TOP 10 Must-visit Restaurants in Hongdae
Must-visit Restaurants in Seoul! Feel the Young Vibe from this Hongdae Street
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Li Zheng Ying @creatripfromSeoul

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Hongdae is a famous college town in Korea and  has become the hottest attraction to visit for foreign tourists with plenty of shops, activities, and restaurants. So which Hongdae restaurants are famous among the locals? Creatrip will unfold the Top 5 Hongdae restaurants. 

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Hongdae Must-eat #1.

1988 Gogi Bulpae Hongdae Original tore

#1988고기불패 홍대본점

Korean Address:서울 마포구 와우산로17길 14 2F
Business Hours: 12:00~01:00 on Weekdays, 12:00~01:00 on Weekends
Price: ALL YOU CAN EAT (Lunch on Weekdays: 9,000 / Dinner & on Weekends: 12,900)

Gogi Bulpae 1988 is located at the borderline of the Hongdae Shopping District and Sangsudong. There are many bars and restaurants near the Sangsu Station. You can experience Korean nightlife in this area. The Gogi Bulpae 1988 restaurant is a bit tricky to find, so you might want to get help from Google. The restaurant is on the second floor, and the first floor of the same building is a bar called the Thursday Party. You need to go one floor up to reach the restaurant.

Those of you who like Korean barbecue, the Gogi Bulpae 1988 restaurant in the Hongdae business district is way to go. For me, as a meat-lover, I personally love the fact that they actually are "ALL YOU CAN EAT" There is a wide range of meat available, including the famous Korean Samgeupsal (pork belly), and chicken. The price gets more expensive during dinner time, but the quality of the meat is phenomenal. 

Gogil Bulpae 1988 has an extensive range of alcohol. You can try Koreans' favorite alcohol Soju. Or you can order unlimited draft beer for 4,900 won per person.

The store interior is in a semi-open style. I personally like to sit by the window, so I can see the people come and go in one of the busiest streets in Korea. The quality of the barbecue is very good, and the drinks go really well with the atmosphere. If you don't want to drink alcohol, you an get soft drinks for 1,000 Won.

Hongdae Must-eat #2.

Soojung Okdol Saengsogeum Guyi Piggy Bank

#수정옥돌생소금구이 돼지저금통

Korean Address:서울특별시 마포구 서교동 어울마당로 146-1
Business Hours: 12:00~01:00 on Weekdays, 12:00~01:00 on Weekend
Signature Menu: Beef Galbi (200g) 16,000KRW

The Hongdae business district is a popular eat out place for Koreans. The pork barbecue is probably the single most popular menu in Hongdae. Daeji Jeogeumtong (means Piggy Bank in Korean) is one of the popular restaurants for pork barbecue. Many Koreans go to this restaurant on a Friday night to hang out or with their dates.

This restaurant starts opening in the afternoon. However, I've seen a long queue almost every night and day. People wait for long hours to taste the difference of the Piggy Bank's barbecue on the jade stone. Other regular barbecue restaurants use an iron net plate.

First, you can place the meat on the hot stone and slowly cook it. Feel it the rich coal scent of the fire barbecue and grill onion and garlic too. It is easy to overcook the meat, so be careful. The reason why Piggy Bank has become so famous in Hongdae. They use gemstone to grill the pork. The pork barbecued with gemstone is tenderer.

Piggy Bank is located at the heart of the Hongdae Business District. Between Exit 8 and 7 of the Hongik University Station, you can find this restaurant.

Hongdae Must-eat #3.

Hongdae Maneul (Garlic) Ttoekbokki


Korean Address:서울 마포구 홍익로5안길 24
Business Hours: 11:30~23:00 Everyday (Last order 21:50)
Signature Menu: Garlic Ttoekbokki (마늘떡볶이) 7,500KRW

Many foreigners visit Korea to try Korean food. This high-profile snack restaurant is perfect for making your tummy fully satisfied. At Hongdae Garlic Ttokbokki, the famous Korean street food Ttokbokki meets its perfect match: garlic. Many Koreans love eating spicy food, but they do not prefer eating garlic by itself. Many Korean foods use hot pepper paste and powder to make the spicy flavor. The Hongdae garlic Ttokbokki is unique because they used a new ingredient, garlic, to make spicy Ttokbokki.

Spicy fried rice cakes (Ttokbokki) is one of the spiciest dishes in Korea. At Hongdae Garlic Ttokbokki, the spicy fried rice cakes have a certain degree of spiciness, which is coupled with the scent of garlic. Surprisingly, Ttokbokki with lots of garlic has a deep, rich flavor.

Every mealtime, this Hongdae restaurant gets full of gourmets. People line up in front of the restaurant. The rice of Ttokbokki is very cheap. You can taste garlic gradually blending into spicy fried rice cakes. For those who want to eat something really quick and don't want to spend a lot of money for a meal in Hongdae, this store will suit your needs.

