Hongdae is one of the most happening places in the entirety of Seoul. Music, dance, and art—you’ll find yourself surrounded with vibrancy and youthful energy in this area. If you’re a fun-loving person and like to explore culture, you must visit Hongdae. The neighborhood of Hongdae stretches from Seogyo-Dong to Hapjeong-Dong and is full of clubs, shopping centers, stores, restaurants, and cafes. The food you can get in Hongdae is as impressive as the area itself—you will discover many restaurants offering national and international cuisines. Whether it’s cozy cafes, posh restaurants, or gastro-pubs, Hongdae has something to provide for your every taste and mood. So keep scrolling and find out which restaurant interests you the most!
1. Gusto Taco
If you want to have irresistible Mexican food that moves your soul, then look no further beyond Gusto Taco. Their Pork dishes are not to miss when you visit this place. The availability of vegetarian and vegan options is very convenient for non-meat eaters. Tacos, Nachos, Quesadilla, Burritos, Burgers, Fries, and Salads are on the menu. Pork Tacos are a hot favourite among customers.
2. Myth Jokbal
Jokbal is a popular Korean dish consisting of pig’s trotters braised in a blend of Soy Sause, Rice Wine, Garlic, and Ginger. Many other ingredients are present in different recipes of Jokbal. Myth Jokbal is a must-visit restaurant for pork lovers. You get to eat generous portions of Jokbal, along with Soup and Noodles. Make sure to book a table in advance, or you might end up waiting for a long time!
3. Spacca Napoli
The name itself inspires the beautiful Italian Spirit, and the dishes are equally mesmerizing. At Spacca Napoli, you get to taste genuine and authentic Pizzas that keep making you come back to this place, and that’s why you will observe several pizza-lovers visiting this warm and cozy restaurant. Pizzas prepared with a generous serving of Tomato Sauce and topped with fresh ingredients are something you can’t afford to miss.
4. Ciuri Ciuri
Another delightful place for Italian food lovers is Ciuri Ciuri that offers Sicilian Style and Mediterranean foods. Of course, vegetarian-friendly options are available too. Delectable Gnocchi, Lasagna, Cannoli, and exceptional Wines—Ciuri Ciuri is a place you don’ want to miss if you wish to experience the authentic Italian cuisine in Korea—confirmed by many Italians; who went to this restaurant!
5. Shinseong Seollnongtang Hongdae
This Korean restaurant is well-known for offering a light, creamy, and highly filling soup, prepared with ox bone, briskets, and meat, topped with many flavorful ingredients and seasoning. So don’t be too stunned if you end up licking your bowl dry! These bowls of happiness are exceptionally delicious. Also delicious is the restaurant’s Kimchi, not too salty and not too sour, just enough to make you eat more.
6. Hongdae Dakgalbi
Cheese, well-cooked chicken, cabbage, sweet potatoes, and ramen—the Dakgalbi you get at this restaurant will be one of your best choices ever! And many already seem to take this choice as the restaurant is usually seen with long waiting queues, so don’t become impatient! The best thing about this Korean restaurant is the foreigner-friendly staff that is very attentive and prompt.
7. Loup Blanc
This much-hyped French restaurant in Seoul immerses you in a heavenly experience with their delicious French cuisines. The meat here is juicy and melts in your mouth. Compared to the other French cuisine restaurants in the city, you may find this one more reasonably priced. Do not forget to try their range of beverages that enhance your gastronomic experience.
8. Yec’hed Mat
Another French restaurant on this list is a restaurant you must include in your itinerary—Yec’hed Mat. With over 150 varieties of Wine, the range and the mesmerizing taste of French gourmet will make you dizzy. At Yec’hed Mat, you will be right at home because of their exceptional service—the owner of the restaurant is known for his warm hospitality and friendly nature.
9. Bau House
Do you love the idea of relaxing with your friends, having chilled drinks, and being greeted by furry canine pals? It’s the best thing to do for every animal lover. At Bau House, you can sit in the small-sized dog area or the large-sized dog area. Once you’re seated, in no time, cute dogs will run to you and place themselves on your lap. Oh, and you can eat from their counter too! But who would want to when you’re busy playing with doggies!
