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The famous vending machine from Boys Over Flowers, where Jan-di bought Jun-pyo a cup of “priceless coffee”. Actual location? Cable car station at Namsan Tower.

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A Twosome Place

A chain of cafes where one could have coffee and cake, or fill one’s tummy with sandwiches. They even provide cake-making workshops, which was replayed over and over again on their television screens.

Yummy sandwiches - ham and cheese with sauerkraut sandwich, chicken sandwich and chicken wrap. Along with apple juice and iced mocha frappe!

 In 2011 it was announced that So Ji-sub would be the product ambassador of this place, alongside its dessert counterpart (which was featured in Kdrama Lie To Me). With So Ji-sub making / drinking coffee like that, how to resist? I would like a cuppa coffee with So Ji-sub to go, thanks! 😀

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Outdoors at Jeju Teddy Bear MuseumGoong S was filmed at this spot! 

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A glimpse of Myeongdong Cathedral, which a landmark of the area and was the largest building Seoul at the point of its construction a hundred over years ago in 1898. Also, at this spot that this picture was taken was the film site of the wildly popular Kdrama “You’re Beautiful”.

Cafe Pascucci

Personally, a significant cafe as I first set my eyes on this funky UFO-like thingy on my first trip to Seoul. Turns out that it beeps and vibrates when your order is ready for collection. Really cool!

Breakfast for 3!

Consisting of iced cafe latte, cafe mocha, strawberry yoghurt, ham egg toast, bacon cheese focaccia and egg bagel.

Cosy private seats

The location of this outlet of Cafe Pascucci is noteworthy, at least to k-drama lovers, as scenes from Stairway to Heaven was shot here in Apgujeong.

How many Coffee Princes are there?

Kdrama - The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince

I don’t know about you, but that is one question that I’ve always wondered. But of course I don’t mean real princes; they refer to the cafes in one of my all-time favourite Kdramas, The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince. And I’m sure in the summer of 2007 this drama stole the hearts of many too. It was (is?) so popular that its filming locations have been converted to cafes for fans to visit.

Officially there are 3 MBC-licensed Coffee Princes cafes – 1 in MBC Dream Center lobby at Ilsan and 2 at Hongdae. The one in Ilsan is a replica of the one in Hongdae, hence is not really worth a visit unless you are in Ilsan, or catching Music Core, or a HUGE Coffee Prince cafe fan. Compared to Ilsan, the ones in Hongdae are way more convenient especially if you are in Seoul.

The first one in Hongdae is nestled in a small alley, and is currently next to the Hello Kitty cafe. Heard from a friend is that is now closed. I personally did not enter this one as I was more curious about the other one! But it seems like a quiet cozy place.

Although the above cafe is an official Coffee Prince cafe, the next one is more popular because it is the actual filming location of the Coffee Prince cafe in the drama. And boy was it crowded! I cannot remember how I got there, but I do remember the lovely rows of cafes that line the street to Coffee Prince.

After climbing a slope *pants*

Check out the number of fans!

The best seats were taken 😦

Signatures of the cast & director on the opposite wall

Cute drawings left by Yoon Eun-hye

One of the well-loved icons of the drama!

Coffee Prince memorabilia

REALLY YUMMEH!!

When night falls...

However, my favourite is not actually one of the Coffee Prince cafes licensed by MBC, but another one of the filming locations. Before it was better known as Choi Han-sung’s (Lee Seon-kyun) house, it was and is, in fact Sanmotoonge cafe. Located atop in Buam-dong, it was NOT easy getting there. After hopping on a bus (#1020, #212 or #7022) at Gyeongbokgung Station exit 3 and alighting 6 stops later, one has to walk backwards from the direction of the bus.

After seeing this sign, follow the first road on the left.

Approximately 700m uphill walk to the cafe.

A nice-looking cafe for those who give up mid-way!

But for those who persist, you'll be rewarded with this sight ^^

Love the fresh flowers on each table~

Foreigners who visit Sanmotoonge are gifted a free postcard!

Coffee with a view~

At the basement is a quaint gallery of knick-knacks!

Gimme my coffee and a book and I'm all set.

The basement also leads out to the garden...

... and that's where the horse sculptures are! Remember those?

맛있었어요!

Wall of cast & director signatures

At the 2nd level, also known to the fans as Han-sung's music making part of his house!

How I wish it is my house instead...

View of the garden from the 2nd storey

Even the toilet is cute!

The Sanmotoonge cafe is honestly an excellent place for dates, especially with such great views! But it really is rather inaccessible so I would recommend boyfriends driving their girlfriends there. As for parking… I have no idea…

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Those who have watched Kdrama Gourmet (식객) will find this place familiar – it is the film site of drama’s restaurant, where the leads always have their verbal sparrings at. The actual name of this place is Samcheonggak, where its restaurant is on the 1st floor and cafe on the 2nd. And one can hold a wedding or an event at its garden!