Known as the Brooklyn of Seoul, Seongsu-dong shares a similar kind of history and atmosphere of its American counterpart. Seongsu-dong was also once an industrial town in Seoul, full of shoe-making factories. As these factories shut down, it soon became a ghost-town. But now, young entrepreneurs and artists have moved into this industrial town and jazzed up its old, cranky locations into a cultural melting pot. Can’t wait to see how these oily factories and garages transformed into hipster cafes and attractions? Keep on reading our list of the most Instagrammable places in Seongsu-dong.

To get to Seongsu-dong:
Take the metro to Seongsu Station for most restaurants and cafes, and Seoul Forest Station to visit Seoul Forest. Or, take the metro to Ttukseom Resort Station and exit from Exit 2 to get to Han River Park. 


Restaurants

1. Seasons

 

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In this wooden, minimal, rustic space, Seasons, you will experience the most clean and flavorful Korean dishes. They serve local dishes and spirits from various parts of Korea, using fresh ingredients. You won’t find a giant refrigerator here, since they use ingredients that arrive on that same day. Although they have options from all over Korea, the chef recommends their rice set. If a chef recommends such a classic rice dish, you can probably assume that their food is good–after all, it’s all down to the basic building blocks that create a specialty menu.

Address: 19 Yeonmujang 13(sipsam)-gil, Seongsu 2(i)-ga 3(sam)-dong, Seoul
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 6PM-12AM
Contact: 010-5125-7114
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

2. Market On Off

 

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Owned by a nutritionist, Market On Off is a food shop and a restaurant all in one. On the first floor, you can pick up cleansing, detox products, and on the second floor, you can taste their well-planned, nutritious Korean meals. Their meals resemble what our grandparents would prepare for us when we visit: lots of small side dishes made with fresh veggies, fish and meats, with a steamy bowl of rice. Although they serve healthy foods, all of their menus are absolutely delicious, shaking up the typical stereotype of “healthy foods”.

Address: 43 Seoulsup 2(i)-gil, Seongsu-dong 1(il)-ga, Seoul
Opening hours: Every day except Sunday, 11:30AM-2PM, 5PM-8PM  
Contact: 02-497-3535
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

3. Seoul Forest Scorched Rice Roasted Chicken

 

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You’ll get to try out a completely different “fried chicken” at this restaurant. To start with, their chicken is roasted perfectly, slightly crunchy on the outside, but tender on the inside. What’s more, is that it’s covered with nurungji, some crispy scorched rice. You can also choose from their many deluxe toppings, so go enjoy this crunchy delight!

Address: 10 Wangsimniro 5(o)-gil, Seongsu-dong 1(il)-ga, Seoul
Opening hours: Weekdays 4PM-12AM, weekends 3PM-12AM,
Contact: 02-462-9920
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

4. TBD

 

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“To Be Determined” might be what this acronym means, but I certainly think this is a “Très Bon Diner”– meaning “very good restaurant” in French. Acronyms aside, TBD offers a casual wine-and-dine experience. They serve simple dishes that retain the flavor of their quality ingredients, and a good natural wine selection. Try their roasted eggplants or gnocchi as a foolproof choice!

Address: 6 Yeonmujang-gil, Seongsu-dong 1(il)-ga, Seoul 
Opening hours: Every day except Monday, 12PM-3PM (Coffee & Sandwich) 6PM-12AM (Wine & Dine) 
Contact: 02-465-3334
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

5. Three of Us

 

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Set up by three culinary school graduates, Three of us is an interesting restaurant that serves Asian street food. They’ve jazzed up quick and easy Asian street food into something you’d sit down to savor at a nice diner.  Not only can you try unique, uncommon Asian small dishes but you can also try tons of different spirits. This restaurant certainly offers gorgeous menus that you’ll remember even after your trip ends.

Address: 41-18 Yeonmujang-gil, Seongsu 2(i)-ga 3(sam)-dong, Seoul
Opening hours: Every day except Monday, 11:30AM-3PM, 5PM-12AM
Contact: 02-461-1233
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion


Cafes

1. Or.Er

 

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Or.Er has been there even before Seongsu-dong became such a popular cafe district. But this isn’t a regular cafe that just serves all-right coffee and mediocre desserts. Well, yes, its first and second floors house the cozy cafe with good coffee and dessert, but its third floor is more special–it houses the “Or.Er. Archive”. This place is open for people who come in for classes, seminars, and more. It truly captures the core of Seongsu-dong, a cultural melting pot.

