When you’re a K-drama fan in South Korea, one of the best things to do is to explore the shooting locations of the most popular K-dramas. Coffee shops are frequently featured in these shows, whether it’s the setting of a meet-cute between two love interests or a dramatic confrontation with a rival.
Live out your favorite Korean drama moments by visiting a few K-drama cafés that actually exist in real life.
Remember the café from the W Korean drama? Or the unforgettable setting of Captain Yoo Si Jin and Dr. Kang Mo Yeon’s breakup? Dal.komm Café has gained a cult following after appearing in some of the most popular K-dramas in the world, such as Goblin, W: Two Worlds, and Descendants of the Sun.
Dal.komm Café is a must-visit destination for Korean drama fans for obvious reasons, but it’s also a great stop for anyone who wants a break from sightseeing to enjoy sweet desserts and pastries. There are a couple of dal.komm Café branches around Singapore as well.
Address: Level 1, Central Park Prugio, 23-5 Songdo-dong, Yeonsu District, Incheon / Incheon National University Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 4
BBQ Olive Chicken and Premium Café
Another important establishment that made waves after the airing of the K-drama Goblin is BBQ Olive Chicken, which is known for fried chicken and beer. There’s also a café area that was used as Sunny’s café in the popular Korean drama. A variety of Goblin-related mementos are displayed, such as photos and even the Grim Reaper’s iconic hat.
Goblin filmed scenes in two different branches of BBQ Olive Chicken with earlier scenes taking place at the smaller Gangnam branch, then transferring to the Jongno branch for a bigger stage. If you’re a super-fan of Goblin, hit all the significant places of the show in one day with KKday’s One-Day Tour of Goblin Filming Sites in Seoul and Incheon.
- Gangnam branch: South Korea, Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Irwon 1(il)-dong, 687-2-dong / Daecheong Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5
- Jongno branch: 11-5 Gwancheol-dong, Jongno District, Seoul / Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 4
In Strong Woman Do Bong Soo, the protagonist Do Bong-soon’s father owned a café dubbed Dobong Walnut Bakery. While the name is fictional, the café actually exists. In real life, the K-drama location is Plate B, a charming little café that serves coffee and light food. Due to endless fan requests and as a tribute to the show that made the café infinitely more famous, the Plate B dessert menu now also includes walnut pie.
Address: 산1-342 Jeongneung 3(sam)-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul / Sookmyung Women’s University (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 3
Who could ever forget the heartwarming romance the Coffee Prince? The main shooting location of the popular K-drama is a rustic coffee shop known simply as Coffee Prince. It’s instantly recognizable, although the owners don’t allow travelers to sightsee or take pictures unless you also buy a drink or food from the café.
Keep in mind that the menu items are quite pricey. However, fans of the Korean drama will enjoy falling in love with the love story all over again in the real-life Coffee Prince café.
Address: 5, Wausan-ro 29-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul 04053 / Hongik University Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 6
Foresta Book Café
Tucked away in the quiet village Heyri, Foresta Book Café is the setting of scenes in a few K-dramas, such as Protect the Boss, Fated to Love You, and Clean With Passion For Now. It’s also one of the coolest cafés in Korea with high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, and bright, friendly colors.
Address: 59-6 Heyrimaeul-gil, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Travelers looking to continue their Korean drama adventures explore more filming locations throughout the country. Take a Gyeonggi Day Tour from Seoul and discover the beauty of sites like Petite France and Nami Island. Visit MBC World and immerse yourself in the world of K-pop stars.
*Featured image from JTBC