1. SoFar concerts in Seoul. These are intimate music performances that happen in peoples homes or in small event spaces around the city. This was one of my favourite finds in San Francisco (they have them in cities all across the world), and is a really good way to connect with local artists in a very city specific space. Info and tickets here.
2. Gwangjang Market. Street food heaven. This market is lined with delicious (and cheap) street food, tiny restaurants, traditional sweet stands, and (literally) so much more. For a specific Korean pancake recommendation, feel free to message me and I’ll give you directions. To get to the market, take the subway to Jongno 5-ga Station and head out Exit 8.
3. Probably my favourite neighbourhood in Seoul so far, Bukchon is a wonderful place to spend the day. Next door to Insadong and home to Bukchon Hanok village, Bukchon is filled with cobblestone streets, rooftops cafes, second hand clothes, and a relaxed, chilled out vibe. For studying or taking class, Coffee Faktory on the main street is a good bet (make sure to go out the back where you can sit in the courtyard of an old hanok home!). Take the subway to Anguk Station, go out Exit 1 or 2, and follow the signs.
4. One of my favourite restaurants is a 5 minute walk from UP. It’s called Lambskhan, and you can find directions using the map here. I highly recommend getting the 6000 won bibimbap set meal. One of the best bibimbap I’ve had in Seoul, with amazing sides, and the restaurant itself is pretty rad.
5. Bakery deliciousness a 12 minute walk from UP. Cafe Cattle & Bee is run by chef Raymon Kim and has a ridiculous range of crazy good pastries and breads. Conveniently, it is also a really lovely cafe with the fastest wifi I’ve found in Seoul so far. Great for working, but also just for grabbing coffee and something delicious in the morning. You can find it at 455 Yeoksam-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea.
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