Korea has a very exciting cafe culture if you are willing to look past the chains. These days there are so many better alternatives, because Koreans have evolved past the air conditioned run-of-the-mill franchise cafes to independent ones with unique interiors. The best part is that some of these places have a terrace where you can sit and enjoy the weather.
Bojeongdong Cafe Street (보정동카페거리) is located in Bojeongdong, Yongin. It's a small area without high rises and full of cafes, restaurants, and some shops. The street has a faux-european vibe to it, as only Koreans are able to create. As a European myself, I still strangely feel myself at home at these kind of places, even while it doesn't resemble Europe at all. The terraces that all cafes have where you can sit outside to enjoy the weather, is the main attraction of this street. These terraces are kind of a trend of the last couple of years. Before I didn't see them that much. Koreans usually prefer the air-conditioned big franchises that I don't like very much personally. However, if you do like air-conditioning, you still have options in this Cafe Street, because many cafes close their doors and turn on the aircon as well. That way everybody wins.
The Cafe Street is located in a rather rich area (Bundang) and that tends to be reflected in the prices you pay for beverages and food. This is not a place to be sitting all day if you are on a budget. A simple Ice Latte costs around 6000 won, which is quite high if you ask me. However, the location is quite peaceful and its just comfortable sitting outside sipping on your drink while you watch people go by.
I have tried two different cafes; Selecto Coffee and I'm Home. Although I'm Home has a better interior and is generally more busy, I didn't like the coffee that much because it tasted like Starbucks coffee, which I don't like (if you do like Starbucks, then this is the cafe for you). Selecto's coffee was much better and the owner was also very friendly. Although that might be because he mistook me for someone else. :-)
Apart from the main street, there are also several side streets filled with more cafes, restaurants, and shops. I also have see a bakery and a cafe that sells macarons. There's a photo zone, complete with cute looking characters, so you can get your selfie game on like the locals do.
Although the side streets lack the shade from the trees of the main street, the cafes did come up with a solution, so you don't have to sit in the burning sun. The terraces are all covered in one way or the other. There are a few very interesting looking cafes there as well, so you should definitely wander around a bit before making a decision where to sit. However, be careful when you walk because there are cars driving through these streets. This is Korea after all. Thankfully the main street is pedestrians only.
If sitting at a cafe the whole day is too boring for you or you want to explore a bit of the area, there is a shop that lets electronic scooters. There is a park with bike paths along the river that runs right beside the Cafe Street that you can explore. Renting a scooter costs 10,000 won for an hour plus 5,000 won for every extra hour. If you want it for a day it costs 25,000 won.
There are also other things to do than renting an electronic scooter. On the opposite side of the scooter place there's a path that leads to a skating park and a climbing wall. The skate park just recently opened.
How to get there
Take the Bundang line (분당선) to Jukjeon Station (죽전역) and go out of Exit 2. Immediately make a right turn and walk towards the alley on the left of the stairs (don't climb the stairs). At the end of the alley turn left and keep on walking until you see a wooden stairs leading up. Take those stairs and turn right. Walk all the way towards the first zebra you see and cross it. Immediately cross the zebra you see on your left as well. On your right hand you'll see an alley with some restaurants. Go through there and you'll arrive at the cafe area. Click here if you want to see a video with directions.
Address: Bojeong-dong, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기 용인시 기흥구 보정동)