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Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

September 24, 2015 by David Herd

A world class restaurant street

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants, people lights, it’s all there. This street in Seoul looks very ordinary through the day but it comes alive when night falls. It is the best bar restaurant area I have ever seen anywhere in the world.

Fat Albert’s

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

There are many small lanes branching off the main street that are worth exploring. There are several red light districts in Seoul, some with the classic red lit windows that have become so famous in Amsterdam. These areas are mainly for locals, so it is best to have a guide if you plan on finding them. Itaewon however is home to a foreigner friendly red light district which welcomes all. The main area in Itaewon to find escorts is called Hooker Hill. This street is lined with bars with sexy girls standing outside, tempting gentlemen to come in and “buy them a drink”.

Many varieties of food

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

 

Itaewon used to be considered the trashy part of town, however recently it has been developing with upmarket restaurants, bars & designer stores.

Bee

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

 

Another nice spot to sit and watch the passing parade in Seoul.

Just before dusk

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

Sunset in Seoul and soon the crowd will arrive at Itaewon bars restaurants.

Lots of choices

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

 

The street is about 600 metres long.

Maple Tree Korean BBQ

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

 

The difficult part is deciding where to eat. 🙂

Thousand of bottles

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

Maple Tree Korean BBQ is the restaurant featured in the header of this post.

Prost pub and grill

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

  A nice pub where you can watch the passing parade, the later it gets the busier it gets. 🙂  

Opposite Prost

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

 

Many thanks to these guys for posing for my photo.

Le Comptoir

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

     Nice French restaurant in Itaewon.

 Le Comptoir

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants 

I originally wanted to eat at an Italian restaurant close by but it was so crowded with people waiting in a queue to get in I decided on French at Le Comptoir. Avocado & prawn to start then steak tartare.  

Avocado & prawn 

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants Delicious. 🙂

Above Le Comptoir

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

 

Away from the maddening crowd in Itaewon.

Oreno Italian restaurant

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

  This was the night before I wanted to go there, when I arrived the following evening the place was packed as you can see from the photo below.  

Oreno was booked out, I should have gone last night. 🙂

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

Lots of hotels here with great room rates.

Borie’s cafe

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

   A good spot to watch the passing parade while drinking cold German beer.  

And here it is. 🙂

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

 

Beer from Munich, it does not get much better than this.

Fabulous Itaewon

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

 

 Itaewon really is one of the world’s great restaurant precincts. 

But I hardly know you

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

  A classic photo of boy meets girl, if I return in an hour they will be sitting much closer. 🙂  

The master chefs

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

 

Hard at work in Itaewon.

This is a magic street

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

 

So much to see and so little time.

Lavo Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

 

Too many choices, you really need to spend a month here.

Lavo pub & lounge

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

     The biggest problem in Itaewon is deciding which restaurant and bar to visit.

Lavo one of Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

 

Koreans certainly enjoy the night-life.

Restaurant Bee

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants 

This is another favourite photo of life at Itaewon.  

Dillinger’s

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

  Not a bad bar situated on the opposite side of the road to where all the action is, Jack Daniels 6,000 or a double 9,000 so you can guess what my choice was. 🙂  

Dillinger’s shots

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants   

Shooters at Dillinger’s. 

Mexican Grill

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants


Mexican, French, Italian, Korean it’s all here.

Rose & Crown

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

English, Mexican, Spanish, French, Italian, you name it they are all in Itaewon.

 Savoy Hotel Myeongdong

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

A very good budget hotel in the heart of the action, for a great rate use this link.

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