Personal Top 5 Restaurants in Hongdae

There are many so many hot places to visit in Seoul.

However, with convenient transportation, nearby university, and a super heavily populated area,

“Hongdae” ranks as one of the hottest places to hang out with your friends in Seoul.

Restaurants located in Hongdae are almost always crowded. Weekdays.. weekends.. doesn’t matter.

This is where you’ll always find people day and night.

Which means that there are tons and tons of restaurants here.

In fact, there are WAY too much restaurants so it’s hard to find the good ones to go to!

To help you out, I am going to share my “TOP 5” personal favorites in Hongdae!

1) 맛있는 불고기작전 (Delicious Bulgogi Plan)

One of my favorite ‘Dakgalbi’ (spicy stir-fried chicken) places in Seoul!

This flavored chicken comes in a huge pot.

‘Alssam dak bulgogi’ is their main menu.

Best way to enjoy it is to wrap the chicken and the fly fish caviar in this leaf and you stuff it in your mouth.

You’ll be able to taste the various textures in your mouth!

There’s also the ‘Cheese volcano’ if you want to experience a little fun and a special taste.

Address : 36, Wausan-ro 21-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Phone : 02-335-6032
Price : ★★☆☆☆

2) 천이오겹살 (Cheonyi Ohgyeopsal)


A great place to enjoy ‘Samgyupsal’ (Porkbelly). It’s one of the oldest places in Seogyo-dong where you can enjoy either fresh or frozen samgyupsal at a very reasonable price.

When you put flavored green onion and bean sprouts along with the meat on the grill, it looks and tastes AMAZING.

The sound of the sizzling pork and the irresistable smell of the samgyupsal will make you come again and again.

The harmony of the pork and the side dishes is so perfect it will have you craving for it later.

Address : 12, Yanghwa-ro 7-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Phone : 02-325-2920
Price : ★★☆☆☆

3) 디파이브 (D Five)


Best known for their menu, ‘Ice cream Pasta’, D Five is a must visit places for you ladies who appreciate the lovely interiors with pretty colors of the restaurant. It is instagram worthy.

There are many kinds of menus, pasta, steak, pizza…

But you’ll see that 9 out of 10 people order the Ice cream pasta! lol

It’s an interesting visual.. The combination of ice cream and pasta. But it’s not really an ice cream!

It is an ice cream disguised butter. One way to enjoy is to have the pasta with the butter.

Definitely an instagram material menu.

Address : 30, Jandari-ro 6-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Phone : 010-2718-5535
Price : ★★★☆☆

4) 김사또 (Kim Satto)


‘Tteokbokki’ (Spicy rice cakes) special restaurant located right by Sangsu station exit 1.

As you can see the picture, there are many things that go in the pot! Like rice cakes, fish cakes, vegetables, noodles, dumplings, etc!

Their signature menu, ‘Beef tteokbokki’ is a delicious combination of spicy tteokbokki and tasty beef.

Side menu, ‘Butter garlic’ is also a popular choice to have with the tteokbokki.

Anyone looking to try tteokbokki, this is the place to go to!

But be careful if you are not friendly with spicy food! This will hurt you…

Address : 39, Wausan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Phone : 02-325-6362
Price : ★★☆☆☆

5) 나일롱부엌 (Nylon Kitchen)


Nylon Kitchen didn’t start with a bang but through SNS and word of mouth, it became of the hottest places in Hongdae.

Specializing in ‘Hamburg katsu’, the overall interior and outerior of the restaurant has a Japanese atmosphere.

Having mini props as decorations, it really adds to the Japanese feeling.

Their best menus are ‘Spawn of pollack avocado rice’, ‘Chicken cream stew’ and 3 types of hamburg katsu.

The hamburg katsu is fantastic here. The patty is densely packed with minced meat which is then fried for that extra crispiness.

Inside the katsu, you’ll see it filled with cheese, potato, cream, etc.

Highly recommend if you haven’t tried it yet!

Address : 41, Mapo-daero 4ra-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Phone : 010-8382-8551
Price : ★★☆☆☆

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