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Top 31 Spots to eat, drink & enjoy in Hongdae

Okrumong 옥루몽

The very famous Bingsu (Korean dessert with ice flakes) and Juk (porridge) place. They make the sweetened red-bean that’s used as the topping for Bingsu everyday to keep the freshness. All food is served on traditional dishes made of brass to keep the temperature.

Seoul

Mapo Naru House 마포나룻집

Known for its Naengmyun (cold noodles) and Dakbokkeum(spicy braised chicken) that best fits with Makgeolli (Korean rice wine). Opens until 7am from Tuesday to Saturday.

Seoul

Myeoneuri Babpulkkot (Daughter in law's rice flower)

Myeoneuri Babpulkkot, meaning Daughter-in-law rice flower (Korean flower) is a purely Korean restaurant. Its main menu is Gukbap (boiled rice served in soup), bibmbap, pork or squid duruchigi.

Seoul

Simpson Tang 심슨탕

A popular budae jjigae (spicy sausage stew) restaurant owned by a Korean singer “Hwangbo”.

Seoul

Mimine 미미네

Known for its deeply fried shrimp with tteokbokki (Korean rice cake) soup. You’ll also be able to taste the unique flavored salts (regular, garlic and green laver) only at Mimine.

Seoul

Grill5taco (Hongdae)

Fusion Mexican-Korean restaurant. Especially popular because of its fusion menu such as kimchi quesadilla and spicy burritos.

Seoul

Greens. Eat. Gom 나물 먹는 곰

Genuine Korean traditional food restaurant with a modern twist of atmosphere. Main menus are as such: gomtang (beef-bone soup)- named after the owner Cha, Baekdusan Bibimbap and tteokguk (rice-cake soup) soban.

Seoul

Doma 도마

Rib barbecue restaurant, also famous for its Mayak (Narcotic) Doenjang Jjigae (Soy bean paste stew) which was named for being so amazingly delicious.

Seoul

Luxury Su Noraebang 럭셔리 수 노래방

The ultimate noraebang (karaoke) place in Hongdae. It’s big and super clean, accompanied by nice facilities and friendly staffs. The famous Korean drama "My Lovely Sam Soon" was filmed here.

Seoul

Vinyl 비닐

Small to-go cocktail bar that opens out in the street of Hongdae. Serves a variety of cocktails in a small plastic bag, making it perfect for to-go.

Seoul

Hello Kitty Cafe - Hongdae 헬로키티 카페 홍대

A perfect dessert place for Hello Kitty fans. From the wallpaper to the seats and the bathroom, everything is Hello Kitty and colored in pink.

Seoul

Club Ta 클럽 타

Live concert and performance club where you can enjoy genuine music of Korean underground bands. Owned by a member of Korean rock band “Why not?”.

Seoul

Saemaul Sikdang - Hongdae 새마을 식당

One of the largest franchise Korean BBQ restaurants in Korea especially known for ‘Yeoltan Bulgogi (spicy thin pork)’. The thinly sliced pork tastes sweet and spicy at the same time and people just love it.

Seoul

Wolhyang (월향)

Organic Makgeolli (Korean rice wine) bar especially popular among the Japanese tourists. With more than 10 years of development, Wolhyang offers unique and rich makgeolli such as brown rice and chestnut along with fusion Korean food such as black bean tofu, white kimchi tofu roll, kimchi fried pork, seafood japchae.

Seoul

Makgeolli Salon 막걸리 싸롱

All-you-can-drink Makgeolli bar just at a price of 5,600won. Offers a wide selection of local brand makgeolli from various regions in Korea.

Seoul

T 1/2 Bar

A neat bar to go for a nice time of cocktails at a decent price along with a nice and modern atmosphere. The terrace on the 2nd floor especially provides a nice view of Hongdae.

Seoul

Eunhasu Dabang (Milky way cafe) 은하수 다방

Nostalgic coffee shop with unique & antique decorations. Well-known after popular Korean indie band "10cm" made a song "Love at the Milky Way Cafe", which refers to this cafe. It’s also been featured in the famous Korean TV programmes, Running Man and Muhan Dojeon(Infinity Challenge).

Seoul

Bauhaus 바우하우스

This is a dog cafe where you can meet from small to large size dogs. If you just pay for drinks, you can play with these cute dogs the whole day!

Seoul

Cheongchun Cat 청춘고양이

This is a cat cafe, where you can meet almost 40 cats and play with them freely. With only 8000 KRW, which includes 1 drink, you can touch and pat these lovely, adorable cats all day.

Seoul

KT&G Sangsangmadang KT&G 상상마당

One of the key places that represent Hongdae. The eleven-story building houses a cinema, live performance hall, art gallery, and studio of young Korean artists.

Seoul

A LAND (Hongdae)

A grand select shop with clothing and accessories from rising designers in Korea as well as some foreign brands. Reasonable price. A great shopping store to check out the latest fashion trend in Korea.

Seoul

Music Show Wedding Theater 뮤직쇼 웨딩 극장

Famous Korean non-verbal performance which is based on the rhythm of the samulnori (traditional Korean percussion quartet) set in a kitchen. Performance are held two times a day. (17:00 & 20:00)

Seoul

Hongdae Mural Street (Alley) 홍대벽화거리

A small alley filled with colorful, unique and artistic murals that represent the Indie & Art spirit of Hongdae. A great place to take pictures as well.

Seoul

Oksang Dalbit 옥상달빛

Oksang Dalbit, meaning rooftop moonlight, is a popular chicken & beer pub restaurant, known for its Dalbit Chicken and Boneless chicken. Quiet & cozy ambiance.

Seoul

Trickeye Museum 트릭아이 미술관

A fun museum that tricks your eyes with 2D art pieces. Bring your camera and get ready to take fun pictures. Opens until 9pm but must be there until 8pm.

Seoul

NB2 엔비투

NB (Noise Basement) is the original hip-hop club operated by YG entertainment. It has branches 1 and 2 in Hongdae. NB boasts its history of starting the Korean club culture called “Booby Booby” dance.

Seoul

COCOON 코쿤

Cocoon is one of the prominent and biggest clubs in Hongdae. It is very popular among young people in their early 20's. When the other clubs are either closed or quiet during weekdays, NB2 and Cocoon are crowded and bustling with clubbers at most.

Seoul

Hongdae Freemarket 홍대프리마켓

The landmark playground that represents Hongdae. Graffiti & paintings everywhere. Live performances & mini concerts are often held. Free market every Saturday from Mar~Nov. Where the Korean Drama “A Gentleman’s Dignity” was shot in 2012.

Seoul

Yonie Woo's Fun Caricature - Trickeye 우연이의 캐리커쳐

Have your own fun caricature drawing at Yonie Woo's Fun Caricature! Yonie Woo's Fun Caricature is a premium caricature brand, and you can enjoy the quality caricature drawing from the approved professionals.

Seoul

James Chicago Pizza (Hongdae) 제임스시카고피자

Offering pizzas with a thick dough and filled with cheese inside, this place is a heaven for cheese lovers or fanatics!

Seoul

Style Nanda Flagship Store (Hongdae) 스타일난다 홍대점

Extremely popular among 10's & 20's, the main branch of Style Nanda's flagship store is a must-visit in Hongdae if you're a fashionista!

Seoul