Korea is known for many things, and coffee is one of them. Because of this, Korea has many cafe streets, including two in and very close to the Bundang area: Jeonga-dong Cafe Street, and Jukjeon Cafe Street.
If you don’t know, Bundang is an area located about an hour south from Seoul. The stations that it encompasses are Ori, Migeum, Jeongja, Sunae, Seohyun, and Imae.
Top 10 cafes in and near Bundang district
Jeongja-dong Cafe Street
Jeongja-dong Cafe Street: Cafe Drawing (카페드로잉)
A lot of cafes and coffee shops in Korea are also brunch places, and Cafe Drawing is one of them. With a small and quiet atmosphere, Cafe Drawing serves coffee and tea drinks, cakes, and several brunch dishes like the plate of American breakfast (complete with eggs, sausages, bacon, and fries, and even a margarita pizza dish.
This cafe has two four-people tables on its balcony, and many more seats indoors, and the music that plays is not too obstructive. Cafe Drawing opens every weekday and weekend at 9 am, so it’s a perfect place if you like to wake up early! The cafe doesn’t close its doors until 11 pm, and with the reliable and kind staff, you won’t be able to resist staying as long as you can.
Location: Cafe Dam is located at the heart of Jeongja-dong, at 14-1 Jeongja-dong, Bundang-gu.
Cafe Dam (카페담)
From the outside, Cafe Dam doesn’t look all that impressive, but first impressions aren’t everything! As soon as you walk in, you’ll see that Cafe Dam has a large interior, even smaller nooks of tables and chairs near the back of the cafe. In addition to that, Cafe Dam has a really romantic and bohemian feel.
A signature drink of Cafe Dam is the Dumbo Latte, which is a combination of milk, expresso, and a sweet, blue syrup that together creates a unique coffee drink.
Location: Cafe Dam is located at 176 Jeongja-dong, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do and is open from 10 am to 11:30 pm every Monday to Sunday.
Jeongja-dong Cafe Street: Gosop (고솝)
Gosop (고솝 in Korean) is a smaller cafe located near the heart of Jeongja-dong Cafe Street. With a comfortable atmosphere, Gosop is a perfect place to go with a friend or two to destress from your week. Not only does Gosop offer various coffee drinks, but Gosop also sells cakes, muffins, and castella-style bread.
Gosop opens from 10am to 10pm every Sunday to Thursdays. On Fridays and Saturday, they stay open an extra hour, until 11pm.
Jukjeon Cafe Street
While Jukjeon isn’t technically in the district of Bundang, it is closer to Bundang than to Yongin City, which is the city that Jukjeon belongs to. For that reason, I think Jukjeon Cafe Street is important to include in this list. It only takes 15-20 minutes to get to Jukjeon Cafe Street from Migeum or Jeongja-dong by bus.
Jukjeon Cafe Street: Cafe&More
Like the other cafe streets in Korea, Jukjeon Cafe Street has a lot of different cafes and coffee shops, but I would like to highlight three of them.
Cafe&More is a quaint cafe that’s primarily run by a middle-aged man and has many places to sit, including two-seaters with a lot of cushions.
Alongside the regular coffee drink options like Americano, Cafe Latte, and Vanilla Latte, Cafe&More also offers a Maple Latte, which has the taste and aroma of the famous Maple syrup. When drinking this, you’ll definitely be reminded of pancakes!
Location: Cafe&More stands at 1181-6 Bojeong-dong, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, and opens every day from 9:30am to 12:30am.
Cafe Street: Eco Book Cafe
As the name would suggest, Eco Book Cafe (에코의서재 in Korean) is a mix of a coffee shop and a book cafe, as there are a couple of shelves filled to the brim with books. Unfortunately, most of these books are in Korean, but if you are a book lover like me, you will appreciate the books being there, regardless of the language. The cafe also has a bohemian chic interior with fairy lights going along the walls of the cafe.
Unlike many other cafes, Eco Book Cafe offers several kinds of waffle dishes, including waffles with scoops of ice cream on top. If you’re hungry for a hearty dessert meal, there is no better place!
