Creativity & Taste meets – Hongdae Free Market, Isaac Toast

What is your plan other than sleeping on a weekend? Shopping? Hanging out with friends at a coffee shop? How about taking a stroll to Hongdae Playground to visit the well known Hongdae Free Market?

hongdaeHongdae Free Market is usually held on every Saturday throughout March – November every year (closed on rainy days though) which the selling booths are set up like a flea-market-style. Although it says “Free” Market, but, it doesn’t meant that the items are free.


Here, young & creative artists, which are mostly University students, handmade their products and put it up for sale, sometime you may see some of them making the items at their booth as well. Items range from bags, pouches, shoes, caps, handmade toys, key rings and so on, from only 2,000 won onwards!


Also, if you want to get a glimpse of their real live creativity, there are some booths which they will draw a cartoon version of your portrait, of course you will need to buy it as they will only start drawing once you have confirm your order.hongdate6

You may also find yourselves being surrounded by music as there will be live band performance, but fret not, it is free to watch.

So, if you are looking for some one-of-a-kind & unique items for souvenirs, it is recommended that you make a visit to Hongdae Free Market! Check out the map below to get to Hongdae Playground.hongdae2


After a hot day wandering about at the Free Market, I bet your tummy is starting to get hungry and feeling thirsthy. Not to worry, there are many shops & restaurants beside the playground! As for us, we chose something not too full to fill our stomach. After many days of authentic Korean food, we decided to go for something else, so, here we are, Isaac Toast & Coffee!


I am not much difference like others, as when I see “bacon” I just have to try it. Therefore, my lunch of the day was: Bacon toast! Price range from 2,000 ~ 2,500 won for a toast, it is definitely worth trying & eating!

The main ingredient – Bacon, is very well cooked & blended well with cheese, eggs (cooked with sweet corns) & some salad in the middle. Mouth watering sweet aroma of the egg and fresh salads makes it really flavorful, last but not least, the cheese, which gives a touch of savory taste to the bacon itself.tomatillo


Really wanted to thank my friend for introducing Isaac Toast to us. It is rather less heard of among tourists, so it is not a surprise if you have not heard of it either. Recommended for you to try if you are looking for a cheap, delicious & tummy filling food.

Isaac Toast 이삭토스트
Address: Seoul, Mapo-gu, Seogyo-dong, 358-28 서울특별시마포구서교동 358-28
Getting there: Line 2, Hongik University Station, Exit 9 (It is on upper level, right opposite Hongik University main gate.)

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