancakes, eggs benedict, and more.
Where you saw it: Itaewon Class, The Secret Life of My Secretary, Encounter, Something in the Rain
Address: 22 Apgujeong-ro 60-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
16. Ristorante Il Dito
Ristorante Il Dito, fondly called as Dito, was notably featured in My ID is Gangnam Beauty where we saw Kang Mi Rae (Im Soo Hyang) and Do Kyung Seok (Cha Eun Woo) had their first date. Apart from authentic Italian cuisine, the restaurant will treat you to a delightful dining experience with its marble tables, unique and modern decor, and elegant ambience.
Where you saw it: The Secret Life of My Secretary, My ID Is Gangnam Beauty
Address: 94 Myeongdal-ro, Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea
17. Luka 511
Luka 511 is a high-end French restaurant and wedding venue that's often featured in K-dramas. It boasts of a gorgeous architecture similar to old cathedrals, a European-inspired spacious garden, and nine opulently designed rooms.
Where you saw it: Radio Romance, I'm Not A Robot, Fight For My Way, Introverted Boss, My Love From Another Star
Address: 115-16 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
18. Cafe Valor
Cafe Valor, also called as Studio Valor, started as a vintage furniture store that later on incorporated a cafe inside it. It's known for it warehouse-like interiors, moody lighting, and unique antique pieces. Oh, and if you're spending your afternoon here, customers reco their signature peanut butter sandwich paired with a chocolate drink. Fingers crossed the place isn't booked for a shoot when you drop by!
Where you saw it: A Korean Odyssey (Hwayugi), Chicago Typewriter, He is Psychometric, Romance is a Bonus Book
Address: 47 Baekbeom-ro 578beon-gil, Bupyeong-gu, Incheon
19. Boon Docks Cafe
If you live farm-to-table resto concepts, Boon Docks Cafe is the place to be! Boon Docks may be an hour away from Seoul, but it's definitely worth a visit. Every nook and corner of the cafe is instantly Instagrammable, especially their giant green door! Its patrons also rave about their cozy interiors, good coffee selection, refreshing beverages, and the owner's super friendly Dalmatian.
Where you saw it: SKY Castle
Address: Chunghyo-ro 94, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
20. Cafe History Incheon
Cafe History Incheon appears as Jung Joon Hyung's (Nam Joo Hyuk) psychotherapist's office but IRL, it's actually a warm and cozy neighborhood cafe! Sure, you may need to climb flights of stairs, but once you're settled in this cafe, you're sure to find yourself right at home.
Where you saw it: Suits, Revolutionary Love, Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
Address: 1-3 Songhak-dong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Incheon, South Korea
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