Piknic [Photo by Heewon Kim]

DOSAN BUNSIK – Tteokbokki

10-6, Dosan-daero 49-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

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Is it just another dull tteokbokki place? Apparently not, judging from the waiting line extending endlessly throughout the day. Sinsa-dong’s new tteokbokki place Dosan Bunsik has risen to the top of everyone’s must-visit list in only about a couple months of opening.

Interestingly, Dosan Bunsik’s menu encompasses snack dishes from various parts of Asia – Tteokbokki from Korea, Katsu Sando from Japan, and French Toast from Hong Kong. If you want to try something new, give Bibimmyeon a try. The cold noodle is given a new twist with mayo, which surprisingly goes well with the miso soy sauce of the noodles.

 

OUR BAKERY GAROSUGIL – Pastries & Coffee

39, Gangnam-daero 162-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

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If you’re interested in the bakery scene of Seoul, you must have heard of OUR Bakery at some point. Popular for its pastries which range from authentic to creative, OUR Bakery recently opened a huge store on Garosugil.

The sixth store of OUR Bakery fills its three-story building with the aroma of coffee and fresh pastries. For the newbies, we highly recommend their croissants, which vary from tiramisu to strawberry and cream flavor.

Their drink options are not to be missed as well. Try their signature, “Green Tea Double,” which shows beautiful layers of green tea shot, milk, and espresso shot.

 

MARVIN STAND – Tamago Sandwich

52, Nonhyeon-ro 159-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

There are numerous things Koreans are obsessed about Japanese cuisine and Tamago Sandwich, or Egg Omelet Sandwich, is one of those. Originally gained its popularity as a convenience store in Japan, Tamago Sandwich has now become a must-try item among Koreans visiting Japan.

Known as one of the best sandwich shops in Korea to taste the authentic Japanese Tamago Sandwich, the compact sandwich parlor offers three different varieties of the egg sandwich. You will be satisfied whichever you choose, but we recommend the Cod Roe Tamago Sandwich for a twist. Keep in mind that you would have to make a reservation on Instagram to make sure they don’t sell out before you go!

 

BNHR – Coffee

62, Itaewon-ro 42-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

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The revamped hipsters’ gathering spot, BNHR’s new location opened this month, welcoming trendsetters in Itaewon area.

If you ask me what is so special about BNHR, it might be hard to find the answer from the menu. The narrow options of it, which is limited to drinks, may not appeal to some people. However, if you’re interested in seeing how the coffee shop trend is forming in Seoul, BNHR offers a perfect example. Elements comprising the atmosphere, such as the use of the signature color and packaging designs, show how Seoul’s trendy coffee shops form their identities.

 

PIKNIC – Coffee & Fine Dining

30, Toegye-ro 6ga-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

Kafe Piknic [Photo by Heewon Kim]

In less than a week of its opening, Piknic became the most trending spot on Instagram. A four-story gallery randomly located near Namdaemun Market, Piknic has three places where you can enjoy food or beverage.

Kafe Piknic on the first floor is operated in cooperation with Hell Cafe, Yongsan’s popular coffee spot known for its state-of-perfect cappuccino. The coffee menu is available only until 6 pm and from then on, the space turns into a tapas bar. The space decorated with chandeliers is perfect for a luxurious dinner. On the upper level is Zero Complex, which houses two Michelin-starred chefs.

The highlight of Piknic, however, goes to the rooftop. The open-air space on the top floor is the best place to observe Seoul’s landmark N-Tower, as well as the neighboring towns. Grab a beer, head to a bean bag, and absorb yourself in the urban setting.

 

By Heewon Kim