Woke up early around 9 am and 2 minutes walk from my hotel to this famous place Hadongkwan serve traditional Gomtang in Myeongdong, Seoul for breakfast. A restaurant that serve this for more than 80 years and have rich history that is well know to both locals and tourist diners. It is actually beef porridge Korean version.

[updated 15th Sept 2019 – also recently read that this shop now is in part of Michelin Guide 2019]

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Their menu is very simple. ONLY 4 item. We have to order 3 portion as they have minimum spending too. 

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this is one of their signature item : Ultimate Beef Soup (25,000 won) @ RM 95 that is filled with beef slices, tripes, and other ingredient.

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The other 2 bowl we just order the normal ones as we have a few other locations to eat. Normal Beef Soup (12,000won) @ RM 48. Korean beef soup with rice.

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On the table they have tons of spring onion as you can add in as much as you like. also serve with radish kimchi as sides.

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I am caught by surprise how good the soup is. At first I am doubting over it as such a clear soup how good could it be. I am wrong. It is pack with flavour, clear and just slight refreshing. If you eat this during winter, it would be perfect.

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Then I observe how the locals eat. They add in radish and kimchi given into the bowl and I follow suit. It actually taste quite good. Change the whole soup profile, slight spicy and sourish yet the soup is still perfect.

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this is where it is pack with local diners.

for breakfast it is indeed very expensive but worth to try. One of the best food in Myeongdong.

12, Myeongdong 9-gil
Jung-gu, Seoul
Daily: 7am – 4pm
Closed on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month

Nearest Station: Euljiro il-ga
Take Subway Line 4 to Myeongdong Station (Exit 8).
At the exit, turn left and continue for 400 meters to reach the restaurant on the right.

I was told that if I do visit this area, Bukchon Village or Samcheong-dong, I must drop by at Cafe Bora カフェボラ which is one of the latest hype in Seoul over last summer. What I found out is that this little cafe, product most of their item in purple sweet potato and also in limited quantity. Bora also means purple where you can see that most of their item are in purple.

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To spot this place is pretty hard as it is a small alley that leads to a small shop. Aplogize that I did not take the frontage of outside street area.

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A small store that you have to queue if you are at the wrong timing as the crowd is mostly tourist.

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menu is pretty small and you can nearly order all their signature item. This is one of them where sweet potato chips that serve with sweet potato drink at the bottom.

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our order  of all the signature item which include the bingsu, chips and soft serve ice cream.

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Love the bingsu

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love the bingsu texture as the ice shave to so soft and airy, that nearly melts instantly in your mouth. Sweet potato puree on the top with edible flower enhance the taste of it. Their soft serve ice cream is also spot on. If I were given a choice to choose either one, then soft serve ice cream will be my first choice. Soft, not too sweet yet sweet potato fragrant. Simple and nice.

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Before we left, I make another take away of Roasted Brown Rice soft serve. Loving it as the taste is to my liking. Not too strong of roasted flavour yet you will just keep digging in.

I also saw some posting that now Cafe Bora had expended to Bangkok. You can check them out too (click here)

walking direction:

To reach Cafe Bora, take subway exit 1 at Anguk station, turn right until you see an entrance going to direction of Samcheong-dong. Continue to go straight for 10 mins then it is located on the left, opposite to a croissant taiyaki stall.

Cafe Bora カフェボラ
149-5 Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu,
Seoul, South Korea
Telephone: 070-8613-5537

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10:00-22:00


Menon Pink House is another cafe located in Hongdae or Hongik University that my sister wanted to come because of the colour theme and their pastries. To me, it seems that brand and cafe collaborate as this outlet is known  as MENON x VANT 36.5.

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Slightly luxury look as this outlet divided into 2 levels.

Ground – cafe , 1st Floor – VANT 36.5 (so it turns out to be a cosmetic brand cross over with this cafe as in level one, there are the showcase of the products for you to test on.)

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Menu is very interesting and best of all is their cakes. Well design, carefully crafted and every pieces looks good!

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Pastries in here are very pretty.

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outdoor seating area is one of a area that you can see many instagrammers are shot. Filled with colourful tables and chairs that you can move around for your shoot.

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So it is spring, and flowers are starting to boom.

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here you go on the cosmetic and some apparels for you to hunt.

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After the drink stir, it change to this green. Interesting. Just too sweet for me.

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MENON Pink House
Vant 36.5 Menon
서울시 마포구 서교동 342-10 2층
342-10 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul


Website: Menon 

Operating Hours:11:00-21:30 (MENON咖啡館營業到22:00)


Stylenanda Hongdae Flagship Store Hongdae or Hongik University (스타일난다 홍대점) is one of the latest shop that operate not too long since last year. For Stylenanda Pink Hotel at Myeongdong Outlet (click here)

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Another pretty cool building opposite them.

