Spend a day in Itaewon!
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An increasing number of tourists are visiting South Korea.

Among them, many foreign tourists are visiting Itaewon in addition to the well-known touristy areas in Seoul like Myeongdong, Dongdaemun, Hongdae and Ewha Women's University.

Many foreigners have settled down in Itaewon in Seoul. As the foreigner's town was formed, foreigners could live their lives without worrying about speaking a word of Korean in this area.

If you know how to speak basic English, you can enjoy Itaewon to the fullest!

Follow my day in Itaewon! Let's unlock this exotic town together.



Itaewon Attractions|One day tour in Itaewon

There are two major stations near Itaewon. You can either get off at the Itaewon Station or the Noksapyeong Station (both are on Line 6) and walk about 15 minutes to get to the main Itaewon area. If you are coming from the Noksapyeong Station, you can get out of Exit 2. Search for "Haebangchon (means Liberated Village in English)."


In the vicinity of Itaewon, there are many cool pubs, cafes and restaurants.  For this one-day tour itinerary of Itaewon, I will give you my personal recommendations of the places that are worth visiting! The liberated village of Itaewon is the best place to hang out and eat brunch.



One day tour in Itaewon | Itaewon Brunch:1. BimBom

Address:서울 용산구 회나무로 51


This Itaewon brunch cafe, BimBom, is known for its "3-tier brunch meal." The interior of the store has an elegant atmosphere. Customers who come here to enjoy a delicious brunch encounter pleasant surprises. The portions are huge and all brunch dishes are delicious!



Most dishes on the menu are for two people. You can taste the high-end brunch that matches the quality of a hotel course meal at significantly less price. No wonder this restaurant is so popular among women.





One day tour in Itaewon|Itaewon Dessert Cafe:1. Serengetea

Address:서울 용산구 회나무로 51


Serengetea is a special coffee shop in Itaewon. This cafe is a bit distant from the main Itaewon streets. If you are looking for a quiet cafe where it has relaxed atmosphere, Serengetea would be the perfect option.



The name of the cafe is a bit funny (I cracked up when I first heard about it). I imagined to see a herd of gazelles. However, the name comes from a combination of different english words: serene, get and tea. The owner came up with this name out of hope to make a place where everyone can come to have a cup of tea in peace.

Serengetea also sells small cakes along with the drinks. The interior decoration is elegant, and you can read one of the magazines while you wait for your tea. This cafe is almost always very quiet, so is perfect for studying.





One day tour in ItaewonItaewon Dessert Cafe:2. FRANK's

Address:서울 용산구 소월로44길 41


FRANK's is the Itaewon Cafe famous for its colorful roll cakes. This place is super instagrammable, but the price is not so cheap.



There are many unique desserts at Frank's, which cannot be found elsewhere. Although the price is high, you can light up your mood when you come to Frank's. When you see colorful Rainbow Roll cakes and bread, you will feel happy again. I recommend you to visit in a group of two or three people and share the portion together.





One day tour in ItaewonItaewon Dessert Cafe:3. Dessert 39

Address:서울특별시 용산구 녹사평대로 228-2


This Dessert 39 shop is a famous dessert shop in Itaewon. The store has an elegant and high-end atmosphere, and you can find plenty of desserts. Everyone wants to have a dessert at Dessert 39. Once you start browsing pretty cakes, you won't be able to resist!


This Tokyo Roll is one of Dessert 39's signature desserts. This roll cake is stuffed with fresh cream. The outer shell is consisted of soft sponge cake. You can experience fresh cream melting as you taste the cake.





One day tour in Itaewon|Itaewon Shopping


There are many specialty shops near Itaewon. When you come to the Itaewon for shopping, you might dig a treasure from the street shops. Since many foreigners come here for shopping, sometimes products are sold at more expensive prices in Itaewon.




One day tour in ItaewonItaewon Shopping:Line Friends Flagship Store 


This is my must-visit place in Itaewon. The LINE FRIENDS FLAGSHIP STORE at Itaewon is HUGE! It is the largest LINE STORE in the world, and the entire five story building is filled with Line Friends products.



If you are a fan of Line Friends, you must visit this place. There are variety of Line Friends dolls in the Itaewon flagship store. You can buy all the Line Friends products from this store.







