Step aside Gangnam, Sharosugil (샤로수길) is the new hotspot! Named after the shape of Seoul National University’s entrance, Sharosugil is now the go-to place for teenagers and young adults these days.
This hip neighborhood is located at a close proximity to the prestigious university (Directions: Walk towards Gwangak-ro 14gil from Exit 2 of Seoul National University Station) and is now full of independently owned eateries and cafes that have survived the onslaught of commercialisation to form their own unique identity (aka little fast food chains). The cafes here serve a huge variety of unique foods and drinks full of individuality, and at an affordable price too! One thing’s for sure, they definitely know what the younger crowd wants.
Previously a residential area, this place is currently the most bustling and vibrant indie food hub in the whole of Gwanak-gu. Check out the #샤로수길 hashtag on Instagram and you’ll be surprised to see the number of things this humble little street offers.
You’ll be bombarded with a ton of delicious looking food, it’ll make you want to book your next flight to Seoul right away. With that said, here are 6 eateries/cafes you should check out if you’re ever planning to visit this place!
1) Tendong Yotsuya 텐동요츠야
For an authentic taste of Japan in Seoul, try Tendong Yotsuya! Known for their lightly battered and crispy tempuras, this oily bowl of perfection is a joy to dig into! All tempuras are fried to order so its freshness is a given.
Their hot seller, the basic tempura bowl (₩8,000), comes with a variety of different tempuras, from shrimp, pumpkin to even seaweed. It’s so good that 텐동요츠야 appears third on the search result bar after you type in 텐동 on Naver. But get ready to queue because this shop is known for having queues formed even before its official opening hours!
Tendong Yotsuya is opened from 12 pm to 2:30 pm & 5 pm to 9 pm, Tuesday to Sunday.
Address: 서울관악구 관악로14길35
2) Annyeong Vietnam 안녕베트남
If Japanese food is not your thing, fret not, there’s Vietnamese cuisine here too! Sharosugil is a place where the best of all the world’s cuisine converge and form the perfect harmony. The shop’s crispy Bánhxèo (₩12,000) and fragrant Buńchá (₩11,000) is sure to go straight up your alley!
Using only the freshest greens and the richest broth, eating here at Annyeong Vietnam is sure to make you feel all pumped up and refreshed. But if you’re not a fan of those, don’t worry because the other dishes sold here are also as authentic as it can get!
Annyeong Vietnam is opened from 11:30 am to 10 pm daily. Do note that on weekdays, break hour is from 3 pm to 5 pm and on the weekends, break hour is from 4 pm to 5 pm.
Address: 서울관악구 관악로14길70
3) Tailor Slice Pizza 테일러슬라이스피자
Everyone loves pizza but if you know someone who doesn’t then maybe it’s time to find a new friend. But if you are ever up to making your friend a convert (or if you’re simply just craving a slice of pizza after a hearty meal), then this is the shop for you because their pizzas are just so good!
Say bye bye to menus with 6085991 options. With only 4 flavors to choose from, choosing a pizza has never been easier here at Tailor Slice Pizza. Each slice of pizza starts from ₩4,200 and you can pair it with any of the exotic beer this place offers. Mmmmm…
Tailor Slice Pizza is open from 12 pm to 11 pm every day, except Monday where they are open from 5 pm to 11 pm.
Address: 서울관악구 관악로14길28
4) Midlevel 미드레벨
Instagram’s favorite, the Hong Kong bubble waffle, is making its mark in Korea too. And ready to up the bubble waffle game is Midlevel, a Hong Kong-inspired café located in the middle of Sharosugil. Once you’ve seen and eaten this over the top waffle (prices start from ₩4,900), you’ll never want to go back to the basics because the visuals and its taste are out of this world!
The café offers a wide assortment of drinks (prices start from ₩4,000) for you to pair it with the waffle, and you’ll be surprised to know that the drinks here are just as good and just as aesthetically pleasing as the waffles.
Midlevel is opened everyday from 12 pm to 11 pm.
5) Modoru Dabang 모도루다방
Doesn’t a warm cup of coffee (or tea, if you’re like me!) sound like a good way to self-recharge during your downtime? With an interior so warm and so crisp, Modoru Dabang seems like the perfect place for you to relax and get ready for your next adventure.
Best known for their fragrant coffees (starting from ₩4,000) and cherry toast (₩7,500), this is one café you definitely would not want to miss because true to its name, this café will definitely have you wanting to return for more! (‘Modoru’ 戻るmeans to return in Japanese).
Modoru Dabang is open from 12 pm to 10 pm, every day except on Sundays and on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month.
6) Café LILT 릴트
The whole world can let you down, but a slice of cake will never leave you hanging. Humbly opened by a young couple, people can expect to be served heartwarming drinks and scrumptious desserts at LILT.
On top of serving amazing drinks, their cheesecake and brownie will do wonders to your heart and soul. Plus points for the owner’s pretty plating skills and the super gorgeous museum-like interior!
Café Lilt is opened every Tuesday to Friday from 12 pm to 10 pm, and every weekend/public holiday from 12 pm to 9 pm. It is closed on Mondays and on the last Tuesday of every month.
Address: 서울시 관악구 행운1길 50