Discovering the Best of Itaewon:
From Art to Dining and Shopping

itaewon-burgers-friesDiscovering the best of Itaewon: From Art To Dining and Shopping

Discovering the Best of Itaewon

Welcome to the bustling streets of Itaewon, Seoul's International District!

With its rich history and cultural diversity, this vibrant area has something in store for everyone - tourists, expats, or U.S. military personnel.

There's no shortage of exciting activities, from mouth-watering international cuisine to trendy shopping spots.

Discovering the best of Itaewon article takes you on a journey to to the ample of exciting things to do in Itaewon. So please wear your walking shoes, grab your appetite, and explore this fascinating neighborhood together!

Personally, here are my top three places...

korean wooden masksTraditional Korean wooden masks

1. Leeum Samsung Museum of Art
The Leeum Samsung Museum of Art (ticket booking) is a must-visit spot for art lovers.

The museum showcases a vast collection of traditional Korean and contemporary works of art by Korean and international artists.

The museum has three buildings, each designed by world-renowned architects, which adds to its overall aesthetic appeal.

The museum also has an outdoor sculpture garden, a perfect place to relax and appreciate the beauty of art and nature.

itaewon-thai-food-spicy-chicken-noodlesBuddha's Belly - Thai Food in Itaewon

2. Buddha's Belly
Buddha's Belly is a trendy restaurant and bar that offers a unique dining experience.

The restaurant is located in a traditional Korean house that has been beautifully restored and transformed into a modern and stylish space.

The ambiance is warm and inviting, with dim lighting and cozy seating. The menu features a fusion of Korean and Western cuisine, and the cocktails are not to be missed.

Buddha's Belly is an Instagram-worthy spot, and you can capture some fantastic photos while enjoying delicious food.

namsan outdoor botanical gardenNamsan Outdoor Botanical Garden

3. Namsan Outdoor Botanical Garden
The Namsan Outdoor Botanical Garden is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The garden offers a peaceful and serene environment, with lush greenery and a beautiful display of plants. The garden is spread over 30,000 square meters and features over 1000 species of plants.

You can take a leisurely stroll through the garden and admire the beautiful flowers and trees. The garden is perfect for nature lovers and is an excellent place to unwind and relax.

That's just the start of discovering the best of Itaewon. Now, let me guide you to Itaewon for a shopping spree if that's why you came for...

Itaewon Shopping Street

Itaewon Street is a shopper's paradise, offering diverse options. Wander through bustling streets lined with shops, boutiques, and stalls to shop for trendy fashion, accessories, and unique finds.

Itaewon is an excellent place to explore while shopping. Whether you're looking for the latest fashion trend or something more unique, you will find it on the bustling streets of Itaewon.

With so much variety, you will always have options to explore while shopping in this vibrant neighborhood.

Fashion Boutiques and Vintage Treasures
Itaewon Shopping Street is a fashion lover's paradise, featuring a vibrant mix of trendy boutiques and unique vintage shops.

Whether looking for stylish clothing, accessories, or locally crafted souvenirs, you will find something that catches your eye.

Timeless Antiques and Hidden Gems
For those who appreciate the beauty of the past, Itaewon Antique Street is a must-visit destination.

Here, you'll find a stunning array of timeless antiques, unique finds, and hidden gems that inspire and delight you.

Premium Cosmetics and Skincare Essentials
Indulge in some self-care with a visit to Lush and Olive Young, two of the most popular cosmetic stores in the area.

Discover premium-quality products like non-liquid shampoo bars, interesting perfumes, and other skincare essentials that refresh and rejuvenate you.

Handcrafted Leather Goods and Artisanal Crafts
Itaewon Street is home to various shops selling handcrafted leather goods, including stylish bags, wallets, and accessories.

Additionally, explore unique craftworks created by local artisans that showcase the area's vibrant culture.

itaewon-pizza-pansItaewon dining with global cuisine and culinary delights

Global Cuisine and Culinary Delights
After a day of shopping, treat your taste buds to a culinary adventure at one of the international restaurants behind the Hamilton Hotel.

With a wide range of cuisines, you're sure to find something satisfying your cravings and delighting you.

So, whether you're hunting for fashion, antiques, or a delightful meal, Itaewon Street has something for you!

Dining and Entertainment

itaewon-beverage-pintsBars and Pubs in Itaewon

Itaewon, known for its international flair, offers diverse dining, drinking, and entertainment options. Let's explore some of the best establishments along Itaewon Street...

Lege Bar
Indulge in signature cocktails while soaking up the beautiful ambiance and good music at Lege Bar. And remember to head up to the rooftop bar for a truly unforgettable experience.

Prost Pub & Grill
Step into the vibrant atmosphere of Itaewon's must-visit nightlife spot - Prost Pub & Grill. With a wide selection of drinks and great vibes, you're sure to have a fantastic time.

itaewon-beef-steaksBars and Grills in Itaewon - Beef Steaks and Fries

Sam Ryan's Sports Bar & Grill
Head to Sam Ryan's Sports Bar & Grill for a U.K. and Irish twist on sports bars. It's the perfect place to catch your favorite sports events while enjoying great company.

Globe Lounge
Are you Looking for a comfortable and welcoming venue to unwind? Look no further than Globe Lounge - a perfect spot for those seeking a relaxed atmosphere and good drinks.

Blacklist
Get ready to meet new people and enjoy craft cocktails and friendly vibes at Blacklist. It's the ideal spot to socialize and have a great time.

LORD
Experience the cozy ambiance and friendly English-speaking staff at LORD while indulging in their Italian-inspired offerings. It's the perfect place for a night out.

itaewon-lasagna-spaghettiPastas in Itaewon

Temple Lounge
Satisfy your thirst for the perfect mojito or creative cocktail at Temple Lounge. With a good vibe and great drinks, you'll want to stay all night.

Cotes
Enjoy polite staff, delicious drinks, and a lovely terrace at Cotes. It's a charming spot for a drink or two.

Casa Corona Seoul
Transport yourself to Mexico and sip on Mexican-inspired drinks at Casa Corona Seoul. It's the perfect spot for a fun night out.

The Fountain
Join the lively bar scene at The Fountain, located up a flight of steps. Be prepared for a bustling atmosphere and great drinks.

Cargo 127
Experience a unique establishment worth checking out at Cargo 127. It's an unforgettable spot for a night out.

Bottoms Up
Looking for a cozy setting to enjoy drinks and light bites? Bottoms Up is a café-bar combo that offers just that.

itaewon-cabbage-friedKorean Cabbage Fusion Delight in Itaewon

Stairway
Head over to Stairway for a night out and enjoy the ambiance. It's another excellent option in Itaewon.

Apt Seoul
Discover a bar with its unique character and enjoy a night out at Apt Seoul.

If you're craving international cuisine, seeking a lively bar, or want to soak in the vibrant atmosphere, Itaewon is the right place for you and everyone you can invite! 🍹🍔.

Getting to Discover Itaewon

You have plenty of options to discover the best of Itaewon. All public transports can take you there quickly from anywhere in Seoul. Here are some suggestions...

From other parts of Seoul, take the Gyeongbu Line to Itaewon Station.

From Incheon Airport, consider the Incheon Airport Railroad Express (AREX) to Seoul Station, then transfer to the Gyeongui Line to Yongsan Station and finally to Itaewon Station.

Alternately, get off at Seoul Station, then Seoul Subway for Samgakji Station and transfer for Itaewon Station. It only takes 17 minutes from Seoul Station to Itaewon Station. 

If you prefer, you can take a taxi but time travel depends on the traffic flow. 

Thanks for reading. Have fun!

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