Rough Guide to Seoul Highlights Cuisine, Friendly Locals

      August 09, 2011 09:50

      The wide selection of Korean and Asian cuisine on offer, as well as Seoul's eclectic nightlife, are highlighted in the Rough Guide to Seoul. The world-famous British travel and reference book series has finally come out with an edition detailing the delights of the capital city, complete with scores of places to visit including the following.

      Visitors are advised to taste mutton dumplings, ground pork served on paprika and salmon roe crepes at Gostiniy Dvor (02-2275-7501), a Russian restaurant located near the old Dongdaemun Stadium. Meanwhile, Potala (070-8112-8848), which specializes in Tibetan, Nepalese and Indian food, is the only restaurant of its kind in the country run by a Tibetan. The restaurant, which is in Myeong-dong, is renowned for its exotic interior decoration and even features performances by Tibetan singers. More details can be found at

      The guide book also highlights New York restaurant (02-541-1373) in Gangnam's Sinsa-dong for its unique attributes. The eatery has just one table, meaning that reservations are essential. It is a popular spot among couples celebrating special occasions. Also south of the river, Cafe 74 (02-542-7412) in trendy Cheongdam-dong comes recommended for those looking to enjoy fine coffee or a range of cocktails in a chic environment. Details can be found at

      According to the travel writers, Club Espresso (02-764-8719) in Buam-dong, just north of the downtown area, is considered one of the top choices for coffee connoisseurs as it has over 20 years of experience making the finest brews.

      When it comes to nightlife, a haven of intimate clubs near Hongik University in northwestern Seoul is recommended, along with the area's famous M2 club and Tinpan bar.

      The travel guide also warns readers to avoid getting into scuffles with local men, as most of them have black belts in taekwondo. The book describes Korea as being among one of the few countries in the world where people will bring you your wallet if you accidentally drop it on the street.

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