Cozy cafes and restaurants in old houses, bustling with young cafe-hoppers… Visit one of the hippest cafe districts in Seoul.
Yeonnam-dong has long been a small, quiet residential area next to the bustling Hongdae. Recently, artists started to move into this cozy town. Since then, Yeonnam-dong is growing with artsy cafes and restaurants. With the quirky cafes, comes a wave of young visitors who comes in to try and take a snap of the gorgeously Instagrammable places in Yeonnam-dong. Now, Yeonnam-dong offers hundreds of cafes and restaurants, hidden in its narrow alleyways. So, to relieve you from all the exploring, us locals have compiled a list of the top Instagrammable places in Yeonnam-dong you must visit if you’re a fervent Instagram lover.

To get to Yeonnam-dong:
Exit from Hongik University subway station exit 3, and walk North

Yeonnam-Dong’s Trendy Restaurants  

1. Hickory Maeul 


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히코리마을(@hickorymaeul)님의 공유 게시물님,

This cute and quirky restaurant, Hickory Maeul, serves up fusion Korean dish in the most comforting environment. All of their menus are smoked with hickory trees, so their smokey fragrance is unmatched by any other restaurant in the area. Their plating is absolutely Instagram worthy, and of course, their food is so tasty – I’m drooling as I think about them! Go order their set menu for home-cooked style side dishes. 

Address: 42 Donggyo-ro 46-gil, Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul 
Opening hours: Every day, 11:30AM – 9:30PM
Contact: 02-6405-2846 
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

2. When You Miss Your Mother’s Home Cooking


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밥해주는남자 BAPNAM(@bapnam_2012)님의 공유 게시물님,

When You Miss Your Mother’s Home Cooking, a fairly spacious restaurant in Yeonnam-dong, offers their own unique variations of the Korean staple – Tteokbokki, a spicy rice cake dish. This restaurant is often quoted by top Korean celebrities as their go-to restaurant in Seoul for their awesome quality food, service and atmosphere. Here, this Korean staple is topped with a whole fresh squid, roasted pork belly, and so much more. Go pay a visit to discover all the tasty options they offer!

Address: 152 Seongmisan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul 
Opening hours: Every day except Sunday, 11AM – 1AM
Contact: 02-324-9802
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

3. Ballimun


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발리문. Balimoon(@balimoon_seoul)님의 공유 게시물님,

Catch two birds with one stone by heading to this tropical eatery at the center of the city. Ballimun is an Insta-famous location, known for their Bali interior and their mouth-drooling dishes with the most perfect sunny-side-up eggs. You’ll see Instagram-loving locals snapping away at the restaurant’s nooks and crannies, with all their tropical decorations. I’ve heard they even use trending music in Bali – so head over for a unique atmosphere!

Address: 248-1 Donggyo-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul 
Opening hours: Every day except Monday, 12PM – 3PM & 5:30PM-9PM 
Contact: 070-7774-8282
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

Yeonnam-Dong’s Hipster Bars 

1. Bar Platform Yeonnam


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Bar Platform(@barplatform)님의 공유 게시물님,

Inspired by the Orient Express, you’ll be immediately transported to 19th century Europe as you enter Bar Platform Yeonnam. This Instagrammable place in Yeonnam-dong is an absolutely eye-catching destination to head to on your Friday night. With windows displaying realistic views of European landscapes, and with a flavorful glass of whisky in hand, you’ll feel like you’re on a whirlwind holiday back in the past. 

Address: 262-6 Donggyo-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul 
Opening hours: Every day except Monday, 7PM-2AM 
Contact: 070-4006-6915
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

2. Makgeollism Yeonnam



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연남동막걸리즘 MAKGEOLLISM(@makgeollism)님의 공유 게시물님,

Serving cocktails based on Makgeolli, a traditional Korean alcohol, Makgeollism is a trendy hotspot in Yeonnam-dong. With stylish neon-signs decorating the cozy interior, you can enjoy the old Korean favorite in this hip, modern environment. You’ll feel like you’re part of the hip, young generation of Korea as you glance over their menu with tons of new flavor variations of the traditional Makgeolli! I recommend trying out their Makgeolli champagne and fruit flavored Makgeolli! 

