Our first stop for our last full day in Seoul was Ewha, better known as Edae (이대) to Koreans. The food and shopping streets could be easily found right outside the subway station (Ewha Women’s University). The university grounds were really picturesque, and I could not help myself from snapping a few photos.
We stopped by Isaac Toast in one of the side lanes, and we ordered a bulgogi toast (2,800won) and a bulgalbi toast (3,200won). The toasts were really yummy, and I think that it was in part due to the lightly toasted (soft yet not soggy) bread, as well as the savoury meat and cheese stuffed inside.
Homilpat Patbingsu (address: 43 Sinchonyeokgil)
Homilpat is located right at the T-junction with Myeongmulgeorigil. You’ll see it on the left after walking past Gongcha and GS25 (coming from the direction of Ewha).
We arrived at Homilpat about 10min after they opened at 12pm, and ordered a green tea patbingsu (녹차빙수; 6,500won) to share.
I would highly recommend this place, even over Okrumong Patbingsu, which we visited the day before. The ice shavings were much finer, and the green tea flavour came out much stronger as well. It was also good to have it ‘deconstructed’, as we were able to take as much (or as little) red bean as we wanted with the bingsu. The only thing that Okrumong did better was that their red beans were smoother.
Coffeest Cafe (address: 39 Gyeonghuigung-gil, Jongno-gu)
We hopped on the subway to Gwanghwamun station after our satisfying patbingsu at Homilpat. Upon arriving at Gwanghwamun station, we exited via Exit 8.
We walked past Korea Medical Institute (on the right), and turned right upon reaching Hana Bank (in front). We then crossed the road to get onto 4-gil (7-11 convenience store on the left). Following which, we turned left onto 2-gil, and then turned right at the end of 2-gil. The cafe was deep in a residential neighbourhood, but was surprisingly nearly at full-house. Despite the packed cafe, it was still rather quiet, and quite a good place to snuggle up with a hot cuppa and a good book!
We ordered a cappuccino (5,000won) and an ice drip coffee (Ethiopian blend; 6,500won). The cappuccino was light and frothy, while the ice drip coffee tasted slightly fruity. The cafe ambience was very laid back, and there was even a bookshelf filled with comic books (in Korean of course) for book lovers to relax with a cuppa joe in hand.
Lotte Main Store
To get to Lotte Main Store, we took the subway to Euljiro-1-ga (Line 2), Exit 7.
Kiss The Tiramisu had a stall in the Lotte Food Hall, and we bought an original (4,900won) to share. It was also the first time someone taught me how to eat an icecream! Apparently you should eat the top first, then mix in the rest, as half of the bottom of the cup was mascarpone. I enjoyed the tiramisu ice cream immensely, and was quite happy I got to try it in the end. I had initially thought there was only one stall at Hongdae, but did not see it when I was there, and thought that I had no chance to try it this time.
From Lotte Mall, we took the subway from Euljiro-1-ga direct to Dongdaemun History & Culture Park (Line 2).
We hopped in and out of a few malls in the area, and managed to bargain for some pretty goo deals. I noticed that the male shop owners were more aggressive compared to the female ones, and they would really try to pull you into the shop and hard-sell their stuff.
We went to a few of the malls scattered around the subway station, such as aPm, Doota, Migliore, etc. Most of the designs were not really to my taste, but for those that were, I found that the quality of the clothing was actually not too bad.
When night fell, Dongdaemun Design Plaza really came to life. There were free music performances, as well as numerous food trucks parked around the area.
In between our shopping at Dongdaemun, we ducked into a Yoogane restaurant for dinner. We ordered the chicken galbi for 2 persons (17,000won), and added a bowl of ramyeon (1,500won). The waiters came around to cook for us, and mixed in the ramyeon with the sizzling chicken meat and vegetables.
The chicken meat was tender and the ramyeon with spicy sauce was yummy too when cooked together with the meat and vegetables.
Although not as strong smelling as a BBQ, the enclosed area ensured that the smell of smoky chicken clung to us even after we left.