With the Mangwon market on one end and the Han River Park on another, Mangwon-dong‘s many attractions make it difficult to sum this neighborhood up in a few words. Mangwon-dong used to be a “poor part of Seoul“. But now it’s full of cafes and restaurants that serve up plates with Instagram-worthy decor and sumptuous desserts to cure your sweet tooth. Young locals often head to Mangwon-dong for a date, chit-chat with a friend over some sweet desserts, or a photo-taking session. Let’s look into all the nooks and crannies of this neighborhood with our list of the most Instagrammable places in Mangwon-dong, to help you enjoy all of Mangwon-dong’s many layers.

To get to Mangwon-dong: Get off at Mangwon Station and exit from Exit 2 and walk into the residential area to the West. 


Instagrammable Restaurants 

1. Ildeung Sikdang

 

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You know a restaurant has pride in its food when they only have one dish on its menu. Ildeung Sikdang, or #1 Restaurant, serves Ox bone soup. Better known by locals as the “hangover soup”, this soup is Korean’s hangover cure to have on a Saturday at noon after a crazy night out. Head into this old restaurant that’s been serving this one signature menu since 1986, and get a bowl almost overflowing with their delicious soup, seasoned with some doenjang–the infamous bean paste. Also, a quick tip: put some rice into the soup and eat them together, for a hearty, filling, and truly local meal.

  • Address: 82 Bangullae-ro, Mangwon 2(i)-dong, Seoul
  • Opening hours: Tue-Fri 8AM-9PM / Sat-Sun 7.30AM-9PM (Closed on Mondays)
  • Contact: 02-333-0361
    *Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

2. Ichizen

 

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Ichizen’s a popular, cozy Japanese restaurant that serves up amazing Ten-dong. They have four options of Ten-dong you can choose from with mouth-watering toppings, and a few more seasonal specialties. Also, their adorable entrance with an illustration of a rice bowl is a hot photo spot, making this restaurant one of the most Instagrammable places in Mangwon-dong. Since they are so popular, you have to wait a bit to enter this Ten-dong heaven. Arrive 30 minutes before their opening time to write your name on the reservation list!

  • Address: 109 Poeun-ro, Mangwon 1(il)-dong, Seoul
  • Opening hours: Tue-Sat 12PM-8.30PM (Break Time: 3PM-5.30PM) / Sun 12M-5PM (Closed on Mondays)
  • Contact: 070-7740-0321
    *Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

3. Gwang Hab Sung

Indulge in a culinary delight at Gwang Hab Sung, a renowned restaurant located in Mapo-gu, that offers an exquisite brunch experience. Delight in a wide selection of delectable brunch menus, from French toast and avocado bruschetta to a mouthwatering cheese egg scramble and mushroom benedict, ensuring a memorable and satisfying meal to kickstart your day.

  • Address: Worldcup-ro 19gil 8, Mapo-gu, Seoul
  • Opening hours: Every day 11AM-10PM (Last order 9PM) / Brunch menu only available until 3PM
  • Contact: 02-333-6933
    *Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

Quirky Bars

1. Bogdeogbang

It feels like visiting a close friend’s home and having some good food they prepared for you at this home-y Korean bar that serves great Makgeolli. The owner visits Makgeolli producers to find the best of the best, and his mom cooks the delectable dishes that go perfectly with the Makgeolli. So, if you order a dish, the owner will recommend you the best Makgeolli that will go with your food. I recommend you try out buckwheat jeonbyeong–think of it as a lightly fried, savory, rolled pancakeis an absolute must-try.

