5 Places In Seoul Even Most Seoul-ites Don’t Know About The Great Escape

Planning a trip to Seoul soon? You’ll wanna take this itinerary with you!

If you’re the sort who likes visiting places where only the locals know about, you’ll love this list provided by Vivian Danbi Yu, a South Korean entrepreneur who recently opened Bella K-Beauty House in Singapore. The salon, located at #01-04 1 Nassim Road,  is helmed by celebrity hairstylist Gunhee who has worked with K-pop stars like Super Junior, 4 Minute, and JYJ.

Vivian Danbi Yu of Bella K Beauty House

Vivian Danbi Yu of Bella K-Beauty House

When asked for her list of recommended places to visit in Seoul, Vivian says, “These five spots are the trendiest, must-go places in Seoul right now. Word gets around really fast in Seoul so it’s pretty hard to keep a good place under wraps.”


1. 10 Corso Como (10꼬르소 꼬모)

10 Corso Como is a clothing shop, cafe, and museum all in one place so it’s great for people who want to shop, have something light to eat, and admire artwork all at the same time.

416 Apgujeong-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea (서울특별시 강남구 압구정로 416),  Tel: +82 2-547-3010      

2. Boontheshop (분더샵)

Boontheshop is a premium fashion retailer that gathers all the finest brands together – similar to Singapore’s Club 21! Perfect for some retail therapy.

21 Apgujeong-ro 60-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea (서울특별시 강남구 압구정 60길 21 분더샵 청담)

3. 청담 옛날집 (Cheongdam Yetnal Jib means “old house” – there’s no English name for this shop)

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 If you want to have authentic Korean food, this is the place to go! All dishes come in a set here. In Korea, most Korean restaurants would serve a variety of side dishes. My favourite set here would be the Tarako (Salted Roe) Set.

38 Seolleung-ro 148-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea (서울특별시 선릉 148길 38)    

4. PP Seoul (피피서울)

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PP Seoul is a rooftop cafe with a stunning view of the city. Recommended for couples! PP Seoul serves a variety of coffee, snacks,  and desserts but I highly recommend the Thai Coffee and Cheesecake.

3 Sowol-ro 44-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea (서울특별시 용산구44가길 3),  Tel: +82 2-749-9195

5. Buona Sera (보나 세라)

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Buona Sera is a fine dining restaurant by Korean celebrity chef Sam Kim. Buona Sera only serves set meals at lunch and at dinner, and the items change seasonally. Head on over and be surprised by Chef Kim’s culinary chops!

650-1 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea (서울특별시 강남구 신사동 650-1),  Tel: +82 2-543-6668

Vivian says, “While it is possible to navigate to these places via public transport, taking a cab might be the best option. I recommend showing your driver the addresses in Korean since Korean and English address formats are different.”

Have fun!

For as long as she can remember, Vanessa has always wanted to escape to a place where no one knows her. But because that’s not always possible, she often retreats into the world of books and pop culture. When she does get to travel, she prefers going off the beaten track and back to nature. Some of her best memories include napping in a treehouse in Laos and cycling across padi fields in Bali.

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