Take it all in while eating at Daelim Changgo in Korea

Photos by Chihon Kim
Photos by Chihon Kim

Take it all in while eating at Daelim Changgo in Korea

by Chihon Kim
Stripes Korea

As new entrepreneurs and leather goods’ craftsmen have begun to settle throughout this rustic neighborhood, so have new cafés and eateries mirroring the new tenants’ cool, hip aesthetic.

Daelim Changgo, a café-slash-gallery, is one of those that I happened to stumble upon on my walk around the neighborhood.

The location opened in May 2016 in what was once a rice mill built in the 1970s. Hong Dong-hui, the owner, studied Western painting in college and has a background in architecture and indoor design. You can see his handiwork in the Daelim Chango Gallery, including various sculptures, colorful lighting and interior garden.

From the exterior, the gallery and café look small, but once inside, the spacious interior is overwhelming. The café is divided into four different seating sections — two areas on the first floor with many art pieces and funky paintings in every corner. Another seating area is a tiny space between the first floor and the rooftop. For an escape from the bustling ground floor, head to the rooftop to enjoy experimental art work and a completely different atmosphere.

As for the food, you can choose from full meals such as pasta and wood-fired pizza, or you can go for a quick bite. For drinks, I recommend their fresh juices or cups of joe made from coffee roasted on-site. I picked the Hallabong-ade made of Jeju oranges for 7,500 won (about $6.34) to quench my thirst. The fresh drink was not too sweet and so refreshing! If you’re not driving, they have a great selection of craft beers.

The seats were filled with young locals and foreign tourists there to enjoy the art, and this weekday afternoon. On weekends, you’re required to pay a 10,000 won entrance fee. If this place is busy, “Café Onion” or “Zagmachi” in the neighborhood would be alternative options to enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and great drinks.

Address: 78, Seongsui-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
Price range: 8,000 to 29,000 won 
Phone: 02-449-9669 
Hours: Daily 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 
Website: https://www.instagram.com/daelim_changgo/

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