Where to find nightlife in Seoul

Deciding where to visit on your European adventure is easier said than done, and that's where the Tripologist comes in.

In June 2015 on our return home from the US we're taking a three-night break in Seoul. If possible I'd like to stay in an area similar to the Marais in Paris – somewhere within walking distance to the metro but with cafes and a local dining scene.


Garosu-gil could be just the place for you. It's a subset of the Sinsa-dong university district, sort of hipster-boho with lots of galleries, cafes, bars, little designer start-up boutiques and bookshops.

You'll see plenty of students in its tree-lined streets, which is what the name "Garosu-gil" means. When they graduate and become successful, many of those young students will take up residence in nearby Apgujeong, Seoul's Double Bay/Woollahra, also the place to go for high-end fashion shopping.

Apgujeong's fashion boulevard is Rodeo Street, and the comparison with its famous LA counterpart is apt. Until they make it, those students will hang out by night in the cafes, bars, clubs and kimchi joints of Hongdae, another great place to go if you want to take the pulse of the city's subcultures.


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