Seongsu-dong is not a neighborhood famous for cute restaurants and cafes. In the 1960s there were many factories and in the 1970s there were many handmade shoe companies.
Recently, these two locations in Seongsu-dong have gotten popular because some those abandoned buildings have been made into artsy restaurants and cafes. I finally got to visit them both this past Sunday!
At about noon, I got to the huge doors of the Daerim Warehouse. When we tried to go inside, the workers asked us to read the sign outside before walking in.
I’m not sure if the rules are the same during the weekdays, but it required us to buy a 10,000 KRW entrance fee that was exchangeable with a drink. Part of it went to the drink, and part of it went to the gallery because this was a gallery/cafe/restaurant all in one place.
At the cafe counter, we exchanged our entrance fee receipts for our drinks, and also ordered food.
We decided to get the Beef and Mushroom Salad and Carbonara Pizza. After receiving the buzzer for the drinks, we had to take our food receipt to the food counter, and we received another buzzer for the food.
While we waited, we made a quick walk around the gallery. There were many big tables that were laid out spaciously, so it looked great for big groups and families.
BZZZZ!! Time for drinks and food.
Our drinks were ready. We were starving because we skipped breakfast. A few minutes later we got our second buzzer telling us to come get the food.
The Carbonara Pizza. 23,000 KRW. Topped with bacon, parmesan cheese slices, parsley, mozzarella cheese, and an egg!
The Beef and Mushroom Salad. 19,000 KRW. Green veges with shiitake mushroom, shimeji mushroom, white mushroom, tomatoes, grilled beef, and balsamic vinegar dressing. This fulfilled my salad craving. 🙂 The beef was delicious even by itself.
After our meal, we walked around some more to digest and look at the artworks in more detail.
Our next stop, Onion,
was on the other side of the station, so we went back the way we came from, went upstairs to cross through the subway station and got out of exit 2.
We were quickly able to find this cafe.
I was curious because they were famous for their unique interior and their signature bread.
It was called Pandor (Golden Bread). It’s covered in powdered sugar and it’s soft. I didn’t get to try this time… I should have taken one to-go but that didn’t even cross my mind because I was so full.
Chocolate tarts and savory breads as well.
People were enjoying their food and drinks at benches, tables, and rooftop.
Hope you enjoy your stay in these cafes!
More information about these two locations:
Seongsu-dong Daerim Warehouse Gallery Column
ADDRESS: 서울특별시 성동구 성수이로 78
Seoul Seongdong-gu Seongsu-2-ro 78
PHONE NUMBER: 02-499-9669
You should see this mural on your right.
Continue walking straight until you see the building on your left.
HOURS: weekdays 8AM-10PM. weekends 10AM-10PM
ADDRESS: 서울특별시 성동구 아차산로9길 8 (성수동2가 277-135)
Seoul, Seongdong-gu Achasan-ro 9-gil 8 (Seongsu-dong 2-ga 277-135)
PHONE NUMBER: 070-7816-2710
If the weather is nice, and you need some exercise, I recommend walking towards Seoul Forest for a 30 minute walk. There’s another one of these container box shopping malls! Pandas are waiting to take selfies with you at Under Stand Avenue.