Seoul: Gangnam & Sinsa-dong

Nice places in the area
Nice places in the area

Saturday : Waking up fairly late, we left to The Original Pancake, but since there was a waiting time of 30 minutes, I decided to take a walk to find something to nom nom. Ended up finding Poutine…I couldn’t resist to stay at Independent Coffee to try it out! It was delicious and we still went to enjoy some pancakes afterwards.

The delicious poutine
The delicious poutine
The Independent Coffee
The Independent Coffee
Love the day light
Love the day light
The delicious pancakes
The delicious pancakes

The Original Pancake House | Address: 강남구 강남대로162길 41, Sin sa dong or 23-20 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul/ (02) 511-7481 | 4sq

Stylish people in the area
Stylish people in the area
OOTD
OOTD
Cutie girl
Cutie girl

In the afternoon, we took it easy by chilling at a coffee shop, The Banana & Co. Everything on the menu is 4,500 W onwards, but my guess is because we are in Gangnam.

Banana & Co | Address: -강남구 강남대로102길 21, Yeok sam 1 dong | FB | 4sq | Maps | Go to Gangnam Station, Exit 11

Without knowing it, that area is one of the good streets of Seoul for cafes. Being near to the transportation hub of Gangnam Station, which is convenient for everyone with all the buses, that street is one of the most popular places to meet up to hang out. This applies for business professionals but as well for the college students! Make sure to visit the other popular cafes in the area: Coffee Gallery & Healing616

Our evening plans was to see the best Korean BBQ in town, Two Plus, that specializes in Korean Hanwoo 1++ beef (It’s the highest rating for Korean Beef 1++, 1+, 1, 2, 3), hence the name Two Plus. It was a recommendations of Jin, a friend in Vietnam, but it happened to be where all our new friends that work at Samsung with Matt were going anyway. Itaewon‘s location has a very dark & chic interior. Careful if you Google the place, you might find the other location! It wasn’t easy to find the guys. It was delicious, such a shame I wasn’t too hungry.

Two Plus | Address: B1 124-15 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu

The menu only has few main choices: Aged Striploin at 34,000W for 150g, Marinated Aged Striploin Chop at 35,000W & Aged Tenderloin at 38,000W. Then you can get Bulgogi, Beef Tartare & Sides of Noodles.

Tip: Make sure next time you catch the Dine Hill 50% off deal! It’s usually in April. Check out the website and translate it to English!


We then went to a speakeasy, House Ming, not so crowded, but we had a good time. At the end of the night, one of the guys brought us to the Hooker Hill, where we ended up in a random bar* playing country music. What is HH? Well it’s a street that goes uphill and is very similar to the red light district in Amsterdam… but with less girls!

House Ming | Address: 용산구 이태원로27가길 52, I tae won 1 dong or 116-14 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul | FB | 4sq

*Grand Old Opry | Address: 용산구 이태원로 176, I tae won 1 dong or 136-2 Itaewon-dong, Seoul | 4sq

I am so sad, I lost my Chanel scarf after that in the cab, I wasn’t even drunk! Great day, but sad ending 🙁

// Samedi : Se réveiller tôt, NOT. Vers midi on part dans un beau petit quartier dans Gangnam pour déjeuner. On va au The Original Pancake, mais il y a 30 minutes d’attente, donc je pars en mission de marcher autour pour trouver de quoi rapide à grignoter et BOOM je vois une affiche qui dit Poutine. CLAIR que je m’arrête là, au Independent Coffee, je me prend une poutine et on se la partage avant d’aller au Pancake house.

At the original pancake!
At the original pancake!

Plus tard, pendant que Matt doit étudier pour son examen de Coréen, nous les filles on se prend des drinks pénard dans un beau café dans Gangnam, non loin de l’appart de Matt au le Banana & Co.

Le soir on est allées au meilleur BBQ Coréen en ville, Two Plus. Les plats étaient délicieux, ce qui explique les prix époustouflant il faut se le dire! Une chance carrément que je n’avais pas tant faim. Par la suite, nous sommes allés faire la fête à House Ming, un speakeasy, qui à première vue à bien l’air d’un restaurant chinois, mais lorsque tu rentres dans le “backdoor” c’est un super beau petit lounge.

 

Par la suite quand on voulait rentrer à la maison, Whit décide de nous trainer à un bar sketchy dans le “Hooker Hill”. C’était bien drôle d’y être, mais je suis certaine d’avoir perdu mon foulard en embarquant dans le taxi, ou sinon je l’ai laissé dedans. Je suis tellement triste, c’était un beau foulard vintage de Chanel qui n’est pas trouvable de nos jours :(… jbraille…

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