SEOUL: Fashion Week for Foodies

As a major event in the Asian catwalk calendar,  Seoul Fashion Week once again becomes the focal point of industry professionals looking for the freshest trends of this fast emerging Asian market. This year, the A/W 15/16 season takes place in Dongdaemun Design Plaza and starts from March 20 to 25. Here explore WGSN’s top foodie picks around the city, perfect to be spent between shows relaxing and rejuvenating. –Maria Mao Cui

3F, 32-5 Myeong-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu / 82 (0)2 3789 3102
Neighbourhood:  Jung-Gu

Korea does shaved ice right and this place, nestled on a third floor overlooking the bustling Myeongdong, combines ice with a range of chocolate flavours in huge portions ideal for sharing.

90-1 Bukchang-dong, Jung-gu / 82 (0)2 778 6689
Neighbourhood:  Jung-Gu

A must-try in Bukchang-dong, one of the top dining districts in Seoul next to the expensive Myeongdong. Thick slices of pork belly are grilled on stone trays to reduce smoke and eaten wrapped in lettuce or perilla leaves. Beef is more expensive but worth trying as well.

25-2 2-ga, Myeong-dong, Jung-gu / 82 (0)2 776 5348
Neighbourhood:  Jung-Gu

Specialities of this traditional restaurant include Kalguksu, the handmade, knife-cut wheat flour noodle dishes, as well as dumplings and bean flour noodles in cold chicken soup.

56-13 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu / 82 (0)70 8225 3963
Neighbourhood: Yongsan-gu

A star addition to Itaewon’s dining landscape, this small cafe serves 3 varieties of lobster sandwich and a whole lobster steamed or grilled, along with a delightful menu of fruit drinks.

54-3 Itaewon-ro,27ga-gil Yongsan-gu / 82 (0)70 4078 8862
Neighbourhood: Yongsan-gu

If you fancy Korean food with a western twist, this is the place to go. Fusion pancakes, pizzas, Korean noodles and tacos are favourite choices here. Grape makgeolli (an alcoholic beverage in Korea) shake is a must-try.

30 Teheran-ro 1-gil Gangnam-gu / 82 (0)2 564 7423
Neighbourhood: Gangnam-gu

Named in the “2015 Michelin Guide”, this bibimbap (steamed rice stirred with vegetables and beef ) place boasts the spokesperson of traditional Korean dishes.

13 Dosan-daero 13-gil Gangnam-gu /82 (0)2 3445 3372
Neighbourhood: Gangnam-gu

This 2-storey coffee shop stands out in the hip Sinsa-dong area with a rusty exterior almost like an abandoned factory. Sitting down for a pumpkin, blueberry or cream cupcake over a cup of milk coffee is one of the delights after a long stroll in Sinsa-dong.


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