An important note on Jeju’s updated bus system and this blog post
From August 2017, Jeju Island implemented a new city and intercity bus system. It increased the number of buses in service, while simplifying the routes, fees and numbering system.
Consequently, the contents of this previously published blog post may have changed. We therefore would kindly request that you consult this page for new bus maps in English on VisitJeju.net, and this page on our blog for a chart of the old and new bus route numbers.
If you read Korean, then the province’s official bus system website is a useful and up-to-date resource. We hope you’ll enjoy your travels on Jeju Island!
Cafes in the southwest region of Jeju Island
The great thing about recent developments in Jeju’s coffee scene is that new cafes are so distinctive and unique that they are in themselves worth the trip. Proprietors, too, know that their customers expect the best coffee experience — the flavor, scent, and selections have to be top notch. So let’s take a tour of the coffee offerings that southwest Jeju has on tap.
Word of mouth — or more accurately these days, SNS — is a major source of customers for Jeju cafes. Vadada, which is located in Jungmun, Seogwipo, has an expansive view of the ocean and an especially large grassy area that’s popular with customers. It’s been described as having a kind of “foreign resort” feel, especially with the large chairs arranged on the outdoor lawn area. Music, too, greatly influences the atmosphere of the place, and at dusk, it’s positively overflowing with energy and mood.
Vadada 2380 Daepo-dong, Seogwipo-si Daily 10:00~01:00 From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal take bus 782 and get off Jungmun Elementary School. Transfer to bus 5 and get off at Daepo Port bus stop. Total travel time is about 1 hour and 18 minutes.
A Jeju mandarin orange-themed cafe
What better use of a retired orange farm warehouse than converting it into a village cafe! Its high ceilings make it cool and comfortable in summer as well as giving people a feeling of openness. The menu, too, makes remarkable use of citrus in its drink and dessert ideas. In addition to the usual selection of teas are mandarin orange and hallabong citrus teas, and an orange caramel cake and orange-infused pancake option. In particular, the mandarin crunch and cappuccino is a great combo. Homemade dried citrus fruit, citrus cookies, and citrus fruit roll-ups are also on offer.
Citrus Box 13, Seogwangdong-ro 25-gil, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si 10:00~21:00, Closed Sunday From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal take bus 750-1 and get off at the Seogwangdong Health Center bus stop. Total travel time is about 56 minutes. Free parking available
Where coffee is art
Among the liters of coffee flowing at cafes along the Lee Joong-seop cultural street in central Seogwipo is a famous spot with especially delicious java. The owner/barista gave the shop his name. It’s a small space, but the large variety of coffee selections — based on acidity, bitterness, strength, etc. — more than makes up for it. If you’d rather something else on the menu, then there are melon smoothies, for example. The ice cream and shaved ice desserts are also very popular.
Yudong Coffee 406-2 Taepyeong-ro, Seogwipo-si Daily 08:00~22:30 From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal take bus 781 and get off at Dongmun Rotary bus stop. Total travel time is about 1 hour and 19 minutes. Free parking available
A cafe filled with a vintage sensibility
Located in the western area of Jeju Island at Hallim, this cafe was established in an old starch factory that had been shuttered for 20 years. Apparently it took some three months to remove all the starch dust and in the meantime the owner had tables made out of the trees which grew at the abandoned structure. The factory’s old iron doors and other abandoned equipment were left to give the place its special atmosphere, along with the addition of volcanic rocks for the flooring. You can call Anthracite a cafe with a vintage sensibility, charming interior, and an artistic feel.
Anthracite 564 Hallim-ro, Hallim-eup, Jeju-si Daily 10:00~19:00 From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal take bus 702 and get off at Ongpo Intersection bus stop. Total travel time is about 1 hour and 13 minutes. Free parking available
Where you can taste “Made-in-Jeju” coffee
Run by Kim Young-han, author of the book “I Drink Jeju Monsooned Coffee Every Morning”, Sea&Blue is special in that it grows its own coffee at a nearby arboretum. Unlike other coffee producers who wash their beans to eliminate impurities, Kim prefers to Monsoon his coffee beans, meaning they are aged and exposed to moisture while laying on a warehouse floor. The flavor of this establishment’s coffee, in addition to the great view of the ocean and Hyeopjaeseom Islets, gives the entire experience a relaxed, comfortable feel.
Sea&Blue 30 Hyeongjaehaean-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si Daily 09:00~22:00 From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal take bus 750-1 and get off at Sanbang Welfare Center bus stop. Total travel time is about 1 hour 24 minutes. Free parking available
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Nilmoridongdong 452 Seohaean-ro, Jeju-si Daily 10:00~22:00 (winter), 10:00~23:00 (summer) From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal take bus 17 and get off at Eoyeong Village bus stop. Total travel time is about 27 minutes. Free parking available
Monsant Cafe 56-1 Aewolbukseo-gil, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si Daily 09:00~20:00 From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal take bus 702 and get off at the Handam-dong bus stop. Total travel time is about 53 minutes. Free parking available
Stay With Coffee 32 Hyeongjaehaean-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si 10:00~22:00, Closed Wednesdays From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal take bus 750-1 and get off at Sanbang Welfare Center bus stop. Total travel time is 1 hour and 24 minutes. Free parking available
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