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Cherry blossoms in full bloom all over the streets color the world pink, signaling the arrival of spring. In spring, when the bright flower paths unfold, more and more people visit Yeontral Park, where you can take a leisurely walk. Unlike the neighboring Hongik University Station, 'Yeonnam-dong', which boasts a relaxed atmosphere, is famous for its many restaurants and cafes that have been renovated to create a new atmosphere. In addition to places full of youthful sensibility, famous restaurants and cafes from overseas are located in Yeonnam-dong, and you can enjoy the unique atmosphere of each alley. It is also close to Chinatown, and there are many long-standing Chinese restaurants, leading the gastronomic trend. Here are 5 of the best emerging restaurants in Yeonnam-dong, a gourmet paradise full of spring flowers.

Restaurants in Yeonnam-dong include Tuk Tuk Noodle Thai, Soi Yeonnam, Banmi Fuong, Mipo-dong, Classy Restaurant, Gamchil, Lang Pass 81, Gentle Kitchen, Yeonnam Drink, Layered, Fairy, Noodle Bum, Loya Toya, Mind, Shim Won, Mongjung-sik, Carlos Restaurant, Chunghwa Bok Chun Gold, Yun Sung-yong Restaurant, I am Autumn, Thanks Auto, Bairsden Bakery, Baratier, Obok Fisheries, Miyazaki Store, Green Pantry, Sea Pasta, Sea Pasta Ha, Al Choc, Persimmon House Restaurant, Sea Company, Yeonnam Dongdae District Baekban, Innosi City, Bonjour Meal, Bemu Chocantina, Fragrance, Sanwang Banten, Anh, Poga, Yakitori, Lilin, Songgane Gamjatang, Coffee Libre, Dinga Cake, Gimpura, Ogun Handmade Croquette, Octa, Yeonnam Salon, Yunsi Grill Room, Wolgang Busan Pork Gukbap, Bemu Chocantina, Cafe Hi-West, GARDEN HOUSE, GARDEN & VERS, Bread Lab, Seodaemun Yakitori, Song Ga, Hongbok, Ow, Bread Anistar, Mandong Confectionery, Himeji, Hello India, Yeonnam Mill, Kinji, Yokocho, Byeongyo, Independent Katsu, Yeonnam Myeon-ok, Gyeongyang Katsu, Lantern Western Restaurant, Kyuzakayamoto, Gyeongyang Maguro, Pancake Road, Slowcurry, Salad Brothers, Horizon Sixteen, Plumpy Donut, SF ELS, cassette, Other rooms and the like are famous.

1. 'Banmi Fuong' in Yeonnam-dong, Seoul, with the same local taste and atmosphere

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Known as one of the top three anti-American restaurants in Hoi An, Vietnam, “Baan My Phuong” is the first overseas branch. The local atmosphere was vividly recreated using materials and props brought from Vietnam. The signature menu is “banmi,” a Vietnamese baguette baked by hand every morning filled with fresh vegetables and meat such as papaya sauce, pate, tomato, and sauce. “Barbeque Banmi,” which contains charcoal-grilled pork, and “Assorted Banmi,” where you can enjoy a combination of various ingredients at once, such as ham, chashu, eggs, and barbecue, are the most popular. The crispy baguette combines juicy meat and sauce with a variety of flavors and textures. There is also a drink menu featuring beans brought from Vietnam, so it's a great place to enjoy dessert after a meal.

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â–²Location: 20 Seongmisan-ro 29-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul

▲Business hours: 11:00 — 21:00 every day

â–²Price: Barbeque half rice 7,000 won, assorted half rice 8,000 won

â–²Review (Shikigami Busan Style): The yellow exterior of the building and the colorful interior make the store itself feel like a photo zone. Banmi bread is delicious on its own, so it's delicious even if you just eat bread. I ate a platter, and the ingredients are very filling, so it's great for a hearty meal!

2. 'Mongjung-sik, 'Seoul' in Yeonnam-dong, Seoul, just like watching a movie

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“Mongchungsik” offers a course meal that combines stories from movies and ancient novels with food. The colorful tableware purchased by the owner while selling items at a Chinese antique store adds to the pleasure of the meal. The theme changes every month, such as Gueunmong and Red Wall War, and dishes based on the concept of the movie “Hwa Yang Yeon Hwa” will be prepared until mid-April. It's also fun to watch unique menu names such as “The Two Main Characters Who Moved to a Hong Kong Apartment,” “The Noodle Collection They Always Met,” and “The Heart of Lee Chen Who Brought Back My Heart,” based on the content of the movie. The “lunch course,” which offers 5 types of food at reasonable prices, and the “dinner course,” which is divided into 3 types according to the composition of the food, are operated on a 100% reservation system.

