Marche@ Munchies: A Monthly Artisanal Market
This artisan market is relatively new, only starting in October of last year, but they sure have a following. Vendors selling handmade soy candles, bags, aprons and other crafts sit next to vendors selling organic treats and drinks for those food lovers out there.
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The Marche@ (마르쉐@) Market in the Maronnier Park in Hyewha once a month is the perfect place to spend a Sunday, especially now that the weather is nice, eating good food for lunch and meeting some really great people.
Most people meandering from stall to stall were clearly there for the lunch goods and the lines at the stalls, though longer for some, moved rather quickly. Couples and groups of friends sat with their delicious treats on benches, under tents and on the grass as they ate and enjoyed the atmosphere. There were vegan burgers, pesto pastas, flower salads, pork sandwiches and more. There were drink vendors with homemade syrups ready to whip up a drink of your choosing. It was easy to forget we were in the middle of Seoul because it felt more like a smaller village market on a Sunday. The vendors all matched in the way that they decorated their stalls in a rustic manner with mason jars, glass bottles overflowing and wood accents.
Music played from speakers, though not too loud to be a nuisance, and there were even performers, which made sense as Hyewha is known as the theater district. Vendors come from different establishments around Seoul and are featured on their Facebook page and site in the weeks leading up to the market so that guests have an idea of what will be there for the eating. Most dishes cost around W4,000 – W5,000.
The market happens once a month on the first, but sometimes second as in this month, Sunday from 11AM – 4PM. The more popular foods sell out pretty fast so get there early!
Marche@ Market (마르쉐@)
Directions: Hyewha Station, exit 2. Walk straight and the park will open up on your left.
Schedule: Every second Sunday of the month
Follow them on their Facebook page for market dates and other events and check out their website.