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. Le Glacier des Étoiles & Le Clocher d’or


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A restaurant that serves great food with even better dessert. Le Glacier des Étoiles, the ice cream shop, and Le Clocher d’or, the French restaurant, all in a cozy, baby-pink themed shop, are probably the most famous diner Mangwon-dong. Owned by a couple, Le Clocher d’or is most famous for their chicken steak served with sweet and tangy orange sauce, or with fragrant whiskey cream sauce, decorated wonderfully with flower petals. The chef will briefly explain each dish when they come out, so I’ll skip further details! Finally, when you finish your meal, order an ice cream or sorbet from Le Glacier des Étoiles, perfectly sweetened with sugar canes. Although small and cozy, you’ll be able to experience the flavors and the atmosphere of all of Paris and more.

Address: 46 Mangwon-ro, Mangwon 1(il)-dong, Seoul
Opening hours: Every day except Monday 12PM-10PM 
Contact: 02-336-0604
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

2. Ildeung Sikdang


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You know a restaurant has pride in their food when they only have one dish in their 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 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: Weekdays 7:30AM-9PM, Weekends 7AM-9PM
Contact: 02-333-0361
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

3. 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 into 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-2PM, 5:30PM-8:30PM, Sunday 12PM-5PM
Contact: 070-7740-0321
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

Quirky Bars

1. Bogdeogbang


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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: Tue-Fri 6PM-2AM (Last order 1AM), Sat 5PM-2AM (Last order 1AM)
Contact: 070-8864-1414
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

Instagram-worthy Cafes

1. Cafe Donggyeong


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Enter through a narrow doorway down to the basement, and you’ll end up at this sheltered place, Caef Donggyeong. 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 expectation. 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: Tue-Sat 1PM-10PM (Last order 9PM)
Contact: 070-4845-0619
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

2. Zapangi


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Zapangi is one of the hot spots that made Mangwon-dong popular again. Its unique door, in the shape of a pink vending machine (by the way, Zapangi is the Korean word for a vending machine) has become Mangwon-dong’s icon. It’s certainly one of the most Instagrammable places in Mangwon-dong, if not the best spot. Other than the funky exterior, Zapangi serves fairytale-like, magical looking menus. Case in point–have a look at their Instagram-worthy rainbow sherbet, topped with a unicorn cookie, and their pink mermaid tin cake topped with a mermaid tale and pearly decorations.

Address: 79 World Cup-ro 13-gil, Mangwon 1(il)-dong, Seoul
Opening hours: Every day 11AM-11PM
Contact: 02-325-8185
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

3. Atmosphere


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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 the month, 12PM-11PM
Contact: 070-8692-4162
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

Bustling Attractions

1. Mangwon Market


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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 

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 

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!

Check out more of Seoul’s hidden gems through our Top 7 Most Instagrammable Places Blog Series! 

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