Itae­won-dong /이태원

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This once tacky street in the middle of ex­pat-land is in the midst of a re­nais­sance with a grow­ing num­ber of good bars, clubs and eater­ies, though you might still get ac­costed by ven­dors sell­ing crud. It’s mostly cash-only, so bring a wad of it, but if caught short, there is an in­ter­na­tional ATM at the Hamil­ton Ho­tel by Itae­won Stn exit #2. Start at Itae­won Mar­ket /이태원시장/ (aka the Un­der­ground Mar­ket) / closed Tue / next to McDon­ald’s. You’ll have to wade through piles of fakes here, but the ded­i­cated vogue dig­ger will be re­warded with pieces of faux Marc, DVF and Miu Miu at laugh­ably low prices. Now, back you come onto street level, just a cou­ple of doors on your right, di­rectly above Cor­ner Bag Shop and up a slim stair­case is the con­ve­niently placed Quick Al­ter­ations / 3/F / 794 8218 / should your booty need fid­dling with; along the way are carts sell­ing shades, wal­lets and what­not. Now, cross at the cross­ing, carry on and turn left into Sin­seong-gil for fresh Med fare at OKitchen (see Rest./Re­laxed). Con­tinue on the main drag and you’ll find the rather fab­u­lous North Beach (see Adv. Shop.), and fur­ther along is Brasserie Un Deux Trois / 796 1244 / brasserie123. com / full of Provençal flair. Pass Hamil­ton Ho­tel (int’l ATMs on g/f) and B One Lounge Club (see Clubs), and di­rectly across the road find Hil­ton Cus­tom Tai­lor (see V. Use­ful), who won’t ex­cite the Sav­ile Row clan but has a loyal fan­base. Exit right and tot­ter down to find ur­ban Korean fash­ion base Å LAND / 1566 7477 / and next door restos Thai Or­chid / 795 3338; and Euro-chic Spain Club / 795 1118. Cross the street, head left back to­wards Hamil­ton Ho­tel and espy trendy Mac­a­roni Mar­ket (see Brunch) on the 2/F above Ital­ian café La Bocca / 790 5907 / then pass two build­ings for Be­tween (see Rest./Re­laxed). At the four-way in­ter­sec­tion with the 119 Fire Sta­tion. Turn right at Itae­won-ro 27-gil, then left at the first lane (par­al­lel be­hind the Hamil­ton Ho­tel), which is packed like a tub­ber’s undies with bars, clubs and restos. First up on the right are beachy lounger The Bun­ga­low / 793 2344; and Gecko’s Av­enue (see Rest./ Re­laxed); fol­lowed by burger joint Smokey Sa­loon / 795 9019 / on the left. A few more steps down, di­rectly be­hind the Hamil­ton Ho­tel, you’ll find a branch of K-BBQ spot Maple Tree House (see Rest./Ca­sual); and District (see Bars). Straight on 150m into the al­ley, go­ing past resto-lounge My Noo­dle / 790 5056 / on the right is Luv Su­per­lounge / 794 8898; and around the left cor­ner is Mi Casa / 790 0063 / for a wel­learned tapas break. If you’ve still got some steam left in you, you’re just a short cab ride away from the Leeum Sam­sung Mu­seum of Art and the War Me­mo­rial Mu­seum (see Ac­tiv­i­ties/Mu­seum Mo­ments for both), or N Seoul Tower, Nam­san Park and its ca­ble car (see Ac­tiv­i­ties/Site See­ing), and not far from The Shilla Seoul (see Ac­com.) with the de­li­cious Guer­lain Spa (see Spa). Oh, go on, treat your­self.

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