Gallery: 'Europe in Seoul' on Garosugil Street

Gallery: 'Europe in Seoul' on Garosugil Street

Despite considerable modern development, Garosugil's charm remains

The sometimes referred to as “Europe in Seoul,” Garosugil is a trendy tree-lined street with plenty of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops.

Located just south of the Han River, the half-kilometer promenade is fast becoming one of Seoul’s most popular weekend hideouts and one that Jiwon Baik took CNNGo TV viewers on a stroll through. 

Though its popularity has inevitably led to considerable modern development in recent months, there are plenty of places along the strip that still retain their charm. 

With all the foreign cuisine, bookshops specializing in art and design, and nifty clothing boutiques, Garosugil is a pleasant alternative to the pricier neighborhoods of Apgujeong and Cheongdam.

Getting there: Take subway Line 3 to Sinsa Station. Get out at exit 8 and walk straight (approx. 800 meters). Turn left at J-Tower, that tall glass building three blocks down. 

Alternatively, Garosugil can be accessed from Apgujeong Station (subway Line 3). Get out at exit #5 and walk for about 15 minutes. Turn left at Kraze Burger restaurant.

Scroll down for some of the more noteworthy shops. The numbers in parentheses, (tel: 511-5661) for example, are the street numbers of the shops. 

Hugely popular with fashion aficionados and even celebrities (singer Lee Hyori has been spotted here on occasion) 103 (tel: 511-5661) is insanely busy on weekends.
Address: Sinsa-dong 545-1

Sat almost right in the middle of the strip, Rabbit (tel: 548-7488) is the place to people watch. Get there early though, tables have a tendency to fill up fast.
Address: Sinsa-dong 534-25

Garosugil is home to all kinds of unique venues and appeals to a number of different tastes and ages.

The selection along Garosugil tends to favor women but the United Kingdom’s FLOW (tel: 511-4074) sells some pretty cool Euro-style designer wear for both sexes.
Address: Sinsa-dong 534-3

Just off the main drag, Farmer Pasta (tel: 543-2542) serves up some tasty vegetable pajeon (traditional Korean pancake) (10,000 won (US$9)) and delicious gorgonzola pizza (13,000 won). It’s a huge hit with locals.
Address: Sinsa-dong 535-22

For those with some creative energy to burn, Keeper’s Workshop (tel: 796-3230) runs workshops Tuesdays and Thursdays between 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. “Much of what we sell here on the shelves was made by students,” says manager Ji-eun. Nearby Book Binders, a Swedish outfit, is quite nice but expensive.
Address: Sinsa-dong 535-22

Best brunch on the block. Le Brunchie (tel: 542-1985) has great décor and excellent food. Open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Eggs Benedict (14,000 won) is phenomenal. The Spanish-style vegetable omelet (13,000 won) is also supreme.
Address: Sinsa-dong 1F 545-1

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Coffee kick? There’s a Starbucks or two and a Coffee Bean along here but best avoid them. Café Sugar Bean Lloyd (tel: 512-7037) is a far better spot to nurse those barista and pastry cravings.
Address: Sinsa-dong 535-22

Geek Shop (544-1505) just opened within the last month and sells some seriously funky footwear, most of which is imported from Scandinavia. Dominion, New Zealand’s answer to Australia’s UGGs, are even sold here.
Address: Sinsa-dong 536-16

Finish the day off in style with a nightcap at Dulce Y Suave (515-6750). Owner Park Won Young has a fine selection of international wines to choose from. And the setting is pretty romantic to boot.
Address: Sinsa-dong 535-8

Just what the doctor ordered. Coffee Kitchen (545-2010) sells cleverly packaged coffee beans in prescription-looking jars. “The best selection of coffee in the area,” says one local.
Address: Sinsa-dong 534-10 B1

Treat that sweet tooth to some seriously delicious baked goodies at GoodOvening Cupcake (tel: 549-7778). Everything here (coffee and cupcakes) is 4,500 won. Genius.
Address: Sinsa-dong 533-14

Originally from Ottawa, I spent five years in Holland before finally moving to South Korea. Having made Seoul my home for the last decade, I've had the opportunity to work for The Korea Tourism Organization (where I came up with the idea for my photoblog, HS Ad (where I wrote the slogan for Seoul City's global campaign) and freelance for Time Out, Conde Nast, Morning Calm (Korean Air's in-flight magazine) and Yonhap News, the country's largest news agency.

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