Ikseon-dong is one of the oldest neighborhoods in central Seoul, which was kind of forgotten for quite a long time, but is gaining more attention right now. Recently, it started growing as a new trendy part of the town, where young artists and locals with creative state of minds are starting their own business and finding peace inside of the busy and noisy city of Seoul.
This neighbourhood is mostly known for their Hanok (Korean traditional architecture), but recently more cafes and trendy stores are being opened, so I could not pass by without looking what new they’ve got on the table and I unexpectedly stumbled upon an amazing cafe – bar located in one of the narrow streets of this neighbourhood.
“The Summer” is a newly opened lounge bar & cafe in Ikseon-dong.
Originally, it served its purpose only as a bar and as of this summer has been opened as a cafe as well. Actually, the owners are still working on creating the suitable atmosphere for the daytime, so when we came there at 12 PM when it was originally supposed to open, we got to know that it will open only at 1:30 PM.
We took a stroll around the neighborhood and came to see that there were already many people waiting at the door, who came there earlier – just like us. I guess, despite it being opened late, everyone decided to wait? Just in case you might get into a similar situation, I would recommend calling them in advance or coming a little bit later in the day.
The interior is totally amazing – some people say it reminds then of Bangkok, some – that it gives them Miami vibes! Even though the building originally was a Hanok house, it was repainted and transformed into a light-colored oasis, which even has a swimming pool inside! (No, unfortunately, you cannot swim in there)
Even though the interior is really pretty inside, you might need to be patient in order to get beautiful pictures – the place is completely new, so every single visitor is there to hunt down that perfect Instagram shot!
They also have comfortable seating, but most of the tables are designed for two people, so if you come in a bigger group, you might need to wait a little longer for your seat.
As for the menu – they serve soft drinks, desserts, food and also alcohol, so anyone could find something suitable for them. Therefore, I would say that the prices are a little bit high for what you get. On the other hand, the staff provides a really high-quality service, so I suppose you get what you pay for 🙂
We ordered a Watermelon Slush and Topaz Juice. Both drinks tasted good, but I would say that you should be careful with topaz if you cannot eat or drink sour things – the taste was quite strong.
I liked that they care about the design of their products as well – Topaz juice came in a separate bottle for me to pour it in myself, so that made my experience more unique. I saw that other customers also got some drinks, which had bananas, shaped like dolphins on them as well! Isn’t it cool?
We did not try the food, so I cannot comment on that. Originally we wanted to get Bingsu, but they did not have it at that time, so maybe you are going to be luckier than me!
In conclusion, I would say that “The Summer” is a great place to relax and take some beautiful pictures, especially if you are into trendy cafes! Bring your camera, beautiful outfit and a great mood – you will have a great time!
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Place: The Summer Lounge Bar & Cafe
Adress: Seoul, Jongro-Gu, Donhwamun-ro 11gil 31-9
Working time: 12:00 – 01:00
Prices: 7,5$ – 32$
(most beverage drinks are around 10$)