Passion Street (Namyeong, Seoul, South Korea)

One of the best parts of living in a big city and particularly Seoul is the close proximity of food options. Living at The Prime Apartments has definitely been super convenient. We are in a relatively “quieter” part of Seoul, are close to 3 subways: Namyeong, Sookmyung University, and Samgakji and have a lot of food options nearby. I would say the majority of our options are Korean or Japanese and occasionally we get sad that we aren’t closer to Itaewon. Itaewon may be noisy and crowded, but there are a lot more foreign foods to choose from. Some days you just want some Italian or a burger. Lately though, more and more shops have been opening up in the streets behind us.  We recently started randomly popping into these establishments so we could see how they fare, and surprisingly, some of them are quite good!  Here are our thoughts on the area called “Passion Street” or “Passion Island.”  If you live in this area too, let us know what your favorite establishment is! We’re always looking for tasty food close to home!

Passion Street Map

1.  Dall Pasta (달파스타)
51-1 Cheongpadong 3(sam)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (서울 용산구 백범로 90 라길 19 (2층))
Phone: 070-4078-6731

2.  Samgak Pizza (삼각핏자)Samgak Pizza (삼각핏자)
43-23, Wonhyoro 1(iI)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (서울시 용산구 원효로1가 43-23)
Phone: 02-707-3874
Hours: 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM

3.  Food Price Club
43-12, Wonhyoro 1(iI)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (서울시 용산구 원효로1가 43-12)
Phone: 7150-9734
Hours: Weekdays: 24 hours, Saturday: 1:00 PM – 12:00 AM, Sunday: Closed

Food Price Club is a mini Costco, and it is amazing that is it right downstairs from our house!  They offer only canned, jarred, dried, or frozen goods, so you won’t find any fresh veggies or meats, but it is still an amazing place.  The best part….no membership is required, just walk right on in.  I have bought things here that they don’t have available at the commissary, or that are just cheaper than at the commissary.  I love this place and if you live in the area, I highly recommend that you go by and see what they have.

4. In Station Cafe and Bar
43-1, Wonhyoro 1(iI)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (서울시 용산구 원효로1가 43-1)

We watched the slow metamorphosis of this place.  It started out as a little trolley car in an open room, then they enclosed the room, then the trolley car left, and then it looked more like a cafe. We also really enjoyed their sign that says In Station Cafe during the day and In Station Bar during the evening, very clever. This place is usually bumping in the evening, as locals from the neighboring buildings play some darts or grab a few drinks and unwind from their day.  They offer beverages ranging from Americano coffees to bottles of Titos Vodka and quite a few things in between.  In Station even has a few food items, but I’ve never tried them.

5. Du Hwa Dang
57-10, Wonhyoro 1(iI)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (서울시 용산구 원효로1가 57-10)
Phone: 02-718-8334
Hours: 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM

If you’ve never tried dofuhwa, a soft silky tofu dessert that is very popular in Chinese culture, then you need to stop by Du Hwa Dang and give it a try.  The owner lived in China for sometime and learned how to make this tasty dessert while she was there.  If you decide that dofuhwa isn’t really your thing, then you can also try their fresh soy milk, coffee, tea, juices, ice cream and other desserts.

6. Bottle Sauna
57-10, Wonhyoro 1(iI)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (서울시 용산구 원효로1가 57-10)
Phone: 02-718-8334
Hours: 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM

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Don’t let the funny name dissuade your from stopping by this shop which offers craft beers from around the world.  If you are tired of Cass and Hite and are looking for something to tickle your taste buds, then this is the place for you.  Although it is small, they have a pretty decent selection and the staff is really friendly and knowledgeable.  You should feel free to pull up a stool and just drink your beer there and chat about what your next brew will be.  Prices are affordable, and you can’t beat the location….at least for us!

7. Yeol Jong Do Gogi Jib (Passion Gogi House)
121-74, Wonhyoro 1(iI)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (서울시 용산구 원효로1가 121-74)
Phone: 070-8256-6331
Hours: 5:30 PM – 11:00 PM (Closed Sundays)

If you’re looking for a Korean BBQ restaurant with friendly servers and yummy samgyoepsal, then Passion Gogi House is worth a stop. The restaurant is run by a group of young men who seems to really enjoy what they do.

Overall, we are very fortunate to have so many tasty options near our house, and I think a lot of our neighbors feel this way as well.  If you’re ever in the Namyeong area, definitely stop in at one of the many restaurants and shops!

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