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Songdo Café Street, Incheon

2023-09-18 04:11:40 No. of Views 138

3. Food Trip through Hidden Alleys of Korea : Songdo Café Street - Fusion food and interesting cafés in an urban oasis

Alley Map - 1: Songdo Café Street, 2: G-Tower, 3: Songdo Central Park, 4: Hyundai Premium Outlet, Food: MAXTELLA, Ginosko, Forest Outings

From Songdo’s Central Park to hanok, gratin combined with tteokbokki, and bakeries, Songdo Café Street is a window into the different faces of Korea. The same goes for Incheon’s Songdo International Business District, located about 1 hr 30 min away from the Incheon International Airport by public transport. If you are in a layover through the Incheon International Airport, take some time to explore this urban oasis from Songdo’s Canal Walk to good food, leisurely walks, and shopping.

Songdo Café Street Itinerary
*Click on each course to see details.
1. Songdo Café Street

Walk along a canal at

#Cultural #Canal #Walk

Songdo Café Street is located on Canal Walk, a cultural space and a shopping mall full of restaurants and things to do. Since its opening in 2009, Songdo Canal Walk has become a landmark tourist site in the area, featuring long rows of cafés and restaurants arrayed along canals. It is organized into four buildings after the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Each building is connected with walking trails.

  • Address 107, Art center-daero, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon


Where tteokbokki and gratin come together,

#Fusion #TteokbokkiGratin #OmeletRice

After walking through Café Street, head to MAXTELLA, located about 5 min away on foot from the Spring Building. MAXTELLA’s menu consists of pasta, salad, and steak dishes. Its signature dish, "seafood tteokbokki gratin," is a fusion dish that brings together Korea’s tteokbokki (stir-fried rice cake) with gratin. Tteokbokki is a popular street snack made by stir-frying rice cakes, red chili paste, and vegetables. It is often arranged in different styles, such as cheese tteokbokki, royal tteokbokki (made with soy sauce), and oil tteokbokki.

MAXTELLA’s signature menu, Seafood Tteokbokki Gratin

MAXTELLA’s "seafood tteokbokki gratin" features a sumptuous collection of seafood, such as squid, blue crab, shrimp, and mussels. Both rice cakes and spaghetti noodles are used in this dish. The spiciness from tteokbokki is mitigated by cheese, and the crunchy texture from cabbage and vegetables helps to perk up the dish.

MAXTELLA’s Omelet Rice to mitigate the spiciness

For those who don’t particularly enjoy spicy food, MAXTELLA’s omelet rice menu offers a great alternative to tteokbokki’s spiciness through the softness of the egg on top of fried rice.


  • Address 232, Central-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon

  • Opening Hours Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays / Wednesday-Sunday 11:30 - 22:00 (Break 15:00-17:30)

  • Signature Menu and Prices (March 2023) Seafood Tteokbokki Gratin (KRW 21,000),
    MAXTELLA Omelet Rice (KRW 16,000),
    MAXTELLA Cobb Salad (KRW 18,000)

  • Instagram https://www.instagram.com/maxtella_cate/

3. G-Tower

For the best view of Songdo:

#View #NightView #Essential

To capture the harmony of the city and nature at Songdo, go to IFEZ* Promotion Hall Observatory on the 33rd floor of the G-Tower. One has a view of not only Songdo but also Oido Island, famous for its tidal flat and grilled clams, and the Incheondaegyo Bridge, 23 km away from the platform, which made this observatory an essential part of any visit to Songdo.

Each observation point has inscriptions of the scenery and the buildings that can be seen from that point, so those not familiar with Incheon’s cityscape can enjoy the view as well. Since March 2023, the observatory has been open to the public at night to enjoy the night view of Songdo.

*Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ): This Zone was designated to establish Incheon as a global economic hub and encompasses the Songdo, Yeongjong, and Cheongna areas of Incheon.
  • Address 175, Art center-daero, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon

  • Opening Hours Closed on Mondays / Tuesday-Friday 10:00-21:00 (nighttime operations on weekdays) / Saturday-Sunday 10:00-16:00

  • Entrance Fee Free of charge

4. Ginosko

A great cup of coffee next to Songdo Central Park,

#VariousBeans #HeavyWhite #HolydayCake

Before going for a leisurely walk through Songdo Central Park, head to Ginosko, a renowned spot for good coffee and dessert in the area. Ginosko offers various beans for your choice, from single-origin beans sourced from Costa Rica, Colombia, Ethiopia, and Brazil to two house blends. Its signature menu is "Heavy White," which brings together bold and intense notes with a sweet and dense milk body.

Café Americano and Heavy White at Ginosko

If the weather permits, one can also opt to get baked goods and cake as takeout for a picnic at Central Park. Ginosko’s dessert selection is as equally varied and delicious as its coffee selection, from canelé to financier, madeleine

Desserts from Ginosko: Holiday Cake

Fraisier, strawberry shortcake made with custard cream, and holiday cake, a cake with raspberry jam are especially popular for its cutesy appearance.

  • Name Ginosko

  • Address 113, Building B, 203, Art center-daero, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon

  • Opening Hours Every day 11:00-23:00 (last order 22:50)

  • Signature Menu and Prices (March 2023) Heavy White (KRW 6,500),
    Café Americano (KRW 5,300),
    cake menu KRW 8,000-

  • Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ginosko_coffee/

5. Songdo Central Park

Songdo’s very own oasis,

#HanokVillage #Tri-Bowl #Watertaxi

With a cup of coffee or some desserts on hand, let’s embark on a walking tour of Songdo’s urban park, Songdo Central Park. It is a rectangular park with a land area of 46.3 ha, nearly 56 times the area of a soccer field. It takes about 1 hr 30 min just to circle the park alone, so one has a pretty good idea of how big it is. Songdo Central Park is the first park in Korea to have seawater flowing through it, which is collected from the treatment plant about 4 km away from the park, treated, and then sent to the waterway. The treatment process helps maintain the water quality at grade 1, so it can accommodate aquatic life like gray mullet, rockfish, and blue crab.

Other interesting things to look for are the distinctly Korean motifs hidden throughout the park. For example, the park recreates the unique topography of Korea* in its premises, as flat fields turn to rolling hills as one moves eastward in the park. There are also artificial islands in the middle of the waterway, which take their likeness from Dadohae* on the southern coast of Korea. In addition to being a great place to take a light walk in, there’s plenty to see and do in Songdo Central Park as well. This itinerary will take you to Songdo Hanok Village, Tri-Bowl, and the West and the East Boat Houses in the park.

*Korea’s topography: Mountains make up more than 70% of the Korean Peninsula. Mountain ranges run along the eastern part of the peninsula, which means that the topography of Korea tends to be high in the east and low in the west. *Dadohae: When used as an ordinary noun, it denotes a sea with many islands. In Korean geography, it denotes the stretch of the sea where islands are found in particular abundance, extending from Hongdo Island in Sinan-gun to Yeosu in Jeollanam-do.

Where the city meets its traditions, Songdo Hanok Village

Entrance to Songdo Hanok Village in Songdo Central Park

Hanok Village is the most eye-catching of all places to visit in Songdo Central Park, especially the beautiful clash between futuristic buildings and traditional residential houses.

Café in Hanok Village

It is home to hanok hotels, restaurants, and cafés, so it is a great place to stop by and take a breather as well.

Tri-Bowl during the day

Tri-Bowl is named after its semblance to three bowls that are connected together. It functions as a cultural space that offers exhibitions, dance performances, and musical performances. The interior space, with a capacity of about 400, hosts jazz festivals, photography exhibitions, musicals, and other performances and exhibitions catering to all age groups.

Tri-Bowl at night

The building is interesting enough during the day, but it truly impresses with its view at night when the lights are turned on.

