Choi Jun-woong (Kim Seok-woo /Rowoon of SF9) comes to this at café to have a ‘talk’ with suicidal dog Kong in episode 9 of Tomorrow (Naeil/내일/來日) (MBC, 2022): he’s later joined by Gu Ryeon (Kim Hee-sun) and Grim Reaper Lim Ryung-gu (Yun Ji-on) who convince him that Kong should reunite with his owner Kim Hoon (Cha Hak-yeon) to leave earth peacefully.
Shin Seok-ho (Moon Tae-yoo) comes here on a weekend in episode 9 of Forecasting Love and Weather/Weather People (기상청 사람들: 사내연애 잔혹사 편) (JTBC/Netflix, 2022) and insists on paying with his full coupon which he had left here the other time but the bartender cannot find. This is when Jin Ha-kyung’s (Park Min-young) sister, Jin Tae-kyung (Jeong Woon-seon), who also waits in the queue steps in to pay for him.
In a flashback in episode 1 of Business Proposal/A Business Proposal/Sanaematsun (사내맞선) (SBS/Netflix, 2022), Shin Ha-ri (Kim Se-jong) recalls how she and Jin Young-seo (Seol Jin-a) teamed up to scare off a chaebol date with an exorcism ruse while at this cafe.
Jung Jin’s (Nam Ji-hyun) boyfriend of five years breaks up with her at this café in episode 1 of The Witch’s Diner/Come to the Witch’s Restaurant (마녀식당으로 오세요) (TVING, 2021).
Shin Gyeom (Jung Gun-joo) has made up his mind to finally confess his feelings to Na Young-won (Jung So-min) and he proposes to meet at this café (the circumstances led to it) in episode 8 of Monthly Magazine Home/Monthly House (월간 집) (JTBC, 2021). But he finds himself waiting (with a bouquet of red roses and lisanthius) finally receiving a message that she won’t be coming.
While waiting for Yoo Na-bi (Han So-hee) at this cafe in final episode 10 of Nevertheless/I Know But (알고있지만)(JTBC/Netflix, 2021), Yang Do-hyeok (Chae Jong-hyeop) gets recognised by fans of his video channel, and is asked for an autograph.
Cha Joo-ik (Lee Soo-hyuk) and Na Ji-na (Shin Do-hyun) meet up at this café in episode 6 of Doom at Your Service/Destruction Doom (어느 날 우리 집 현관으로 멸망이 들어왔다) (tvN, 2021).
Cha Heon (Kim Yo-han from WEi), Shin Sol-i (So Ju-yeon), Kang Ha-young (Cho Hye-joo), and Jeong Jin-hwan (Jeong Jin-hwan from The Man BLK) come here for a double date in episode 18 of A Love So Beautiful/Beautiful Us (아름다웠던 우리에게) (Netflix/Kakao TV, 2020-21).
Lee Jae-shin (Lee Hyun-wook) and Yoon Song-ah (Won Jin-ah) meet up at this café in episode 2 of She Would Never Know/Senior, Don’t Put on That Lipstick (선배, 그 립스틱 바르지 마요) (JTBC, 2021) and she asks him about dating publicly.
Oh Seong-yeong (Han Ji-eun) choses this café as the place to introduce herself to the show and talk about her love life in episode 1 of Lovestruck in the City (도시남녀의 사랑법) — Series 1: City Couple’s Way of Love (KakaoTV/Netflix, 2020-21).
Best friends Kyung Woo-yeon (Shin Ye-eun), Kim Young-hee (Ahn Eun-jin) and Han Jin-joo (Baek Soo-min) meet at this café in episode 14 of More Than Friends/Number Of Cases (Kyeongueui Su/경우의 수) (JTBC, 2020) and [SPOILER] Young-hee lets the others know that she broke up with Shin Hyun-jae (Choi Chan-ho).
This is Noh Ae-jung (Song Ji-hyo) favorite café in Was It Love/Did We Love?/We, Were in Love (우리, 사랑했을까) (JTBC, 2020) where she usually come to work. In episode 3, for instance, she comes here with Koo Pa-do (Kim Min-joon) to talk about her debt at this café. Oh Dae-oh (Son Ho-joon) then joins in the conversation and learns from Pa-do the main reason why Ae-jung wants to film a movie based on his first book–to her embarrassment. In episode 4, Dae-oh and Ae-jung meet up here again.
