Well-loved tourist destination? Or hidden gem known by locals? Diagnosed with a serious case of wanderlust, I enjoy both. However, now I have lived in Korea for almost a year, I’ve been to the hotspots and am now on the hunt for hidden gems. Here is my latest find: Rock Soul Wing in Hongdae.
Rock Soul Wing
My friends and I were planning to visit a Narnia-themed cafe in Seoul, but en route, we discovered it was closed. Disappointed, we wondered around Hongdae in search of another place to go instead. Wandering the back alley streets of the neighbourhood, we stumbled upon a board with images of a beautiful restaurant…
We were certainly intrigued, by the photo and the fact there were no signs outside. Nonetheless, we decided to go inside.
Located on the 2nd floor of the building was this incredible, finely decorated restaurant. We couldn’t believe we had found such a cool place entirely by accident, but that is in the nature of hidden gems.
Many Seoul cafes and restaurants have photo zones, but Rock Soul Wing is in a league of its own. You can take the perfect picture anywhere in this place. Moreover, each zone looks like a different place altogether! The areas include ornate style furniture with a backdrop of roses, a floral wall with neon lights and a medieval-themed area with armour and swords. Even the table and chairs were in keeping with each individual theme.
Food and Drink
Menu items include standard coffee, tea and ade but they also offer brunch meals. Additionally, depending on the occasion, you can choose to order wine or beer. To that end, it is the ideal destination for anytime of day. As a student, I’d say it was a little more expensive than other places, but its certainly worth a trip.
However, my honest review of the food was… not good. I am not sure whether I had just picked a sub-par item or it didn’t fit my own personal taste, but it wasn’t as tasty as I’d hoped. But the menu had many options and I would be happy to go back again and try something different!
Rock Soul Wing is a super cool hidden gem in Hongdae, Seoul! It is not immediately visible to passers by, but that just made it seem even cooler. The cafe is an ideal meeting spot for friends or couples, especially if you love taking Instagrammable photos.
Address: 2nd Floor, 26 Wausan-ro 21-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul Operating Hours: 12:00pm - 2:00am Website: rocksoulwing.com
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