Kathy and I spent a day walking around Hongdae, a neighborhood known for its vibrant culture. It’s one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Seoul, filled with eccentric food stalls and clothing shops, the streets packed with students, neon signs, Karaoke bars and fried chicken restaurants as far as the eye can see.


hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photography

hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photography

hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photography

hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photographyLunch at a traditional bokkeumbap spot.


hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photographyCHILSENG CIDER. Seriously, where in London can I find this? I’ve been craving it ever since I left Korea. It’s a less sweet, extra carbonated version of Sprite. It’s delicious and I want it now.


hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photographyBokkeumbap: Soft rice cakes, kimchi, spring onions, and other veggies, stir friend with white rice and placed on top of a large pile of cheese.


hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photographyI need to be transported back to this moment. The most perfect cheesy goodness.


hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photography

hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photographyStores literally on top of other stores.


hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photographyNo other country has a sock game as strong as Korea’s.


hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photography

hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photographyHotteok: a sweet pancake that’s fried and filled with a syrupy chestnut mixture and topped with crushed mixed nuts. I think Kathy and I had at least one of these a day.


hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photographySweet corn bread baked with an egg.


hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photographyEverything in Seoul is almost cartoonishly cute– case and point: these popsicles.


hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photographySo many tiny shops and stalls pack the narrow side streets.


hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photographyThe street food here is something out of my wildest dreams. Just look at this waffle cone filled with fries and sausage.


hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photographyA giant waffle on a stick topped with fresh whipped cream.


hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photographyPizza waffles?! Why the hell hasn’t this food found its way to the USA?


hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photography

hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photographyThe first of three animal themed cafes that Kathy and I visited over my trip in SK. This is the Thanks Nature Cafe. It features two sheep that literally just chill outside the cafe. There are benches for you to sit where the sheep can come up to you while you enjoy a latte.


hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photography

hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photographyMore street food: caramelized sugar molded into disks and other easy to eat shapes, usually made by an 80 year old woman over a tiny burner on the sidewalk.


hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photography

hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photography

hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photography

hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photographyA very nondescript commercial area that held mainly business buildings and also the BEST cafe in all of Seoul…


hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photographyPuppy cafe!!!!!! Literally dozens of dogs all ages, breeds, and sizes just running around a large cafe.


hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photographyThis chick had 3 chihuahuas sleeping on her lap.


hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photographyKathy making some friends.


hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photographySup.


hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photography

hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photographyMy new buddy.


hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photographySo sleepy from a day of attention.


hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photographyLook at that derpy face.


hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photographyThe tiniest Pomeranian. He probably weighed like 2 pounds. It took all of my self control to not just stick him in my purse and bring him to London.


hongdae seoul south korea halfdazed sarah kuszelewicz photographyIt was a long and exciting day for all of us.

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