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Picnic Spots & Eats along Gyeongui Line Forest Park

Gyeongui Line Forest Park, often likened to the Central Park of Seoul, is a linear park stretching 6.3 kilometers (3.9 miles) from Mapo-gu to Yongsan-gu. As the longest park in Seoul, it serves as a beloved green space cherished by the community and dog owners alike.

About Gyeongui Line Forest Park

In the heart of Mapo-gu, Seoul, lies a hidden oasis known as Gyeongui Line Forest Park, a testament to urban regeneration and green innovation. Once a defunct section of the Gyeongui Line railway, this linear park has been transformed into a vibrant public greenway, offering city dwellers and tourists alike a tranquil escape from the bustling streets.

Popularly referred to as "Yeontral Park," a playful blend of Yeonnam-dong and New York's Central Park, this urban gem stretches along a 1-kilometer trail on old railroad tracks, inviting visitors to enjoy leisurely strolls amidst nature's embrace. The park boasts lush green lawns, serene ponds, and meandering streams, providing the perfect backdrop for relaxation and rejuvenation.

But the allure of Gyeongui Line Forest Park extends beyond its natural beauty. Flanked by trendy cafes, restaurants, boutiques, and workshops, the park offers a seamless blend of urban charm and outdoor tranquility. Whether you're indulging in a picnic by the ponds or simply unwinding on the verdant lawns, every moment at Yeontral Park is a delightful escape from the city's hustle and bustle.

Near Gyeongui Line Hongdae Station lies another cultural treasure: Gyeongui Line Book Street. Infused with the theme of promoting reading culture, this literary haven is a haven for book lovers and culture enthusiasts alike. The space hosts various programs such as themed book talks with authors and walking book clubs each month.

Strolling along Gyeongui Line Book Street, visitors will encounter replicas of the former railway and crossings, adding a touch of nostalgia to the experience. Couples often flock to this picturesque spot for romantic photo opportunities, while solo explorers unwind with a book on quiet benches and hidden bookstores.

Gyeongui Line Forest Park truly shines in spring during cherry blossom season and early fall, adorned with vibrant hues of pink blossoms and rich tones of red and brown foliage.

Whether you're a resident in search of a peaceful escape or a visitor keen to explore Seoul's lesser-known attractions, be sure to include Gyeongui Line Forest Park and Book Street in your plans.

Photo source: Seoul Metropolitan Government

Gyeongui Line Forest Park is accessible via Gajwa Station, Hongik University Station, Sogang University Station, Daeheung Station, Gongdeok Station, and Hyochang Park Station.

Delicious Picks for Your Picnic Spread

Discover an array of delectable options with our handpicked selection of 7 restaurant and cafes available on Shuttle along Gyeongui Line Forest Park between Hongik University Station (Hongdae) and Sogang University Station. Whether you crave a hearty, satisfying meal or prefer a quick, flavorful bite, our diverse offerings cater to every taste and preference. Beat the queue by placing a convenient pickup order and unlock additional savings with our exclusive discount code, PICNIC2024.

Plant Cafe & Kitchen

If you're looking for vegan options, Plant Cafe & Kitchen is the perfect spot for you. Their menu boasts an array of appetizers perfect for sharing, such as hummus & toast and chili cheese fries. For the main course, indulge in their vibrant salad bowls and wraps bursting with fresh ingredients like roasted vegetables, homemade falafel, and delectable house-made sauces. Be sure to quench your thirst with their selection of bottled beverages, including kombucha in assorted flavors, and the popular Korean beer, Hoegaarden Rose, for a perfect outdoor spread.

Address: 87 World Cup Buk-ro 4-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Place an order: Plant Cafe & Kitchen

Pie Republic

Pie Republic offers a taste of South African comfort food in Korea. Their menu boasts a delectable selection of handcrafted pies, ideal for satisfying hearty appetites. Classics like the lamb pie and pepper steak pie promise a delicious blend of tender meat, rich gravy, and flaky crust.

Address: 10-10 Yanghwa-ro 23-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Place an order: Pie Republic

JilHal Bros

Experience the vibrant flavors of Turkish-inspired New York street food at JilHal Bros in Hongdae. With a selection of juicy chicken or lamb served over rice or wrapped in a flavorful wrap, JilHal Bros offers a hearty grab-and-go option, perfect for enjoying on the move.

Address: 22-25 Yanghwa-ro 19-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Place an order: JilHal Bros

Rachel's Kitchen

For brunch enthusiasts, Rachel's Kitchen offers a unique menu that caters to both savory and sweet desires. Their menu truly shines with their souffle pancakes, available in various flavors such as chocolate banana, green tea, black sugar, and even creme brulee. Their savory options include chicken curry sandwiches, homemade caesar salad, and ebitamago (butter roll bread with shrimp, egg mayo, mustard, and baby greens).

Address: 47 Wausan-ro 29-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Place an order: Rachel's Kitchen


Momimomi offers a delightful fusion of Korean and Japanese cuisine, creating a unique blend that combines the best of both worlds. Indulge in hearty rice bowls topped with fresh marinated salmon or sushi with thick slices of salmon; Momimomi is a haven for salmon lovers. Additionally, they offer steak, katsu, marinated shrimp, and pollock roe, providing a wide variety for your picnic spread.

Address: 14-7 Wausan-ro 29-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Place an order: Momimomi

Flower's Coffee

Flowers Coffee caters to a diverse array of tastes, offering an extensive menu of beverages and light bites sure to satisfy any craving. Their menu boasts a variety of hot and iced drinks, including smoothies and ades. Complementing the beverage selection are their specialty sandwiches, such as the Tonkatsu Sandwich, Ricotta Cheese Sandwich, and Spicy Pizza Bread with Garlic Dip. Not to mention Korean street foods like dumplings and tteokbokki. Indulge your sweet tooth with delightful treats like the Nutella Croffle and Churros. Whether you're in the mood for a quick bite or a leisurely snack, Flowers Coffee provides the perfect setting with its diverse range of finger foods and beverages designed for sharing.

Address: 4-30 Wausan-ro 29-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Place an order: Flower's Coffee

Vertex American Rice Bowl

Vertex offers a tantalizing fusion of American comfort food infused with a Korean twist, focusing on delectable rice bowl creations. From classic American-style teriyaki chicken to succulent shrimp, their rice bowls embody perfect flavor harmony. If you're seeking a nutritious and well-balanced meal, brimming with protein, veggies, and carbs, Vertex's menu is your ultimate destination.

Address: 17 Seogang-ro 9-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul

‍Use code FLEETKR to get ₩4000 off your next Shuttle order!

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