[Jeju] Top 5 Must-Visit Cafes in Jeju Island

What comes into your mind when someone talks about Jeju Island?
Pretty scenery? Beautiful beaches? Yummy abalone? Big Bang G-Dragon’s cafe?

If you love traveling in Korea, I believe you have been to Jeju Island. Jeju Island, known as the “Hawaii of Korea”, is the largest and most famous island in South Korea. There are many things to do in Jeju Island: hiking the tallest mountain in Korea, visiting clean and beautiful beaches, eating cheap seafood and delicious black pork bbq, and (of course, not forgetting) exploring unique cafes.

I have been to a few cafes with very great view in Jeju Island, and have also seen photos of other beautiful cafes taken by my friends. Here is the Top 5 must-visit cafes in Jeju Island that I would like to recommend to you.

#1 BOMNAL CAFE (카페 봄날)

Jeju Bomnal Cafe

Cafe Bomnal in Jeju

 


“Bomnal”, literally means spring day in Korean, is a very famous seaside cafe located in Aewol town, close to Handam coastal trail and Gwakji Gwamul beach. You can choose to chill in the cozy environment (indoor seating area) or enjoy the beautiful view outdoor. Not forgetting that there are some photo spots outside the cafe, which has turned it into an instagrammable cafe in Jeju Island. This is also one of the filming locations of 2015 Korean drama entitled “Warm and cozy”.

BOMNAL CAFE (카페 봄날)

Address

2540 Aewol-ri, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
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Opening hours

09:00 – 21:30

Transportation

From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal (opposite side), take Bus #202 and get off at Handamdong(한남동).
*It takes about 1 hour, costs about KRW 1,200

#2 CAFE MONSTANT AEWOL by G-Dragon

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If you are G-Dragon’s fan, you will definitely know this cafe. Cafe Monstant Aewol, located very near to Bomnal Cafe in Aewol, is the must-visit cafe for all G-Dragon’s fans (I’m sure you want to support GD Oppa ^^). What makes this cafe special is that you can enjoy the spectacular sea view through the huge glass window from the cafe, and the building is very instagrammable from outside. It is recommended to come here in the evening to enjoy sunset.

CAFE MONSTANT AEWOL

Address

56-1, Aewolbukseo-gil Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

Opening hours

09:00 – 20:00 (Last order 19:00)

Transportation

From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal (opposite side), take Bus #202 and get off at Handamdong(한남동).
*It takes about 1 hour, costs about KRW 1,200

#3 Cafe Gongjaksoo (카페 공작소)

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Cafe Gongjaksoo is another cafe with great view and this is my favourite cafe in Jeju! There are some props opposite the cafe where you can take photos. You will also find some korean words written on the window of the cafe and it looks really cool to take photos from the cafe (refer to the photo below).  Any photos taken in Cafe Gongjaksoo can definitely make it to your Instagram feed!

Previously, I took bus #701 from Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal to get to this cafe. From 2017, the bus number changed to #201. (Tips: After visiting the cafe, I took the same bus to Seongsan ilchubong sunrise peak).

Cafe Gongjaksoo

Address

1446 Haemajihaean-ro, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

Opening hours

08:30 – 21:00

Transportation

From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal, take Bus #101 or #201 and get off at Saehwari – 세화환승정류장(세화리). Walks about 550m.
*Bus #101 (express bus) takes about 1 hour, costs about KRW 3,000
*Bus #201 takes about 1.5 hours, costs about KRW1,200

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/cafegongjakso/

#4 Cafe De Seoyeun (known as Seoyeon’s House, 서연의 집)

Jeju Cafe De Seoyeun

Jeju Cafe De Seoyeun

 

Cafe De Seoyeun in jeju seogwipo

Cafe De Seoyeun in jeju seogwipo


Cafe De Seoyeun (카페서연의집), is the filming location of a famous Korean movie about first love, entitled “Architecture 101(건축학개론)” starred by Suzy, Han Ga-in, Uhm Tae-woong and Lee Je-hoon. This cafe is a two-storey building facing the sea, and you can enjoy very beautiful sea view from the cafe. You can also find many props and posters from the movie. If you have watched the movie, you may be interested to drop by this cafe! Even if you did not watch the movie, I would still recommend you to visit this cafe to enjoy a quite, relaxing and peaceful afternoon in Jeju.

CAFE DE SEOYEUN

Address

2975 Wimi-ri, Namwon-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

Opening hours

10:00 ~ 19:00  (Closed at 21:00 in Summer – June to August)

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/cafedeseoyeun/

#5 The Romantic Cafe (더로맨틱, 내 생에 가장 아름다운 날들)

Cafe The Romantic Jeju Island

Cafe The Romantic Jeju Island (Photo credit: The Romantic Coffee)

 

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Are you a person who loves coffee and enjoy taking photos? If yes, Cafe The Romantic (더로맨틱, 내 생에 가장 아름다운 날들) is the perfect place to go in Jeju. This cafe is a famous place for pre-wedding photo shoot among Koreans. Not just for pre-wedding photo shoot, anyone who loves taking photos would definitely love this place. The cafe is designed and decorated in European-style that makes you feel like you are in Europe. In addition, you can rent a dress and wander around to take some portrait shots. Every corner is a photo zone! Be prepared to spend about 1-2 hours at this place.

