If you’re a foodie like myself, then you definitely can’t pass up the chance to find your favorite cafe from your favorite show and sample some of the delicacies they have to offer. Unfortunately, this can prove to be a little hard and sometimes downright impossible. However, in some cases, you come across that particular restaurant and the heavens open up. Here are a few K-drama cafes that actually exist!
- Jageun Maeul or Bok Chicken from Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
While this eatery isn’t exactly the swaglicious chicken place that the K-drama portrayed it to be, it’s quite popular amongst Kukmin University students in Seoul for their affordable eats. Among the many dishes served are soup, fried rice, and tofu kimchi!
How to get there: Take the blue bus (110A or 153) or green bus (7211, 1711, 1213, 1166, or 1020) to Kukmin University Main Gate.
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Weightlifting Fairy fans, remember Bok Joo's house?! Believe or not, but Bok Chicken is a real restaurant in Seoul! K-Boos! It's #traveltuesday & the famous restaurant Bok Chicken from the K-Drama Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo is our pick for today! If you have seen the K-Drama then this is Bok Joo's father's restaurant which serves the best chicken & pork belly in town! In real life though, the restaurant is named "Jageun Maeul", and it’s a crowd favorite among students from the nearby university for their affordable yet delicious eats. Stay Tuned with us for more on K-Travel! Get K-Amazed 🇰🇷😉 #bokchicken #jageunmaeul #weightliftingfairykimbokjoo #weightliftingfairy #kimbokjoo #namjoohyuk #leesungkyung #leejaeyoon #jisoo #kdrama #ktravel #koreatravel #seoul #iseoulu #koreanrestaurant #travelblogger #instatravel #wanderlust #travel #voyaged #kto #koreantrip #korea #omokorea
- Plate B or Dobong Walnut Bakery from Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
Now, I know when I watched Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, I seriously craved walnut pies. How could you not? The small cafe was featured in almost all the episodes (especially when the mothers gossiped) and was run by Bong Soon’s father who always seemed a little frazzled in life. In real life, Plate B is the name of the walnut shop, and just like the show, sells delicious pastries and small eats.
How to get there: Sookmyung Women's University (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 3
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This is the Dobong Walnut Bakery from one of my favorite 2017 KDramas, 힘쎈여자도봉순 (Strong Woman Do Bong-soon). In reality, this cafe is known as 플레이트 B (Plate B). They have the most authentic and yummiest walnut pie I've ever had. We were lucky to meet the owner herself who was extremely warm and accommodating. She even gave us the only remaining copy she had of the KDrama's original poster. #nofilter #mmymSeoul #mmymKorea #mmymtravels #ImagineYourKorea #travelphotography #VisitKoreaYear #VisitKorea #TravelKorea #DiscoverKorea #TrazyKorea #ExploreKorea #seoulmania #seoul_official #seoul #korea #southkorea #visitseoul #seoulphotography #koreaphotography #플레이트B #plateb #힘쎈여자도봉순 #koreanwave #strongwomandobongsoon #서울 #jtbc #hallyu #kdrama #koreandrama
- Dal.komm Coffee
I’m not one to generalize places, but in this case, there needs to be an exception made. The next location on our list of eateries is dal.komm Coffee. This cafe has been featured in a MULTITUDE of dramas but can be spotted most recently in Descendants of the Sun.
This cafe is popular among younger generation music fans and is always sponsoring events and concerts featuring famous idols or even older generation idols such as Fly to the Sky.
How to get there: Jeongja Station (Bundang and the Shinbundang Lines), Exit 2
- Coffee Prince
Fans of this iconic drama are in for a treat because the cafe from Coffee Prince exists in real life! That’s right, the cafe located in Hongdae (Seoul) features delicious pastries and coffee. However, it’s important to note that the owners of the cafe have a very strict no sightseeing policy which means if you’re going there just to fangirl/boy a little, then you won’t be able to.
There are signs posted around the cafe, but don’t let that stop you from dropping in for a treat and reminisce a little about your favorite moments from the K-drama.
How to get there: Hongik University Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 6
- Mango Six from The Heirs
I can already recall all the arguments that happened in this particular coffee shop. Featured on hit drama The Heirs, Mango Six is sure to leave you wanting more. Aside from mango, which is obviously their specialty, this cafe offers customers plenty of different sweets ranging from smoothies to strawberry-topped pastries.
For those who can’t quite make it out to Korea, Mango Six also has a location in Dallas, Texas!
How to get there: Seolleung Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 1
Dallas Location: 2540 Old Denton Rd #124, Carrollton, TX 75006
- The Flower-Scented Cartoon Café from My Love from the Star
Finally, the place I’m most excited to talk about is the Flower-Scented Cartoon Cafe from the drama My Love from the Star! This might be a biased opinion considering that was one of my favorite dramas that have ever come out, but for those who could sit down for hours, read a manga, and eat some ramen, this place is definitely for you. In the drama, our female lead is seen snacking on a plethora of food and casually ignoring the male lead.
This place is located in Seoul, and of course, sells ramen and other snacks for the hungry. It also features shelves full of manga. The only catch? You’re probably going to have to study up on your Hangul since the manga (Manhwa in Korean) is written in the native language.
How to get there: Sinchon Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 3 or 4
Which restaurant would you most want to visit?
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Cover Image: Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo