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.
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.
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 ;)
It 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.
- 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.
Where’s the prettiest cafe you’ve ever been?
Photography and Words by Samantha