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20 Pretty Cafés You See A Lot On K-Dramas

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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!

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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.

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Where you saw it: Hotel Del Luna

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Address: 28-5 Donhwamun-ro 11-gil, Nakwon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul

2. Oriole

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.

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Where you saw it: Itaewon Class

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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.

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Where you saw it: Something in the Rain, Secret Garden

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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.

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Where you saw it: Goblin, Touch Your Heart

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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.

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Where you saw itHe is Psychometric, My First First Love

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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!

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Where you saw it: What's Wrong with Secretary Kim

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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?

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Where you saw it: What's Wrong with Secretary Kim

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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.

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Where you saw itRomance Is A Bonus Book, What's Wrong with Secretary Kim, Another Miss Oh

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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.

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Where you saw it: What's Wrong with Secretary Kim

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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.

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Where you saw it: What's Wrong with Secretary Kim, A World of Married

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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.

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Where you saw itCrash Landing on You, Her Private Life, Memories of Alhambra, Goblin, The Heirs

 

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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 itRomance 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

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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.

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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

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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.

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Where you saw it: Descendants of the Sun

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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.

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Where you saw it: Itaewon Class, The Secret Life of My Secretary, Encounter, Something in the Rain

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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.

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Where you saw it: The Secret Life of My Secretary, My ID Is Gangnam Beauty

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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

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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!

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Where you saw itA Korean Odyssey (Hwayugi), Chicago Typewriter, He is Psychometric, Romance is a Bonus Book

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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.

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Where you saw itSKY Castle

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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.

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Where you saw it: Suits, Revolutionary Love, Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

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Address: 1-3 Songhak-dong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Incheon, South Korea

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* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.

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How did I end up here? I can’t logically tell you the answer for that, but I guess, I know when. It started when I had to consider what college course do I want to pursue. Well, if you want to ask what ambition had occurred in my mind when I was young – which is usually the case in terms of life when you were like 7-year-old young - it was definitely being a doctor. I’d thought about wearing a medical coat with a stethoscope around my neck, ready to cure people from their illnesses. It was actually stuck in my mind for so long I almost thought that I was sure of it, yet, as a particular song yields, almost was never really enough and still, it is and will never be.

When I realized that such a perspective was slowly draining me, I tried my best to stand tough. I convinced myself that this was just temporary, that I could think of a way out of this. “There’s still plenty of time,” I once convinced myself. However, my environment demonstrated the contrary: I felt like I was completely out of time.

I was there when my classmates were happily talking about that ‘dream course’ they wish to take in their ‘dream university.’ I was there when my family was suggesting the thought of using my ‘suitable’ speaking voice for broadcasting and voice acting purposes. I was there when my teacher was convincing me that Education suited me the best. That ‘Stand tough!’ aura I used to own back then, suddenly transformed into ‘I give up!’ state, slowly destroying my being. And now, I am here in this space where doubts and frustrations are filling my former enthusiastic self. I need help.

I know, at this point, some of you may never consider me ‘fatal’ because, as you’re reading this, you may judge that I still have the ability to transform my thoughts into words that can be read, so that ‘automatically’ falls into the aspect of complete sanity. No, because I will never tell everything to you in the first place if I still have the urge to stand like I used to, relative to my belief that speaking up through writing is the best way to attract help.

When you look at the photo of mine above, you may say that I was okay. That I was successful. That I was never losing myself. Yes, I was. But, think about what happened days after that was taken and the message of this passage you started reading minutes before, do you think I am still the same girl smiling in the photo? I hope I will be or better yet, improve if the world will permit me. But, now I’m sure – I’m not the same.

LIFE ADVICE YOU NEED TO HEAR WHILE YOURE STILL YOUNG

This blog is dedicated to all teens out there struggling in determining what they really want in their life or if you simply want a glow up. And since were still facing a pandemic, I think this is also a season where everyone is re-thinking about their lives. So, I hope these advices might help you.

