A trend that has been going around Seoul for quite some time is celebrities opening up restaurants. It ensures that cash from fans is directly forked to the celebrities. So, overall a great investment and retirement plan! Unfortunately last time i was in Seoul, i did not go to any of those restaurants. They don’t have huge billboards or posters outside the shops but usually provide never before seen photos inside or a glimpse of a family member.
Bae Yong-joon – Gorilla in the Kitchen
Address: Sinsa-dong 650, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00~23:00, weekends 10:00~23:00
Tel: +82-2-3442-1688 (Korean, English, Japanese)
Getting There: Take subway Line 3 to Apgujeong Station, and go out of Exit 3. Take a taxi to Dosan Park and get out in front of the front gate of the park (should cost the basic fare). Facing the gate, go to the right and you will see the restaurant.
Nearby: Apgujeong’s Rodeo Street, the home of cutting-edge fashion, Galleria and Hyundai department stores.
The food served is very healthy and low in sodium and fat. Unfortunately, the interior has minimal BYJ fan gear and is considered a relatively high class restaurant.
Kwon Sang Woo – TEA’US
Opening Hours: 07:00~24:00 (Open all year round)
Tel: +82-2-2079-0990 (Korean, English, Japanese)
Getting There: Come out of exit# 6 of Myeongdong station (subway line 4) and walk straight, you will see Café Tea’us in the building on your right. Look for the striking white door with the strange shape.
Nearby: Myeongdong is one of the best shopping and dining spots in Seoul. It was my favorite shopping area when i visited South Korea!
This cafe/tea shop sells KSW merchandise, life sized photos printed next to the staircase and usually plays KSW related material on the television screens.
Kang Ho Gong – Yook-Chil-Pal (678)
Address : 637-13 Gangnam-gu Sinsa-dong
Opening Hours : 11:00~04:00 next day
Tel: +82 (2) 540 6678
Getting There: Sangsu Station (Subway Line 6), Exit 1. OR Hapjeong Station (Subway Line 2, 6), Exit 3.
Focuses on good meat and cheap drinks. Highlights include the premium beef from Jeju Island, and the galbi-jjim, which comes in three styles, mild, spicy and “cheese.”
Micky Yoochun – Time Out Gelato
Address : 580 Asia Building 1/F, Shinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu
Opening Hours : 11:00~22:30
Tel: +82 (2) 3448 0604
Getting There: Apgujeong station exit number 2. Opposite Paris Croissant shop
Though the Time Out Gelato Bars franchise originated in Thailand, the gelato is produced on site, from ingredients and machines imported from Italy. Micky Yoochun opened Time Out Gelato shop as a present for his mother. The fruit flavored gelato are 100 percent fat free, while the milk flavors are 94 percent fat free.
Se7en – Yeolbong
Address : 817-8 1/F Yeoksam-dong Gangnam-gu
Opening Hours : 11:00~23:00
Tel: +82 (2) 508 1011
Getting There: Get off at Gangnam Station Exit 11 (Subway Line 2). Walk straight until McDonalds, turn right. Walk straight until first intersection, turn right again. Walk straight until Quaterback Restaurant, turn left. If you see the cute chicken, then you are there.
The small restaurant offers chicken and different levels of chilliness accompanied with that. Star attraction is a tree with photos of all the celebrities who have visited.
Ahn Jung-hwan & Lee Hye-won – Tovou
Address : 10-4, Naeson-dong, Uiwang-si, Gyeonggi-do province
Opening Hours : 12:00~22:00 (Closed Sundays)
Getting There : Take Subway Line 4 to Indeogwon Station, and go out of Exit 2. Take the regional bus No. 5 or 6 and get off at Baegun Lake (30-minute bus ride, buses depart every 30mins)
AJH is referred to as the “Beckham of Korea” and is married to former Miss Korea contestant LHW. Mainly Korean cuisine but some dishes have traces of Japanese and Italian cuisine.
Yesung’s Parents – Babtol’s
Address : Seoul, Mapo-gu, Seokyo Dong, 343-2
Getting There : Take exit 8 from the Hongik University Station. Cross the street, keep right, head towards Hongik University. It is diagonal from Hongik University.
Nearby: Hongik University? Hongdae has a good indie music scene and multifarious bars.
This restaurant is for Super Junior fans and you can leave a note for them on the message board. Yesung’s family actually works there and are happy to take photos with you.