What To Eat In Ikseondong, Seoul Where You can feel the Newtro(New+Retro)

Have you ever hear of the area named “Ikseondong” in Seoul? Ikseondong has been really popular among young Koreans for several years now. That place is known for a “newtro” area, where old Korean-style buildings and modern buildings co-exist. “Newtro” means a popular trend that has been sweeping throughout South Korea, specified by a reinterpretation of vintage and retro styles. Seen throughout style, interiors, and food, Newtro might be analyzed as Korea’s own variation of hipster culture. Using the old trend of their moms’ and dads’ generation, Korean youngsters are discovering and reinterpreting a vintage culture. Like most of the areas which rapidly gaining popularity in Seoul, there are many restaurants and cafes that have only recently opened in Ikseondong. It will be hard for foreign tourists to tell which place is delicious in Ikseondong because most of the places look quite similar. Personally, I have seen so many restaurants in Ikseondong that serve not that tasty, yet needlessly expensive foods. I would like to introduce you to some restaurants in Ikseondong that are actually popular among local Koreans.


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Ojugine
156, Ikseon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Business Hours: 11:30 – 22:00(Sunday Off)
Break Time: 15:00 – 16:00(Weekdays)


What To Eat In Ikseondong, Seoul Where You can feel the Newtro(New+Retro)
This place is famous for spicy chicken soup(or stew?). This Korean cuisine is made with chicken, garlic, and some vegetable!
What To Eat In Ikseondong, Seoul Where You can feel the Newtro(New+Retro)
Prices differ according to the size of chicken soup. Just for your reference; M(2 ppl) 24,000 won, L(3~4 ppl) 30,000 won, XL(5 ppl) 36,000 won. If you eat a lot or less this might change, of course, lol
What To Eat In Ikseondong, Seoul Where You can feel the Newtro(New+Retro)
We call this cuisine a thief for Soju(Korean liquor)
What To Eat In Ikseondong, Seoul Where You can feel the Newtro(New+Retro)
You can add various noodles into the soup! Udon, Ramyun, or Korean-style-cut noodles!
What To Eat In Ikseondong, Seoul Where You can feel the Newtro(New+Retro)
Eat the noodles first, and simmer the soup for a bit more to eat more deliciously.
What To Eat In Ikseondong, Seoul Where You can feel the Newtro(New+Retro)
And, of course, you have to finish the meal with fried rice that was made with the rest of the soup you had!!

Yankees Burger
133-2, Ikseon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Business Hours: 11:00 – 21:30
Break Time: 15:00 – 16:30(Weekdays)

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What To Eat In Ikseondong, Seoul Where You can feel the Newtro(New+Retro)
This tiny burger place is one of the best burger places in Seoul! It’s a branch of the one located in Mullae(Seoul).
What To Eat In Ikseondong, Seoul Where You can feel the Newtro(New+Retro)
Actually, hamburger is my favorite foods. Seriously, I can eat only hamburgers 3 times a day. And I admit, their burger is GOOD.
What To Eat In Ikseondong, Seoul Where You can feel the Newtro(New+Retro)
Pair with draft beer and fries!!
What To Eat In Ikseondong, Seoul Where You can feel the Newtro(New+Retro)
Their mushroom burger is really good. Burgers are not cheap($12~$14 for set menu), but taste really good. There are so many “Not Cheap Not Tasty” restaurants in this area, so please try!
What To Eat In Ikseondong, Seoul Where You can feel the Newtro(New+Retro)
Hawaiian burger, also!
What To Eat In Ikseondong, Seoul Where You can feel the Newtro(New+Retro)
Chillis!

Changhwadang
174, Ikseon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Business Hours: 11:30 – 21:00
Break Time: 15:30 – 17:00(Weekdays)
 

What To Eat In Ikseondong, Seoul Where You can feel the Newtro(New+Retro)
This restaurant has great dumplings and Korean small foods like noodles and ddeokbokki! This place is so famous that there’s always a long line waiting for the entrance.
What To Eat In Ikseondong, Seoul Where You can feel the Newtro(New+Retro)
The table looks a bit awkward for you, doesn’t it? It’s a bit young to call it traditional but Korean people used this in early 90s.
What To Eat In Ikseondong, Seoul Where You can feel the Newtro(New+Retro)
Because it doesn’t take much time to cook the cuisine, the waiting line will be getting shorter quite fast.
What To Eat In Ikseondong, Seoul Where You can feel the Newtro(New+Retro)
You can fully enjoy Korean cuisine less than $20. And you can also enjoy some “newtro” vibe in Ikseondong!

What To Eat In Ikseondong, Seoul Where You can feel the Newtro(New+Retro)

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