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

 

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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 bamboo 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 10.30AM-9PM
  • 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 9AM-10PM
  • Contact: 02-3144-0429
    *Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

3. Nakwon Station

Designed to look like an old-school train station, at the entrance of Nakwon Station, you’ll be greeted by a retro train announcement panel and a railway. This alone definitely makes the visit here a one-of-a-kind experience. Try out the green grass cake and maple cream coffee for something unique. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll feel the warmth of Korea’s past with a touch of modernity!

  • Address: 33-5 Supyo-ro 28-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Opening hours: Every day 11.30AM-10.30PM
  • Contact: 02-763-1112
    *Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

4. Appiforet

A gorgeous garden-like view filled with animal sculptures welcomes you at Appiforet – it will feel as though you’ve been invited to an outdoor garden party. The whole cafe has a vibe where you can just chill and hang out with your friends. Go ahead and try out their assortment of desserts too while savoring the beautiful interior of Hanok.

  • Address: 21-14 Supyo-ro 28-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Opening hours: Every day 10AM-10PM
  • Contact: 0507-1357-0276
    *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. It 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: Every day 11.30AM-9.30PM
  • Contact: 0507-1378-8218
    *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-Sun 11.30AM-10PM (Break Time: 3.30PM-5PM) (Closed on Mondays)
  • Contact: 0507-1414-0084
    *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: Every day 11.30AM-9.30PM (Break Time: 3PM-5PM)
  • Contact: 0507-1314-6511
    *Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

4. Namdo-Bunsik

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-9PM
  • Contact: 0507-1490-7778
    *Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

Ikseon Dong’s 1920s Attractions

1. Neared

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.

  • Address: 26, Donhwamun-ro 11da-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Opening hours: Every day 11AM-9PM
  • Contact: 0507-1343-6645
    *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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