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 the 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 4 or 5. Walk to the North to the cafe district. 


Ikseon Dong’s Popular Hanok Cafes

1. Cheongsudang

Cheognsudang is one of the most-visited hanok cafes as well as instagrammable spots in Ikseon-dong. It has a beautiful garden with ponds and bamboos that makes you feel like traveling back in time. Their popular menus include strawberry souffle castella, original egg souffle castella, and matcha fromage. Don’t forget to leave pictures at the entrance of Cheongsudang if you go to Ikseon-dong!

  • Address: 31-9 Donhwamun-ro 11-na-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Opening hours: Every day 11:30AM-10PM
  • Contact: 0507-1318-8215
    *Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

2. 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 are certainly worth waiting for!

  • Address: 17-24 Supyo-ro 28-gil, Ikseon-dong, Seoul
  • Opening hours: Every day 10AM-11PM
  • Contact: 02-744-1224
    *Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

3. 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: Every day 12PM-11PM (Closed on Mondays)
  • Contact: 0507-1321-7263
    *Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

4. 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: Every day 10AM-10PM (Closed on Mondays)
  • Contact: 02-741-5982
    *Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

5. Ikseon-Dong Ssal Sanghoe

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
  • Opening hours: Every day 12PM-9PM (Closed on Mondays)
  • Contact: 010-9959-4434
    *Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

Ikseon Dong’s Best Restaurants

1. Oncheonjip

Oncheonjib is definitely the most popular restaurant in Ikseon-dong that is always packed with people and has a very long queue in front of the restaurant. It’s not only famous for its food, which is mainly Shabu, but also for the visual of its food, which looks like a feast. Moreover, it has a beautiful traditional Asian interior design, which is absolutely Instagram-worthy. Ocheonjib is just behind Cheongsudang cafe so you can easily visit both places if you head to Ikseon-dong!

  • Address: 31-8 Donhwamun-ro 11-na-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30AM-9:30PM (Break Time: 3PM-5PM) / Sat-Sun 11:30AM-9:30PM
  • Contact: 02-762-8215
    *Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

2. 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, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Opening hours: Tue-Sat 11:30AM-10PM (Break Time: 3:30PM-5PM) / Sun 11:30AM-10PM (Closed on Mondays)
  • Contact: 02-6409-0027
    *Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

3. 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: 166-52 Ikseon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30AM-9:30PM (Break Time: 3PM-5PM) / Sat-Sun 11:30AM-9:30PM
  • Contact :02-6408-6511
    *Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

4. 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 radish-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 11:30AM-9:30PM
  • Contact: 0507-1490-7778
    *Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

Ikseon Dong’s 1920s Attractions

1. Ikseon-dong Vintage

 

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If you are a vintage lover, you should stop by Ikseon-dong! Ikseon-dong Vintage has many high-quality vintage clothes, bags, and accessories. It has both high-end brands and casual brands with affordable prices. There are two shops in Ikseon-dong and one shop in Garosu-gil.

  • Address: 26 Donhwamun-ro 11-da-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul / 25 Samil-daero 26-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Opening hours: Every day 12PM-10AM / Every day 12PM-10PM
  • Contact: 0507-1343-6645 / 010-8989-2744
    *Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

Check out these nearby attractions around Ikseon-dong!

Feeling the nostalgia from reading about the most Instagrammable places in Ikseon Dong? Head over to Euljiro for some more reminiscing, or to Hannam-dong for a modern city getaway. Or choose your adventure from this comprehensive list of Instagram-worthy hidden gems in Seoul!

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