This week I discovered a new Korean theme cafe right by my bus stop in Edae~ 바늘 이야기 Needle Story!!   This is a Knitting / Crochet themed location and is a GREAT spot if you are here in Korea and fond of that craft!  Yes, it is a cafe~ but it is so much more as well ♥

If you are looking for where to buy crochet yarn & supplies in Korea this place is definitely of interest for you!

Banul (means Needle) is an online community founded by 송영예 for sewing, crochet, and any related products or materials here in Korea. It is where people can post tutorials, lessons, reviews, forum competitions, and share information with each other + also serves as an online marketplace for supplies throughout the country.

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Since the site is quite large and successful they have finally branched out and opened several Banul Story locations throughout Korea so that people have a physical location they can visit as well, when shopping for supplies it really does make life a lot easier to see the items in person lol.

Seoul had 10 shop locations, but the Edae building is the “home base” and the most impressive because it is a cafe, offers classes, has a huge shop, displays work, and has a very large book section as well~ the selection is wonderful and the space is so large!!

Check out the knitted light covers and large wall art throughout the location~ so awesome!

Lots of beautiful finished work on display to inspire shoppers

The selection of supplies at this cafe/shop was really impressive for Korea, they had just about everything under the sun from the looks of it! Most brands had a dedicated section on the wall and came in every color and texture I could wish for~  If I could crochet that is ^^; haha I have never tried, but I really should

Yarn brands sold included King Cole, Schoeller, Phildar, Sirdar, Filatura Di Crosa, Sublime, Ski Yarn, and many more.

They had shelves filled with Japanese books for sale, they really have the best crafting books in the world and are always filled with such great illustrations that sometimes you can get away with not reading the language at all.

They also had books published in Korea and the USA, I have never seen so many knitting and crochet books in one location before. Most craft stores I go to usually just have a handful of choices max, this was like a mini library ♥


They also had a very nice selection of international magazines available for purchase + I believe I saw a few back issues for sale as well.

Along with the piles and piles of yarn choices, they also had every other piece of gear you could want or need for working!

In the back corners they had long hallways with a classroom or two at the end~  this location had three types of classes listed…


Hobby Class – You consult with the instructor and pick a piece you want to recreate.
The instructor will guide you through how the piece is made. (12만원 for 3 months )


Doll Crochet class-  Course on how to make 5 simple dolls, a beginners, mid-level, and experienced class is offered.
Takes place once a week for 4 weeks  (15만원 For one month)


Theory 1+2 Class – for intensive creators, complex patterns, and people wishing to run a crochet business.
The times vary depending on the demand  (130만원 – 3months )


Ah~ if I had more time I would totally try out the doll one! Little crochet dolls are so cute *_*

The cafe was located in the front and had a very nice selection of drinks, snacks, and lunch-type items!  Prices seemed quite reasonable considering cafes in Seoul can usually cost an arm and a leg just for a smoothie.  They had lots of combo specials as well which was nice~

Lots of yummy sandwiches and bread bowl soup to pick from!

The posted flavors for soup currently are Broccoli Cheese, Danish Cream Soup, and Cream Chowder!

Outside they had several tables set up, plus a few small areas to sit at downstairs. Throughout our visit we saw lots of girls coming and going that sat quietly and sipped coffee while they knitted on projects ♥ It was a very nice and quiet atmosphere. One woman was sitting quietly with tea while she knitted baby socks… that seems like something out of a greeting card, doesn’t it? ^^

Upstairs they had more seating + self-serve water

Nara and I waited for our food to come out, it actually took about 15 min and was fresh and warm when we finally got it.  Since we had so much to look at downstairs at the shop I really did not mind waiting so long~

Nara ordered a chicken salad sandwich which came on squid ink bread.  He said it was really good!

I ordered a bread bowl of broccoli and cheese soup~  I love soups, but it is so hard to find good ones in Korea (they are always too milky and thin) this one was quite nice though and did not taste like a canned soup for once, so I really think they make these in-house! yay!

The bread was my favorite part though~ it was thin, chewy, and crispy! mmmmmm

As you can see, the seating upstairs is actually quite limited as well~ just a very skinny area available which surprised me!  I guess they need all the room they can get for the classrooms at this location.

Directions to 바늘 이야기 Needle Story

바늘 이야기 Needle Story~ Shop, classes, & cafe~  Edae location

Address: 서울시 마포구 대흥동 12-33 캠프21빌딩 1층

Hours: 10am-8pm every day

Official site HERE

Edae Site HERE

Needle Story is another very easy cafe to get to ♥  If you are coming from the Metro you are going to want to take the Green Line #2 to Edae Station and use exit#6.  Once you exit, simply walk straight down the street a ways till you hit the cafe on your left, it is a large location so it should be very hard to miss!

