11 MORE Eats & Treats In Mangwon-dong

A few months back, I posted some of my favorite eats and treats around the just getting more and more popular neighborhood of Mangwon-dong. If you haven’t seen it, be sure to check out 11 Hot Spots in Mangwon-dong for Eats & Treats. That post has become a pretty popular post and I decided to up the ante and tell you about some more of my favorite new and old haunts in the area that still manages to keep it cool with a traditional market central to all things and small alleys that will have you zig-zagging your way from spot to spot. The area can be a bit difficult to navigate, so be sure to read through but scroll down to the bottom to check out the all important map that will totally help you out!

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Cafe Hot Spots


1. Zapangi (자판기)

Zapangi was pretty much popular as soon as they opened. Well, actually, they were popular as soon as they put that vending machine door in to be straight up. Around the corner from my toddler’s pediatrician, I was trying to figure this spot out before they opened their… vending machine. Everyone that heads there has to get that requisite photo outside and then inside you can order some cutesy drinks and donuts. In all honesty, I don’t think the drinks or the donuts live up to the Instagram friendliness of this cafe. BUT, if you’re after the cool photo, this is the spot. Instagram: Zapangi

Address: 400-2 Mangwon-dong Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 망원동 400-2)


2. Mangwon Neighborhood Cafe (망원동내커피)

Mangwon Neighborhood Coffee, Mangwon-dong, Seoul, Korea

If you’re actually after the good coffee, definitely head to Mangwon Neighborhood Cafe. This spot is sparse in decor which really makes the coffee stand out though it would stand out even with more on the walls. The interior is all white and the seats are placed with backs to the wall around the coffee bar so all things remain focused on the coffee machine. The guys that run the spot are nice and cool and honest. They let one of us know her order was just not going to be good that day and he would recommend another drink in it’s stead. “Have at it,” she said, “I’ll dig whatever you give me.” And that she did. Instagram: MWDNCoffee

Address: 422-29 Mangwon-dong Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 망원동 422-29)


3. Dear Me (카페디어미)

This cute little spot was beckoning with their raspberry mousse cake. The interior is a bit more homey and quiet with gold accents and a grey wall that is covered in what once was a French novel until someone tore it apart for wall decor. The other cakes and ades on the menu are just as adorably plated and mixed. It’s a nice little spot to get away from it all while still being in the middle of all of the action. Instagram: Dear Me

Address: 456-1 Mangwon-dong Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 망원동 456-1)


Eats In The Area


4. Le Glacier Des Etoiles (빙하의별)

Le Glacier Des Etoiles was definitely a surprise to the palette. I had noticed this 70s styled diner from the street numerous times but hadn’t had a chance to stop in. I had expected something more akin to those microwave dinners I had as a child just do to the retro feel of the place but was shocked with some true delights from the chef and owner who studied in France. There are set menu and single menu items. I opted for the set menu which started with a perfect amount of potato soup with truffle oil served in a bread bowl that seemed to be a cross between a croissant and a pretzel roll served in a glass ice cream dish. This was a perfect introduction to what was to come. Next up was a de-boned half chicken in a Whiskey and cream sauce. At first taste I thought it was A LOT of pepper, but when eaten with the sauce and the homemade pesto, it was absolutely exquisite. I hadn’t had a chicken dish this well made in awhile. The meal ended with a raspberry and rose water sorbet made in house. The set menu rang in at W22,000 and you better believe I’ll be back to try the other eats on this menu. A huge winner in my book! Instagram: EtoilesleGlacier

Le Glacier Des Etoiles, Mangwon-dong, Seoul, Korea

Address: 416-22 Mangwon-dong Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 망원동 416-22)


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5. Hula Hula (훌라훌라)

Hula Hula is a hidden Hawaiian treat. Hawaiian-esque cafes and restaurants seem to be a bit of a trend in the Mangwon area at the moment but the eats are definitely on a delicious par with the cute pastel Hawaiian aesthetic of the interior. Walk down the alleys and you can’t miss the pink and teal neon lights. Not only is this restaurant filling bellies with delicious roe, salmon and pork poke bowls, but it’s also animal friendly. I haven’t been in once when there wasn’t also a puppy friend visiting as well. The duo that runs the place also has GREAT taste in music and keeps the beats going while happily serving up good and healthy eats. Also FYI, they are happy to help you host a little soiree or party inside as well. My friend had a lovely little birthday lunch here and they were happy to help make the festivities fun. Instagram: HulaHula_Mangwon

Hula Hula, Mangwon-dong, Seoul, Korea

Address: 394-63 Mangwon-dong Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 망원동 394-63)