Hongdae Must-eat #4.

Gaemijip Hongdae

#개미집 홍대점

Korean Address:서울특별시 마포구 잔다리로6길 20-12
Business Hours: 11:00~22:30 Everyday (Last order 21:30)
Signature Menu: Nak-Gop-Sae (낙곱새)10,000KRW 

 Gamijip is the name of a famous restaurant in Busan. Gamijip restaurant is known for Nak-Gop-Sae (octopus, pig intestine and shrimp spicy stew).

Gamijip opened a store in Hongdae, Seoul!

You can choose the spiciness level, so even foreigners who can handle extremely spicy food can enjoy Nak-Gop-Sae too.

You can choose the toppings for the spicy stew. Some menus only have octopus and others have Nakji (small octopus) and shrimp. Depending on your preference, choose the toppings. 

Nak-Gop-Sae comes out with a bowl of rice. 

After eating all the toppings, you can make a delicious bibimbap with bean sprouts, chives, seaweed powder, and Nak-Gop-Sae. 

Address: 서울특별시 마포구 잔다리로6길 20-12

Hongdae Must-eat #5.



Korean Address:서울 마포구 양화로 16길 33
Business Hours: 17:00~05:00 on Weekdays, 12:00~05:00 on Weekends
Signature Menu: DO MA Modoom A (도마모듬A): 21,000KRW

At Hongdae, many stores recently closed down due to the rising rent prices. New stores are opening every day.

In Hongdae, which is the place where stores come and go, DO MA has been loved by many Korean regulars for more than 15 years. DO MA is a Korean beef barbecue restaurant in Hongdae. This place is our favorite  Hongdae barbecue restaurant as well. 

DO MA is known for its high-quality, tender beef.  Unlike other barbecue restaurants in Hongdae, DO MA's beef is always fresh.

My personal recommendation is DO MA Modoom A which consists of three different parts of beef.

Another reason why DO MA attracts so many customers every day is the famous <Anesthetic miso soup>.

The <Anesthetic Miso Soup> here is different from other normal miso soup served in the general Korean restaurants. This soup is famous for adding a large amount of meat. In addition to the chunky meat, you can taste tofu and many fresh veggies. Koreans simply love this soup!

You can add this soup for an additional 4,000 Won. 

Another Koreans' popular choice is either Kimchi Soup or Miso Soup. 

Address : 서울특별시 마포구 양화로16길 33

Hongdae Must-eat #6.

Witch's Curry Cream Chicken


Korean Address:서울 마포구 독막로9길 4
Business Hours: 15:00~04:00 on Weekdays, 15:00~05:00 on Weekends
Signature Menu: Witch Curry Cream Fried Chicken (마녀커리크림치킨) 19,000KRW

This is a famous fried chicken restaurant in Hongdae. The inside of the store is full of cute witch dolls and little ornaments. Unlike other fried chicken restaurants,<Witch Curry Cream Fried Chicken> feels more like a coffee shop.

The restaurant gained recognition from its special fried chicken dishes. The exotic curry cream sauce with easy-to-eat boneless fried chicken, French fries and rice cakes are the signature dish at the Witch restaurant. This full "Witch Curry Cream Fried Chicken(19,000KRW)" is the signature menu here.

The Fried chicken cooked with curry sauce is a bit spicy, but it has a delicate taste. This dish is a suitable choice for a beer snack. You may also want to experience the wonderful taste of refreshing beer with crispy fried chicken dishes~ Friends who can't drink too much beer may try the sweet honey, grapefruit, or mango beer. They also have sangria.

Hongdae Must-eat #7.

BOOYAS Gopchang


Korean Address:서울 마포구 어울마당로 136-13
Business Hours: 16:00~01:00 on Weekdays, 15:00~01:00 on Weekends
Signature Menu: Garlic Gopchang(통마늘곱창) 11,000

BOOYAS Gopchang is very famous for its delicious grilled pig intestine.

The grilled pig intestine come with blood sausage, and vegetables. Comparing the price, the portions are huge at BOOYAS Gopchang. 

Among them, the garlic Gopchang (통마늘곱창) has been introduced on TV many times.

Add the roasted garlic to the spicy Gopchang. It is not too spicy and soft enough to eat. These two ingredients are a perfect match for the other!

If you can't eat too spicy dishes, Creatrip would like to recommend you to add corn cheese. Cheese will ease the spice level! Try adding some mayonnaise to your Gopchang. You will taste a different flavor with this recipe!  After eating Gopchang, you can also enjoy fried rice with the remaining sauce and vegetables.

Hongdae Must-eat #8.