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Banul has 10 other shops in Seoul (and others outside of the city as well) but they are all very different and have different hours and offer different things, most are just small supply shops open just a few days a week.  Check out the website for a full list of locations and addresses~ but if you have a choice the Edae shop is the best by far out of all of them since it is the main center!

I am super tempted to take a class once I get more free time (someday) do you like knit or crochet crafts? Lots of young mothers visited the cafe to knit baby clothing… seems a bit cliche, but I can totally see myself trying that someday haha. Crafting like that is so relaxing~ so I see the appeal!  If you visit this cafe after seeing the post lemme know how you liked it ♥ apparently they do coffee art here as well, but I have not ordered any yet to see for myself!

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29 Responses to “바늘 이야기 Needle Story~ Knit & Crochet theme cafe in Edae”

  • waaahh~~ the soup and sandwich look really amazing~! ^^ Wish I knew how to knit or crochet though~ I love knitted things~! <3

  • Custom avatar Caz:

    omg I love to knit! I wish we had a knit cafe!! You should deffo try and get in to crochet one day!!

  • Custom avatar Nadia:

    Nice 🙂 I wish there was an option here that I could share it on facebook right away 🙁 Anyways there is always a c/p option which I used 😀 kkkk

    And I love that you always put the complete address with 구 and 동 + number above your directions. This is what I really need to give to my navigator! Many English blogs only give the directions based on subway-bus assuming that’s what most of the people would need (which is partly true). So I have to navigate into many sites to find the Gu-Dong-Number address for that particular place. Thank you for all the great details 🙂

    • Elle:

      haha I’m so glad someone is using them! Yeah, a lot of blogs here have really incomplete directions or info~ so just trying to get those details out for everyone 🙂 Plus, so many tourists take cabs here and need that full addy so I thought just leaving it in Korean to hand the driver would be the best option! 🙂

  • Custom avatar Cheryl:

    I LOVE the idea of a knit/crochet cafe! This one looks beautiful! There’s a lovely shop in Los Angeles, but it is not as big and colorful and amazing looking as this one. I need to bookmark this somehow. I’d love to visit it one day.

    • Elle:

      Yeah, I just love how clean and large this one is + the knitted decor is really something! Did you see the giant needles and knitting thing in progress in the front window? That TOTALLY is what caught my eye, american shops need to try this out lol!

  • Custom avatar Reila:

    Eek, thanks for this, haha! Definitely visiting on my next trip!
    I looove this idea though.

  • Omg that is such a awesome cafe! Very modern looking too which I love. We have some knit shops near us but they seem very old lady and outdated like they haven’t been redecorated since the 80s or 90s lol. I love knitting and my fiance he really loves crocheting so this would be a awesome place for us to spend some free time. Wish we had one!

  • Custom avatar Lisa:

    That looks like heaven!! You should definitely try crocheting, I learned how on youtube years ago hahaha. It’s really easy once you get the basics!

    Squid ink bread though…how strange (to me)! Is it like regular bread that they color with…squid ink?

  • Custom avatar Caroline:

    What a great post! I am part of a group called Seoul stitch and bitch if you or any one else ever wanted to join! We meet every Sunday afternoon to craft and usually have dinner after. We switch off meeting in jongro and coex every other week. Thanks!

    • Elle:

      Awesome! I had no idea such a group was here 🙂 If you have a group facebook or anything please post here and I am sure myself or some others wandering in through the search engines will appreciate it ♥ Sounds like fun!

  • Custom avatar Mia:

    I really want go to this shop when i go to korea… i want make a scarf for my boyfriend!!!! its so cute!!!!

  • AMAZING! I am for sure going there once I go to Korean! I know both how to knit and crochet. I actually have a shop for my craft goods if your interested visit my blog for the link!

    My blog:

  • Custom avatar jane:

    Hey, I was linked to this post from an online knitting forum, Ravelry. Just wanted to say that the post is awesome, and so is your blog. I am an American who has been living in China for the past 8 years and I know what you mean about the usual blogs by foreigners … there’s not much in this vein. I’m getting inspired here. Though I’m a lousy photographer, haha.

