Aged just six years old, the mighty Casablanca Sandwicherie is already the granddaddy of foreign-owned food places in Haebangchon, the purveyors of the best sandwiches in Korea, and one of our little favela’s best-loved institutions. (If you haven’t been there yet, stop reading this and just go; it’ll soon become one of your favourite places in the city. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.)
I recently realized that to my genuine surprise I’d never written about one of my favourite places in the city, and certainly my favourite place to get a cocktail, the mighty Mix&Malt. Anyone who follows my Instagram knows that I spend far too much time and money there, but for those who don’t and are somehow still out of the loop, here are my top five reasons to hop a bus, subway or taxi up to Hyehwa.
Wherever you go in Korea you’re never far from great mandu, and even those who are partial to a good gyoza are spoiled for choice. But when it comes to the Chinese variety, good dumplings are thin on the ground; and having been lucky enough to try the real thing in Sydney, Hong Kong and various other points around the globe, it didn’t take me long to work out that Seoul dim sum is hit and miss at best and pretty rubbish most of the time.