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In this outlet, they do have a photobooth for you to take picture too.

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Felt that the clothes here are nicer compare to Myeongdong Outlet or maybe is because of the brand KKXX, also the price is quite reasonable too for the brand clothing. I see a few pieces is ranging from KRW 50,000 to KRW 200,000 won cuz of the material.


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Pretty cool concept for their perfume area.

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Stylenanda Hongdae indeed offer a few places for you to take pictures.

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This is rather interesting as this area is their mini customer service zone.

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Benches in front of the outlet are for guys to rest and wait.

If you are at Myeongdong, Check out their outlet there which is different from the one here.

other cafe to visit : Pink Menon

Stylenanda Hongdae (스타일난다 – 홍대점)
23, Wausan-ro 29da-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 마포구 와우산로29다길 23 (서교동)

Operating Hours: 11:00-23:00

Hongik Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 2 or Airport Line), Exit 8.
Turn right, and go 200m forward.
Turn right at the dead end, and go 60m forward.
Turn left, and go 170m forward.
Turn left onto Wausan-ro 29da-gil Road (와우산로29다길).
STYLENANDA is located 40m ahead on the right.

Stylenanda Pink Hotel in Myeongdong, Seoul (스타일난다 – 명동점) is one of the place that my sister keep bugging me to drop by. It is one of a famous cosmetic brands among the younger crowd known as 3CE. Located in the heart of Myeongdong which is not too hard to find.

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The decor of this shop is rather cool. Interior that give me the vibe of classy hotel in New York back in the 70’s and this shop is 6 level high. Every every level consist of different product category and the main intention that my sister wanted to come here is for their Pink Cafe at the roof top.

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In this Stylenanda Pink Hotel they have this Stylenanda Pink Pool Cafe at Myeongdong.

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Quite interesting cafe that the whole theme is like you are in a pool side. With all retro bright colours with their signature pink and blue.

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Roof top is where every one is up there spending hours to take their picture perfect at every corner.

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For drinks, one of their signature item which I forgot to took is their Cotton Candy Ice Cream, Cotton Candy Coffee or Slush.

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Get ready your swim wear and dive in.

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One of the level.

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Indeed an interesting place. but the cosmetic brand 3CE Stylenanda is a must to get according to the girls. If you are in this area, drop by Stylenanda Pink Hotel in Myeongdong.

Well, I went to both outlets and you can click here for their new Stylenanda Hongdae Flagship store.

Stylenanda Pink Hotel in Myeongdong
Myeongdong Branch (스타일난다 – 명동점)
30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 중구 을지로 30 (소공동)

Tel: +82-502-2118-5233

Operating Hours: 11am – 11pm daily

Seoul, still remains one of my favourite city to go back. If you are a cafe hopper, Cafe scene in Seongsudong or Seongdong-gu remains as one of the upcoming local hipster cafe joint that is popping up like mushroom. In the area, Onion Cafe remain one of the top choices for many local visitor because of the structure and also the serve one of the best pastries in the area.

Currently this area is also known as Brooklyn of Seoul.

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In love with this cafe upon walking in. Truely amaze how they converted a run down building or near to our ghost house in KL to industrial minimalist cafe. Everything is quite raw. Raw walls, floors with just a slight touch of it to give you this cozy space.

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Most of the cafe goers here are local. You wont hear any other languages other than Koreans.

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There are 2 signature item in this cafe. One is this Straweberry Cronuts

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and Pandor (W5,000/ RM 19) which is a pastry topped off lavishly with icing sugar.

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It is a full house cafe on weekdays.

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Alot of young crowd here spend quite a while to do their #ootd and nearly every corner is cool.

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It is summer, and quite warm up here. If this is winter, it is a cool place to chill.

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Coffee here is quite good. Rangers from (W5,000/ RM 19) each for my Latte and Cappucino.

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Upon a few cafe that I have visited, Onion cafe pastries win big. Love the airy texture and the pencil pastries below is so soft and fluffy. Icing sugar which is not too sweet makes it a perfect combination with their own blend of coffee.

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If you visit SEOUL, this cafe is a must visit cafe.

Cafe Onion 카페 어니언
8 Achasan-ro 9-gil, Seongsu-dong 2ga,
Seongdong-gu, Seoul (Seongsu Station Line 2, Exit 2)
서울 성동구 아차산로9길 8 (성수동2가)
Tel: +82 70 7816 2710
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 10:00pm (Mon – Fri), 10:00am – 10:00pm (Sat – Sun)

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