    • Elle:

      Oh how wonderful, I had no idea someone posted this up on Ravelry! I’m so glad you enjoy the blog, haha I’m also glad you know exactly what I mean~ I’m sure it is the same for china-geared blogs by expats as well. Wow 8 years though, that is really amazing…especially since I could not even picture myself learning Chinese *_* I know some Japanese aside from the Korean, but Chinese characters are very hard to remember for me + pronunciation must be so difficult! China must have so many cute things though~ lots of awesome cafes I find on the Korean internet are actually from China in the end lol!

  • Custom avatar jane:

    Yeah, Chinese is not really an easy language, and it’s rare for foreigners to really progress beyond the “high intermediate” level I’d say. Oh well, we do our best. That’s funny about the cafes in Korea being from China. Korean stuff is really trendy over here! I oftentimes see girls on the street looking like they’re trying to dress like K-pop stars or something and lots of shops boast that they’re selling Korean fashions or makeup or whatever. Oh, I really enjoyed your engagement post too. It was a nice story and the Twinkie Chan cupcake was awesome; I’ve been an admirer of hers for some years now!

  • Hi there! I follow your blog, and when you wrote about the yarn shop I was so excited! I posted a link to your post on the forums on (an online knitting community) and everyone who left comments was en awe of the cuteness factor and the whole idea of the yarn and cafe. Over 200 people have read your entry! :). One Raveler was wondering about the English quote, cut from the clippings of a botanist, on the window….what does that have to do with yarn? I love reading your blog and you allow me to enjoy the cuteness too! Keep up the wonderful cute work!! :0)

    • Elle:

      Thank you SO much for posting this to ravelry! I am aware of that community (although not a member haha cant knit!) so I was very excited it was shared, I’m so happy you enjoyed the post ♥ ♥ ♥ apparently they do coffee art and stuff, so if they have anything else fun that works with the knitting theme I will be sure to update the post + expect some future craft related posts on good books to import from here and stuff. I like all crafts, so know I know I have some knitting fans I will try to find some interesting things for you 😉 Cross stitching is extremely popular here, they have the cutest art on the pieces here and whole shops dedicated to them…. gotta do a blog on that soon.

      Oh got the English….. I have NO IDEA. Thats Asia for you lol. I have a feeling they just grabbed the gibberish from someplace and pasted it up, usually it is just a random lyric from a poem of song. ♥

  • Custom avatar ellen:

    What a great post! Linked via Rav….
    I was in Korea last year and I am sorry I didn’t see this place! The closest I came was a stall in Busan that sold yarn and really cheap (1000 won) circular needles!

    • Elle:

      haha aw man, well maybe next time! Yeah, I was pretty excited to share this… it seems like knitting supplies you have to go on a grand quest to find here sometimes! They seemed to really have everything you could want at this location, which is always great! Namdaemun is a bit of a headache to go to for little supplies once and a while~

  • Custom avatar abby:

    I wish this had been there when I was living and working in Edae two years ago!

  • Custom avatar Mimi:

    The more you post about adorable Korean cafes, the more I’m starting to realize how incredibly boring the US is! The crafty side of me loves the idea of a craft cafe, while the interior designer/architect in me loves the beautiful venue. That broccoli cheese soup looks pretty good too…

  • I take a break from knitting to surf the web and I just happen to check this site first. How funny that the newest post is about a knitting cafe.

  • Custom avatar addie:

    Love your blog and love, love, love this cafe!

    Am part of a twitter craft group called the #twitknitclub and we dream of opening a craft shop / cafe in the UK – this has provided the perfect inspiration for us on such a horrid cold+wet autumn day.

    Thank you so much for sharing x

    • Elle:

      My pleasure! Always a joy to inspire, the world needs more cute cafes! I will be sure to feature more crafty spots in the near future 😀 These sorts of hobbies are very popular atm here in Korea ♥

  • Custom avatar Juls:

    This one is cute. I’ve been learning knitting but no luck on me yet.

  • Custom avatar Dima:

    Thank you so much for the excellent directions 🙂 I got the chance to go to Korea at the end of April and used to your blog to scope out cute places to visit. I made sure to put Banul on my list of places to visit. They had a great collection of Japanese crochet books and my sister appreciated having a place to sit and relax while I shopped 😉

  • Custom avatar Jekka:

    Thanks for the post! I live in China where yarn stores appear and disappear and knitting is definitely not hip (as it is in the US and it looks like it is in Korea). I have a super-quick business trip to Seoul and thanks to your post will see if I can fit in a visit to this shop.

  • Custom avatar Ai:

    I’ll definitely visit this shop this coming May…this cafe is heaven for hookers like me.. you should try knitting or crocheting.. ive been doing it for few months now and it’s really relaxing to make anything from yarns…

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