Address: 18 Yeonmujang-gil, Seongsu-dong 1(il)-ga, Seoul
Opening hours: Every day 11AM-11PM (Lat order 10:30)
Contact: 02-462-0018
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

2. Victoria Bakery

 

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The previously Daegu-based bakery, Victoria Bakery, was long waited by cafe-lovers in Seoul. They mainly specialize in English style doughnuts, decorated in its simple and quirky style with some fruits. Other than doughnuts though, they also sell Banoffee pie, crumbles, cakes, scones and cookies, all in a home-baked style. Not only is this one of the most Instagrammable places in Seongsu dong, but it’s also a wonderful place to chit-chat and relax in the middle of your trip, at their outdoor table.

Address: 18-7 Seoulsup 2(i)-gil, Seongsu-dong 1(il)-ga, Seoul
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 12PM-7PM
Contact: 02-6012-9878
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

3. Onion

 

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There are lots of large cafes in Seongsu-dong that’s been remodeled from factories or garages. Among those, Onion was built in an old building from the 1970s that has been used as a supermarket, restaurant, and a factory. This simple, minimalist, and run-down place, is almost poetic. There’s certainly a charm in their layers of paint marks and bricks, something that a newly built, sparkling-clean space can never offer. By the way, their selection of pastries and breads are to die for!

Address: 8 Achasan-ro 9(gu)-gil, Seongsu-dong 2(i)-ga, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: Weekdays 8AM-10PM (Last order 9:30), Weekends 10AM-10PM (Last order 9:30)
Contact: 02-1644-1941
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

4. Blue Bottle

 

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Last but not least, there’s Blue Bottle, one of the trendiest cafes from California. As the first Blue Bottle cafe in Korea, at its first opening date, people waited four hours to try their hyped coffee. Order their freshly-roasted, classic Americano or Espresso. You can also watch the baristas hand-drip your fresh and fragrant cup of coffee at their signature drip bar lined up with coffee drippers. Check this place out to see if it’s worth waiting four hours for.

Address: 7 Achasan-ro, Seongsu-dong 1(il)-ga, Seoul
Opening hours: Every day 8AM-8PM
Contact: 02-6212-6998
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion


Attractions

1. Ttukseom Han River Park

 

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How about a visit to a nearby Han River Park, with the photo spot “I Seoul U” sign? Enjoy some breeze and the sun, among some much-needed greenery at the Ttukseom Han River Park. Enjoy the beautiful Han river by just lounging about, having a picnic, or doing some fun leisure sports. I recommend spending a day kayaking at Han River, before you head over to the gorgeous cafe in the late afternoon.

Address: 427-1 Jayang-dong, Seoul

2. Seongsu Yeonbang

 

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This arty complex, Seongsu Yeonbang, holds a number of small food “factories”, at the heart of Seongsu-dong. For visitors, it is a “culture and lifestyle” complex that supports individual artists and small local brands. Here, you can find almost anything, from small food stores to bookstores to art shops! What’s more is that on the third floor, you can visit their cafe and an entertainment space where various cultural programs and talks are held. Enjoy all that Korean contemporary culture can offer. By the way, take a snap at their photo spot that’s decorated with seasonal flowers!

Address: 14 Seongsuiro 14(sipsa)-gil, Seongsu-dong 2(i)-ga, Seoul 
Opening hours: Every day 11AM-10PM
Contact: 070-8866-0213
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

3. Daelim Changgo (Daelim Warehouse)

 

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It was really difficult to categorize this place: Built in an old, red brick building that was once a warehouse, Daelim Changgo is now a cafe, gallery, art and decor shop, and an event and seminar hall. A local architect and furniture designer immediately fell in love with this 50-year-old building, and transformed it into a cultural melting pot that shares hidden arts with the rest of the world.

Address: 78 Seongsui-ro, Seongsu-dong 2(i)-ga, Seoul 
Opening hours: Every day 11AM-11PM
Contact: 02-499-9669
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

4. Seoul Forest

 

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If you want to lay among nature and feel the breeze under the glowing sun, Seoul Forest is the right place to be. Along with Han River, this is probably one of the best picnic spots that you can enjoy some nature at, in this metropolitan city. Pick a day with nice weather, and head to Seoul Forest with a few friends to chat over chirping birds and rustling leaves!

Address: 273 Ttukseom-ro, Seongsu-dong 1(il)-ga, Seoul 


Did you enjoy the industrial yet culturally rich Seongsu-dong’s hotspots? ? Continue experiencing the old, industrial Korea at Euljiro, or enjoy more cafe-hopping at Mangwon-dong! Alternatively, choose your destination from this complete list of Instagram-worthy hidden gems in Seoul!

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