Ikseon-dong, located deep in the Jongno district in Seoul, full of antique spots, is becoming a booming hangout location among locals.
This Instagram-worthy area with 20th century Hanok, or Korean traditional houses, offers trendy cafes, bars and restaurants, decorated under a 1920s, vintage theme. Ikseon-dong offers the ambiance of Gaewha-gi, a historic period of modernization in Korea – the ambiance you get from the popular K-Drama Mr. Sunshine or Hotel Del Luna. Let’s look into the Instagrammable places in Ikseon-Dong for you to visit during your stay in Seoul!

To get to Ikseon-dong:
Take the metro to Jongno 3-ga Station and exit from Exits 6 or 7. Walk to the North to the cafe district. 


Ikseon Dong’s Popular Hanok Cafes

1. Dongbaek Bakery

 

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Famed for its soufflé pancakes and its East-meets-West interior design and cutlery, Dongbaek Bakery offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Enjoy Ikseon-dong’s classic atmosphere decorated with the ‘Dongbaek’ flower, a Korean name for Camellia, known for its vibrant red petals that bloom up amidst white snow. This Insta-famous cafe often has lots of people lining up, but their pancakes and uniquely Korean atmosphere arecertainly worth waiting for!

Address: 17-24 Supyo-ro 28-gil, Ikseon-dong, Seoul 
Opening hours: Every day 10:00 – 23:00
Contact: 02-744-1224
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

2. Teum

 

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Through a narrow alleyway with an antiquated neon-sign, you’ll enter Teum, a cafe built in a remodeled Hanok. Take a seat outside under cozy fairy-lights, or inside among gorgeous modern arts. Order everything from fragrant coffee to chilled beer, served on an antique coaster. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll feel the warmth of Korea’s 1920s with a touch of modernity. Make sure to take a close look at their arts on the wall, as this “gallery cafe” has a beautiful, thought-provoking collection!

Address: 17-19 Supyo-ro 28-gil, Ikseon-dong, Seoul
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12PM-12AM, Sat 11AM-12AM, Sun 11AM-11PM
Contact: 02-763-7263
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

3. France Ange Dessert

 

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Gorgeous rose vines and a vintage doorway welcome you to France Ange Dessert, a little patch of France filled with chic, totally Instagrammable neon-signs at the heart of Ikseon-dong. With a completely open kitchen, this lovely place prides in their patisseries. You can see with your own eyes the techniques of the pâtissiers and how carefully all your desserts are made. Go ahead and try out their famous Macarons and Dacquoise, while savoring the beautiful interior of Hanok.

Address: 21-3 Supyo-ro 28-gil, Ikseon-dong, Seoul
Opening hours: Weekdays 11AM-10PM, Weekends 10AM-10PM
Contact: 02-741-5982
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

4. Ikseon-Dong Ssal Sanghoe

 

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If you aren’t already familiar with Hotteok, you’re missing out. This freshly pan-fried chewy rice cake, packed with sweet honey and crunchy nuts, will soon become your favorite street snack! At Ikseon-Dong Ssal Sanghoe, you can not only try the honey-filled classic, but also specialty menus with melted cheese, sweet red bean paste, or injeolmi flavored fillings. Either way, you’ll get to have an amazing Korean street food experience: warm, crunchy, chewy, and sweet all at the same time, for an absolute bargain price!

Address: 28 Supyo-ro 28-gil, Donui-dong, Seoul (서울 종로구 수표로28길 28)
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12PM-9PM, Sat 11AM-10PM, Sun 11AM-9PM
Contact: 010-9959-4434
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion


Ikseon Dong’s Best Restaurants

1. Salon Sulla Pub & Restaurant

 

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What more can you ask, gorgeous rose vines draping over an antique Hanok, some tasty pasta and steak, paired with a glass of wine? You can have it all at Salon Sulla, and spend a lovely and fragrant afternoon at this “Secret Garden”.  Try their pollack roe cream pasta, or their fig and steak salad, paired with some wine. Relish one of the most Instagrammable places in Ikseon-dong, especially if it’s the rose-blooming season!

Address: 75 Yulgok-ro 10-gil, Gwonnong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 11:30AM-11PM, Sun 11:30AM-10PM
Contact: 02-6409-0027
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

2. Bangida

 

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Bangida’, is a Korean phrase for ‘Welcome’. As the name suggests, the restaurant welcomes all curious travelers and locals alike, to a selection of delectable Korean fusion dishes. Try their Bibimbap and pork-neck dish paired with a glass of Korean rice wine, or if you’re feeling adventurous, their famed steak tartare. The experienced chef, having worked at the Michelin-3-star Hotel Silla and the Korean research station in Antarctica knows best how to prepare the most authentic Korean dishes.

Address: 51 Donhwamun-ro 11da-gil, Nakwon-dong, Seoul
Opening hours: Weekdays 11:30AM-3PM, 5PM-10PM, Weekends 11:30-10PM
Contact :02-6408-6511
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

3. Namdo-Bunsik

 

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Bunsik is a quick and affordable Korean meal, like the famous Gimbap or Tteokbokki. To us Koreans, we all have nostalgic memories of eating cheap Bunsik with friends in small, bustling stalls next to our schools. Namdo-Bunsik offers all the classics, but more. It serves a selection of Bunsik from “Namdo” or the Southern part of Korea, like Busan. Try their unique raddish-leaf Tteokbokki or their spicy cold noodles. Try specialty Bunsik in this bustling store, reminiscent of the old days.

Address: 33 Supyo-ro 28-gil, Ikseon-dong, Seoul 
Opening hours: Every day 10AM-10PM
Contact: 02-763-7778
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion


Ikseon Dong’s 1920s Attractions

1. Ikseon Boutique

Now that you’ve seen the beautiful Hanoks from the 20s, it’s time for you to try out gorgeous dresses, Hanbok from the 19th century. The flux of Western influence at the time brought forth interesting mix of styles of clothing that fuses the traditional Korean Hanbok and western dressing elements like gloves and fedoras. At Ikeson Boutique, you can try on, take photos, and borrow these gorgeous items in the style of the wealthy class of 1920s. Also, if you’ve watched K-Dramas like ‘Mr. Sunshine’, ‘Assassination’, ‘The Age of Shadows’ and ‘Hotel Del Luna’, you’ll love these costumes even more, as you can reenact the scenes from those dramas in these beautiful costumes. Make sure to book your spot in advance here!

Address: 38 Donhwamun-ro 11-gil, Nakwon-dong, Seoul
Opening hours: Every day 9AM-7PM
Contact: 02-747-4310
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

2. Vintage Bonnie

 

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This lovely pink store in Ikseon-dong, Vintage Bonnie, sells a selection of adorable vintage clothes and decorations. It’s the best Instgrammable place in Ikseon-dong to be if you have a little extra time on your hands. The atmosphere, reminiscent of the ‘50s, will shuffle up your sense of time and leave you with a touch of nostalgia.

Address: 77-1, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu Seoul
Opening hours: Every day except Monday 12PM-7PM
Contact: 070-8866-7700
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

3. Uncle Video Town

If all that walking around made you miss your cozy time on Netflix, head over to Uncle Video Town. Snuggle up and watch some old classics from a good old DVD player, with some fresh beer and hot snacks in hand. Take the cafe seat where you can watch their pre-selected movie on a beam projector, or take a small private seat to choose your own classic film to watch. It’s both a perfect date spot and a chill place to enjoy some alone time.

Address: 33-10 Supyo-ro 28-gil, Ikseon-dong, Seoul
Opening hours: Every day 11AM-11PM
Contact: 02-765-2307
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion


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