Hongdae [홍대]

홍대 돈부리 | Hongdae Donburi

Donburi is one of my favorite meals because of how simple it is: just some stuff on top of rice. This place is perfect for a late night meal alone, when you just want something warm and cheap.

Their sign is really bright, making photos difficult…

Once upon a time, Hongdae Donburi was open 24 hours (hence the big 24시 on the sign), but now they’ve got a handwritten sign up saying they close at 1:30am. It’s one of those places I pass by frequently, but don’t remember exists until I see it.


There’s only like 6 seats, all in one row at the counter, so this is not a place to gather with friends. It’s great for eating alone though! Or maybe bringing one other person. You can also get your order to-go, and it’s a very short walk to that newly renovated raised stair area people hang out around.


The ordering process is very simple: decide if your order is for here or to-go, choose your food, confirm, pay (cash or card). The machine sends the order to the kitchen, so you don’t actually talk to anyone. There’s also a menu on the wall with larger photos & English names, if you aren’t sure what’s what.



On my last visit, I stopped by for a to-go order on my way home. I have tried to eat here before only for there to be no seats, and it’s rare that I’ve seen no customers, but eating in is nice too when you can!

Pork Cutlet Bowl ₩5,500

I always get 가츠동 or pork cutlet bowl. It’s nothing fancy, but Hongdae Donburi does a good version of it.

There are a whole bunch of locations of Hongdae Donburi all over Seoul, but I’m not exactly sure what their relationship is since they all seem a bit different…donburi is a simple dish, so I imagine they are all the same basic quality & price, even if run as independent franchises.

  • Hours: 11:00am – 1:30am (seems to change occasionally…)
  • Contact: 02-322-6138
  • Location: 333-1 Seogyo-dong Mapo-gu | 서울 마포구 서교동 333-1

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