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Restaurants and Cafes Owned by Your Favorite Korean Idols and Celebs

You might catch your favorite oppas here.
by | August 25, 2020

The best way to connect with your favorite Korean idols and celebrities is through concerts and fan meetings. But now that many artists have become entrepreneurs too, you might catch them when they visit their businesses. If you’re going to Seoul and plan on doing a K-pop/K-drama pilgrimage or want to try new restaurants and cafes, don’t forget to visit these locations. You might even spot your favorite artist!


Kamong Café


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Location: 356 Secochodae-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul

A favorite spot among EXO-Ls who visit Seoul is Kamong Café. It’s a quaint café in the Gangnam area owned by EXO Kai. Well, he set-up the café for his sisters and named it after the combination of his name and his dong Monggu. Unlike most restaurants owned by idols that have walls decorated with their faces, Kamong features a simple modern interior with huge glass walls and artwork on the walls. Don’t forget to try their waffles; it seems to be a crowd favorite. Also, since the café is owned by Kai’s sisters, you might catch them on your visit since some of them work there.


Café Aewol Monsant


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Location: 56-1, Aewolbukseo-gil Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

Jeju Island is a favorite among locals and tourists in South Korea. It’s a volcanic island with scenic views of the ocean and amazing seafood. If you visit the island, don’t forget to drop by Big Bang member G-Dragon’s café. In fact, he was involved in designing its interiors! Café Aewol Monsant is a popular destination on the island, even for non-fans, for its big glass windows overlooking the ocean. It’s perfect for relaxation after a day tour, where you can enjoy snacks and take lots of photos.


Café 89 Mansion


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Location: 25 Apgujeong-ro 4-gil, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

If you’re a fan of While You Were Sleeping and Doctor Stranger star Lee Jong Suk, a trip to his café in Gangnam is a must. Located in an area where celebrities often visit for shopping and dining, Café 89 Mansion opened its doors in 2017. It’s a two-storey café with striking black interiors, and the actor actually took part in its design. The first floor is mainly a café while the second floor is best for dining and trying the restaurant’s steak and wine menu. They also have walls perfect for photos! Fans can meet the actor in his café but Lee Jong Suk is serving in the military now.


Ossu Seiromushi


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Location: 30 Baekjegobun-ro 45-gil, Songpa 1(i)-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul

Ossu Seiromushi is a Japanese restaurant co-owned by BTS member Kim Seok Jin with his brother. Opening in 2018, Ossu’s interiors resemble a traditional Japanese restaurant, up to its intimate and private dining halls. They often serve authentic Japanese food in wooden steamers that help preserve the flavor and color of the meats and vegetables. Ossu Seiromushi’s menu is simple and healthy, that makes locals and foreigners coming back for more.


Mouse Rabbit



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Location: 1 Neungdong-ro 11-gil, Hwayang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul

Mouse Rabbit is a three-storey café that has an interesting story behind it. It’s owned by Super Junior member Yesung and his brother, who named the café after their zodiac signs. Yesung was born in the year of the Mouse while his brother was born in the year of the Rabbit. The café gives a comfortable and chill atmosphere, which is perfect for a casual hang-out.


Everything But The Hero Café


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Location: 62, Hoenamu-ro, Yongan-gu, Seoul 04346

Jo In Sung has become a household name over the past years, after starring in multiple successful dramas like It’s Okay That’s Love in 2014, Something Happened in Bali in 2004, and That Winter, The Wind Blows in 2013.  After buying a three-storey building in Itaewon, the actor opened a café for his brother. Everything But The Hero Café will catch your attention not only for its unique name but also its interiors. They’re popular for their hand-dripped coffee cakes, so don’t forget to give those a try.


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When she’s not writing, Ina’s busy curating playlists that will save her when words don’t work, reading, annoying her cat, or thinking of her next meal.

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