Sunday, June 3, 2018

Checking out Cafes in Jeju

Koreans sure love cafes. Each day I was with my two Korean friends, we went to different cafes to hang out and enjoy the view while sipping a nice warm cup of coffee or a cold glass of fresh orange juice.

Going to Cafe Bomnal and Cafe Aewol Monsant

Cafe Bomnal
2540 Aewol-ri, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si
9AM to 9PM

The first cafe my friends took me to was Cafe Bomnal, a coffee shop by the sea that they said was famous because it was where the Korean drama series "Warm and Cozy" was shot. Cafe Bomnal has four resident corgis and many interesting spots and details to admire and take photos of. The cafe overlooks the sea with sitting areas inside (to take shelter in on cold days) and outside (to enjoy the breeze on warm days).

Directions by bus: From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal, take bus 202 to 한담동 Handamdong bus stop (50 minutes) and walk about 5 minutes to Cafe Bomnal.

Photo from Jeju Bomnal

View from Cafe Bomnal

Cafe Aewol Monsant
2546 Aewol-ri, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si
9AM to 8PM

We also had a look-see at Cafe Aewol Monsant, another cafe just a few steps from Cafe Bomnal. The dining area is surrounded by glass for an unobstructed view of the sea. It was full when we visited, with most of the cafe goers staying inside to keep warm that cold spring day.

Cafe Aewol Monsant (Photo by hugh33)

The Romantic
476 Gyorae-ri, Jocheon-eup, Jeju-si
10AM to 9PM

JaeHwa, being a photographer, took us to one of the places he frequents to shoot portraits: The Romantic. Understandably, as this cafe has many pretty corners inside and outside, perfect for a photoshoot.

Directions by bus: From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal, take bus 231 to 교래사거리 Gyorae Sageori bus stop (40 minutes) and walk about 8 minutes to The Romantic.

Cafe Do Doo
342 Seohaean-ro, Jeju-si
10AM to 11PM

Cafe Do Doo is a Simpsons themed cafe with a resident golden retriever named Do Doo. The cafe is decked out in Simpsons art, has Simpsons character masks and a blue Marge wig you can don, and even has some Simpsons stuff for sale. On the second floor, there are four half-bed-half-couches made of wooden pallets facing the road and the sea beyond.

Directions by bus: From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal, take bus 462 to 대학동 Daehagdong bus stop then transfer to bus 447 and get off at 해안도로 Coastal Road bus stop. Walk about 100 meters to Cafe Do Doo.

View from the wooden pallet half-bed-half-couch we were lazing on

Note: Since I was staying in Jeju City, the directions I have provided above start from Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal. If you are staying in Seogwipo City, use Google Maps to find nearby bus stops and what buses to take. If you can read Korean or have the patience to use Google translate (though the translation is not perfect), the Jeju Bus app or the Jeju Bus website is a more accurate option than Google Maps.

This article is now available as a mobile app. Go to GPSmyCity to download the app for GPS-assisted travel directions to the attractions featured in this article.

South Korea Spring 2018
Jeju Accommodation: Sum Guesthouse Jeju Airport
Traveling Around Jeju by Bus
Checking out Cafes in Jeju (you're here!)
Location, Location, Location (for a Photoshoot)
Jeju Eats
History and Nature in East Jeju
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Jeju
Hiking Hallasan via Yeongsil and Eorimok Trails
Daegu International Airport to Gyeongju
Gyeongju Accommodation: Chacharang Guesthouse
UNESCO World Heritage: Gyeongju Historic Areas
Walking Around Gyeongju
UNESCO World Heritage: Gyeongju Yangdong Historic Village
Joining the Cherry Blossom Loving Crowds in Jinhae
Cherry Blossom Binge Continues in Busan
Busan Museum of Art
Spring 2018 Jeju and Southeast South Korea Itinerary and Expenses

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