Hanok restaurants in Seoul: Ca'del Lupo
A hanok is a traditional Korean house that is well-made and is beautiful without the use of additional adornments. Hanok buildings have an open garden and lots of windows, allowing for plenty of natural sunlight and air to reach its occupants, which helps create a relaxed and peaceful ambience. In the following column, we introduce some of the best restaurants in Seoul that operate in traditional hanok buildings.
Hyoja-dong in Seochon, which gets its name from its location (‘Seo’ meaning west in Korean), is nestled to the west of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Maintaining the charms of both old and new Seoul, the restaurants in this area also reflect these characteristics. For this reason, the quiet little neighborhood has become a popular dining spot, particularly at Ca'del Lupo. Equally loved by locals and visitors from abroad, Ca'del Lupo has created a unique blend of Korean and Italian in the heart of a beautiful hanok house.
Ca'del Lupo has two sign boards, “Ca'del lupo” (meaning "house of the wolf in Italian"), and “Ujeongnu” in Chinese characters, which means “a place where a cow drinks from the well.” Cows are a symbol of power and wellness in Korea. Opened in 2008 after partial renovations, the restaurant serves delicious homemade Italian food.
The restaurant is quite cozy as it only has four tables. The menu changes almost on a monthly basis, as the restaurant uses only the freshest local ingredients. Besides serving top notch Italian dishes, they also serve delicious hanu (Korean beef) steaks. All dishes are presented beautifully, with a good balance between Western and Korean tastes.
- Address: 5-5 Jahamun-ro 16-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
- Hours: 12:00-15:00 (Lunch) / 18:00-22:00 (Dinner) (Reservation required via phone.)
- Menu: Home-made style Italian cuisine
- Directions: Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) Exit 3. Walk straight from the exit for about 600 m and turn right onto Jahamun-ro 16-gil. Then, take your first left and the restaurant will be ahead on the left.
- Inquiries: +82-2-734-5233 (Korean, English)
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