After Spring semester finished, I actually moved from Seoul to the near city of Seongnam in Gyeonggi-do, it’s basically still Seoul but is classed as a different area and is the second largest city in Bundang after Suwon. I lived there for two weeks, in which two of my friends Emma and Alexis, came to visit me. If you haven’t guessed by now I’m obsessed with cafes so I suggested we visited the cafe street in Jeongja, two subway stops from me. They both agreed but with a recommendation from someone we decided to check out another 맛집 (title for the ‘best place to eat’, literally ‘tasty house’, a place known for its delicious food) nearby for lunch and then go to the street later. Here begins the problems.
It didn’t start off well. It was raining non-stop when the guys arrived at the station so we agreed to get a bus. We waited and waited and 20 mins later the screen telling us when the bus would arrive was still stuck on 6mins. Irritated but determined we waited a little longer and at last the bus arrived! We quickly ran on the bus scared it would leave us and we’d have to wait another 30mins for a bus. 5mins later we realised. It was the wrong bus.
After getting out at the next stop we were now even further away from the restaurant so hailed a taxi to drive us all the way. Luckily it wasn’t too expected however when we arrived we realised that the place was in the middle of nowhere…literally. It was one of those places that you only go to if you can drive. But we went with it and walked inside and to were greeted with shocked looks of the staff that made it pretty obvious that the place wasn’t used to tourists, ( it was kinda awkward) but we sat down and ordered anyway. The interior had a sort of shabby, crumbling English manor house feel to it and the fact it was in the middle of nowhere just intensified this feeling. I think it would have been nicer to see away from torrential rain…
Wallpaper is known for it’s waffles, ice cream and light meals. Truthfully it was a little pricey, but Bundang isn’t necessarily the cheapest area and prices are more comparable with Gangnam than a student area like Anam or Kondae etc. We ordered two things to share because we still planned to go to the cafe street after and both were around 7-8,000₩. Despite the recommendation being wrong about the distance and the price of the place, Emma’s friend was accurate with one thing. The food was delicious and definitely deserving of the title ‘matjib’
Jeongja Cafe Street & Upper East:
AND THEN. After eating the lovely food, happily sheltered from the rain, we realised that we couldn’t get back. In the middle of nowhere with no taxis around, we had to get the chef of the restaurant to call us a taxi…it wasn’t our finest moment in Korea. But eventually we arrived at the cafe street in Jeongja, tired but relieved. Unfortunately by the time we got there a lot of the places were already closed ㅠㅠ but the rain had stopped and it was actually really lovely to walk down the street at night during the only dry hour in the day.
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We looked around a couple of places before settling on yet another restaurant/cafe that sold pasta…so we ate pasta again (don’t judge us we were hungry). We were also pleasantly surprised to find the wine super affordable, one of the cheapest we’d found. There were disco balls hanging from the ceiling and jazz playing the background, the waiters were nice and gave generous servings With the rain (again) hammering down just outside, we realised that this tiny little bar/cafe/restaurant was just what we needed to hang out in for possibly the last time in a while, definitely the last time in Korea.
So our attempt at Bundang’s matjibs was an eventful and not completely successful one. But it was a good memory of when plans go wrong! I definitely would like to go back again to Jeongja on a day when the weather is nicer, and we have a bit more time on our hands…
Thanks for reading!? Have you ever been to a cafe on Jeongja Cafe street? Or visited a cafe street in your own country or in another part of Korea!? Let me know~