And OMG the street food! So fatty but to die for. There's all sorts of little snacks you can try as you walk down the shopping lane. I had originally wanted to stay healthy but by the end of the night, I had eaten burritos, deokbokki, red bean fish bread, chocolate covered strawberries, chips on a stick, sausages and more. We also found this place that did special fairy floss and bought one. It's so pretty, and it looked kind of like a flower~~ takes a lot of skill to do that ahah. Plus, all the street food is so cheap, like it's probably 3,000 won for a serving, so I stocked up heaps.
In the evening, we went to some random chicken restaurant. Now, in Korea, I think it's custom to order several dishes and share them, but my family and I thought that it was one separate plate for each person, so we ordered 4 plates of different kinds of chicken. When they came, we were so shocked and we could not even manage to finish half of it because the servings were so large. It was incredibly delicious though -- in the photos below, the first one was regular fried chicken with sesame and the second one was sweet potato and cheese fries. Ugh just thinking about it makes me feel fatter hahah.
Then, probably the most exciting experience of my trip in South Korea -- the Bau Hause Dog Cafe!! Yeah, yeah, we've all heard of cat cafes before, but before going on my trip, I researched long and hard and discovered that there was actually a dog cafe in Hongdae! This was the top place on my list of locations to visit and I'm so glad that I actually got to go through with this experience. It's about a 10-15 minute walk from the central Hongdae shopping place. It really lived up to expectations and was just as fabulous as I had imagined - if not more so. There was a little dog area and a big dog area. You can also bring your own dog there to play with the other dogs. I think that these are all dogs that have been rescued and previously had no home, so the whole cafe vibes just warmed my heart. All the dogs were so friendly. The policy at the cafe was that entry was free but each person had to buy something, and they could stay for an hour. I got the matcha latte and it tasted really nice. You also had the choice to buy snacks for the dogs and this would make you really popular among them. The whole experience was all-round gorgeous and I cannot wait to go back there.
There were also a lot of other fun things to do in Hongdae. The whole atmosphere of the district was very vibrant, young and lively. There were a lot of attractive guys ;) and just random performances on the streets. You could also do a lot of bargaining with the shopkeepers, but it'd be better if you spoke or were Korean as the sellers don't tend to give discounts to foreigners. Also, you get discount if you use cash instead of card. One other thing I was looking forward to was going to Stylenanda and wow, it was a journey getting there! Although it's in Hongdae, it's kind of in a quieter area and you have to weave in and out of streets to get there. But when I did -- <3 _ <3 Absolute heaven. All the clothes were stylish and chic and beautiful and the store layout was awesome. There was a whole beauty section, then a photobooth and up the stairs, there was a really lovely sale section where I bought heels for $20. I wish I could've spent a lot longer there but I was in a rush! I'm just glad that I could've visited the Stylenanda physical store for even 20 minutes, since I've been a huge fan of it online.
After a whirlwind of shopping and eating in 2 days, we finally had to head home. At the airport, I found this awesome Nutella and Go snack pack, which is a total dream. It comes with breadsticks and a nutella compartment, so you can have chocolate dipped biscuits. So GOOD, where can I find them in Australia ahaha?
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