During my short summer trip to Jeju, it so happened to be rainy and gloomy for most of the days, so I decided to explore some beautiful beachfront cafes. Coffee and cafes are a huge part of Korean culture. Their love for coffee and tasty beverages has led to so many cafes springing that they strive to differentiate themselves in experiences, taste, and design. Each cafe has its charm and ambiance. Here are some of the beautiful cafes I visited and would recommend you visit to take a break from your adventures and travels while in Jeju.
One and Only – “We will be one and only.”
Located in the South, this picturesque cafe/pub has an incredible view of the beach and Sanbang mountain at the back. We accidentally found it on our drive to Hey Brother; we decided to check it out on our way back. The café gives a modern and beachy atmosphere; the inside is beautifully decorated with wooden chairs and comfy sofas for a homey feeling. Besides, it has plenty of relaxing hammock-like chairs on the outside and a spacious rooftop overlooking the sea and the mountain.
On the menu, you can have a fast meal to go with your drink. Meals are abit pricey, costing between 15,000 – 18,000 Korean won. However, one meal is big enough to be shared between two people. Are you vegetarian? Don’t worry you will find something on the menu. We had the deliciously made chicken burger with chips and relaxed at the rooftop terrace, after which we took a long stroll at the beach. Your Jeju trip will not be complete without visiting One and Only.
Location: 141 Sanbang-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Opening Hours: Sunday – Sunday, 09:00 – 21:00
A Cool and trendy cafe/pub with a beautiful view of Sagye beach. The cafe is spacious enough with a large terrace at the front perfect for an evening hangout overlooking the sea. The spacious rooftop – also the best spot in the cafe gives you an elevated view of the coastal area and the beach. We visited this cafe on a weekday (Monday), so it was not so crowded. The online reviews mentioned the cafe serves both beverages and food; however, they didn’t have any food options on the menu, which was a disappointment since we were looking forward to their fish and chips dish. However, they have a wide selection of beer options in addition to their signature Americano with Lemon (Lemonicano).
Location: 72 Hyeongjehaean-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Opening Hours: Monday –Sunday 9:30 – 22:00
Cafe Aewol Montesant
Aewol Montesant is located only 41 minutes away from Jeju city and is a must-visit for anyone looking for a stunning view of the coastline. It is famously known as the G Dragon’s cafe after its rumored owner G Dragon, a member of popular Kpop group Big bang. At the café, you will have a broad view of the clear blue ocean waters contrasting on a black-rock coastline. The interior of the cafe is stylish with a woody and relaxed atmosphere. The outer glass wall reflects perfectly with the clear blue waters and sky with a more dramatic effect during the sunset. The combination of the rocky wall and woody-like shade gives off a mixture of urban and earthy feeling. Given the vast space, it is a beautiful place to enjoy the cool breeze while practicing social distancing.
The menu, however, is abit limited with a couple of drinks ranging from tea, coffees, cold drinks, and snacks. I found the prices to be on the higher end with just an okay service.
Since its quite a distance from Jeju city, the best and most convenient way to reach Montesat cafe would be by car; there is a nearby packing right at the back of the cafe that will cost you approximately 2,000KRW per 2 hours.
Location: Jeju-si, Aewol-eup, Aewol-ri 2546 (제주특별자치도 제주시 애월읍 애월리 2546)
Opening Hours: Sunday to Sunday 10:00 – 19:50
Some of the other places you can explore while in the neighborhood include:
As we explored the area, we discovered Palmpane, a picnic-themed cafe providing a food basket and a cloth/mat to sit outside right under the huge palm trees while enjoying the view from the sea. If seating outside is not for you, the cafe has a spacious and carefully decorated interior. From decorations to the designs, this cafe’s concept is Instagram-worthy for those looking for instagrammable places to visit. The menu includes beverages and pastries, all at reasonable prices. It gets quite busy in the summer, so the outside seating provides a pleasant atmosphere and the ability to hold a decent conversation without all the noise that may come from sitting inside.
Location: 2527-3, aewol-ri, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 제주시 애월읍 애월로1길 24-9)
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00 – 22:00 (Last Order 19:20)
We also briefly visited cafe Bamnal, located on your way to Montessat cafe, and a little closer to the sea than the other two cafes. The colorfully painted exterior will catch your eye from afar with an outside patio that allows you to experience the sea breeze and enjoy the view of people kayaking in the distance at Handam beach. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to get inside Bomnal cafe and try out what is on the menu.
Location: Jeju-do, Jeju-si, Aewol-eup, 애월리 2540
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 9:00 – 21:00