6. Bali In Mangwon (발리인망원)

Bali in Mangwon has been pretty busy since they opened. You could easily walk right on past this little hole in the wall and not even notice that it’s there except for the line of people leading to the doorway. The interior is a bit bohemian style with chairs that don’t match and crochet wall hangings in keeping with the beachy vibes of Bali. I shared helpings of Nasi Goreng with chicken, Padang Ayam Green Curry and Bakwan Jagung with some friends and we enjoyed each bite. The Bakwan Jagung stood out to me. The friend corn kernels were delightful especially when dipped in their Indonesian peanut sauce. Definitely a spot that warrants a line. For a bit more info on the eats, check out my friend Kate’s in depth post on this hot spot in the area at Toronto Seoulcialite. Instagram: BaliinMangwon

Address: 394-86 Mangwon-dong Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 망원동 394-86)


7. Lao Piak (라오삐약)

While I can’t speak to the authenticity of the Laotian dishes as I haven’t ever been to Laos, I can say that the dishes are very delicious. The exterior is decorated with beautiful lanterns and the simply tiled walls inside are lined with shelves featuring figurines from the owner’s travels to southeast Asia. The group that owns the place, while not Laotian, seems to have visited the region quite a few times over the past few years and has a good understanding of the dishes but I would be really interested to hear what a native or at the least someone that has visited Laos has to say about the food. Definitely filled our bellies and left us happy patrons and a cute little spot to check out while in Mangwon. Instagram: LaoPiak

Address: 396-27 Mangwon-dong Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 망원동 396-27)


8. Ola Shack (올라쉑)

Ola Shack, Mangwon-dong, Seoul, Korea

Much like J’s Curry from my original post on Mangwon-dong, Ola Shack has a cook behind the counter that very lovingly places each bit of food onto the plate to form a very cohesive and very delicious dish. The avo sandwich was massive and the chicken with quinoa had a great dressing that left me actually liking quinoa.. when that’s not usually something I go for. The ambiance is very ola and beachy and will give you a little respite from the cooler winds blowing in. This hole in the wall is really just that. Head down the alley to this spot and you’ll be thinking you’re just headed into some villa entrances, but Ola Shack is in there and should NOT be passed by. Instagram: OlaShack

Address: 384-63 Mangwon-dong Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 망원동 384-63)


9. Gamaden (가마덴)

Gamaden, Mangwon-dong, Seoul, KoreaThis new spot just opened up recently and stopped me in my tracks due to the entrance. It was so different from everything else on the street and quite striking with what was beside it so we stopped in for lunch the next day. Gamaden is the second branch to open in Korea with the first being located on Seoul’s east side. The interior is simple and there is only bar style seating with no tables. According to the ramen guy, some guy my husband found on Naver who ONLY posts about ramen restaurants in Seoul, the ramen was delicious but a bit higher priced than most. I agreed with that assessment. I thought the ramen was good, the staff is super nice but it was a bit higher priced than maybe it should be. Instagram: Gamaden_Ramen

Address: 414-82 Mangwon-dong Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 망원동 414-82)



BONUS!


10. Sutome Apothecary

While this is not considered an eat, I would definitely consider this a treat. Many people that head to Mangwon-dong are in the area just to eat, eat and well… eat. But, there are some great artisanal shops in the neighborhood that allow for an activity, likely between bites. Sutome Apothecary is a hidden gem in the area if there ever was one. The door to enter looks more like a wall with a window to look through but if you can figure out how to open it, the stairwell up leads to a chic white interior. Visitors can learn about aromas and make their very own perfume to take home for just W50,000. The bottles are a great size for the cost and the staff speaks English and seem to easily explain a bit about what you’re smelling. It was interesting to learn that Korean customers rarely choose jasmine for their perfumes whereas the western crowd very often does. The Korean women, on the other hand, often opt for a rosemary top note where the western crews don’t. Head there to make your own perfume and learn a bit about your inner aesthetics.

Address: 394-86 Mangwon-dong Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 망원동 394-86)


11. Hong Glass

This was a great experience I recently had where I got to blow glass and reaffirmed my natural fear of fire. Hong Jin Sun is an artist and you may have actually seen her pieces without realizing it. Her glass pendants, rings and artworks are sold in museum shops around Korea. There are a few options available for what you can accomplish in an hour with her. I went for the wind chime. She made the chime and I made the pendants that do the dinging and donging and it was great to have a rather intimate one on one class. Only up to two people can have this experience at once due to safety concerns but it is a great opportunity to have an introduction to glass blowing and melting or melding and it’s easy to find in Mangwon. Instagram: Hongglass_Studio

Address: 453-12 Mangwon-dong Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 망원동 453-12)




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