Tip #1. TAKE RISK - since most of you are still young, I advice you to take your biggest risk. Whether it may be taking the course you want, a skill you want to acquire or just simply taking the risk to throw away your emotional baggage from your childhood. While you're still young, you have very little to lose. You dont have that much commitments and responsibilities. Because the older you get, the more responsibilities and obligations came. So when they are still not piling up, take the risk! As for me, the biggest risk I took when I was still a teenager is to CUT OFF TOXIC FAMILY TIES.

I may sound rude here but, yeah. I decided to throw away my emotional baggage from my traumatic childhood and cut off some of my family ties and it is completely okay! You dont have to be bothered by whatever they will say. Because at your age, you are already investing on your growth as a person. If you really want to grow, THERE IS NO PERFECT TIME FOR YOU TO TAKE RISK BUT NOW. Because in taking risk you are actually giving yourself a reward of getting something amazing or beyond what you expect you can have. As they say, the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. Keep in mind that the bigger the risk, the bigger possibility of FAILURE. But that is completely OKAY. Because just like what I said earlier, you are still young. You dont have so much to lose so, dont be afraid to take the risk and then fail. But after failing, learn from it and the more courage you have to take risk the greater the learning, reward or happiness. Ito na nga, how to take risk nga ba? And what are the risk that would actually help me to grow? #

2: VOICE LESSON - dont get me wrong, hindi ito vocalization para sa pagkanta. What I mean is, learn to listen to that VOICE INSIDE YOU. Listen to your heart, to your intuition and to your visions because it will be your GUIDE. Because I realize that as you go along your journey of your life and if you really want to be YOURSELF and be successful in achieving your goals, the only GUIDE that you should follow is your OWN VOICE.

It is okay to take and consider other people's advices but at the end of the day,you should never forget to listen to your own voice. Because that voice is what tells you what you truly want. How would you know that if it is your 'own' voice? Your own voice always comes from your HEART. The voice where YOU and GOD'S voice are one. Because I firmly believe that God knows your heart and that is where he reside. I like journaling because whenever I journal my thought every night and every morning, I feel a dual voice inside my head. Like, it contradicts what the other voice is telling. For example: If we have dreams or goals that puts us so much weight and pressure to the point that it makes you exhausted, STOP. Because it might be a dream or goal of someone else. I believe that your own dreams and goals may be frustrating most of the time, but that frustration has fueling feeling that will always tell you that 'This is the hard way to better so keep going'. Frustration in your own dreams will not make you feel exhausted because achieving a dream itself is a fulfilling feeling.

#3. TAKE ACTION - if you really want something to happen, take action. Dont just sit there and wait things to come your way. Make action or decisions that will take you to where you want to go in your life. Just like what I said in one of my novels that I am writing in wattpad, "There is no such thing as destiny or fate. Because YOU make your OWN life choices." For example, I cannot expect to be a published author if I dont write any novels right? The bottomline here is, if you are not moving forward you are actually moving backward. And it is a sad thing. Life is full of situations where you will be put in the line whether you take courage or just stay where you are. Because GROWING needs consistency in moving forward. So if you dont have to enough courage to take action, your life will always stay the same or worse you will continuously shrink down.

#4. EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS - this means stretching your comfort zone. I watched an anime entitled "Black Clover" there is a captain there where he always tell his subordinates to surpass their limits right, here right now. Going out of our comfort zones are surely scary and uncomfortable. But you have to accept the fact that you cannot stay on the coast forever. You have to change, because the only thing that is constant in this world is change right? Go out of your comfort zones because LIMITS are just in the MIND. There are disabled people who are successful in their own careers. Because the lesson here is, if you hold back there will be no growth. Because GROWTH blooms in DISCOMFORT.

Last, #5. INVEST IN YOURSELF - especially now that you are still young, you should focus on investing on yourself more. Time is your bestfriend at this point of your life. You have so much time to discover things about yourself. I never regret buying and reading books that I never knew will help me later on in dealing life's challenges. You can use that time to read books, gain wisdom, or pick a new skill, improve your talent and learn from your experiences. Keep learning outside your home or your school. Because the real battlefield is OUTSIDE. What you learn in school will only help you in your career but your wisdom and experiences will help you in life or as a person. People who doesnt embrace growth will never succeed in their life. (This is a reflection blog from my 21st birthday last week. I hope you can feature this on your page and I hope it can help others as well. )

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