Ka Yeol-chan (Park Hae-jin) sends new intern Lee Man-sik (Kim Eung-soo) to get coffee for the whole team in episode 4 (full episode 2) of Kkondae Intern/Old School Intern (꼰대인턴) (MBC, 2020) and Man-sik has trouble to order because of all the details.
Jang Ha-ri (Jang Na-ra) arrives at this café for a blind date in episode 2 of Oh My Baby (오 마이 베이비) (tvN, 2020), but is surprised to also see Han Yi-sang (Go Joon) at the same place. As Ha-ri converses with her blind date, Yi-sang hangs around a few tables away, much to Ha-ri’s embarrassment.
Kim Woo-jae (Song Won-seok) meets up with his ex-girlfriend Na Hae-ri (Park Ah-in) at this café in episode 3 of Never Twice/No Second Chances (두번은 없다) (MBC, 2019) and she tries to win him back while they are getting photographed without their knowledge.
Mo Seok-hee (Lim Soo-hyang) asks Heo Yoon-do (Lee Jang-woo) to meet up here and proposes him to work for her in episode 1 of Graceful Family/Elegant Family (우아한 가) (MBN, 2019).
Yoon Tae-oh (Ji Soo) has a blind date meeting here in episode 2 of My First First Love/Because It’s My First Love (첫사랑은 처음이라서) (Netflix, 2019) and he mistakes Ryu Se-hyun (Hong Ji-yoon) for his blindeste who plays along with this mistaken identity.
Eun Ji-soo (Kim Da-som) meets up with a friend here after a blind date gone bad in episode 4 of He is Psychometric/That Psychometric Guy (사이코메트리 그녀석) (tvN, 2019).
Lee Young-jae (E-som) comes to this cafe in episode 14 of The Third Charm / The 3rd Charm (제3의 매력) (JTBC, 2018) to meet Officer Ko — who Min Se-eun (Kim Yoon-hye) introduces to her — on a blind date.
It is in this café — shown as ‘Haemil Cafe’ (해밀카페) — in which Gong Ma-sung (Choi Jin-hyuk) buys a table for Joo Gi-bbeum (Song Ha-yoon) in episode 6 of Devilish Joy (마성의 기쁨) (MBN/Dramax, 2018) — he could, of course, have bought the whole café but didn’t want her to feel uncomfortable. And she readily uses her table, heartbroken, in episodes 6-7.
Min Chae-rin (Lee Yu-ri) comes here to meet her mother, Park Hae-ran (Jo Mi-ryung), at her request in episode 11 of Hide and Seek (숨바꼭질) (MBC, 2018). When Chae-rin reaches, she tells Hae-ran how happy she was that she’d called her there — until Hae-ran sees Ha Yeon-joo (Uhm Hyun-kyung) dressed up as Min Soo-ah.
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Milky Way Café or ‘Milky Way Café on Montmartre Hill’ or ‘Cafe Montmartre Hill Above the Milky Way’ [몽마르뜨언덕위 은하수다방] is a café located along Tojeong-ro in Seoul’s neighborhood Hapjeong [Hapjeong-dong/합정동] in the Mapo District [Mapo-gu/마포구], and sits only a couple of doors away from vintage store La Retro [라레트로].
Previously located in Seogyo-dong till sometime in late-2015, it reopened around mid-2016 about 600m away, at its current Hapjeong-dong location. This café is also the inspiration for Korean indie duo 10cm (십센치)’s 2011 hit song Love in the Milky Way Cafe (사랑은 은하수 다방에서).
33-1 Tojeong-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 마포구 토정로 33-1
Geolocation: 37.545720, 126.914674
Hapjeong Station [합정역], Seoul Subway Line 2 and 6, Exit 7
(8 min. walk)
— submitted by Marion KDL, updated by Mich KDL; last updated 05/05/2022
— Photo taken by © Mich KDL, September 2019
— Photo of old location taken by © Mich KDL, January 2014