With the colder weather setting in, consider a short drive to a cozy cafe. There’s something extra sweet about enjoying a warm drink and dessert indoors during winter.
I’ve visited some delightful cafes near Jeonju Hanok Village. Located just a five-minute drive from the village, these three cafes are perfect for a quick visit.
‘CHAUD,’ situated in Saekjang-dong, is a cafe with a great atmosphere, opened in October. The cafe takes a break on Mondays and Tuesdays and welcomes guests from 12 PM to 7 PM.
Driving to Saekjang-dong offers a pleasant route, ideal for a leisurely drive. The two parking areas available add to the convenience.
Spread across two floors, the cafe is decorated with charming potted plants, creating a fresh and warm interior. The ground floor, decorated with Christmas trees and ornaments, enhances the holiday spirit.
“Cafe ‘CHAUD’, Famous for Scones”
‘CHAUD’ has quickly gained fame for its beautiful setting and tasty scones since its recent opening. I made an early visit at noon, as their scones are known to sell out by afternoon.
The menu offers a variety of coffee, ade, and tea. Their signature ‘CHAUD Latte’ and the intriguing ‘Ade of the Month’ provide a unique twist to their beverage selection.
“Ade of the Month and Corn Scone”
I sampled the Ade of the Month and a Corn Scone, both pleasing to the eye and palate. The moment of tasting them was as exciting as their appearance suggested.
The Ade of the Month is a Berry Ade with an extra topping of strawberries. Packed with strawberries, cranberries, and blueberries, the drink is refreshingly flavorful.
“Crispy Corn Scone”
Loaded with sweet condensed milk and corn, the scone was served warm, yet its crispiness was impressively preserved. This quality confirmed its status as a scone hotspot.
Conveniently located next to Daeseong Parking Lot, Myeongcheonjae is easy to visit and park at. The cafe operates daily from 11 AM to 10 PM.
‘Time Travel Cafe Myeongcheonjae’
As a time-travel cafe, Myeongcheonjae retains the city’s old charm, offering a sense of stepping back in time.
“Tranquil Atmosphere at the Café”
The cafe has a tranquil and cozy atmosphere. Three cats keep watch, creating a scene reminiscent of a traditional fairy tale.
On weekends, Myeongcheonjae tends to fill up with guests, so waiting might be necessary.
“Menus That Harmonize with the Old House”
Myeongcheonjae offers a selection of teas that harmonize beautifully with its century-old traditional house, including Pu-erh, Jirisan Hadong green tea, Alishan high mountain oolong tea, and ssanghwacha. A range of coffees and non-coffee beverages are also available.
At Myeongcheonjae, visitors can enjoy a variety of tea sets and Korean landscape paintings by Seo Young-soo, featuring Jeonbuk scenes.
Myeongcheonjae allows guests to choose between sitting in the ordering area or in an adjacent traditional house. I chose the traditional house on my visit, enjoying my tea amidst the Hanok’s ambiance and the view outside.
My choices were Alishan high mountain oolong tea and ssanghwacha, both of which seemed to warm the body and calm the mind on a chilly winter day.
The experience of brewing the tea myself was delightful, and the added chestnuts and nuts made for an enjoyable snack.
| In od
The next stop is In od, an attractively designed cafe at the end of a long, straight road. Closed on Mondays, In od opens at 7:30 AM on weekdays and 8 AM on weekends, closing at 8:30 PM.
The route from Jeonju Hanok Village to In od goes through Imsil – Namwon, seemingly catering to early morning coffee seekers.
“Trendy Café Established in 2021, In od”
Since 2021, In od has been a favorite cafe in Daeseong-dong and Saekjang-dong, known for its convenient location for drivers and easy parking.
Their beverage menu is diverse, featuring coffee, non-coffee, tea, ade, and fruit juices. When compared to other nearby cafes, the prices seemed quite reasonable. The cafe is also well-known for its desserts, which are a must-try.
Looking at the Christmas tree near the large window, I found myself hoping for a white Christmas.
I ordered omija ade, a mugwort cream latte, a walnut cheese cookie, and an Oreo cookie.
Recently, the MZ generation’s preference for ‘grandma’s palate’ has become popular, focusing on flavors like mugwort, black sesame, and traditional Korean sweets. I’ve embraced this trend too and especially enjoy the combination of mugwort and sweet cream.
The omija ade was particularly tasty for its lack of bitterness.
“Desserts with an Enticing Texture”
The cookies were thin yet chewy, an appealing combination. With crispy edges and chewy centers, they were a dessert that kept drawing me back.
10-13 Eunseok-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea
South Korea, Jeollabuk-do, Jeonju-si, Wansan-gu, Chunhyang-ro, 5299 KR
South Korea, Jeollabuk-do, Jeonju-si, Wansan-gu, Daeseong-dong, 241-2 1F
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