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I'll let you in on a little secret right now - your visit to Seoul is never complete without exploring the electric atmosphere Hongdae has to offer. Its buzzing street packs quite a handful for all class of visitors – from music by amazing street performers, interactive museums, non stop partying, shopping and, of course, exotic food. Yes! The food!
It doesn’t matter what your previous food preference was; the street of Hongdae has remarkable variety, from the yummy to the spicy; varieties of BBQ, fried chicken and beer, Gomguk (Beef soup), Jjimdak (steamed chicken with soy sauce), perfect dessert dish, and many more! With endless restaurant options, however, choosing one for optimal satisfaction can become a hell of a task. Not to worry, though, we've managed to narrow them down for you, from countless options to the best of the best. So, without further ado, heree are the 10 best restaurants in Hongdae.
Does a French restaurant with a British touch on the street of Hongdae sound amazing? Of course it does. Yec’hed Mat is a cozy restaurant with varieties of crepes, salad, pancake, an exquisite collection of wine and great music to go with your meal. It may take a while to find the place on your first visit. Whether you are a visitor in Seoul or want a break from the regular spicy Korean food, Yec’hed Mat restaurant will definitely get you going back for more.
Address: South Korea, Seoul, Mapo-gu, Seogyo-dong, Eoulmadang-ro 5-gil, 25-10 1
Phone Number: +82 2-3144-6845
Hardly any better place to enjoy traditional Korean dakgalbi with blends of exotic dishes than the Hongdae Dakgalbi. The trademark dish is the spicy Korean Dakgalbi. The spicy chicken comes with green onion, white onion, tteokbokki, cabbage. And oh, you don’t like spicy food? Well, Hongdae Dakgalbi offers four levels of spiciness to suit your taste bud.
Spicy Dakgalbi can go with cheese, rice cakes, veggies or two kinds of noodles on the menu - ramen and woodong. One of the people’s favorites is the cheese and non-spicy cheese chicken. Another great thing about Hongdae Dakgalbi is that 2 orders may be enough for 3 people. The foods taste even better with excellent service. The waiters are super friendly and serve so fast. Don’t worry about the language barrier, too, the waiters and other staff speak foreign languages, including English. The price is not the lowest but worth every Won you will spend.
Address: 32 2F Hongik-ro 3-gil,
Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul. South Korea.
Phone Number: +82 2-2245-5222
The owner of Gusto Taco Aaron and his wife Jin Hye, make one of the best pork tacos in Hongdae, among other salivating dishes. They also serve them with a personal touch. Though Gusto Tacos is best known for its perfectly spiced pork taco, it has a menu that will make you want all and is constantly expanding. Some of the new additions to its list include burrito bowls, quesadillas, fajita platters, taco grilled steak tacos and much more!
41 Wausan-ro, Seogang-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone Number: +82 2-338-8226.
Shinseon Seolleongtang Hongdae
The people’s favorite in this restaurant is the Kimchi and ox bone soup. The spice in the Ox bone soup and different types of Kimchi can be made mildly spicy, depending on your preference. Ox bone soup is one of the best foods you will ever taste while in Korea.The modern-style settings of the restaurant and friendly staff also make the restaurant a must-visit for Hongdae visitors and locals. They are open 24 hours a day.
Address: 136, Yanghwa-erro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone Number: +82 2777 4351
Popularly known as the best pizza parlor in Seoul, your pizza is served with an excellent pizza sauce. Spacca Napoli has a blend of Korea and Italian settings. The cream pasta is also excellent as attested to by many satisfied customers. One should expect nothing less from Italian Pizzaioli certified chefs. The service is also relatively fast. You often get served not later than 10 minutes after you get seated. The price is a bit on the high side, but rest assured you will get its worth in exceptional tasty pizza.
28 Yanghwa-ro 6-gil, Hapjeong-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea.
Phone Number: +82 23262323
Yoogane Dalkgalbi Hongdae 1-ho
If you don't mind the queue during the buzzing period on Hongdae, then Yoogane Dalkgalbi is a must-visit. Trust us on this one; the menu will make waiting on the queue worth the while. The winner here is the Seoul-renowned Chicken Dalkgalbi with fried rice, which, amazingly, you get decide just how spicy you want it. A little secret here - the more, the merrier. You can also get more value from Yoogane Dalkgalbi dishes by visiting with loved ones or friends.
Address: 109, Eoulmadang-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul 04050 South Korea
Phone Number: +82 2-333-4655
As the name suggests, Loup blanc is a restaurant that combines exotic french cuisine with the traditional Korean delicacies. One of the results is savory suede steaks and French stews, which give you an heavenly feeling with decent wine from good collection and a relaxing environment. There are, of course, other contemporary French dishes on the menu. The owner is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, which explains the menu and the exceptional service. The foods are moderately priced, the restaurant is a bit small but cozy.
17 Wausan-ro 25-gil, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea.
Phone number: +82 70-8849-2040
The menu is quite simple, but no better place to enjoy the best of Korean BBQ at an affordable price than Choigozip Hongdae. Your BBQ can come in different flavors and marinated, depending on your choice. Visit Choigozip Hongdae to experience an all-round, quality service. As an example of their excellent service, you are provided with a jacket to protect you from the smoke from the BBQ grill.
Address: 25 World cup buk-ro 2-gil, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea.
Phone Number: +82 2-333-8892
Ciuri Ciuri Italian Restaurant
Looking for a perfect atmosphere for solo dining or memorable dinner with your lover, family or friends in Hongdae, Cuiri Cuiri is the place to be. Though small, the restaurant is regarded as the best Italian restaurant in Seoul. Enrico and his wife with other staff give you a royal and fantastic service to go with authentic Italian food with touches of Korean. Some of the visitor's favorites include Arancini, lemon granita, cannoli, callenoli and more with good wine to go with them.
Address: Dongmak-ro 15-gil, Sangsu-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone Number: +82 2-749-9996
Isaac Toast & Coffee Hongik University
Isaac Toast & Coffee offers a delicious and addicting fast food. The menu at the restaurant is quite distinct from the regular kimchi served by regular restaurants on the street of Hongdae but keeps the Korean flavor. The restaurant is quite spacious and has a contemporary feel to it. There are a good number of breakfast options to get your day to a great start, including great toast with cheese, ham and corn, sandwich, mayonnaise sauce and not forgetting the rich coffee.
Address: 93 Wausan-ro, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea.
Phone Number: +82 2-333-2492
I bet you thought we were bluffing when we made mention of the super amazing restaurants in Hongdae. Well, glad you now see for yourself. Rest assured, whichever you choose to go with on the list, you’re guaranteed to have a great time. And of course you don’t even have to choose at all. You can try them all!
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