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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This cute and quirky restaurant, Hickory Maeul, serves up fusion Korean dishes 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. Bahn Mi Phuong

 

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Bahn Mi Phuong, is a Vietnamese restaurant that is famous for having delicious bahn mi, which is a Vietnamese baguette sandwich. It’s also one of the most popular photo spots in Yeonnam-dong because its building and interior design make you feel like you are actually in Vietnam! If you pass by this colorful yellow building, try their yummy bahn mi. There are also terrace seats available on the 2nd and 3rd floor, where you can bring your pets as well.

  • Address: 241-30 Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
  • Opening hours: Every day 11AM-9PM
  • Contact: 02-3144-1898
    *Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

3. Bali Moon

Catch two birds with one stone by heading to this tropical eatery at the center of the city. Bali Moon 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 12PM-9PM (Break Time: 3PM-5PM on Weekdays & 3PM-5:30PM on Weekends)
  • Contact: 070-7774-8282
    *Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

Yeonnam-Dong’s Hipster Bars 

1. Dirty Pink

 

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Dirty Pink is a popular wine bar with a pink neon sign interior and hipster vibes. It’s famous for having a wide range of wine, champagne, cocktail, and whisky options at reasonable prices. It’s also known for playing goods LP songs that give a romantic mood to the bar. If you are looking for a trendy with a unique atmosphere, this place is highly recommended! It’s around 20 minutes from Honik Univ subway station on foot. 

  • Address: 254 Donggyo-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
  • Opening hours: Every day 7PM-3AM
  • Contact: 010-7220-3072
    *Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

2. Makgeollism Yeonnam

 

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Serving cocktails based on Makgeolli, 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: 3F, 384-7 Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
  • Opening hours: Mon-Thu 6PM-12AM, Fri-Sun 6PM-1AM
  • Contact: 02-336-3847
    *Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

Yeonnam-Dong’s Quirky Cafes 

1. Greem Cafe

 

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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: Wed-Sun 12PM-8PM (Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays)
  • Contact: 010-2612-8103
    *Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

2. Maison Mirabelle

 

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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-8:30PM
  • Contact: 070-4155-4444
    *Opening hours are subject to change at the owner’s discretion

3. Pan Honesta Yeonnam

 

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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 at how decadent and delicious all these desserts taste! 

  • Address: 2F, 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 & Activities

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

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. 

3. Make Your Own Cosmetics

During this class, you will make your own cosmetics with the best ingredients and colors for you. You can choose either skincare products or lipsticks with EWG 1 rated safe ingredients. If you choose skincare product making class, you will make 2 lip balms, skin toner, and serum. If you choose to make lipsticks, you will find the best color for you with 20 colors drape and make 2 lipsticks with different shades with 100% natural oil. 

4. Make Your Own Custom Accessories

By joining this workshop, you will get to make a one-of-a-kind ring, necklace, or bracelet with your friends, family, or lover. You can even add laser engravings or color birthstones to make your accessories more special. If you book a couple package for 2 people, you will get 2 rings, 2 silver cleaners, and 2 beverages. If you book a friendship package for 4 people, you will get 4 rings, 4 silver cleaners, 4 laser engravings, and 4 beverages.

5. Make Your Own Phone/Pencil/Jewelry Case

Grab the one and only chance to make these cute customized and personalized phone cases, pencil cases, or jewelry cases! There are 800 types of accessories and different colors of pens so that you can make your own unique and fancy cases. It can be a good souvenir for yourself or a special gift for your loved ones.


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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