I’m Lea, a 9 to 5 administrator based in Edmonton, Alberta with big travel ambitions. I mostly indulge with short 1-2 week international vacations and local weekend travel, you can read about my travel adventures at my website La Petite Watson.
My go to the neighborhood for things to do is Hongdae; Not sure where to eat? Want to go shopping? Looking for live music? Need some cuddles at an animal café? All done site seeing and want to relax at a regular café? Then go to Hongdae. With it only being one stop away on the metro from our Airbnb, it was the perfect hang out place. See the bottom of the post for a map of all 5 things to do in Hongdae.
To see my top five things to do in Hongdae, Seoul see below;
1. Eating Dakgalbi
We tried Dakgalbi for the first time at Yoogane (요가네), a chain restaurant that can be found throughout Seoul and Busan. It was just the right mix of spicy, chicken, veggies, dukbokki, and melted cheese.
2. More animal cafes than I could count; cats, dogs, raccoons, meerkats and more!
I visited two different animal cafes; a meerkat and a raccoon/dog cafe. The Meerkat Cafe was my favorite. For the price of a drink (9,000 Won), got to cuddle with a bundle of meerkats. They were in glass enclosures in the center of the cafe. I patiently waited for my turn, then was allowed in for 15 minutes and received the best group hugs ever. The café also had a resident fox, cat, and raccoon cruising around – there was never a dull moment. To get there take the elevator up to the 3rd floor.
3. Watching K-pop dancers and local performers
Just a few steps away from a row of restaurants is a large busking area filled with K-pop
dancing, indie bands, and other acts that switch out every few hours. The best seats to watch the performances are at the restaurants above by the windows. It gives you a front row to the performances and is great people watching.
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