After appearing in several popular Korean food shows, Phoeun-ro became a popular spot for foodies and couples, who nicknamed it Mangnidan-gil, a combination of the famous Gyeongnidan-gil food street in Itaewon and the Mangwon-dong neighborhood where the street is located. What makes this food street so unique is that most of the restaurants are tiny hole-in-the-wall eateries with just a handful of dishes on their menu. Opening hours short, usually opening from 12:00 until the food is either sold out or the chef just calls it a day, making it common for long lines to form even before a restaurant has opened.
The Mangnidan-gil craze started around 2016 and 2017, when pictures of obscure small cafes and restaurants with unique, gorgeous interiors began to spread all over social media. The quiet neighborhood soon filled with trendy young people and couples looking to take plenty of instagrammable photos and try out new foods; new life was breathed into what was a dying neighborhood.
New restaurants and cafes usually pop up in place of or alongside the old businesses, creating an unusual atmosphere; hip modern places often coexist with small ateliers, shabby shops, and half-collapsed garages. There is a wide range of cuisines available, with owners having full creative freedom to experiment with fusion, western and other dishes, creating unique menus that cannot be found elsewhere. Prices vary accordingly, though the majority of restaurants are casual and tend to be about 10,000 to 15,000 won per person.
|Company Name||Mangnidangil (Phoeunro) (망리단길 (포은로))|
|Category||Fashion & Beauty Food, Drink & Nightlife Tour & Sightseeing Shopping|
|Opening Hours||Varies by Shop|
Poeun-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Take Line 6 to Mangwon Station and go out Exit 2. -> Go right and turn right at the first street -> Walk straight about 300 meters and you will arrive at Mangnidangil.