MBC from July 2 to August 28, 2007 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 17 episodes
Also known as The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama
Based on The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince by Lee Sun-mi
Written by Lee Jung-ah, Jang Hyun-joo
Directed by Lee Yoon-jung
Yoon Eun Hye as Go Eun Chan
Gong Yoo as Choi Han Kyul
Lee Sun Gyun as Choi Han Sung
Chae Jung Ahn as Han Yoo Joo
Choi Han-kyul (Gong Yoo) is a third generation scion of a food chaebol. He has never had a job and does not care for responsibility. Han-kyul is hung up on his first love, Han Yoo-joo (Chae Jung-an), who was never interested in dating, so they never officially went out. On the other hand, Go Eun-chan (Yoon Eun-hye) is a 24-year-old tomboy who is often mistaken for a guy. Her father died at age 16 and since then she has taken over as the breadwinner in her family. She has the responsibility of taking care of her childish, spendthrift mother and trouble-making younger sister, so Eun-chan takes up every job possible: taekwondo teacher, waitress, and food delivery. When Han-kyul and Eun-chan meet, he, not knowing that she is a girl, decides to hire her to pretend to be his gay lover so that he can escape the blind dates arranged by his grandmother.
Meanwhile, Han-kyul’s cousin, Choi Han-sung (Lee Sun-kyun), is an established music producer and his ex-girlfriend is Yoo-joo, now an artist who studied in New York. The two were lovers for about 8 years, but their relationship ended when Yoo-joo left Han-sung for another man by the name of DK. Two years after they separate, their paths cross again when she returns to Seoul. Han-sung is initially angry at her, but he succumbs to his lingering feelings and they start to date again.
After getting an ultimatum from his grandmother, Han-kyul takes over a rundown old coffee shop, later renamed “Coffee Prince,” to prove that he’s capable, both to his grandmother and to Yoo-joo. In order to attract female customers, he only hires good-looking male employees. Eun-chan, desperate for money, continues to hide her gender to get a job at Coffee Prince.
Eun-chan also become friends with Han-sung, and she is initially attracted to him because of his kindness. Han-sung also enjoys spending time with her, and an impulsive kiss that he gives her causes him and Yoo-joo to break up for a short time.
Soon, feelings start to develop between Eun-chan and Han-kyul. Because he’s unaware that she is a woman, he starts to question his sexuality and is thrown into turmoil. When he discovers her secret, he feels hurt and betrayed. However, he eventually forgives her and they begin to date. They face strong opposition from his family due to her family’s lower status, but when Han-kyul’s grandmother meets Eun-chan, she is impressed by her independence and ambition. She helps pay for Eun-chan to study in Italy to become a barista. After two years of a long-distance relationship, a more stylish Eun-chan returns to Korea and Han-kyul. Wiki.