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Spending a day in Trendy Mullae: Seoul Neighborhood Guide

June 16, 2021
The ultimate guide to spending a day in trendy Mullae, Seoul packed with local favorite spots from restaurants to cafes.

Spending a day in Trendy Mullae (문래): Seoul Neighborhood Guide

What to Know Before You Go

Mullae located in western Seoul is one of the hottest up-and-coming neighborhoods.

Recently I got the chance to explore it with a friend who lives nearby and checked out all the hidden gems it has to offer.

The overall vibe is very industrial and old-style but then out of nowhere, you can find a modern coffee shop next to traditional Korean food restaurants.

It’s still a very local artist-focused area without tourists and is small enough that you can see all of Mullae in an afternoon.

The neighborhood is eerily similar to Bushwick, Brooklyn which has the same artsy and industrial vibe.

The Mullae vibe is very relaxed compared to most areas in Seoul.

How to Get to Mullae

Before traveling around Seoul make sure to download Naver Maps as Google Maps doesn't work well at all in South Korea. I included all the recommended spots to visit in Korea so you can easily copy & paste them into Naver Maps for a simple navigation experience.

Find all the best spots in this old-meets-new neighborhood easily with Naver Maps.
By Subway:

Take line 2 (green line) going towards Kkachisan (까치산) and get off at Mullae Station (문래) exit 7 which is only a 5-minute walk from the best spots in Mullae. You will walk straight by the Mullae Neighborhood Park (문래근린공원) and then you will arrive at your destination.

By Taxi:

Download the app Kakao Taxi beforehand to easily call a taxi in seconds. Select your preferred destination and select general request and for payment method select pay to the driver to pay with an international card. When using a taxi it is easier to find the address if you type it in Korean so I included all the places in Korean as well for easier access.

Where to Drink and Dine in Mullae

Coffee:

Rust Bakery (러스트 베이커리)

Rust Bakery is one of my absolute favorite bakeries finds in Seoul. The selection is amazing and it was hard to choose what to eat let alone not buy the whole store. My friend and I settled on a delicious s'mores pie with Einspanner coffee. If you love bread, cake, or coffee Rust Bakery is a must-go-to spot in Mullae.

Rust Bakery (러스트 베이커리)
  • Address: 15 Gyeongin-ro 79-gil, Mullae-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (서울 영등포구 경인로79길 15)
  • Hours: Everyday 11:00 - 22:00
  • Phone: +82 070 8805 0815
  • Metro Stop: Mullae (문래)
  • Website: Link
  • Social Media: Instagram
The delish s'more's pie in all it's glory.

Cafe Salt (카페 솔트)

Cafe Salt is a beautifully designed cafe in the heart of Mullae. Here you can find lattes, ades, and tea to go with one of the signature desserts including a croffle or a sweet pumpkin cheesecake. The cafe has a very cozy vibe and the seating is limited so I recommend visiting as soon as they open.

Cafe Salt (카페 솔트)
  • Address: 12 Dorim-ro 133-gil, Mullae-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (서울 영등포구 도림로133길 12)
  • Hours: Weekdays 12:30 - 21:50 | Sunday 12:30 - 19:50 | Closed on Mondays
  • Phone: +82 0507 1338 1540
  • Metro Stop: Mullae (문래)
  • Website: N/A
  • Social Media: Instagram

Eats:

Yankees Grill (양키스 그릴)

Yankees Grill if you could guess by the name is an American-style restaurant specializing in steak that won't hurt your wallet. The atmosphere is similar to an American-style dinner and I recommend ordering the New York steak with fries for less than $20 USD. If you are a steak lover on a budget like me this restaurant cannot be missed.

