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.
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, Hapjeong-dong, 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
— Photo taken by © Mich KDL, September 2019
— Photo of old location taken by © Mich KDL, January 2014
— The Third Charm, Hide and Seek, Oh My Baby added by Mich KDL