Eco Book Cafe opens a little late, 11am. And it closes at 11:30pm. The address to Eco Book Cafe is 1187-7 Bojeong-dong.
Cafe Street: Cafe Bula
Can you guess what “Bula” means? It means “hello!” in Fijian!
As soon as you near Cafe Bula, you will see images of the Bua flower, the national flower of Fiji, and colors and themes that will bring you to the Fijian Islands. This is probably my favorite cafe in all of Jukjoen Cafe Street but not because of the drinks or the food, but because of the Fijian theme. You see, I have been to Fiji before and whenever I visit Cafe Bula, my heart sings with the memories of the people I’ve met there.
Cafe Bula offers a menu that’s smaller than other places, but with all of their drink options, they serve the drinks in the cafe’s own kitchenware. In the case of the teas, Cafe Bula offers them in a glass-like plastic teapot and teacup. Cafe Bula is highly optimized for Instagrammable photos.
Located at 1187-9 Bojeong-dong, they open every week from Tuesday to Sunday from 12am to 11:00. Cafe Bula is closed on Mondays.
Cafés in Bundang
There are many other cafes not only in Jeongja-dong Cafe Street or Jukjeon Cafe Street but also in the larger Bundang and Yongin district. These cafes listed below are located from Seohyun to Jukjeon.
Urban Spirit (어반스피릿)
If you were wondering which of these cafes are the most “Instagrammable” I would argue that Urban Spirit would be the answer. Located at 273-2 Seohyun-dong in Bundang, it has a really fresh atmosphere and as soon as you enter, you would notice why. Almost everything is white and pristine, or bright pink and romantic. Immediately near the entrance, there is a long table enough for 8 people. Then the rest of the cafe is filled with four-seater tables. A lot of the chairs have cushions that you can hold while you’re talking to friends.
Near the back, there is a specialized area that’s designed for people to take photos around; the seats are arranged around a set of plants, with pink cushions to complete the perfect Instagram photo! When you think about this aspect of the cafe, the slightly high price of the drinks doesn’t seem too bad.
Located on the second floor of the Amco-Heritz building close to Migeum Station, B’Sora is another bohemian chic cafe that’s a perfect place to sit, drink coffee, and chat with friends. Even with a slightly smaller interior, the tables and chairs are arranged in an economical way. When full, the cafe holds about 30 people. In addition to popular coffee drinks like Vanilla Latte, B’Sora offers the Einspanner, a famous coffee drink from Vienna, Australia, as well as tea flavors like Blueberry Rooibos and Mate Lemongrass. B. Sora also offers different kinds of cake including Red Velvet and Carrot Cake.
B’Sora opens every day from 11:00am to 10pm.
Named after the American state, this cafe is around a 15-minute walk from Migeum Station. Despite the walk, the cafe is worth it due to the chic atmosphere of the interior. Like the other cafes on this list, OHIO is a very “Instagrammable” cafe.
Other than the regular coffee drinks, OHIO has a specialty drink called Mocha Cream Latte, which you can get either hot or cold, and it’s similar to Mocha Coffee but with extra cream on top.
OHIO is located at 55-6 in the Gumi-dong area and is open every day from 10:30am to 10pm.
J. Flower Cafe
J. Flower Cafe is the only cafe on this list that is in Jukjeon but not a part of Jukjeon Cafe Sreet. Despite this, J. Flower Cafe is a beautiful cafe with a large interior and, as the name suggests, many flowers that decorate the interior. In fact, many people come to this cafe to view the flowers. The interior isn’t the only thing that’s lovely about this cafe, though. The front of the cafe is also something to behold, complete with a spacious yard and picnic tables. At night, the cafe has fairy lights that go around the exterior of the building and illuminates the front.
Along with regular coffee and dessert options, J. Flower Cafe sells a few brunch/breakfast options, including waffles and fruit.
There are a lot of things Korea is famous for, and cafes in Korea are certainly something to behold. Each Korean cafe is carefully managed and “curated” to a certain theme or mood or atmosphere. In Korea, you’ll be going to a cafe nearly every day, since cafes are a popular place to hang out with friends or family. These are some of the themed cafes in the Bundang region of Seoul, but they are only a small glimpse into the world of Korean cafes.
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