Yankees Grill (양키스 기릴)
  • Address: 434-9 Dorim-ro, Mullae-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (서울 영등포구 도림로 434-9)
  • Hours: Weekdays 11:30 - 22:00 | Weekends 12:00 - 22:00 | Break-time 15:30 - 17:00
  • Phone: +82 070 8836 2819
  • Metro Stop: Mullae (문래)
  • Website: N/A
  • Social Media: Instagram
Take a bite of the best $20 steak at Yankee's Grill
Green Greet (그린릿)

Green Greet is a restaurant specializing in delicious and healthy salads. The ingredients are all fresh and organically sourced so you can feel good about what you are eating. It is vegetarian and vegan-friendly which is not super easy to find in Korea.

Green Greet (그린릿)
  • Address: 775 Gyeongin-ro, Mullae-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (서울 영등포구 경인로 775 1동 107호)
  • Hours: Weekdays 08:00 - 19:00 | Closed on Weekends | Break-time 14:00 - 16:00
  • Phone: +82 0507 1331 2098
  • Metro Stop: Mullae (문래)
  • Website: N/A
  • Social Media: Instagram

Drinks:

after work club

After Work Club is a coffee shop by day that transforms into a cocktail bar by night. The vibe is very modern and the music adds to the chill atmosphere. It's the perfect place for grabbing a drink after work as the name suggests or anytime in my opinion.

after work club
  • Address: 10 Dorim-ro 133-gil, Mullae-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (서울 영등포구 도림로133길 10 1층)
  • Hours: Weekdays 13:00 - 21:50 | Sunday 12:30 - 19:50 | Closed on Mondays
  • Phone: +82 010 8805 1540
  • Metro Stop: Mullae (문래)
  • Website: N/A
  • Social Media: Instagram
©after work club's Instagram
Island 203 (아일랜드 203)

Island 203 provides an escape to the beach as a tropical-themed pub in the middle of Seoul. Here you can expect to find tasty fruit cocktails, craft beer, along with bar snacks such as prosciutto to melt-in-your-mouth double-fried pork. If you want to escape the city life for a few hours this is the perfect spot.

Island 203 (아일랜드 203)
  • Address: 9 Gyeongin-ro 79-gil, Mullae-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (서울 영등포구 경인로79길 9 1층)
  • Hours: Weekdays 17:00 - 22:00 | Weekends 12:00 - 22:00 | Closed on Mondays
  • Phone: +82 02 2677 3622
  • Metro Stop: Mullae (문래)
  • Website:
  • Social Media: Instagram
The ultimate tropical-themed in Seoul

Unique Things to Do in Mullae

Mullae Art Village (문래예술공단)

Mullae Art Village is one of the main reasons why Mullae has become an increasingly trendy spot due to the influx of artists coming to the art and creating crafts, street art, and paintings in the small village. Here you can find artists working in small outdoor warehouses and possibly spot the next hottest exhibition in the works.

Make your own Latte Art or try 3-D printing at Makers Union

Maker's Union is a unique gallery, cafe, and craft space all rolled into one. Here you can make your own custom latte art, create 3-D art, or even take part in special craft workshops such as leather-crafting. It's the perfect place to learn a new craft and make a unique gift or souvenir.

Makers Union (메이커스유니온스퀘어)
  • Address: 10 Dangsan-ro, Teakwang Building Unit 403, Mullae-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (서울 영등포구 당산로 10 태광빌딩 403호)
  • Hours: Weekdays 17:00 - 22:00 | Weekends 12:00 - 22:00 | Closed on Mondays
  • Phone: +82 02 512 0383
  • Metro Stop: Mullae (문래)
  • Website: Link
  • Social Media: Instagram
©Maker's Union Instagram
Ride a Bike Along Han Gang (한강)

Han Gang is a must-visit place in Korea and luckily Mullae village is located only a short bike ride away from my favorite area of the river-side park. You can find a bike to rent easily by downloading the app 따릉이 which provides a map with the closest bikes near you and you can easily rent without leaving the app. You can rent a bike for 1 hour for less than $1 USD and is a fun way to see more of Mullae on the way to the park. At the park, you can see beautiful views of Seoul and can even order fried chicken.

Want to visit Mullae? Pin this handy guide to use on your next trip!

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