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Gangnam, Hongdae and Itaewon. Leaving the center, which is always crowded with many people, today I would like to introduce a slightly strange neighborhood in the northwestern part of Seoul. It's fun to explore every corner of the alley as if you were traveling alone, and there's a small food stall where you can fill your stomach with light pockets. Also, there is a cafe owner who is comfortable speaking to awkward customers. There are 5 places like Sarangbang in the neighborhood located near Hongje Station and Sajeol Station.


1. Get used to the slowness, cafe “Donggam”

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If you take exit 3 of Sajeol Station and walk up the alley, you will come across a cafe called “Donggam.” Stylish interior accessories and a homemade wooden dining table further add to the atmosphere. The popular menu is “ice cream,” which is rich coffee topped with sweet ice cream and soft cream. The “banana latte” made by grinding real bananas, the “honey latte” with honey instead of syrup, and the “yogurt” topped with plenty of granola and mango are also popular menus.

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â–²Location: 165-5 Sinsa-dong, Eunpyeong-gu â–²Business hours: Monday-Saturday 08:00 to 21:00, Sunday 12:00 to 21:00 â–²Price: Ice cream 5,000 won, yogurt 4,000 won â–²Review (Shikigami Lc3 clown l): I asked if there was a blanket because it was a bit chilly, and they brought me what was hanging on the wall lol I thought it was just an interior decoration! The boss said he made the table himself, and the boss touched everything, so it looked like they were attached to it.

2. “Mama handmade dumplings” made by hand

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A Chinese restaurant famous for its handmade dumplings. Every day, they sell a variety of homemade dumplings, steamed dumplings, and grilled dumplings. Among them, “grilled meat dumplings,” “celery dumplings,” and “shrimp dumplings” are popular. Another signature dish, “Shandong jajangmyeon,” is a homemade jajangmyeon made by fermenting and maturing soybeans directly from mama dumplings for 3 years, and is characterized by its non-irritating flavor. In addition, various dishes such as XO fried rice, fried eggplant, and pork belly are also available.

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â–²Location: 336-3 Sinsa-dong, Eunpyeong-gu â–²Opening hours: 11:00 to 23:00 every day, closed on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month â–²Price: Meat dumplings 5,000 won, Shandong jajangmyeon 7,500 won â–²Review (Shikigami Yata): I recommend this Chinese restaurant. Prices are cheaper than other places, but the food quality is excellent and overall clean. It's a place famous for its homemade dumplings, and all the other menus are fine.

3. Sweet Hongje-dong Sarangbang, 'My Dear Sweet'

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It's a small dessert shop located in Hongje-dong, where you can enjoy scones and cakes prepared slightly differently every day, pancakes baked at the same time as you order, and French toast. Currently, the most popular menu is the “soybean flour pancake,” which is a moist, soft pancake topped with plenty of savory soy sauce. You can enjoy it even more if you eat it with sweet and refreshing cream and homemade vanilla syrup.

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â–²Location: 52-10, Segeong-ro, Seodaemun-gu â–²Business hours: Wednesday to Sunday 11:00 to 20:00, every Monday and Tuesday, closed on the first Wednesday of every month â–²Price: Pancake (plain) 12,000 won, brioche French toast 12,000 won â–²Review (Green apple pencil): Honestly, I think pancakes are the best in Seoul… It's moist, so it melts in your mouth as soon as you put it in your mouth!!!!!! If you also pour homemade vanilla syrup on it and eat it, it's a real heaven

4. Grandma's Tteokbokki Tteokbokki, 'House of Love'

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A tteokbokki specialty store with 40 years of tradition located in front of Hongje Station Elementary School. It was broadcast by Master of Life, and the sauce made by the grandmother herself is the secret to the flavor. The popular menu is tteokbokki with chewy noodles and sari added. There are also many people who add yaki-dumplings, eggs, and ramen sari. Tteokbokki, which has a soft texture and the mild spiciness of pepper, has a sweet flavor that appeals to the palate.

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â–²Location: 42, Seomuseo-gil, Seodaemun-gu â–²Opening hours: 10:30 to 20:30 â–²Price range: Tteokbokki 2,500 won, chewy noodles sari 2,000 won â–²Review (Shikigin Daeok Na Seon-hwan): I don't know if they cooked it together from the beginning, but it was nice that the chewy noodles were well seasoned. Even though they say the price is higher than it used to be, it's 2500 won, hehe, be sure to order fried dumplings in addition to sari. It's really delicious because it's chewy together

5. A restaurant outside the downtown area, 'relaxation'

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“Relax” is a fusion restaurant located in a quiet place away from downtown Yeokchon-dong. The compact interior is full of postcards and cute accessories on the walls. The signature menu is “relaxation pasta” and “soy sauce cream tteokbokki,” which are made with seafood and beef based on soy sauce soup. Other popular dishes include the moist “chicken steak,” “seafood cream pasta,” and “beef three-layer rice bowl.” It's open until late, so it's a great place to go with a drink along with a quick snack.

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â–²Location: 19-30 Yeokchon-dong, Eunpyeong-gu â–²Business hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 16:00 to 01:00, Friday 12:00 to 1:00, Saturday and Sunday, 12:0 to 23:00, closed every Wednesday â–²Price range: Rest pasta 9,000 won, soy sauce cream tteokbokki 12,000 won â–²Review (On the way home from work to Shikishin): I ordered tteokbokki with red pepper powder, but it was different from regular tteokbokki, and it was delicious. I stir-fried it like oil tteokbokki, but it's spicier and more chewy! Next time I'll come over at night and have a beer.



 
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