Seoul, Korea (South)
Cinnamon Circle guest author Helena is discovering Seoul, Korea
1. Garosu-gil, Gangnam’s Sinsa-dong neighborhood
The street known in Seoul as “Europe” has become a trendy place to enjoy latte for 7,000 won and indulge in foreign cuisine. Garosu-gil means ‘tree-lined street’ and, right now, is the place to be. Visit ‘crazy’ Korean chef Choi Hyun Seok’s flagship restaurant Elbon the Table and try his fabled Uchin pasta. Afterwards, stop by at Cafe 5Cijung and order their delicious vanilla soufflé. You will feel like you are in Paris! Red velvet cupcakes at the Mug for Rabbit café are another must.
But let’s see some nice shots first
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2. Banyan Tree Spa, Nam San district
Most Koreans are spa freaks who like nothing better than one of their celebrated body scrubs or traditional mud facials. And there is no better place to enjoy luxurious spa treatments in Seoul than the Banyan Tree Spa. Soak up the breathtaking view of Seoul and experience the outstanding service at this beautiful spa. Try its signature green tea body scrubs for size: You will feel like a new person!
3. Migliore, Dongdaemun shopping district
Looking for a short, cute spring dress? Some trendy low-rise jeans, maybe? Or do you need to transform yourself into the perfect career woman? Then you have come to the right place. Migliore has pioneered the modernization of the Dongdaemun shopping district with its retail strategy of ‘one-stop shopping’. And indeed, it is the cornerstone of what Dongdaemun has become today. Experience the ultimate in power shopping, Korean style!
4. Shilla Hotel
This hotel is famous for its fast, courteous and efficient service. It is a good hotel for Westerners too, as the amiable staff all speak perfect English. If you are in Korea on business, the Shilla is a comfortable and relaxing place to stay. Try a dip in the swimming pool after hard day’s work, and enjoy the hotel’s sumptuous buffet breakfast in the morning.
5. Insa Dong, downtown district
You will find memorable gifts and any and every kind of Korean product in this lovely old town district. Ssamjil-gil has many tea houses that serve rare and traditional Asian teas. And don’t forget to check out the numerous excellent art stores, where you will find Korean arts, crafts and ceramic works in abundance. A genuine hotspot for tourists!
6. W Hotel, Seoul
Do you W? This hotel is pure modernism – and as groovy as they come. Stop by for a late night drink and enjoy the local nightlife, including a superb view of the Han River from the dance floor. The signature cocktail from the famous W bar will take your breath away.
7. Samwon Garden, Apgujung Dong
Are you a meat lover? This restaurant dishes up the most tasty Korean BBQ kalbi in Seoul. The tender, marinated beef will melt in your mouth. While you are at the charcoal grill table, try the spicy hot broth too, And don’t forget kimchi, the notoriously spicy Korean pickles.