Samcheongdong (삼청동)

Friday, 19 February 2016

After walking out from the Bukchon Hanok Village area, we started making our way down Samcheongdong-gil Road (삼청동길), a beautiful street lined with cafés, museums, antique shops and art galleries. But what I liked most were the hanoks (한옥) that have been transformed into cafés/shops because it created a really nice contrast between modern and traditional architecture.

We didn't stop by any of the cafés because we were actually looking for a place to eat lunch. However, we simply could not resist the shops we found along the way selling hotteok (호떡) and churros.

While I was actually waiting to eat hotteok in Insadong (인사동), the information pamplet we picked up from the Tourist Information Centre recommended Samcheongdong Hotteok (삼청동 호떡), which is another popular hotteok shop tucked away in a small alleyway. (I'm so glad we went because the hotteok shop I intended to go in Insadong is no longer there.) We ordered the honey hotteok and it was amazing. A bit smaller than I had imagined hotteok to be, but very tasty nonetheless. They also sold a savoury, vegetable hotteok, but I prefer the sweet filling more.

We ordered a plain churro at Street Churros, but I still preferred the one we had at N Seoul Tower (N서울타워) because it had less of a cinnamon flavour. However, Street Churros does have a bigger menu than the one at the Tower because they also sell drinks, ice cream and hotdogs.

If you're looking for a neighbourhood with a chic and relaxed vibe, I highly suggest visiting Samcheongdong for an hour or two. It's not as popular has the other shopping districts, but I think that's why I enjoyed walking in that area so much because it wasn't crowded with other tourists.

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