One day tour in Itaewon|Restaurant:1. Brix Itaewon Pizza Joint

Address:서울 용산구 이태원로 203


This gourmet restaurant, Brix Itaewon Pizza Joint, sells the best pizza in town. Many Koreans recommend Itaewon restaurants for western cuisine. If you want to taste the Korean-style western dishes, check out Itaewon. For example, Brix Itaewon Pizza has amazing cheese pizza.


The pizza (both slices and a whole pizza) tastes delicious and the price is not so expensive. One whole pizza can easily feed two people. If you don’t know what to eat in Itaewon next time, come to Brix Itaewon Pizza Joint. There are great terrace seats. Enjoy your time at Itaewon.





One day tour in Itaewon | Restaurant:2. 8 piece(에잇피스 피자)

Address:서울 용산구 신흥로 42


8 pieces is located in the Liberated Village area of Itaewon. It is a specialty pizza store. You can taste crispy pizza slices with fresh draft beer. Because Koreans are very keen on drinking beer, they often drink beer and eat cheese pizza at the same time. So not only Chi-maek (fried chicken and beer) is famous but also Pi-maek (pizza beer). This restaurant is perfect for eating authentic, brick-oven pizza.






One day tour in Itaewon|Restaurant:3. Jacoby’s Burger

Address:서울 용산구 신흥로 38


Jacoby’s Burger in Itaewon always has long queues on Friday nights and weekends. This place recently became a social media phenomenon and it has a branch in Sinsadong Garosugil too.

Jacoby's Burger is popular because it specializes in gourmet burgers. You can taste natural ingredients with premium beef patties. This store is known for making fresh, juicy burgers. You will forget all the tastes you've had with burger from elsewhere. Jacoby's will rewrite your definition of the best burger.



When you order, you can customize your own burger by selecting ingredients. You can choose the type of bread, cheese, the level of cooked beef patties, and vegetables. These customizing is free.




One day tour in Itaewon|Restaurant:4. Vatos

Address:서울 용산구 이태원로15길 1


This is the best Spanish restaurant in Itaewon. The interior of the restaurant is clean and the food is delicious. There are many Korean regulars who come to this restaurant. If you have not tasted Spanish cuisine yet, this place will be an eye-opening experience for you.



This Itaewon restaurant has great Mexican dishes. The Mexican dishes are tailored to the taste of Koreans. The "Kimchi Fries" is this store unique menu (Don't worry, it doesn't smell bad). Many Korean customers enjoy this exotic menu with beer.





One day tour in Itaewon|Itaewon Nightclub:B1 Lounge Club

Address:서울 용산구 이태원로 197


When you come to Itaewon, you cannot miss out the nightlife! Don't dismiss the opportunity of exploring Itaewon nightclub! Itaewon nightclub has many foreigners. For those who are not Korean, the DJs play cool mixes and you can communicate with the bartender in English. If you want to spice up your visit by meeting new party mates, come to Itaewon nightclubs.



Usually, Itaewon nightclubs are full of the "Western" atmosphere. They occasionally hold parties on western holidays like Halloween and Christmas. Have a blast time at Itaewon nightclubs! You can hang out with the local Korean people too!





One day tour in Itaewon|Itaewon Bar:The Bungalow

Address:서울 용산구 이태원로27가길 10




When it comes to Itaewon's night, Itaewon Bar should not be missed. Itaewon has countless bars and pubs. This bar, called the Bungalow, is famous for its distinctive  tropical atmosphere and interior designs.





There are a variety of decorated rooms in the bar, and the most popular one is with a sandy floor. There are even straw chairs and bungalows. You will feel as if you are at the beach as soon as you enter this bar. It's fun to look for decorations that remind a lazy day at a resort.





One day tour in Itaewon|Itaewon Sauna:Itaewon World

Address:서울 용산구 우사단로14길 34


If you stay out too late in Itaewon nightclub or bar, don't stay overnight on the street. The first train starts running at 4 am, and there is a great place you can kill time until then. You can come to Itaewon World, a 24-hour spa, and stay for overnight.



This spa is spacious. There is even a place where you can take a power nap. However, this place do not provide mattress or blankets. You can sleep in the main hall too. 



There are many interesting bars, cafes, and foreign restaurants in Itaewon, Seoul. I hope you found my one-day trip suggestions helpful! If you follow my recommendations, you can spend the whole day - from the morning till the night - in Seoul's hottest town, Itaewon! 

When you visit Korea next time, hang out in Itaewon.

I will see you again in my next post!

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