Best Brunch Spots in Hannam-dong
We, as self-proclaimed brunch experts, have spent many a weekend lining up for eggs and pancakes in just about every neighborhood in Seoul; and We must say, Hannam-dong is the place to beat. Renowned for its charming atmosphere and endless array of hip restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques and small galleries, this sought-after neighborhood has attracted a new wave of hip, artsy locals. For all you brunch enthusiasts out there, try your luck at snagging a table at one of its up-and-coming spots and indulge yourself in delectable platters. Scroll down to check out our top picks of the best brunch spots in this trendy little neighborhood.
Best Brunch Spots in Hannam-dong
Start your weekend right with classics
Oasis offers classic brunch items like eggs Benedict and French toast as well as less classic options like the Reuben (which your taste buds just might fall in love with). The food here is made with market-fresh ingredients and handled with the utmost care, so safe to say that each dish is worth every penny. If you feel like indulging yourself in something more decadent, try the grilled banana French toast, served with caramelized bananas, ricotta cheese and almonds.
Oasis first opened in the ritzy Chungdam-dong neighborhood in 2009 and has remained popular since. The recently opened Hannam-dong branch is set in a two-story brick house where you can enjoy an all-day brunch in a warm and peaceful setting, filled with a faint aroma of Eucalyptus. If you want to beat the rush on weekends, consider showing up at 10 a.m. when it opens, or around 3 p.m. when service is winding down.
Oasis is the kind of gem every neighborhood needs. Dare I say, the greatest brunch restaurant in Seoul?
The crème de la crème of bread and pastries
Attention all carb lovers! San Francisco’s most famous bakery has finally opened its very first overseas flagship in Hannam-dong.
Renowned for its country bread, Tartine created the Hannam multigrain – made with Korean pine nuts and makgeolli (fermented rice wine) – exclusively for this branch. Be prepared to go carb crazy. You can order from a wide selection of pastries as well as from an eclectic brunch menu – our favorite dishes include the egg sandwich, banmi, and the avocado smorrebrod (sandwiches available starting 11:30am). And make sure to leave some room for their scrumptious bread pudding.
Order downstairs and head upstairs to the airy dining room. A beautiful wood-accented space with pretty lanterns hanging throughout, this neat interior combines Scandinavian and Japanese influences, echoing the aura of the Tartine Manufactory in San Francisco. Tartine Bakery recently opened its second overseas branch in Seoul on the first floor of the RYSE Hotel near Hongdae.
A must-go spot for Asian-style brunching
Had your fare share of classic American brunch? Take a step out of your comfort zone and try the sensational Asian cuisine that this brunch spot has to offer. Dotz has everything from Singapore style chicken rice to Hong Kong French toast topped with flavorful kaya, butter and maple syrup. But what really makes this place absolutely amazing? The katsu sando. This Japanese style sandwich offers a generously sized fried pork cutlet that once you take a bite into, will literally melt in your mouth and leave a salivating hint of citrus Yuzu behind.
And catering to customers’ taste buds isn’t its only concern. The restaurant’s sleek interior filled with marble tables and stylish tableware is finished with VP Globe pendant lights by Verpan, creating an artsy touch.
Just a reminder, the katsu sando, Hong Kong French toast and a few other items on the menu are only available during lunch hours. The good news is you can enjoy those dishes all day long on Sundays! Plus, they take reservations, so you won’t have to wait in line for hours on end.
Enjoy the city’s finest open sandwiches
A short stroll from the Hangangjin subway station, Underyard offers a limited list of brunch-y items that includes some seriously delicious open sandwiches. Most people go for the avocado sandwich (the avocado craze is real!), but I would personally recommend the ricotta tomato green sandwich. A symphony of colors and tastes, it’s the perfect ensemble of basil pesto, ricotta cheese, marinated tomatoes and crunchy radish slices. Oh, and if you order the shakshuka (FYI the only warm dish on the menu) make sure to ask for a refill (or two) of bread, so you can savor every last drop of the flavorful stew. If you’re opting for something lighter, the homemade yogurt with fresh fruit and granola is just for you.
Run by a former GQ magazine editor and his wife, Underyard Hannam doesn’t miss a beat – its food, plating and music create a perfect harmony that tantalizes the senses. Plus, they now offer a to-go service which is perfect for your weekend picnic! Can it get any better than that?
Make sure to check out their flagship in Nonhyeon-dong too.
Comfort food with a cosmopolitan twist
With trendy restaurants springing up all over Hannam-dong, there aren’t many places like the Tasting Room, a neighborhood staple that has maintained its original quality over time. Italian and Southern fare offered with a fusion twist, you can’t go wrong with their green monster flat bread topped with a generous amount of spinach, tomatoes, bacon and parmesan cheese. Take a bite into their slightly spicy tomato based Sicilian meatball egg pan and you’ll be begging for more. If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, try the crispy tripe jambalaya, a local favorite. And why not order a refreshing mojito or beer to go with it? After all, what’s brunch without a bit of alcohol. A word to the wise: save some room for the savory-sweet sea salt popcorn ice cream. You won’t regret it.
Plus, since most people are busy exploring the plethora of new eateries in the neighborhood, don’t stress yourself out about waiting for a table here.