10. ‘Thanks Nature’ Café
Another animal cafe you must visit when in Hongdae is Thanks Nature Cafe. A pair of fluffy adorable sheep will greet you! Enjoy a very relaxing time in this Cafe sipping on coffees, savouring their waffles, and trying out other desserts. The hygiene is maintained well as the staff looks after the animals, cleaning up after them. This quiet Cafe is sure to calm you down.
11. Chicken In The Kitchen
This retro-decor, dim-lighted restaurant is a must-visit for those who can never get enough of chicken. Perfect for hanging out or going on dates, Chicken in the Kitchen offers a wide range of chicken dishes that go well with the beer they offer. The staff has a strong reputation for being kind and friendly. It’s a bit hard to spot on the map. But once you do, you will keep going to this restaurant for more!
12. Oksang Dalbit
Oksang Dalbit is present in the student area of Hongdae, so you can expect this place to be bustling with a young local crowd. The unique attraction is the hot ‘Pepper and Garlic Fried Chicken,’ so hot that it is in flames! It is quite an exciting moment indeed. Feel free to take your seat at the bar counter or somewhere near the middle; Oksang is perfect for casual dining with friends.
13. Delhi India
Indian food is quite famous in Korea. Locate this Indian specialty restaurant in Hongdae serving the best from Indian cuisine. The meat used is certified Halal. The staff is well-known to be highly courteous, polite and prompt. Vegetarian-friendly meals are readily available here. Do not miss out on the brilliant chance to taste delicious Indian food in this restaurant.
14. Ttobogetji Tteokbokki
Ttobogetji Tteokbokki has many outlets across Hongdae serving the very famous dish Tteokbokki. Tteokbokki, also known as simmered rice cakes, uses Tteokmyeon as its main ingredient, including Eomuk, scallions, boiled eggs, and seasoning. The dish is chewy, spicy, and savoury and tastes heavenly if you like to indulge in carb-rich meals. Visit Ttobogetji Tteokbokki to taste some amazing Tteokbokkis today!
15. SF Bagels
Have the best bagels in Korea right here in SF Bagel. These sourdough-based bagels taste so good that they will mentally take you to New York. Browse through the many different flavours of Bagels available here, and grab yourself some coffee to go along with the bagels. Also, don’t forget to try their Cinnamon Rolls; you’ll thank us for telling you!
Jinjin offers the most exquisite selection of Chinese cuisine that is impossible not to love. You’ll observe dishes to be at par with the ones available at top-class Chinese restaurants but for a surprisingly lower cost. Remember to make reservations in advance; it is almost impossible to get a table if you visit without making reservations.
If European brunches are your thing, you will not regret visiting this Cafe. A trendy, vibrant, good-vibes-only place—Grain allows you to build your customized brunch. Pancakes, sandwiches, burgers, fries, and beverages; you are sure to fall in love with the menu. Vegetarian options are available too.
18. Mapo Galmaegi
A restaurant to immerse in Korean BBQ experience—the staff will greet you with a spread of meat, vegetables, Kimchi, and Korean alcoholic drinks enough for a large group of people. You can simmer the delicious meat with coal, making it taste better than gas-cooked meat. The taste of their Kimchi is unforgettable. So do visit with your friends; you will enjoy it here.
19. Urban Plant
Want to have a peaceful brunch sitting between brick and wood interiors and decorated with ample plants? Then Urban Plant is a must-visit for you. The atmosphere, coupled with delicious fresh food, will make you go here several times. Because of its ambiance, the Cafe gained popularity among Instagrammers, so don’t forget to take some memorable pictures of the food.
Wrapping up this list is the ice cream parlor Sobok that can make people go crazy because of the perfection in their ice cream’s taste. The menu is minimal, so don’t expect to browse through multiple options. But choose any of their limited selection, and you won’t regret it at all. The staff at Sobok surely know their craft well. If you’re in the Hongdae area, you must visit this ice cream parlor!