The Lone Traveler: Daegu Day 2

DAY 2

카페 베이글렛 Cafe Baglet: Juice, Coffee, Bagels

카페 베이글렛 Located near the west entrance to 국채보상공원 Kukjaebosang Park: Daegu Park Station Chung-gu, Gongpyeon-ro 45  | What I paid:  ₩5,500

After a full first day, I had a lot more that I wanted to try and do before my scheduled bus home at 5. I woke up early to head out and explore the area. Once I had more time to review my map, I noticed that the  Jung-gu area where I had been the day before, was walking distance from my place. There was another restaurant I wanted to try for breakfast, but since it didn’t open until 11am, I decided to grab a fresh squeezed juice on my way.

 

I passed by this cute cafe, and had to stop in. They offered a variety of specialty bagels, fresh squeezed juices, and of course, coffee. If I didn’t already have breakfast plans, I would have tried one of their delicious bagels and toppings…there’s always next time!

레이지 다이너 Lazy Diner: Breakfast American Style!

Although, I LOVE Korean food, sometimes I miss a taste of home, so when I found out there was an American style breakfast place in Daegu, I knew I had to try it! Lazy Diner is located in the main Jung-gu area in a nice upstairs location.

레이지 다이너 Lazy Diner: 23-3 Bongsan-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu | What I paid:  ₩13,000

They have an extensive menu including both breakfast and lunch items. Although the burgers looked good, I was there for breakfast, so I stuck to my guns and ordered their Brunch Platter which included eggs, french toast, sausage, bacon, and a salad.

 

The interior is filled with iconic Americana items including toys, canned foods, and paintings. Although it had a very general kitschy appeal, the playful, colorful environment was enjoyable and the food offered that American taste I was missing at a reasonable price.

대구예술발전소 Daegu Art Factory

Next up was a local art museum I’d been wanting to visit which was built inside an old tobacco factory. Located just a short walking distance from Dalseong Park Station, it was extremely easy to find.  Museums are a great place to visit when travelling alone, you can get free admission to the museum and view the installations at your own pace.

대구예술발전소 Daegu Art Factory 58-2 Suchang-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu | What I paid:  ₩0

Sadly, because I was there on a Sunday, the main exhibition was closed, but I was free to view the rest of the museum. It was nice because it wasn’t crowded and I could take my time exploring. This museum has a number of installations built in among the 4 floors, but also includes a coffee shop on the ground floor and a large library of books and magazines, free to read in the comfort of their facilities.

The entire building has small “easter eggs” hidden around. The stairways are lined with storytelling panelled glass that feature fun characters and superheros. Beneath the stair cases are neon figures, and in the hallways are various interactive paintings. The third floor is quite fun as it has a playroom for younger kids and an interactive area where you can take photos or play with different video installations for people of all ages.

I readily enjoyed all the bright colors and small surprises along the way, but of course the main attraction is the gigantic moon installation on the fourth floor. This enormous painting is larger than life, and perfect for taking photos with friends and family, or selfies for the lone traveler. Everyone was clamoring to get their photo taken next to the moon.

무지개다방과근대상회 Munjigae Coffee House

After finishing at the museum I had more time than I thought, so I decided to walk over to one of  Daegu’s famous markets. On the way I found a small take out coffee place that had a total retro vibe and tons of cute things inside. Although I just grabbed a drink from the cooler, I left a note on the wall, along with all the others who have passed by this little coffee spot.

서문시장 Seomun Market

I first visited this market in 2013 long before it had been partially burned by a large fire in 2016. Most of the market is still intact and just as full of life as ever. So many people were gathered there to shop and eat the delicious foods sold all throughout the market. This market is a landmark for local natives as well as a well known tourist destination.

서문시장 Seomun Market Daegu, Jung-gu, Daesin-dong, Keunjang-ro 26-gil, 45

 

One of the novel things about the market is the fun of being able to freely eat and drink as you look around. When traveling alone it’s not as much fun to drink alone, but 혼슬 places like 맥주시장 upstairs from one of the market stalls, makes this much easier! Here you can take your drink to go… in a wearable bag no less and for just ₩4,000.

 

Final Thoughts

My visit to Daegu was so different from what I expected. It was so similar to Seoul in many ways, but had its own attractive, unique qualities. I honestly can’t wait for another chance to come back and see more of this city. Trying to do so much in one weekend was truly exhausting, but it’s completely do-able; whether you’re with your friends or on your own, this town has a lot to offer!  

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