Destinations

3 Spots for Hongdae Brunch

So today I wanted to talk a little bit about my three favorite places to eat brunch! All of them are located in the area around Hongdae Station, exit 3. So it’s pretty central and easy to access! All of these Hongdae brunch destinations are wonderful places not only if you’re craving a western-style breakfast, but also for taking pictures for Instagram!

Thanks, Oat

The first Hongdae brunch spot I visited is a place called Thanks, Oat. It’s a small but very cozy place alongside a beautiful park. It’s a little bit hidden away, so keep an eye out while walking down the street!

The menu is only available in Korean which made it a little bit hard to understand. But, with the help of our good friend google translate, we managed to read through everything and pick some yummy options! The choices they provide all sound really good and I honestly want to go back there to try other things as well.

Their menu mostly consists of yogurts and granola bowls with fresh fruits and homemade Ades. They also offer sandwiches, but there’s only a small choice to pick from.

It’s a little bit on the expensive side, especially considering the size – we were a little bit underwhelmed – but it tasted delicious! Nevertheless, I would definitely say it was worth it and recommend it to everyone that’s looking for a good brunch place!

Thanks, Oat Yeonnam (땡스오트 연남) 

Address:  Seoul, Mapo-gu, 375 113
Korean Address: 서울 마포구 성미산로23길 68
Operating Hours: 11:00 AM - 08:00 PM

Travel Maker

The second place I have been to is called Travel Maker. It’s an American-style dinner on the second floor of a building very close to Hongdae station. They sell typical American breakfast items like pancakes, scrambled eggs with sausages and bacon, French toast, and more! My girlfriend and I were craving something sweet and found this place by accident while wandering around. It’s a cute, small restaurant with a nice American vibe. There are some seats on a small terrace to relax and people-watch while eating.

The food tastes really good and the serving size is quite large. We both couldn’t finish everything though it was so good! I choose the scrambled eggs, while she choose the blueberry pancakes. When I first saw our food, I was kind of overwhelmed by the amount. It was amazing!

The price is really worth it! Next time I would love to try the waffles, they looked really good!

Travel Maker (트래블메이커)

Address: 43 Yanghwa-ro 21-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Korean Address: 서울 마포구 양화로21길 37
Operating Hours: 08:00 AM - 07:00 PM

Grain

The last restaurant we visited is called Grain. It’s a small restaurant where you can build your own brunch. You choose which small dishes you want your meal to include and pay by the number of items in your meal. It’s a genius idea, and I loved having the opportunity to add things I haven’t eaten in a while – avocados for example. But they also sell standard breakfast items like their famous fluffy pancakes, smoothies, croissants, salads, and much more! It’s a huge menu!

The price is a bit higher than the average meal out in Korea, but everything was fresh and prepared really well. I would definitely recommend it – especially the big fluffy pancakes my girlfriend had.

Grain (그레인)

Address: 23 Donggyo-ro 46-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Korean Address: 서울 마포구 동교로46길 23
Operating Hours: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Closed: Tuesday, Wednesday

Final Thoughts on Hongdae Brunch

There are probably many more places where you can get delicious Hongdae brunch, but these are my top three places that come to mind. Do you have any recommendations for brunch or breakfast places in Seoul? Let me know in the comments below!

Stay healthy and happy!

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