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K-Drama Time Machine: Gong Yoo & Yoon Eun Hye Brew Unforgettable Love Tale In “The First Shop Of Coffee Prince”

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11 years ago, The First Shop Of Coffee Prince aired on MBC – that was before Gong Yoo becomes today’s favorite Goblin.

Before Gong Yoo slayed the ratings in tvN’s fantasy-romance Goblin, he probably used to be your mom and aunt’s cherished “coffee prince”.

Ask any avid K-drama watcher for classic k-drama picks, chances are that Coffee Prince is a recurring favorite.

The First Shop of Coffee Prince immensely helped in the growing popularity of Korean wave that also solidified Gong Yoo’s bankable lead man status. Yoon Eun Hye scored another memorable heroine performance with her pixie hair as she pretends to be a man so that she can work in an all-male operated coffee shop.

Coffee Prince

The iconic MBC romantic comedy brims with some familiar narrative bends that we are still seeing in trendy dramas such as bickering-turned-romance and flower boy cast. But it is the satisfying love realization of the hero who struggles reconciling his growing fondness to his office staff whom he thought to be a man, who is in fact a woman, that strengthens the timeless charm of the series.

Coffee Prince

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At the time of its airing, the series bragged a refreshing and dynamic storytelling owing to how the conflict circled on the love development of the lead couple. It opted to settle on the hero’s conflicted mind as the core problem thereby not allowing unnecessary filler conflicts to happen.

It also flaunted a strong supporting cast which amplified the focus on the budding romance between the cafe boss and his hardworking staff.

Coffee Prince sprees on cheesy and cliche moments which you can easily relate to rom-com stories that aired in the last 11 years. But back at the time when it was airing, those were considered a novelty.

It wraps up neatly with how the lead man lets go of his girl for her to pursue her own dreams. And caps off with a strong ever-after finishing kick.

Coffee Prince is a must-watch K-drama classic which will surely not lose its appeal in the near future.

Coffee Prince


Screen caps and images credit to MBC.

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About the writer

abbyinhallyuland reads and sleeps a lot when she is not traveling. Her calendar reminders are mostly K-Drama broadcast schedules and birthdays of her favorite Korean actors. Promoting watching K-Dramas as stress therapy is her life advocacy. She is fond of Spencer Reid, Kenshin Himura, Starwars saga, Haruki Murakami and Hunter x Hunter.

  • Favorite Korean Dramas: Reply 1988, Nine, Misaeng, Gaksital, Discovery of Love, Because This is My First Life, Descendants of the Sun, My Love from the Star, Healer, Punch, You’re Beautiful, Coffee Prince, Princess Hours, The Greatest Love, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, and City Hunter

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