HONGDAE | Creatrip Locals' Guide
Restaurants, Cafes, Bars, Activities, Transportation And Everything Else You Need To Know About Hongdae
Huge crowds moving busily about and around bright neon signs of shops, restaurants and cafes lined up disorderly along its streets and alleys. Hongdae is charming in a way that in each of its small corners you are likely to find something new; a rundown street food stall, a dainty little shop featuring works of local designers, a used bookstore, a booming place filled with colourful arcade games, the list goes on.
Our comprehensive guide below covers everything from the simple geographical explanation of the Hongdae area to lists of cafes, restaurants, shops and activities that are worth checking out. Whether you're a first-time visitor to Hongdae or a resident, you'll always find something new and exciting to do in the area.
MAP OF HONGDAE
Sub-areas of Hongdae
Hongdae's metropolis has been growing and expanding so fast that areas surrounding the main area of Hongdae are growing and opening up businesses in order to meet the demands of large crowds. Read about the sub-areas below and see which one you'd be interested in checking out as well.
Yeonnam-dong: Neighbouring Gyeongui Line Forest Park and the bustles of Hongdae, Yeonnam-dong is a quieter area featuring boutique cafes and restaurants.
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Sangsu-dong: This area feels a bit more mature than the young, university-like vibe of the main area. You'll find lots of interesting shops, restaurants, cafes and more here.
Hongdae offers endless options when it comes to shopping. Definitely take your time checking out the selection from the big shops and small stalls to marts and souvenir shops. To get started, check out our shopping guides below:
- Shopping Guide | HONGDAE
- Local's Guide to Shopping in Hongdae
- Supermarket Expedition in Hongdae | Homeplus
- Stationery Stores in Hongdae
- List of Shopping Options in Hongdae
Hongdae is full of food options to a point where it can get intimidating. We definitely don't recommend you settle with mediocre-tasting, high-in-price touristy restaurants. Check out our food guides below to pick and choose the ones that intrigue you:
- Food Guide | HONGDAE
- Gourmet Restaurants in Yeonnamdong | Hongdae
- Complete List of All You Can Eat KBBQ Restaurants in Hongdae
- The Best Bars in Hongdae
The cafe scene in Hongdae is something else! Cafes in the area offer interesting features ranging from the Harry Potter theme and character lattes to floral walls.
You can find a wide range of things to do in Hongdae from noraebang (karaoke) and arcade games to a local show and outdoor live music. Check out our guide below for a full list of things to do in Hongdae.
OTHER HELPFUL TIPS
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- WOW Exchange (currency exchange)
- 5 Reasons to Stay in Hongdae
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- Oppa's Guide to Hongdae
Hongdae is worth investing a day or two into your itinerary given the many things it offers in one place! If you're a veteran traveller of Seoul and have seen most of the main area, branching out to the sub-areas is another way of enjoying this part of Seoul.
Wishing you a safe and enjoyable journey here!
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