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'Hapjeong' is located halfway between Hongik University Station and Sangsu Station. Unlike the two noisy neighborhoods, it has a quiet and laid-back charm. Recently, stores with star chefs and places selected in the Michelin Guide have sprung up, and the number of people visiting this area has increased significantly. Hapjeong has a lot of fun searching not only for famous restaurants, but also hidden places deep in the alleys. From brunch cafes where you can enjoy a space full of green plants to Italian restaurants where you can enjoy local flavors if you miss Italy you've been to! Let's go on a gourmet tour to Hapjeong, which has a cozy atmosphere like your own hideaway.


Famous places in Hapjeong in Hongdae include cafes and bakeries such as Anthracite, Urban Plant, Dango Restaurant, Thank You for Coming, Gelati Gelati, Bread Made by the Body, Pobby Basic, Humming Bella, Bakery Cafe Aoihana, Madam Tiramisu, Italian and Western restaurants such as Panello, Osteria Sam Kim, Camilo Lazaneria, Cento Percento, Pizza Never Sleeps, Spaccanapoli, Palo Pizza, New York, New York, The Famous Burger, Udon Restaurant Gyodaiya, Udon Kaden, Genroku Udon, Ramen Restaurant Ittengo, Ramen at the End of the World, Oreno Ramen, Gil Ramen, Dam Taek, Tsukemen Gourmet Menmen, Korean Restaurant, Shin Kimchi Samgyeopsal, Hapjeong-ok, Okdong-sik, Donsa-don, Dongmu Meal, Hogye-sik, Freezer, Mapo Dumpling, and Japanese restaurants include Jeong Kwang-soo's Tonkatsu Shop, Fusion Sundae, Ke Jeong Kang-soo's Tonkatsu Shop, Fusion Bar, Ke Jeong Sang Lazy Katsu, Ozawa, Kuishinbo, Moonrise, Locanda Monroe, Kawakatsu, lamb restaurant Ichiryu, Hitsujiya, Vietnamese style little papo, and whiskey cocktail bar Distil are famous. Here are 5 of the best restaurants in Hapjeong where romance flows between Hongdae and Sangsu.

1. “Centopercento” in Seogyo-dong, a bowl prepared with care

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“Cento Percento” is the second restaurant opened by Chef Kim Nak-young of “Camillo Lasaneria,” which specializes in lasagna. The moment you open the door, the scent of stew wafting around your nose encourages you to walk into the store. If you order stew, a refreshing olive oil-based salad, store-baked shower dough, and focaccia bread will be prepared together. The signature menu is “Stew Manjo,” where beef is mixed in red wine and simmered until thick, then chopped potatoes, carrots, broccoli, and cherry tomatoes are added and boiled one more time. The soup, which combines the umami of beef and the sweet flavor derived from vegetables, is excellent. You can also soak the bread served before the meal in the stew and eat it together.

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▲Location: 382-14, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul

▲Business hours: 12:00 — 21:30 every day, B/T (weekdays) 14:30 — 18:00, B/T (weekends) 15:00 — 17:00, closed on Mondays

▲Price: Stew Mancho (dinner) 18,000 won, Stew Polo (dinner) 16,000 won

▲Testimonial (My older brother's feet smell bad): If stew were tasty, how delicious would it be? It's a place that really clearly shook those thoughts. Bread is also included, so you can have a very hearty meal with just one bowl~

2. “Crazy Katsu” in Hapjeong-dong, a juicy gravy that fills your mouth

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“Crazy Katsu” offers authentic Japanese style pork cutlets. Clean pork from Jeju is coated with yeast salt and then aged in ice temperature, so you can enjoy the tender texture of the meat. The signature menu, “Special roast cutlet teishoku,” is a premium sirloin cut that contains pork ribs and pork shank, deep-fried and then cut into thick slices. As soon as you take a bite of the pork cutlet, you can feel the moist juiciness that pops out. Since lean meat and fat are mixed in an appropriate ratio, the soft texture and savory flavor blend pleasantly. The Himalayan rock salt that comes with pork cutlet sauce plays a strong role as licorice that enhances the natural flavor of the meat.

