Milky Way Café [몽마르뜨언덕위 은하수다방]

Love in Contract (2022); Tomorrow (2022); Forecasting Love and Weather (2022); Business Proposal (2022); The Witch's Diner (2021); Monthly Magazine Home (2021); Nevertheless (2021); Doom at Your Service (2021); A Love So Beautiful (2020-21); She Would Never Know (2021); Lovestruck in the City (2020-21); More Than Friends (2020); Was It Love (2020); Kkondae Intern (2020); Oh My Baby (2020); Never Twice (2019); Graceful Family (2019); My First First Love (2019); He is Psychometric (2019); The Third Charm (2018); Devilish Joy (2018); Hide and Seek (2018); Bad Thief, Good Thief (2017); Age of Youth (2016)

Choi Sang-eun (Park Min-young) joins a drunk Jung Ji-ho (Ko Gyung-pyo) at this café at night in episode 14 of Love in Contract (월수금화목토) (tvN, 2022) and gets all jealous when he tells her that he had just met up with his ex.

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.

Also seen in episode 8 of Bad Thief, Good Thief (도둑놈, 도둑님) (MBC, 2017) and in episode 7 of Age of Youth / Hello, My Twenties! (청춘시대) (JTBC, 2016).

Variety Shows Filmed Here

ep. 265 of The Return of Superman (슈퍼맨이 돌아왔다) (KBS2, 2013–present) (2019) feat. actor Lee Deok-hwa

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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
(합정동 368-11)
Geolocation: 37.545720, 126.914674

Getting here
Hapjeong Station [합정역], Seoul Subway Line 2 and 6, Exit 7
(8 min. walk)

— submitted by Marion KDL, updated by Mich KDL; last updated 03/11/2022
— Photo taken by © Mich KDL, September 2019
— Photo of old location taken by © Mich KDL, January 2014

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