Address: 33-21, Donggyo-ro 38-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 6PM-12AM, Sat-Sun 16PM-1AM
Contact: 02-336-3847
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

Yeonnam-Dong’s Quirky Cafes 

1. Cafe Yeonnam 223-14


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그림 cafe YND 223-14 / 2Dcafe(@ynd239.20_cafe)님의 공유 게시물님,

Dive right into a two-dimensional cartoon page at this hip cafe – Cafe Yeonnam 223-14. Enjoy their adorable strawberry cupcakes and their signature “choco-choco latte” that are served in the cutest cup you’ll come across. You’ll feel like a quirky cartoon character who loves to cafe-hop around Seoul. Make sure to snap a photo to post on Instagram since you’re at arguably the hottest cafe in Seoul! 

Address: 161-10, Seongmisan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul 
Opening hours: Every day 11AM-9PM (Last order 8:30PM)
Contact: 010-5870-8633
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

2. Maison Mirabelle


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로즈의 진지한 카페투어(@sssuerose)님의 공유 게시물님,

Maison Mirabelle serves up amazing artisan cakes and drinks you’ll absolutely drool over. You’ll be astonished by their fairy tale-esque cake selection as you sneak a peak and scroll down on their gorgeous Instagram page. Their clean but quirky interior is a perfect place to chill between your tour destinations. Select your dream-come-true dessert from their hand-drawn menu, and get ready to post it on the ‘gram when they are served!

Address: 29-9 Seongmisan-ro 29-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul 
Opening hours: Every day 12PM-9PM 
Contact: 070-4155-4444
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

3. Pan Honesta Yeonnam


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빵어니스타/정직한빵 : 내가 먹기 위해 만든 건강한 빵(@panhonesta)님의 공유 게시물님,

Are you a health-conscious dessert lover? As ironic as that sounds, why not have something good for your body even if you’re going for a dessert? Head over to Pan Honesta Yeonnam for their vegan desserts, made out of all things good: oat milk, premium coconut sugar, tofu, and organic matcha. With all that “unhealthy” stuff taken out of your dessert, you’ll be amazed how decadent and delicious all these desserts taste! 

Address: 153-13 Seongmisan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul 
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12PM-10PM, Sat 12PM-9PM
Contact: 02-336-7768
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

Yeonnam-Dong’s Popular Attractions 

1. Gyeongui Line Forest Park


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Want to spend some time outdoors feeling the sun and the breeze? Take a seat at the so-called “Yeontral-Park”, a small patch of green space  (of course, don’t expect a full-blown, proper park around this crazy area of Seoul) on your way to Yeonnam-dong from Hongik Univ. Station. Built on where the Gyeongui Railway Line once used to pass through,  this mini park is open to visitors. Grab something to snack on, or some beer, to enjoy the small block of greenery in the city to the fullest!

Address: Yanghwa-ro 21-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul 

2. Neon Sign Workshops


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홍대청년공방(@hongdaeneon)님의 공유 게시물님,

Yeonnam-dong is also home to lots of quirky artists, so there are many cool workshops to join in. Try this quirky neon sign workshop to bring home a hand-made gift from Seoul that captures the city’s bustling, modern atmosphere. With a professional by your side, you’ll be able to craft an awesome piece. Perhaps visit with your friend or your significant other to create a meaningful piece that would last forever! Make sure to book in advance. 

Address: 237 Donggyo-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul 
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 3PM-10PM, Sat-Sun 1PM-10PM (Last reservation 7PM)
Contact: 010-4622-7606, IG DM @aboutmod7606
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

3. L’eau Magique


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로매지크 l 𝕝𝕖𝕒𝕦 𝕞𝕒𝕘𝕚𝕢𝕦𝕖(@leaumagique)님의 공유 게시물님,

Nothing reminds me of a memory more than a unique scent. Get yourself a unique perfume at L’eau Magique to remind you of the memories you made in Seoul when you go back home. Spritz it any time to reminisce over your journey in Seoul! Make a reservation in advance to hand-craft your own, one-and-only bottle of perfume with a professional perfumer. Or, walk in anytime to have their perfumer recommend scents that perfectly match your image.

Address: 42 Donggyo-ro 38-gil, Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul 
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 12PM-10PM
Contact: 02-3141-1981
*Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

Enjoyed having a mini photo-shoot in these Instagrammable places in Yeonnam-dong? Head over to your next Instagrammable destination to snap away some more. Try Euljiro for a hipster, industrial vibe, or Jamsil for more hidden gems in a laid-back residential town. Or check out the full list of Instagrammable places in Seoul!

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

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