When James and I first learned where we’d be living in Seoul, I immediately Googled our gu. After some disappointing search results, I concluded that Gangseo is not the most happening place in Seoul. I had little expectations beyond a 45 minute subway ride to Itaewon. But, after living in the neighbourhood for nearly seven months, this is how I’ve survived:
“Kogi bay go, joo say yo!” (Take the meat out, please!)
Bon Juk – A chain, with one vegetable juk (yummy rice porridge). You can also get cheese on top!
Pizza School – We get pizza school every Friday. $5.
Tomato Kimbap – A pretty standard mom and pops bibimbap and kimbap place. They know us, so they always take the fish and ham out, but they understand “vegetarian please.”
Talker Toast – Little garlic toast sandwiches with cheese and veggies for 2000 won, and the best yogurt smoothies ever. The lady that works here is so sweet.
Dr Robbins Slim and Healthy! – So good but so expensive. It’s no butter/oil/sugar but does not taste like it.
There are MANY. Norebangs as far as the eye can see! We like Bing Bing and Pink, both of which are off of Ujangsan-ro.
Gimsatgat 김삿갓주점 – Just the best. Tucked in behind Ok Norebang, Gimsatgat is more of a traditional Korean atmosphere. You can sit on the floor or at a table. This place serves delicious pajeon (kimchi or potato for vegetarians). For drinks, you can get cheap Cass beer, soju, or makgeolli in the bowls. They don’t speak much English but they are welcoming to foreigners!
Luna Bar – Cute, cozy little bar. They have wine specials from 6 to 10pm most days. They also take music requests and you can smoke inside. English level is pretty good!
Baby Guiness – Close to Songjeong Station, on the way to Gimpo. Lots of drinks/beer/shots, yummy food (and vegetarian stuff!).
Wa Bar – Lots on tap and good atmosphere. Can be expensive… I think it is a chain.