Apgu­jeong-dong / Cheong­dam-dong / 압구정동 / 청담동

LUXE City Guides - Seoul - - Shopping Itineraries -

Brand junkies will love the main Apgu­jeong drag, but if you’re in­ter­ested in up-comer Korean tal­ent, check out Gal­le­ria dept. store / 3449 4114 /갤러리아 백화점 / (there are two stores next door to each other). In the west wing with the pearly discs, look for right-now la­bels Steve J & Yoni P, Push But­ton, Jain Song and Suecomma Bon­nie; in the east wing, Miss Gee Col­lec­tion (w) and other global lux­u­ries await. Exit Gal­le­ria left, grab a cab straight on (or walk if you pre­fer for 20 mins of de­signer shops), and keep a peeper out for Gucci on your right. If you’re in the mood, at Gucci cross the street to wan­der through some of Seoul’s top art gal­leries in the Na­ture Poem build­ing. Oth­er­wise, take a right up the al­ley that’s im­me­di­ately af­ter Gucci, and then right again onto the street and you’ll hit Gourmet Eo / 3443 1970 / for buonis­simo Ital­ian eats on the right; plus Na­muhana / 3442 7567 / na­mushoe.com / ped­alling footwear beloved by lo­cal celebs. Fur­ther up, Boon The Shop Men (see Stand­out Stores) is a rather smart menswear bou­tique; next up is Sushi­moto (see Rest./Smart), and bling to go at Chrome Hearts / 3443 0055. Exit left and at the cross­roads is the huge polka-dot­ted glass ed­i­fice of Mi­lanese fash­ion mecca 10 Corso Como / 547 3010 / with snazz resto and espresso. Con­tinue past dessert café Queen’s Park (see Coffee) and turn right at Agent Provo­ca­teur to go all the way down the hill. Di­rectly in front across the road is Rodeo St. for end­less la­bels. Go straight past the T-junc­tion and at the next in­ter­sec­tion, with 24-hour Milk Bar /밀크포차 / on the cor­ner, turn right. A few steps down on your left is mad hat­ter Kaori / 515 7996 / kaori.co.kr / for off the shelf or cus­tom made millinery; next is fash­ion caff Fifty / 544 8050 / on the left. Now you’ll reach a four­way cross­roads with W Con­cept Store / 546 3650 / on the right for bar­gain DVF, Jil San­der and Jinny Kim shoes; straight opp. is trendy makke­olli joint Moon Jar (see Rest./Re­laxed). Turn left at the cross­roads, then right at the next four-way junc­tion for mod Korean eats at Jung Sik­dang (see Rest./Smart). At the first T-way con­nect­ing Se­olle­ungno 153-gil, peek into avant-garde ate­lier Man­made WooYoungMi (see Stand­out Stores) for the lat­est men’s run­way ap­parel and up-and-com­ing con­tempo art, then carry on and turn right to­wards the park’s main gate. Past Ralph Lau­ren is Vec­chia E Nuovo (see Lunch) if you need a quick breather and a re­cov­ery glass of bub­bles.

Onto the last stretch, dou­ble back to the strip op­po­site Dosan Park for SK-II Bou­tique Spa (see Spa) and Mai­son Her­mès Dosan Park, and while here why not pop in for swanky-hanky Musée Café Madang and Ate­lier Her­mès? Fi­nally, find Horim Art Cen­ter / 541 3525 / closed Sun / hori­mart­cen­ter.org / at the end of the strip. Su­per shop­per!

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