There’s plenty of things to do in Hongdae making it a popular hangout spot for young adults. Located near a few of Seoul’s colleges makes Hongdae the mecca of nightlife, shopping, cafes, and activities. You can spend multiple days exploring the area and it’s a great place to go whether you’re visiting or living in Seoul.
Check our picks for the best things to do in Hongdae.
Eating is one of the best things to do in Hongdae! Being a popular night spot, there are tons of restaurants filling every corner of this place. Whether you are looking for western food or Korean food, you can find your fix here making it one of the best places to go in Seoul for some grub.
Burger B – delicious burger and beer restaurant. 363-28 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
HakataBunko – Japanese ramen with the famous Hakata tonkatsu broth. 93-28 Sangsu-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Daknalda – Grilled chicken served with vegetables, rice cake, spicy sauce, and cheese restaurant with military inspired interior. 361-17 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Monster Pizza– delicious night spot to get NY style pizza by the slice! 363-1 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
From small $1 crazy sock stores, street vendors selling the latest trendy clothing, brands like Forever21 and H&M, local boutiques, and cosmetic stores, Hongdae’s got it all. We love buying kitchy, crazy socks here as well as visiting stores like 1300k who sell all kinds of fun novelty items, collectors items like Studio Ghibli or little figurines, and stationary throughout their three locations in Hongdae.
1300K – shop full of cute and quirky gifts including stationary, toys, fashion accessories, household items, and random gifts. 358-58 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Style Nanda– Fashion clothing store featuring vintage clothing, famous brands, and their own label including their own cosmetic line. 335-21 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Object -2 storey unique gift shop full of accessories and small gifts featuring local designers. 400-1 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Artbox – cute stationary store full of fun gifts, household items, and cosmetics. 1 Wausan-ro 21-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
This area attracts people not only for food and shopping, but because there are fun things to do in Hongdae as well besides eat and shop! Check out the latest movie at their CGV theatre or watch street performers show off their talents. Maybe you want to show off your vocals at a fancy Noreabang (karaoke room).
Trick Eye Museum – Interactive museum where you pose with the paintings on the wall to look like you’re a part of the art. 20, Hongik-ro 3-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Nanta – Korean non verbal musical performance about cooks preparing meals. B2F, 357-4, Seokyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
There are TONS of cafes spread throughout this college area. You can grab a cup of joe at any of the chain places like Tom N Tom’s or Starbucks. Or check out one of the local cafes like Coffee Brown. There’s even a Hello Kitty Cat café here where you can get a cute little kitty face on your latte!
Hello Kitty Café – Pink Hello Kitty themed cafe, need we say more? 364-14 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Beans Brothers- A little bit of a walk from Hongdae, but worth the free refills on delicious hand poured coffee! 368-3, Hapjeong-Dong, Mapo-Gu, Seoul, South Korea
Coffee Brown – cafe located on the second floor right across from Hongik University
There are clubs, hofs, and bars a plenty in this college town. Since there are a few colleges nearby, nightlife goes hand in hand with the younger crowd. We aren’t much for clubbing, but we do enjoy checking out some of the restaurants and bars that serve craft beer. If you want to find out more about clubs check out Hongdae Guide.
Queen’s Head – considered one of the best microbrew pubs in Hongdae with a selection of German style brews! 407-16 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu
Oktoberfest- One of the original microbrews in Seoul and still popular today! 162-6 Donggyo-dong, Mapo-gu
Castle Praha- You can’t miss the big castle in Hongdae serving up Czech beer and food. 395-19 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu
Places to check out near Hongdae
Sinchon is one of our favorite places to grab a delicious meal and shop. There are tons of restaurants and bars scattered throughout the area featuring western and Korean food. Located right next to Yonsei University, this area is another great place for young adults to enjoy a night out.
Subway Line 2 Sinchon Station exit 2 & 3
Ewha Women’s University
Another college tucked away in Seoul offering TONS of shopping and eating nearby the campus. Find plenty of small boutiques, accessory stores, shoe stores, cosmetic stores, cafes, and even hair salons!
Subway Line 2 Ewha Women’s University Station Exit 2 & 3
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