Honestly, before I go to a certain city, I always list the best cafes there so that whenever I have time, I will experience them. The cafe is a representation of style, architecture, aesthetics and reflects the way of life of the people of that city. On my trip to Jeju, I happened to know this Bomnal coffee shop (Bomnal Cafe Jeju, Bomnal Jeju) through a short promotional clip of Lotte with Park Shin Hye (starring in The Heirs) and Jang Keun Suk (starring in Love Rain). Having just seen a bit of it, I immediately fell in love with it, I must say it was very beautiful. Also you can see some of the photos I took in Jeju inspired from the angles in that video.
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The location of the Bomnal Cafe Jeju (Bomnal Jeju)
Address: South Korea, Jeju-do, Jeju-si, Aewol-eup, 애월리 2540
Hours: 9AM–9:30PM, daily
This cafe is located in the northwestern part of Jeju, in the midst of a cluster of super nice cafes, but Bomnal is still the most prominent. There is also no exact address, just mark the place you searched on Google Map only to navigate.
This area located between 2 other places is also worth a visit and combined with Bomnal is a very beautiful white painted lighthouse that is perfect for check-in photos, in front of the road to Bomnal if you go from the center of Jeju City, and the other is Hyeopjae Beach after passing Bomnal, only 15 minutes drive away.
Experience Bomnal Cafe Jeju
Contrary to the romantic image in the Lotte’s footage above (on the promotional clip), with only 2 people wandering, then it suddenly rains and they have to stay in the cafe, then a cute puppy comes from somewhere, eating, drinking together and watching the sea through the glass window with remained raindrops. Not romantic as that, when we arrived, the shop was full of people, perhaps this shop was too famous.
We drove the car near the shop, the staff ran out to say that the parking space was already running out, there were 2 other cars in front and behind, still were trying to find a spot to park, the road was small with only 1 lane. So we had to back up and drive into a small alley nearby among other shops, which are also cafes but deserted customers.
We have not entered the cafe yet but wandered outside the premises of the restaurant, since the restaurant is located next to the beach. Everything here is very eye-catching and cute decoration, even from the smallest things, such as the bricks on the walls, each door of the nearby houses, many colors with light tones, light and flowing, grace and gentle.
In this area, in addition to Bomnal Cafe, there is also an equally beautiful shop located on a not very high mound nearby call Cafe Aewol Monsant. With the walls were entirely made of glasses, reflex the vast ocean behind. Of course, the biggest attractive feature of this cafe is still shooting!
Bomnal has an order area just outside the door of the restaurant, when we came to order area, we are told that the inner space of the house is out of seats, if we want to sit by the romantic window like on the movies, we have to wait a long time. If you can’t get in there, you can still hang out outside and in another sitting area of the shop but can’t see the sea. I still ordered drinks and a small apple cake, overall pretty good. The price here is of course quite expensive, the total bill is 8,500KRW.
The interior of Bomnal Jeju Cafe is decorated with a lot of lovely and cute details, and overall, it still has a gentle and harmonious feeling of color. Come to this shop comes to take pictures and check in is definitely right.
The shop is quite beautiful, gently decorated, spacious campus. There are 2 main houses for you to sit and enjoy a drink, in addition, there is a small garden at the back overlooking the sea. But since I went in the cold season, I just showed up here for a while to shooting and then had to go inside to avoid the cold. The food and drink are delicious, although the price is a bit high, but I think it is reasonable, since Korea is inherently expensive. The only downside is that it is too crowded, I go in an afternoon on weekdays, is not the peak tourist season but also still crowded, I do not know when the restaurant is deserted.
Although I did not experience the tranquility and romance as on Bomnal’s advertisement footage, because this shop was so famous, I still feel a bit of a light feeling, gentle when I come here, must be described as how is it, a feeling that only those who have feelings for Korean films, Korean culture will understand. I love the cold weather but still warm thanks to the bright rays of sunlight here, step out from the car, clutching a large cotton shirt to watch the sea for a while, then rush into the car, so warm.
I love Jeju because of those feelings, my hands are almost rubbed because of its cold, and or simply sit by the barbecue kitchen of the restaurant, or sipping an aromatic hot coffee cup. Then, the moments of running to avoid raining, even a little rain, fell on Jeju’s characteristic small black rocks, sitting in the car and seeing snowfall, even more romantic than on the movies. Going to Jeju, remember to go with your lover, and don’t miss this romantic Bomnal cafe!
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