Bookfriends Café [북프렌즈카페]

It's Beautiful Now (2022); My Liberation Notes (2022); Romance Is A Bonus Book (2019); Player (2018); Familiar Wife (2018)

[Spoiler] Na Yoo-na (Choi Ye-bin) meets up with her potential mother-in-law, Han Kyung-Ae (Kim Hye-ok) at this café in episode 25 of It’s Beautiful Now/Now Is Beautiful/It’s Beautiful Right Now (현재는 아름다워) (KBS2, 2022) and is told by Kyung-Ae that cannot imagine her as a daughter-in-law anymore.

While Yeom Ki-jeong (Lee El) meets up with Jo Tae-hoon (Lee Ki-woo) at the café next door, her brother Yeom Chang-hee (Lee Min-ki) and good friend Oh Doo-hwan (Han Sang-jo) anciently wait for a sign from her how the meeting turns out in front of this café in episode 8 of My Liberation Notes/My Liberation Diary (나의 해방일지/나의 解放日誌) (JTBC, 2022).

Park Hoon (Kang Ki-doong) meets colleague Oh Ji-yul (Park Gyu-young) at this café in episode 6 of Romance is a Bonus Book/Romance is a Supplement/How To Publish Love (로맨스는 별책부록) (tvN, 2019), after going for an unpleasant blind date. As Park Hoon drinks his orange juice, Ji-yul suddenly sees something different in him, and calls up her mother to announce that both of them are dating.

Yet another car chase with the police takes place in episode 1 of Player/The Player (플레이어) (OCN, 2018), this time with Cha Ah-ryeong (Krystal Jung) zipping past this café in her dream car, with Kang Ha-ri (Song Seung-heon) in the passenger seat.

Cha Joo-hyuk (Ji Sung) stands on the street outside this café in episode 12 of Familiar Wife (아는 와이프) (tvN, 2018), after spotting Seo Woo-jin (Han Ji-min) across the street.


— CIX (씨아이엑스) ‘Hello, Strange Place’ Story Film (04. Abrupt Absence) (2019) (seen in the background)
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Bookfriends Café [북프렌즈카페], which opened in 2016 or 2017, is a book cafe located within Paju Book City, on Munbal-ro [문발로] in Paju’s neighborhood Munbal [Munbal-dong/문발동], part of its administrative neighborhood Gyoha [Gyoha-dong/교하동].

It is based on the ground floor of the M Building [M빌딩]—where Phuket Table [푸켓테이블] is also located—and just two doors away from Ramerit Cafe [라메리트]. Café Come On was located in this same lot until 2015 or 2016.

141 Munbal-ro, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
경기도 파주시 문발로 141
(문발동 530-1)
Geolocation: 37.707052, 126.685805

Getting here
Hapjeong Station [합정역], Seoul Subway Line 2 and 6, Exit 1
▶ Head to the Hapjeong Station bus stop [합정역 정류장] (14-895)
▶ Take bus 2200 for 5 stops (approx. 29 mins) to the Eunseok-gyo Crossing bus stop [은석교사거리 정류장] (30-004).
▶ From there, it’s a minute’s walk to the cafe.

— submitted by Mich KDL; last updated 26/06/2022
— Photo taken by © Thom Musni, March 2019
Romance Is A Bonus Book added by Thom Musni

5 reviews

  1. Hi! For the instructions on how to get here, I suggest you put the instructions of how to go to Forest of Wisdom instead because once you arrive at the bus stop “Eunseok-gyo Crossing” and walk from there to the FoW library (which is just a few minutes), you’ll definitely pass by this cafe, no need for a taxi ride. 🙂 Just suggesting as this is based from my experience hehe have a nice day!

    1. hi tfm! thanks for the suggestion. we’ve updated the listing accordingly!

  2. Yes that one!

  3. It was also location in Episode 6 Of Romance is a Bonus Book

    1. Thanks, Thom! I somehow can’t figure out when it was shown 🙁 Do you think that it’s the café where Park Hoon and Oh Ji-Yool met?

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