Note: You have to order your drinks before going around the cafe to take photos // 1 drink per person.

Cafe The Romantic

Address

26, Gyorae 1-gil, Jocheon-eup, Jeju City.
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Opening hours

10:00~ 20:00

Transportation

From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal (opposite side), take Bus #212 and get off at Gyoraeri public health care (교래리 보건소), walk about 350m.
*It takes about 45 mins, costs about KRW 1,200

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/theromantic_coffee/

*EXTRA* O’sulloc Tea Museum

A fan of green tea? Don’t miss out O’sulloc Tea Museum in Jeju Island! You can visit the outdoor tea plantation and indoor museum. There will be lots of O’sulloc tea products for sale. If you are planning to buy the famous O’sulloc green tea milk spread, I recommend you to buy it here as you can also get tax refund (for foreigners only). After checking the tea museum and products, how about heading to the cafe to grab some refreshing green tea or delicious green tea ice-cream?

O’sulloc Tea Museum

Address

15, Sinhwayeoksa-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo city, Jeju-do
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Opening hours

09:00 – 19:00

Transportation

From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal, take Bus #151 (Express) or #255 and get off at Osulloc bus stop.

Website

http://www.osulloc.com/kr/en


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FREE Observation Deck to Enjoy Autumn Scenery in Seoul – Jeongdong Observatory

Do you like observatory?! I am a big fan of observation deck! Whenever I go travel to a city, I get excited about visiting any observation deck available in that city. I normally spend about 2 hours at the observation deck when I travel alone. Most of my friends don’t understand why I love visiting observatory because the tickets are normally not that cheap, and of course, how can I spend 2 hours looking at the same thing? 🙂

At some places, admission to the observatory is free, for example: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Decks, but usually, you need to buy an admission ticket to enter the observation deck.

In Seoul, there are a few observation decks that you may visit. Most of them charge a fee for admission, but there is one observatory that is FREE! YES, you read it correctly. It’s FREE. Check out the list of observatory in Seoul below:

    1. Namsan Seoul Tower (Admission Fee – KRW10,000. Get discounted ticket from Klook – N Seoul Tower Ticket Combos in Seoul)
    2. 63 Building Observatory (Admission Fee – KRW13,000 . Get discounted ticket from Klook – 63 Building Observatory Admission Ticket)
    3. Lotte World Tower Seoul Sky Observatory (Admission Fee – KRW 27,000. Get discounted ticket from Klook – Lotte World Tower Seoul Sky Observatory  )
  1. Jeongdong Observatory – FREE
Jeongdong observatory in seoul during autumn

Jeongdong Observatory in Seoul | Autumn 2018

So, yes, the admission to Jeongdong Observatory is totally FREE. Jeongdong Observatory is located on the 13th Floor of Seoul City Hall Seosomun Building and is overlooking  Deoksugung Palace. Although the observation deck is just on the 13th floor, you don’t really get a grand view of Seoul city but the view here is pretty amazing, especially during Autumn.

This year, I visited Jeongdong Observatory a little late and it seems like some leaves were falling down already, so my photos didn’t turn out as nice and colourful as my friend’s photos. Nonetheless, I managed to see this breathtaking Autumn scenery and very beautiful view of Deoksugung Palace & around Seoul City Hall area. The best time to visit Jeongdong Observatory is probably around the last week of October to first week of November, when the leaves have changed into red, orange or yellow (and before they fall off the trees).

deoksugung palace view from jeongdong observatory during autumndeoksugung palace view from jeongdong observatory during autumn

How many hours can I spend in Jeongdong Observatory? I wouldn’t mind coming here a few times, and spend 1 hour on each visit. Haha! What to do in Jeongdong Observatory other than looking at the view? There is a cafe called Cafe Darak at this observation deck. Grab a cup of hot coffee or tea, take a window seat, and enjoy the awesome autumn view of Seoul City Hall and Deoksugung Palace. The drinks are quite cheap in Cafe Darak. Check out their menu below.

Citron Tea @ KRW 2,500 at Cafe Darak

Citron Tea @ KRW 2,500 at Cafe Darak

Cafe Darak at Jeongdong Observatory

Cafe Darak at Jeongdong Observatory

Cafe Darak at Jeongdong Observatory

Cafe Darak / Menu

Jeongdong Observatory (정동전망대)

Address

15, Deoksugung-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

Opening Hours

09:00-21:00 Weekdays
09:00-18:00 Weekends

Getting Here

City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 2

Check out my youtube video about Jeongdong Observatory! 🙂