KONA Beans is a franchise cafe. Similar as Caffe Bene, Holly’s Cafe, Cafe Pascucci, KONA Beans maybe known as one of several cafe brands in Korean market. But how if some KPOP Stars open the franchise?
I mentioned in one of my posts before that one of Super Junior members open a cafe (link to Mouse Rabbit Cafe here). Three of this world-known KPOP boy band members’ mothers decided to join together and open a KONA Beans franchise at Apgujeong. For ELFs like me, this cafe will definitely be included in the itinerary.
If you are taking subway be prepared to walk upon reaching the cafe. Of course, you can take subway and bus afterwards, but I was not confident enough to know which bus stop I should stop at. The weather was nice and I didn’t mind to spend my 15 minutes walking.
The cafe are always crowded with fans (or ELFs). Most of them are foreigners or students. Once I went in, Super Junior posters and gifts from the fans decorating the walls and shelfs, mostly for Leeteuk, Sung Min, and Kyuhyun.
My favourite drink here is their Ice Java Chip Konaccino. My friends ordered Hot Chocolate and Hot Caramel Macchiato. For sharing, we ordered Honey Bread topped with whipped cream. The prices are similar as other popular coffee shop brands.
Most of the time, at least one of the mothers will be helping out at the cafe. Myself, I’ve met Sung Min’s and Lee Teuk’s mothers here. They will take picture with you, but please be considerate if they are busy or have their guests. If you are very lucky, you can meet the members who occasionally come to help out.
How to go there:
- Take subway to Apgujeong Station 압구정역 (Line 3 / Orange Line) Exit #2. Turn around from the exit and walk towards the intersection, but don’t cross the street, turn right. Keep walking straight for about 10-12 minutes.
- You will reach a big intersection with a Hyundai Oilbank gas station across the street. Cross the street and keep walking passing by the gas station. After a while you will pass by 7-Eleven convenience store on your right side. Turn right at the corner of Shinhan Bank 신한은행 to the small street. You will see KONA Beans cafe on the left side.
Address: 13 Apgujeong-ro 42-gil (640-9 Sinsa-dong) Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea