|Hongik University Station.|
|Little man ready to explore Hongdae!|
We found this row of colorful artworks on display as we made our way to the Children's Playground, where the flea market was supposed to be.
|Fly, turtle, fly!|
|Artist at work.|
|A group of boys dancing in heels.|
|Impressed, and very curious as to why the boys were wearing 'girls' shoes'.|
|A magician draws a huge crowd.|
|Aspiring girl group, maybe?|
|Spotted in Hongdae - rapper San E!|
|I reckon their menu is inspired by Descendants of the Sun?|
|Old school arcade games!|
|Just another standee of Song Joong Ki. He's practically all over Seoul! :)|
|Plushies of varying sizes. Pikachu is popular even before the advent of Pokemon Go.|
|Cute tops at bargain prices.|
|Cath Kidston feels.|
|Belgian Chocolate and coffee make a good combination.|
|Hello Kitty Cafe!|
Even the walls are a joy to look at as they have been transformed into colorful works of art.
We saw even more artsy fartsy stuff at the Free Market, a marketplace for young artists. Unlike the typical flea market which sells second-hand goods, the Hongdae Free Market sells only handmade, genuinely creative artwork.
|Cats come to life in this mural|
|And more murals down this alley.|
|The iconic Hongdae playground.|
|The market is abuzz!|
The market is open from 1pm to 6pm every Saturday from March to November, and is held at Hongdae's iconic Children's Playground. Take note that there's no Free Market during the winter, as this season is not conducive for such outdoor activities.
At the Handmade Flea Market, we found these super cute scented figurines made by Kim So Hyun. I specifically took one of her business cards, so that I may remember her name and mention her when I finally blog about our trip to Hongdae.
I was so enamored by her work that I bought this Totoro figurine, which comes in a refreshing, cotton scent. I paid 5000 won (around Php 200) for this; a pretty reasonable price considering they're handmade and well-crafted.
Yue was impressed by Ms. Kim's Moomins and Totoros that she wanted a picture of them together. Ms. Kim gamely smiled for the camera, although her initial reaction was a mixture of surprise and disbelief. Haha. :)
I've tried other brands of churros before - including the churros from McDonald's Korea and the churros sold at N Seoul Tower - but none of them come close to the ones from Churro 101.
Their churros are beyond delicious, I kid you not. And they have a variety of flavor options, too. They have the original churros (plain, sugar-coated, or cinnamon-coated), the chocolate-coated churros (eight different chocolate flavors to choose from), and the filled churros (four fillings to choose from).
We had a hard time choosing which flavor to get, as we wanted to try them all. Yue and I ended up choosing Set Menu #4 priced at 4500 won (around 186 pesos), which includes a Deep Fried Oreo Churro and a cup of vanilla ice cream.
Three other set menus are available, with prices ranging from 4000 to 5000 won. When bought ala carte, this Deep Fried Oreo Churro costs 3900 won.
We loved their churros so much that we bought a few more pieces to-go so that we can enjoy these yummy treats at home together with my husband. We bought the Top 4 Take Out Set, sold at 9900 won (around Php 410), and comes with Churro 101's best-selling flavors - Original Cinnamon, Sugar, Milk Custard and Chocolate
I swear, my mouth is watering right now as I write. Those Deep Fried Oreo Churro created a lasting impression on my taste buds that I wouldn't mind making that 25-minute trip (that's 14 subway stops away from where we live) to Hongdae just so I could sink my teeth into them.
Hongdae is now officially my most favorite place in Seoul, and I will definitely be visiting this neighborhood again on my next trip - even if I have to brave the freezing cold winter weather and the throng of people at exit 9.
|A balloon dart game, with huge stuffed animals as prizes.|
|Buyers checking out the goods.|
|Handmade scented figurines.|
|Hello, Miss Kim! :)|
In Hongdae, I also made a monumental discovery. I found the best churros in the world - Churro 101.
|Making our way to what would be a monumental discovery, lol!|
|So many flavors to choose from!|
|Deep Fried Oreo Churro + vanilla ice cream.|
|This churro is heaven on earth.|
|Enjoying his churro!|
|Their tagline is for real. :)|
|Hongdae, how we miss you so!|