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▲Location: 1st floor, 44, Poeun-ro 2na-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul

▲Business hours: 11:00 — 21:30 every day, B/T 15:00 — 17:00

▲Price: Special roscatsu set meal 16,000 won, platter meal 16,000 won

▲Review (Shikigin Beginnergain): As someone who loves Japanese pork cutlets, this is the most delicious pork cutlet I've ever eaten! Personally, I like to try this and that, but I always eat a set meal where you can eat roast, tenderloin, and minced meat all at once! The wait is long, so it's best to visit early!

3. Refreshingly rich soup, Seogyo-dong's “ramen at the end of the world”

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“Ramen at the End of the World” is located near Exit 2 of Hapjeong Station. This place divides ramen sizes based on toppings rather than the amount of noodles. They are segmented from the S size, which only serves noodles and broth, to the R size with sous vide neck, chicken breast, and menma (bamboo shoots) on top, and the L size with eggs added to it. The signature menu is “first ramen,” which is a mixture of chicken broth and seafood broth mixed with thin noodles. Starting with the rich umami that comes from between the noodles, the refreshing finish is appealing. “Miso Pitan,” which uses homemade Japanese miso in chicken broth to make the most of its savory yet rich flavor, is also a popular menu. Please note that Miso Pytan sells a limited edition of 10 bowls each for lunch and dinner.

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▲Location: 6-5 Yanghwa-ro 7-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul

▲Opening hours: 11:30 — 22:00 every day, B/T 15:00 — 17:00, closed on Mondays

▲Price: First ramen (R) 7,000 won, Miso Python 9,000 won

▲Testimonial (Shikigin Lucky Pakpak's): I saw the effort to add the right ingredients for each type of ramen. For the first ramen, use thin noodles, put the white part of the green onion, and put the green part of the green onion at the end to make you feel the scent of the green onions even better! It's best to eat warm ramen with a cool draft beer or highball added together.

4. Enjoy brunch in a fresh atmosphere, Hapjeong-dong 'Urban Plant'

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“Urban Plant” was remodeled from a house and reborn as a brunch cafe. The green plants placed all over the store create a fresh atmosphere. The signature menu, “Urban Omelette,” comes with a yellow omelette folded in the shape of a half moon, salad, sour cream, and a slice of bread. The fluffy omelette was filled with avocado, bacon, and tomatoes. If you wrap all the ingredients in an egg and eat it in one bite, the soft avocado, tomato, and chewy bacon blend into a variety of flavors and textures. In addition to the brunch menu, they also have a variety of drinks and dessert menus where you can enjoy tea time casually.

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▲Location: 3, Dokmak-ro 4-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul

▲Opening hours: 10:00 — 23:00 every day

▲Price: Urban omelette 14,000 won, fresh watermelon fresh fruit juice 7,000 won

▲Testimonial (dog cat_dog): The entrance to the store is already famous as a photo zone, but the interior of the store is also full of emotion with wooden tables and white cloth, so it's a great place to take pictures, and it's a great place for a date. There are so many green plants that you can feel refreshed just by looking at them.

5. Just like the local flavors of Italy, 'Panello' in Seogyo-dong

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“Panello” is an Italian restaurant run by a couple. The boss and his wife travel to Italy once a year and work hard to develop a menu to recreate local flavors. The signature menu is “Truffle Taliolini,” which is made from raw noodles made by adding only truffle powder and egg yolk to wheat flour. After the dough was vacuum-treated and aged, it was rolled out several times to create a chewy yet elastic texture. You can enjoy the rich flavor of truffles and mushrooms by adding a special sauce made by adding dried porcini, shiitake mushrooms, and mushroom mushrooms in water melted with butter. Along with pasta, wood-fired pizza baked in a wood-fired oven certified by the Neapolitan Pizza Association is also a favorite.

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▲Location: 29, Eoulmadang-ro 5-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul

▲Business hours: 18:00 to 23:00 on weekdays, 12:00 to 22:00 on Saturdays, 12:00 to 21:00 on Sundays, B/T (weekends) 16:00 to 17:00, closed on Mondays

▲Price: Truffle Taliolini 29,000 won, Burrata Pizza 35,000 won

▲Testimonial (I'm hungry for sweet crab): I visited this place because it was introduced as a pasta restaurant during the demand dinner party. I ate the most famous truffle pasta, and I was able to really taste what truffles are. I also ordered a burrata pizza, and when I tore burrata cheese and put it on the pizza, the rich flavor unique to cheese went well with the ingredients. Each and every food is of high quality, so I think it would be a good place to come when someone wants to treat them.

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