A day in Seoul
Made up of old factories and new cafes, Seongsu-dong is a vibrant little neighborhood commonly frequented by millennials. And within this central hub of changes, there are many who carve out a place for themselves here, filling up their spaces with their own personal values and beliefs.
Making visitors feel as if they’ve entered a pub in a small town somewhere in America, Jango Kitchen is a restaurant specializing in grilled food. A combination of “Jangu” (eel) and “Gogi” (meat), Jango mainly serves dishes made with eel, beef, or lamb. The restaurant was opened by a former interior designer who developed a great interest in cooking as a hobby.
The bar space has been organized to give off a both formal and comfortable atmosphere and the restaurant menu are filled with dishes that aren't too strong in flavor for the enjoyment of foreign customers. All of the dishes and sauces have been personally cooked by the owner and the owner's mother. Nothing is marinated in sauce to preserve the original taste of the ingredients. Although the dishes may look plain at first glance, the efforts put into the dishes can be found in its unique refreshing taste.
Address 46, Seoulsup-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
Hours Mon - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
A fairy tale-like café located in a quiet little residential area, Camel Café is a place which brings a sense of peace to its visitors. Painted and filled with colors of dark beige and camel-colored things, the café is a space full of things that resonate with the café owner’s preferences. Apparently, this place was something she’d been dreaming of since childhood. Previously having worked in the fashion industry, she put aside her career to realize her dreams and opened up Camel Café, designing and filling it up with vintage things she found and bought throughout her life. However, finding the perfect location for her café took only about 10 minutes.
An aficionado of camel-colored things, photographs, and rap, the owner is a master of storytelling and loves conversing and sharing new energy with visitors. The walls of the café are filling with semi-hidden scribbles. Spelling the menu as “Maenew” and open as “Opun” or closed as “Kruse” shows but a slice of the owner’s playful personality.
Address 6, Seongdeokjeong 19-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
Hours 11:00 - 20:00