  • Address: 5 Poeun-ro 8-gil, Mangwon 1(il)-dong, Seoul 
  • Opening hours: Wed-Fri 6PM-12AM (Last order 11PM) / Sat-Sun 4PM-12AM (Last order 11PM) (Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays)
  • Contact: 070-8864-1414
    *Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

Instagram-worthy Cafes

1. Coffee Shop Dongkyung

 

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Enter through a narrow doorway down to the basement, and you’ll end up at this sheltered place, Coffee Shop Dongkyung. It’s neatly decorated and has a comforting atmosphere, but above all, it has fantastic coffee. This place has an especially strong reputation among locals, who call this place a “must-go cafe before you die”. Their Einspänner and almond mocha java are visitors’ favorites. The Einspänner, topped with luscious, milky cream, has an aromatic flavor that exceeds anyone’s expectations. The almond mocha java is perfect if you’re looking for something sweeter. The baristas carefully hand-drip all coffees to give you the best aroma and flavor, and you can watch them prepare your coffee with their artisan techniques.

  • Address: 21 Mangwon-ro 6-gil, Mangwon 1(il)-dong, Seoul
  • Opening hours: Wed-Sat 12PM-9PM (Last order 8.30PM) / Sun 12PM-7PM (Last order 6.30PM) (Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays)
  • Contact: 070-4845-0619
    *Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

2. 79 Founyard Bakeshop

This place was originally a place for a famous Instgrammable cafe, Zapangi, but now it has changed into a bakeshop called 79 Founyard. The most popular menu at this cafe is croffle and they have many kinds of croffles, such as Dirty Chocolate Croffle, Honey Walnut Croffle, and Seasonal Croffle. You can also take Instagram-worthy pictures in front of the shop, which has an iconic mint-colored window that makes you feel like you are in London.

  • Address: 79 World Cup-ro 13-gil, Mangwon 1(il)-dong, Seoul
  • Opening hours: Every day 10AM-11PM
  • Contact: 0507-1352-8185
    *Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

3. Atmosphere

Another insta-famous cafe that people line up for in Mangwon-dong: Atmosphere. Perhaps it’s named that way for the simple, yet beautiful and relaxing atmosphere this cafe exudes. Local Instagrammers love their cute and quirky, cartoon character-inspired macarons. Try their injeolmi–Koran bean powder rice cake–for a uniquely Korean dessert experience, or just choose your favorite characters to nibble away. You can also watch the pâtissier make all the cute macarons with the open-kitchen interior.

  • Address:54-1 Mangwon-ro, Mangwon 1(il)-dong, Seoul
  • Opening hours: Every day except the first Monday of every month, 12PM-10PM
  • Contact: 0507-1404-4162
    *Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

Bustling Attractions

1. Mangwon Market

Mangwon Market is one of Seoul’s traditional markets. Mangwon Market might lack the glamour and scale of the famous (and frankly, tourist-filled) Gwangjang Market or Noryangjin Fish Market. But this market offers a sense of community and locality that larger markets might not be able to accommodate. It has great produce, tasty street and above all, hard-to-beat prices. If you’re in the area, it’s certainly worth a visit! But if you’re a bit weary of trying out unknown, new foods from these stalls, go walk around with a guide around the best street food places in Seoul!

  • Address: 14 Poeun-ro 8-gil, Mangwon 1(il)-dong, Seoul
  • Opening hours: Every day 8AM-10PM
  • Contact: 02-335-3591
    *Opening hours are subject to change 

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2. Han River Park

 

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Watch the sunset and enjoy the night breeze and the Mangwon-dong Han River Park to wrap up your day. Sit by the glistening Han river beside the Seongsan Bridge, for a chill and relaxed moment to savor in the middle of this bustling city. Also, if you want to visit in the daytime, bring along a blanket and a quick picnic basket to enjoy the view. Han River, of course, is one of the most Instagrammable places in Mangwon-dong, so go on and pay a visit!

  • Address: 467 Maponaru-gil, Mangwon 1(il)-dong, Seoul 

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Did you like these aesthetic recommendations you can savor in Mangwon-Dong? Head over to Seongsu-dong for more cafes and picnics, or to Hannam-dong for a modern, luxurious city getaway. Otherwise, choose your adventure from this comprehensive list of Instagram-worthy hidden gems in Seoul!


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