A Seoul diary – and a quick itinerary in itaewon

Hi friends,

It’s been a while since I last post. I’ve been spending half my time in New York, and the other half in Boston more or less. Since I’ve started watching Romance is a Bonus Book, my heart’s been longing to go back to Seoul.

Hence, this post – a quick travel guide to the updated Seoul. Seoul’s been in much of a transition period – it’s turning more than ever into an ever-changing environment, with corner cafes and museum-like retail shops. I wanted to share a quick sample itinerary with you here:

A day in Itaewon / Hannamdong – known for its “foreign” atmosphere, you’ll find some of the hippest things here.

brunch at SUMMER LANE: 43 Haenamu-ro 26-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
It’s a small, hole in the wall Aussie brunch spot, with a cozy aesthetic. They have an English menu as needed; get the Bacon Waffle Eggs Benedict & the lamington.

Walk around the neighborhood for a good hike – Itaewon has a lot of hilly areas and some nice non-traditional houses(!), and you’ll be able to gain back your appetite soon after. A couple of places you could visit:

  • Beaker – has a unique collection of brands and products from all over the world. They also have free yogurt for sampling 🙂
  • One in a Million – a pink-vibe of cafe. Would recommend for an Instagram photo, more so than the coffee
  • Roof AND – more of a walk, since it’s located on the outskirts of Itaewon – but would recommend for its incredible hot chocolate latte and its lamp-vibe aesthetic
  • B.come cafe – less of a walk and tucked away in the middle of a street. Has a nice minimal vibe and usually not too busy unlike the other cafes in which you can’t find a seat.
  • Boutique stores along Hannamdong – there’s a lot of fun shops here – some higher and some on the lower end, but still very chill to visit

dinner at DOTZ: 6 Itaewon-ro 55na-gil, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Such a good vibe here with a diverse sampling of Asian dishes: from katsu-sandos, to the kimchi fried rice and the HK style toast. During the Christmastime, they had this amazing iced Americano – it was like a regular Americano with a chocolatey twist at the end. Unfortunately, it was a Christmas special, but I have no doubt that their regular Americanos are just as good.

dessert at SAYOO: 5 Itaewon-ro 54-gil, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
A pseudo chocolate/movie/coffee shop. It’s a 4 story building, and has a theme on each floor. Walk through the back to get to the stairs, and go up during late afternoon to catch a nice sunset. They also play an old film on the 4th floor – so if you’re in a low-key mood, you can chill out there.

Next up: Garosugil/Sinsadong – a fun vibe all around w/ more cafes and features more famous brands ALAND, Gentle Monster, 8 seconds, etc.

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