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â–²Location: 198 Seongmisan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul

▲Opening hours: 12:00 — 21:30 every day, B/T 15:30 — 17:00, closed on Mondays

â–²Price: Lunch course 25,000 won, Hwa Yang Yeon Hwa (dinner C) 95,000 won

â–²Testimonial (Dim Sum Soon-i Shikigami): At the bar, the boss tells a related story every time the food is served, making me feel like I've watched a movie after finishing the meal. It's fun to communicate while asking questions in the middle, and the food is all delicious, so I'd like to visit again next month when a new topic comes up!

3. 'Classy Dinner' in Yeonnam-dong, Seoul, with rich, layered flavors

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“Classic Restaurant” is an Italian restaurant run by a single chef. The interior of the store, decorated using vintage accessories such as frames, lights, and mirrors, exudes an emotional feeling. The signature menu is “lasagna,” which consists of a wide layer of lasagna noodles, beef sauce, and cheese. The rich beef sauce and savory cheese combine to further enhance the flavor. The sauce that gently wraps the lasagna noodles contains plenty of finely minced beef, adding to the fun of chewing. “Squid ink risotto,” which uses squid ink and is served by putting deep-fried squid on top of a black-colored risotto, is also a popular menu. It has a refreshing flavor that combines saltiness and subtle spiciness.

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â–²Location: 65 Yeonhui-ro 1-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul

▲Opening hours: 12:00 — 23:00 every day, B/T 15:00 — 17:00, closed on Tuesdays

â–²Price: Lasagna 16,000 won, squid ink risotto 17,000 won

â–²Testimonial (Free Cat Woman): I liked lasagna, so I went there because it's a famous place. The sauce and ingredients were so generous that I was happy the whole time I ate it. They also have a variety of beers, so I served it with one, and it went perfectly with lasagna!

4. 'Gentle Kitchen' in Yeonnam-dong, Seoul, showcased with Korean ingredients

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“Gentle Kitchen” offers Italian cuisine using Korean ingredients such as soy sauce stew, ginger miso, gondre, and gochujang. Recently, it <놀면뭐하지> is known as the place where Yoo Jae-suk cooked ramen on a TV program and is gaining a lot of popularity. The signature menu, “Halabuji Pasta,” instantly grinds Reggiano cheese over oil pasta flavored with pickled peppers and fresh vegetables. The flavor of pickled peppers soaked in the oil sauce that penetrates deep into the chewy noodles provides a refreshing aftertaste. “Fresh shrimp,” which is shrimp mixed with rich cream sauce and topped with fresh kimchi, is also a popular menu. Fresh ripe kimchi captures the unique texture of the cream and at the same time enhances its crunchy texture.

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â–²Location: 129-4, Donggyo-ro 51-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul

▲Opening hours: 12:00 — 22:00 every day, B/T 15:00 — 17:00, closed on Mondays

â–²Price: Halabuji pasta 18,000 won, fresh shrimp 13,000 won

â–²Testimonial (Shikigami Nike Shoe Girl): Since it's a one-person restaurant, you must make a reservation and visit. I recommend receiving customers in 30-minute increments and going just in time for the reservation time! This is my first time eating halabuji pasta, and I really scrambled it, and the combination of fresh kimchi and shrimp was amazing and delicious!

5. Handmade charcuterie with a rich aroma, 'Lampas 81' in Donggyo-dong, Seoul

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“Lampass 81” is a place run by Chef Gregoire Michot, a sous chef from the famous French restaurant “La Tour d'Argent,” and Chef Jeon Geo, who studied abroad in England. Representing the French tavern Bouchon, she broke the prejudice that French food was expensive and burdensome. You can find food using more than 15 types of homemade charcuterie, such as chorizo, sausage, salami, and pate. The signature menu is “MERGUEZ,” which is served by putting two pieces of lamb sausage on top of a pilaf with spicy tomato sauce. Sausage, which has thick meat particles and a rich meat flavor and chewy flavor, can be enjoyed dipped in sauce or topped on pilaf as a topping. They also have a diverse list of alcoholic beverages that will enhance the taste of food, such as wine, cocktails, beer, and brandy.

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â–²Location: 17-1, Donggyo-ro 30-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul

▲Business hours: Weekdays 12:00 — 00:00; Friday and Saturday 12:00 — 01:00; Sunday 12:00 — 23:00; B/T (weekdays) 14:30 — 17:00

â–²Price: MERGUEZ 25,000 won, SAUISSES AU PARMESAN 24,000 won

â–²Review (Shikigami Eleven): I like charcuterie, so I go all over the place, but it was fun to pick and eat because there are so many varieties here. In particular, MERGUEZ had a very good combination of the unique aroma of lamb and spicy spices.

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