  • Address 250, Incheon tower-daero, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon

  • Opening Hours Closed on Mondays/Tuesday-Friday 13:00-17:30

Explore the Songdo Central Park on water

Water taxis at Songdo Central Park

The eastern and western parts of Songdo Central Park offer various activities on the water. When the weather becomes warmer during spring, people begin to flock to the boat marinas and water taxis. Specifically, the West Boat House offers water taxis that run along specific routes, while the East Boat House provides boating experiences that passengers can manually control.

To find the water taxi in the picture, head to the West Boat House. The water taxi service offers a 20-min ride going back and forth along a 2-km-long route. The taxi’s interior has windows to enjoy the view of the G-Tower, Tri-Bowl, and the Hanok Village while seated. Fares are KRW 4,000 (March 2023) for adults.

Boat rides available in Songdo Central Park

East Boat House offers a more diverse boating experience. One can take these boats on a ride along the waterway and listen to music from the Bluetooth device installed in the boat while enjoying the view of the high-rise buildings, Hanok Village, and the surrounding area. In particular, boat rides allow one to get the most out of Songdo Central Park at sunset or night.

View of the Hanok Village at night

The boats are controlled with a joystick, so control is easy and accessible. There are four types of boats on offer, namely the Moon Boat, Cloud Boat, Party Boat, and Family Boat. Boat rides cost about KRW 40,000 (March 2023) per 30 min.

  • Name East Boat House

  • Address 160, Convensia-daero, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon

  • Opening Hours 10:00 ~ 21:00
    (Because operations are subject to frequent change depending on the season and weather, ticketing is limited to onsite ticketing.)

6. Hyundai Premium Outlet and Triple Street

Songdo’s premier shopping destination,

#Shopping #Brands #Discount

Every good trip includes good opportunities for shopping, and for our itinerary, these opportunities are found at Hyundai Premium Outlet and the Triple Street, which can be reached by walking for about 30 min while enjoying the view of Songdo from the Songdo Central Park. The two shopping complexes feature a large collection of Korean and international brands, and seasonal discount events mean that they are quite easy on the wallet as well.

  • Name Hyundai Premium Outlet Songdo

  • Address 123, Songdogukje-daero, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon

  • Opening Hours Every day 10:30–21:00

Triple Street
  • Name Triple Street

  • Address 33-1, Songdogwahak-ro 16beon-gil, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon

  • Opening Hours Every day 10:30–22:00

7. Forest Outings

Enjoy some quiet time in a café that resembles a botanical garden,

#MassiveCafé #PhotoSpot #Desserts

Now that you’ve had your food, sightseeing, and shopping, wrap up your trip by heading to this massive café in Songdo Recreation Area. It takes about 30 min by bus to reach the Songdo Recreation Area from Hyundai Premium Outlet and Triple Street. Cheongnyangsan Mountain and the Incheon Dulle Trail can be found at the back of the recreation area, and because there are plenty of cafés that can be visited after a walk, the Songdo Recreation Area draws a large group of visitors every weekend. Forest Outings is notable because it resembles a botanical garden in its design: One can have something beyond desserts and a cup of coffee, as the interior is divided into spaces with different themes for a restful stay.

Photo spots in Forest Outing
Dessert Bûche de Noël and signature drinks

Forest Outings offers a large menu that includes pasta, pizza, brunch menus, and baked goods. The sheer variety of luxurious baked goods like scones, cakes, and croissants is another draw of this place.

Baked goods on display

Forest Outings’ signature drinks are Coco Oat Latte and Strawberry Latte. Coco Oat Latte is a rich and sweet drink made with oat milk, coconut juice, and sweet syrup. Bûche de Noël is a fluffy and sweet chocolate cake eaten as a Christmas cake, but you can pick it up to fill up on some sugar.

  • Name Forest Outings Songdo

  • Address 145, Cheongnyang-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon

  • Opening Hours Every day 10:00-22:00 (last order 21:00)

  • Nearby bus stop Get off at Songdo Recreation Area bus stop and walk for 8min

  • Signature Menu and Prices (March 2023) Coffee drinks KRW 6,800-, brunch menu KRW 19,000-, baked goods KRW 7,000 on average

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