Myth Jokbal Hongdae Original Store

#미쓰족발 홍대본점

Korean Address:서울 마포구 어울마당로 123-1
Business Hours: 12:00-04:00 Everyday
Signature Menu: Garlic Jokbal (마늘족발) 37,000KRW

Miss Jokbal, which is located in the lively area of Hongdae Business Circle, is also a very famous Jokbal chain restaurant. Miss Jokbal's PIg Feet does not have the typical Jokbal smell.  You can have a soup and many side dishes with Jokbal. The dishes at Miss Jokbal is super delicious and fresh.

Unlike other Jokbal restaurants, Miss Jokbal does not provide customers with lettuce for Ssam. To eat the pig's feet, you can get a salad plate as a side dish. The signature menu is the "garlic Jokbal."

Don't be afraid to try garlic Jokbal. The taste of the Jokbal is a bit sweet, but it gives a unique taste. For those who cannot dare to eat spicy food, you will be satisfied with Miss Jokbal. If you are not a big fan of garlic, you can still order the original Jokbal. If you are feeling a bit adventurous, I will push you toward garlic Jokbal.

Hongdae Must-eat #9.

Minari Sikdang (Minari Restaurant)


Korean Address:서울 마포구 잔다리로6길 34-5
Business Hours: 11:30 ~ 23:00 (15:00~16:00 Break Time)
Signature Menu: Gochujang Bulbaek Jungsik (meal) 7,900KRW

↑Minari Sikdang's signature menu: Gochujang Bulbaek Jungsik (Meal)

When you are traveling abroad,  you would want to learn more about the life and culture of the country you are traveling to. When you come to Hongdae, you can try Koreans' occasional meal.  Minari Restaurant is perfect for trying out regular Korean people's homemade food. Minari Restaurant is located in the Hongdae business district.


At Minari Restaurant, you can taste a whole table-full of Korean dishes at an unbeatable price. The homemade dishes at Minari Restaurant is delicious and healthy.

There are all kinds of small side dishes. You can try rice, miso soup, steamed egg, and kimchi that Korean families would eat on normal occasions. Minari restaurant has everything. 

Many college students who have left their hometown to study in Seoul often visit this restaurant to eat home-made dishes. Although it is not a high-end Korean restaurant, you can still enjoy authentic Korean homemade dishes. I believe this restaurant will make an unforgettable memory of your journey.


Hongdae Must-eat #10.

Made by OZ


Korean Address:서울 마포구 와우산로21길 14
Business Hours: 11:30~22:30 (Last Order: 21:30)
Signature Menu: Bulgogi + Cheese 9,900 KRW


↑Made by OZ's signature menu: Bulgogi + Cheese

When you are in Korea, you must try this delicious combination of cheese and beef. Made by OZ has a special Korean dish: the melted cheese wrapped with spicy barbecue. The rich cheese will give you mouthful joy.


Made by OZ has a tray on each table. On the tray, meat is served with a variety of ingredients such as bean sprouts, vegetables, and sausages. In addition, the store also provides a small pan. You can melt the cheese and add them to the spicy beef barbecue or wrap the cheese with various ingredients.


Is this kind of eating very new to you? For most of Koreans, it is. However, it's great to try out something new once in a while. Have a mouthful of cheese with spicy meat stew and vegetables. You will feel as if you are eating a slice of pizza. If you want to eat a delicious meal, come to Hongdae and check out made by OZ.

Today we've introduced you Top 10 Hongdae restaurants.  On a side note, Korean people usually go to Yeonnamdong, Sangsudong, and Hapjeongdong for a hangout.  In the next blog, we will give you a list of great restaurants in those areas.  If you have any further question, please leave your question as a comment below. 

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1 reviews in total

4 months ago
I will be in Hongdae soon and can't wait to try some of these places!
6 months ago
弘大蘭桂坊地址? 謝
Vivian @ Creatrip
6 months ago
您好,弘大 蘭桂坊 地址:서울 마포구 양화로 23길 10-8 10-8,Yanghwaro 23gil,Mapu-gu(弘大3號出口)。
6 months ago
弘大有香港料理嗎? 地址。謝謝。 蘭桂坊是嗎?
Vivian @ Creatrip
6 months ago
您好,弘大 蘭桂坊 地址:서울 마포구 양화로 23길 10-8 10-8,Yanghwaro 23gil,Mapu-gu(弘大3號出口)。
Solong130fromHong Kong
8 months ago
請問,可否介紹弘大站以西的食店。例如: 동보성 東寶城,是否真的好味道?餐牌可否翻譯一下?另外,동교로27길 這條街的食店也多,卻不是太多人介紹,所以,不敢內進。想請你們作介紹。
9 months ago
你好,請問韓國烤肉店的吃到飽,一桌的肉品都是要點同一種嗎? (例如:3個人都需要點豬或牛吃到飽,或是可以2個人點牛、1個人點豬吃到飽)
Li Zheng Ying @creatripfromSeoul
9 months ago
Li Zheng Ying @creatripfromSeoul
9 months ago