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“Seoul Gwanghwamun Restaurant ‘Aino Garden'”

If you venture into the alleyways west of Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul, extending behind the morning apartment complex of Gyeonghuigung Palace, you’ll discover a secluded neighborhood atmosphere quite distinct from the bustling cityscape of the surrounding buildings.

In this area, you can find various restaurants and cafes that exude a feeling akin to that of renovated homes.

“Aino Garden: A Homey Ambiance”

Among these establishments is a restaurant named “Aino Garden,” which indeed gives off the vibe of a renovated home. Occupying a two-story building, the first floor seems to be utilized as an office space while the second floor is designated for the restaurant.

Outdoor seating is also available, offering a pleasant spot to spend time on sunny days. It’s a place where you can experience a touch of nostalgia amid the sleek urban setting.

“Former Site of Bukhansan Bakery”

Until a few years ago, this location was home to a bakery cafe called “Bukhansan Bakery.” Known for its branch in Eunpyeong Hanok Village, Bukhansan Bakery also had a branch here in Gwanghwamun.

During its time as a cafe, both the first and second floors were utilized as cafe spaces, providing even more expansive seating than it does now.

“Aino Garden: Dining with a Homely Touch”

At Aino Garden, you’ll feel as if you’re having a meal at home. Upon ascending to the second floor, you’ll encounter a refined atmosphere where you can dine indoors or, on fair weather days, enjoy your meal outdoors.

The menu is simple, featuring around 10 items. On the day of our visit, we opted for the “Aino Stir-fried Meat with Vegetables Set.”

  • Aino Stir-fried Meat with Vegetables Set: 12,000 KRW
  • Pork Belly Set with Vegetables: 15,500 KRW
  • Aino Stir-fried Meat: 15,000 KRW
  • Pork Belly Boiled in Soy Sauce: 18,000 KRW
  • Deodeok (Codonopsis lanceolata) Grilled Dish: 15,000 KRW
  • Cockle Bibimbap: 12,000 KRW
  • Beef Doenjang (Soybean Paste) Rice Soup: 12,000 KRW
  • Beef Bibim-guksu (Spicy Mixed Noodles): 10,000 KRW
  • Radish Soup Rice: 8,000 KRW

“A Place for a Clean, Satisfying Meal”

At Aino Garden, you can enjoy a tidy and satisfying meal. Offering a mix of meat and vegetables at a reasonable price of around 15,000 KRW, it’s a place where you can have a simple yet fulfilling dining experience.

With its clean and elegant ambiance, Aino Garden is ideal for a casual meal outing. In addition to meal options, they also provide a selection of cafe beverages. It’s a great spot to linger over coffee and conversation after your meal.

“Seoul Gwanghwamun, Aino Garden”

  • Address: 2F, 10 Gyeonghuigung 2-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Postal code: 03175)
  • Opening Hours: (Daily) 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM