MelBen Honeymoon Day 4-5 Cafe Hopping in Garosu-gil

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Day 4 - 28 Oct 2016

We had a long day planned for Day 4 of our trip but because Ben got so ill during our 3D2N stay in Jeju, we decided to forgo plans for the day and head to the Doctor's instead. Nevertheless, we will include our initial itinerary at the end of this entry because we didn't manage to visit those places on other days of our trip :( Won't have any photos of reviews for that, just the places that we researched would have been ideal to pay a visit.


Before we get to that, let's talk about the visit to the International Clinic, our first stop in Seoul that costed us more than SGD100. 

Because we bought travel insurance, we intended to get a Doctor to come for house visit instead since it was freezing cold that day. However, it isn't a norm in the country so Mijin recommended a clinic not too far away (10min by taxi) and we headed there via subway and foot after our home cooked lunch

The clinic wasn't difficult to find (thanks to Mijin's clear instructions) and we made it there just in time before they closed for the day. 


If we didn't remember wrongly, the Doctor majors in Dermatology and probably sees more patients that come for cosmetic enhancement treatments instead. Haha. Any way, the consultation was about SGD50, swab tests at SGD50 and he gave us the prescription and we had to go to a pharmacy to purchase the medication. 

   

Love the way they pack the medicine into individual packets which make it so much easier to bring around! Think the medication costed about SGD30 for 5 days worth.

It was getting late and we were hungry by then so we settled dinner nearby at a place that had photos in their menu (since we didn't research about food within this area). 


We ordered beef ribs soup and steamed egg to go along with rice. It was surprisingly good! The broth was tasty and we didn't feel thirsty after having it so don't think they added MSG inside. There were other customers having korean bbq too but we knew we couldn't torture our throats just yet! 

Didn't want to head back to rest just yet so we chose one of the cafes that we initially intended to visit in the afternoon and went there for some desserts :)

Passion 5
Address: 729-74 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu,
Seoul, South Korea
Phone Number: +82 2 2071 9505
Operating hours: Daily 7.30am to 10pm
Nearest Station: Hangangjin
From Exit 3 of Hangangjin station (Line 6), walk for 3 minutes towards the cafe. It is located at the ground floor of a black building with a 2D red bird statue outside. 


Passion 5 has everything that we love! From cakes to tarts to pizzas to eclairs to pastries to pudding... Just check out that fridge in the middle of the cafe, displaying all the birthday cakes for sale!


They even had a counter displaying Halloween-themed cakes! Bet it will also look really cute during Christmas and Valentine's day seasons!







The selection was really massive and we bought back some pastries for next day's breakfast. Behind this chocolate bar door are chocolates and macaroons for sale! 


And here's what we picked for dessert time after walking a few rounds. Haha. We just couldn't decide because we were having a cough and didn't want to end up having a sore throat!



Read that we should try out the Strawberry Cake but had to settle for a Square Frasier cos the strawberry shortcake was out of stock by the time we went :( Also ordered a citron tart and it had gold dust at the corners. Ben said "can we order it without gold flakes and get them to charge it cheaper?" (rolls eyes). 

Had to walk up to the 2nd floor to get tea because they only serve coffee at the first level. Think the whole building is owned by the same company, which owns Paris Baguette too, another one of our favourite places to get breakfast!


Day 5 - 29 Oct 2016
Wanted to wake up at 9am but we slept in till 10am instead. Nothing can take that extra 1 hour of rest from us! As you can tell by now, we've planned this trip to be a relaxing one which is why we didn't go via a tour but free and easy on our own. Every trip is precious to us because we work like crazy back in SG. So as much as possible, we turn off our wifi devices when we are overseas :)

While planning today's itinerary, the weather forecast said it would rain so we planned for today to be more of a cafe hopping adventure at Gangnam area.

Grabbed coffee and breakfast at the cafe below our accommodation and that made us really full to have lunch right away. Adding the 2 lunch locations we intended to visit but didn't manage to in the end:

Have early lunch at Yeolbong Jjimdak (열봉찜닭) 
Add: 820-1, Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
also have outlets at Ehwa and Hongdae 

Take subway line 4 for 7 stops to Sadang station, then transfer to line 2 for 4 stops to Gangnam station. Alight from Gangnam Station, Exit 11 and walk straight until you see Tous Le Jours, a Korean bakery on your left. Turn left into the lane and try to find Watami restaurant.

OR

Lobster shack
Hours: 12PM to 10PM
Address: 강남구 신사동 524-27 지층, Seoul, Korea
524-27 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Phone: (02) 6402-0904

To nurse Ben's cold, we decided to go for something soupy and light instead, so we headed to...


Gangnam Gyoja
06612  11, Gangnam-daero 69-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul, Korea 
(서초동, 삼미빌딩)  2F
+82-2-536-4133
Also have outlet at Myeongdong

Gangnam Stn exit #6 (or Sinnonhyeon exit #6), turn at Dunkin Donuts, look for the signs on the left. The restaurant is on the second floor. Look out for the sign above.

Apart from serving Gyoja (gyoza), the restaurant is famous for its 칼국수 (kalguksu), hand-made noodle soup and 만두 (mandu), steamed dumplings. But surprise surprise! What led us back to this place on another day was the kimchi! It was pungent and had a strong garlic kick to it. Please remember to bring mints to get rid of the after taste!


We ordered Beef Shabu instead and only this outlet serves it. Didn't see it in the menu in the Myeongdong outlet. They had proper instructions for us on which vegetables to put in first and even for how many minutes (they gave us a timer). Really different from back home where we would just dump all the ingredients in whenever we felt like it. Haha!





The set came with noodles, something like U-Mian. And this is their dumplings, pretty good. It had glass noodles in it which was interesting. Total bill was 24,000KRW (approx. SGD30). Being too full to stuff any cakes in our stomachs, we decided to burn calories by going for a walk!

Retraced our steps back to Gangnam station and shopped at Gangnam Station Underground Shopping Center. 

Things are really cheap here, with clothes mainly sold at 15,000krw. They also have bags, lots of shoes and phone covers for sale. But it was approaching the winter season, so most shops sold boots and long sleeve tops and coats, things we wouldn't want to buy back and die of the heat in SG! 

One important tip that we took away from this trip was that if you are intending to buy lots of makeup and skincare products and hate pushy sales staff, we'd suggest you to get them anywhere but at Myeongdong. Our experience at theSAEM was so bad at Myeongdong and we weren't the only ones who experienced the same treatment from the staff!

Back at theSAEM at Gangnam underground mall, the staff was not pushy at all! Did a bit of research and saw the rave over one the concealers. Went in with the intention to just get 1 item and walk out but noooooo.... I went out with 11 items instead. Haha. Ben kept saying "that's nice!" to everything the saleslady painted on my face. 


Thank goodness most of the makeup items were less than SGD10 each. 


The products that I still use till today are: 

The eyelash heating curler (didn't see any other brands carrying this item and I don't have to use the normal eyelash curler anymore. However, do note that after a few uses, it might get cranky),


Cell Renew Bio Micro Peel Soft Gel (love this so much that i went back another day to the Myeongdong outlet to grab another bottle! Still using it till today, year 2018, and I haven't even started on my second bottle!)



It was getting a bit stuffy being underground for so long and Ben needed his afternoon coffee by now. So we proceeded to Sinsa station to start our cafe hopping adventure! Once you head out from exit 8 and walk straight for about 250m before turning left, you will be in the land of cafes. 

This is how the street looks like - pretty isn't it? :)


Based on our taste buds, we prepared a list of 4 cafes to visit but it was clearly impossible to eat so much cake or drink so much latte on the same day and within 3 hours! So we picked 2 that we were really keen on visiting and first headed to...


Deux Crèmes
English Address: 533-11 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Korean Address: 강남구 신사동 533-11
Tel: +822 5457931
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 12am

I knew I had to try Sweet Potato Latte (Goguma latte) at least once in Korea and was happy to have tried the one from Deux Cremes! 



They serve a wide variety of tarts too and we ordered a Seasonal tart with fruits and bananas to share. Nothing fantastic! Would go back for the sweet potato latte anytime! The cafe has plenty of seating space on the 2nd and 3rd level and if we had known, we wouldn't have squeezed at the first level! You can check it out in the vlog at the end of this entry!

Moved on to the next cafe that we didn't manage to visit during our Jeju Trip...


O’sulloc Tea House
Tel: +822 5960546
Operating hours: Daily 9am to 10.30pm
Website: www.osulloc.com

It was getting close to dinner time so we shared a Green Tea Latte and Green tea white cake. Pretty good and definitely better than Starbucks cos it doesn't have a sweet aftertaste on your tongue.


Found seats next to the window and we took some photos. Can't remember if they were taken by the GoPro or iPhone.





Ok we ended up laughing a lot while taking photos. Lots of NGs. Haha!

  

Other cafes you might be interested in visiting (and what we thought we could fit into our itinerary) within Gangnam and Sinsa area would be:

Take Urban Cafe
Located just beside Shinnonhyeon station Exit 3.
Was told to try: Iced Americano

After which, you can take 2 stops to Seonjeongneung station and transfer to Bundang line and take for 2 more stops to Apgujeong Rodeo station to shop at Apgujeong Rodeo Street / Cheongdam Fashion Street


Remicone (레미콘)
547-12 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Tel: +822 62071029
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm

Was told to try:  THUNDER BOMB! Hawaiian Blue and Salted Caramel.
Soft serve ice cream.


Good Night and Good Luck
552-1 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
강남구 신사동 552-1
Tel: +822 7422 02014
Opening hours: 12pm to 10pm

Was told to try: 80% Cheese Cake



While heading back to the subway station, we chanced upon a shop and didn't expect to spend more than an hour in there! Unfortunately, we can't seem to find the address online but it seems like they have an outlet at Myeongdong too. Really not too sure about that!

SHOOPEN: 슈펜

While the shop specialises in shoes, we ended up getting a lot of bags! The ground level is where the shoes are and then the clothes and bags are on the upper levels. 

The bags are affordable and the quality is good cos we are still using them till today. They have many designs and most importantly, the bags are lightweight. 

Ben bought 2 bags for work (each at approx. SGD60) and they have a lot of compartments inside. 


Most of the ladies bags are less than SGD50! The grey pouch in the below picture was such a good buy because on days that we were heading out nearby, it could fit the GoPro and accessories inside! We still use it a lot on our trips nowadays :)


Spent a good 265,000 krw (approx. SGD325) here. Lol!

Initial (again) dinner plan was to have dinner and drinks at Gangnam area but we were still sick so we opted for dinner at Express Bus Terminal instead. Likewise, going to include where we intended to have dinner at:

Army Stew:
Nolboo Budae Jjgae (놀부부대찌개)
Add: 1317-14 Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul
Walk from Gangnam station

Fried Chicken:
Kyochon Chicken
1309-8 Seocho-dong (8 Gangnam-daero 69-gil)
서울특별시 서초구 서초동 1309-8
Delivery Hotline: 080-320-3000 (11am - 11pm)
Opening hours should be 3pm - 2am

Headed to the Express Bus Terminal and once again, shopping here is quite cheap, similar to Gangnam Station Underground Shopping Center. 



Skipped all the shopping because we wanted to try the Ddeokbokki at 

Cheong-Nyun Tteokbokki (청년떡볶이)
Express Bus Terminal (Goto Mall), 1-9 Banpo 2(i)-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul

Rushed here for dinner cos the website says they close at 830pm. But they didn't! They were still cooking a new batch of soup when we left the place at 915pm, maybe because of the weekend crowd.

Still full from the cakes and coffee, here's what we ordered to share - Rice cakes in spicy broth, fishcakes and a bowl of udon!


Total cost was just 9,500krw (approx. SGD11.50) and we will definitely go back for more tteokbokki especially if we are within the area for shopping! Such a great mid-day snack and perfect for the cold weather!

The temperature kept dropping that night. When we got back to Seoul station it became 5 degrees and before we went to bed it was 3 degrees! We ended up turning off the aircon in our room and turning on the heating system.

Day 4 - 5 Vlog

 


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As promised, here was our Day 4 itinerary, some of which we didn't manage to fulfil on any of the other days on our trip.

Head to Itaewon for lunch:. 

Chi Mc Itaewon
Address: Hotel Hamilton, Itaewon-ro, Seoul, South Korea
Phone Number: +82 02 749 1390
Opening Hours: the restaurant opens after 1pm till late
Website: www.chimc.co.kr
Take 2 stops on line 4 to Samgakji and transfer to line 6 to take 2 stops to Itaewon.
The restaurant is located beside Itaewon Station (Line 6), near Hotel Hamilton.
Told to try: Chicken / Fish and Chips with Beer


Head for coffee:

Ikovox Coffee (also in Gangnam)
용산구 이태원동 118-71 / 118-71 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul.
phone number is: 02-2790-5578
Itaewon Station find Exit 1, then take a right up a small hill then a left. Continue straight a few minutes and it’s on the right. 


Popular cafes to explore nearer to Hangangjin:

Take Out Drawing
140-861, Itaewon-dong (Noksapyeong),
Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea
Tel: +82 2 790 2637
Nearest Station: Hangangjin
Told to try: white peony latte (decorated with a dried peony blossom), Paul’s Meringue Factory (topped with a spiky meringue that you dip in the espresso), and Storming Ant (with black sesame and foamy milk).

Glamorous Penguin
743-41 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
(Itaewon-ro 49-gil)
Tel: +82 2 790 7178
Nearest Station: Hangangjin

Head to Namsan Tower. Depending on whether nearer to Itaewon or Hangangjin,

  1. Myeongdong Station (Subway Line 4), Exit 3 / Take road to the right of Pacific Hotel and walk for 10min
  2. From Hoehyeon Intersection (Myeongdong & Hoehyeon stations, Subway Line 4) walk towards Namsan Tunnel #3 and take the free Namsan Oreumi elevator to the cable car station.
*Remember to bring your own locks so that you don't have to purchase from them!


After catching the sunset and locking love at the tower, Head back down the tower and visit: 

Shinsegae Department Store, largest and oldest retailer in Korea 
63, Sogong-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 중구 소공로 63 (충무로1가)



Do leave a comment or email us at melbengets@gmail.com if you have any questions :) Stay tuned for more posts about the attractions we visited in Seoul!!!

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