This Might Be the Prettiest Cafe in Korea

I had first vaguely heard of The Grand Garden in Mokpo when my friend, Roxy, raved about it over a year ago now. I finally got my chance a few weekends ago when I visited my friend, Nicole, and I was not disappointed. This little place, nestled between the normal, boring Korean apartment buildings, really might be the prettiest cafe in Korea.

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Inside is what I imagine Koreans picture European cafes look like. There's a white and laurel green theme throughout and mirrors along the walls to make it feel more spacious.

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The most beautiful part about the cafe--there are dried flowers everywhere. Hanging from the ceiling, gathered artfully in corners, on the tables--it's a sight to behold. Even the most reluctant photographer will want to snap some photos.

I've been to many a cafes in this country these last 2 years, but The Grand Garden in Mokpo just might the prettiest cafe in Korea I've ever been to!
I've been to many a cafes in this country these last 2 years, but The Grand Garden in Mokpo just might the prettiest cafe in Korea I've ever been to!
I've been to many a cafes in this country these last 2 years, but The Grand Garden in Mokpo just might the prettiest cafe in Korea I've ever been to!
I've been to many a cafes in this country these last 2 years, but The Grand Garden in Mokpo just might the prettiest cafe in Korea I've ever been to!

The menu is pretty typical Korean for a brunch cafe-- you have brunch food but also very random regular food thrown in as well. It was all quite delicious though! Between the three of us (Nicole's boyfriend included), we ordered a burger, chili fries, eggs benedict, and a breakfast platter. We also each got our own drinks. I, um, may have been a little too impatient to take proper food photos, but I did get a shot of the burger. Baby steps with this food photography ;) 

mokpo-grand-garden-12It really is the prettiest cafe in Korea. Mokpo is one of the best ways to get to Jeju by ferry, so it's a great stop if you want to slow travel through the country instead of flying. Stay here for a few days and get snap happy in The Grand Garden. It's even by the waterfront, so you can take your post-dinner walk by the sea.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

  • Korean Name: 더그랜드가든
  • Times: 11:00 am-11:30 pm
  • Address: 전라남도 목포시 미항로 79 지번 전라남도 목포시 상동 1152-11 (Naver Maps)
  • Phone: 061-282-4945
  • How to Get There: Taxi or take bus 7 or 15 to Gatbawi (목포 갓바위). Walk on the path by the water. You'll spot The Grand Garden in about 10-15 minutes. You can also just show the above address to a taxi driver and ask that he plugs it into his GPS. You may have to insist depending on who you get.  

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Where's the prettiest cafe you've ever been?

Photography and Words by Samantha

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