Nightlife

Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Cobbler

This high-end bar is located inside a hanok within a nest of lonesome alleyways. Owned by Robin Yoo (a pioneer in Korea's cocktail scene), it has no menu; instead, the bartender recommends some excellent cocktails, …
Top Choice Bar in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Sik Mool

Four hanok were creatively combined to create this chic designer cafe-bar that blends old and new Seoul. Clay-tile walls, Soviet-era propaganda posters, mismatched modern furniture and contemporary art surround a yo…
Top Choice Teahouse in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Dawon

The perfect place to unwind under the shady fruit trees in a courtyard with flickering candles. In colder weather sit indoors in hanok rooms decorated with scribbles or in the garden pavilion. The teas are superb, e…
Top Choice Teahouse in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Cha Masineun Tteul

In the Bukchon Hanok Village area overlooking Samcheong-dong and Gwanghwamun is this lovely hanok with low tables arranged around a courtyard. It serves traditional teas, and a delicious bright-yellow pumpkin rice c…
Cafe in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Daeo Sochom

Opened as a bookstore in 1951 by Mrs Kwong and her husband Mr Cho, this charming, ramshackle cafe is still run by the same family and oozes bygone-days atmosphere with lots of memorabilia and quirky decor. Entry is …
Teahouse in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Dalsaeneun Dalman Saenggak Handa

‘Moon Bird Thinks Only of the Moon’ is packed with plants and rustic artefacts. Birdsong, soothing music and trickling water add to the atmosphere. Huddle in a cubicle and savour one of its teas, which include gamni…
Cafe in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Comics Shop

A modern-style manhwa-bang (comic-book cafe) in a renovated hanok, Comics Shop lets you explore its library in a private capsule, including everything from old-school Japanese manga to copies of Mad magazine. Though…
Bar in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Blue Star Pub

Owned by a stage actor, this rustic hang-out, plastered with posters, is an atmospheric place to sample makgeolli (rice wine) served out of brass kettles into brass bowls. Flavours include mulberry leaf, green tea a…
Tea Garden in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Madang Flower Cafe

Perhaps the most photographed spot in Ikseon-dong, and with a fantasyland of exuberant blooms and cutesy gardenware in every space of this converted corner hanok, it's easy to see why. Having coffee, tea or brunch (…
Bar in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Brew 3.14

Along with sibling operation Brew 3.15 across the road, Brew 3.14 has carved a name for itself with its great selection of local craft beers, delicious pizza (which it calls by the American name 'pie') and moreish f…