Hongdae is known for many things, such as its boisterous night life and its artistic flair, all marked by youth vibes. But it’s also the home of secret cafe spots that bring the much needed rest and serenity in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city.
Nak Rang Parlour, the name of the first coffee shop to ever open in Korea, has been standing for forty years in the Yeonnam neighborhood. Filled with antique household goods, it will get you feeling some sort of way with the wave of nostalgia that hits you.
I highly recommend the mango shaved ice, which I tried the first time I went to Nakrang Parlour last summer. Needless to say, my mom and I destroyed it within minutes. They use fresh mangoes, instead of frozen ones, and the shaved ice is refreshing without being too milky or watered down with sweet condensed milk.
So the next time you’re around, pop in Nakrang Parlour and enjoy yourself at the self-proclaimed “oasis in the alley.”
BUSINESS HOURS: Tuesday- Sunday 12 P.M.- 10 P.M. (Closed on Mondays)