Cheonggyecheon is a nearly 7-mile-long artificial stream in downtown Seoul, completed in 2005. It’s an homage to the original stream, which was covered by concrete in the latter half of the 20th century. Today it’s home to fish, herons, ducks and other Seoulites.
Cheonggye Square, 14-1 Seorin-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Founded in 1968 as South Korea’s first electronics market, Sewoon was transformed in 2017 to include hip cafes, restaurants, start-ups and observation decks with beautiful views of Cheonggyecheon.
Makercity Sewoon, 159 Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
This spot serves up hearty, fresh and vegetarian-friendly poke bowls. They’re great as a lunch or light dinner.
Hooked Poke, 18 Samil-daero 12-gil, Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Sit inside a pojangmacha, or tented “street carriages,” while drinking soju and beer with a side of nogari, dried pollack grilled on charcoal briquettes.
Behind exit 4 of Euljiro 3-ga subway station, Jung-gu, Seoul
Stop by one of Euljiro’s many colorful bars hidden inside graying, inconspicuous buildings. Drink, eat and dance along to old K-pop music from the 1990s and 2000s.
302-15 Euljiro 3(sam)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
This upscale bar specializes in fascinating varieties of Korean alcohol, including sojus crafted by legendary artisans and distilled with pine leaves, pears and more.
suldabang, 33 Eulji-ro 11-gil, Supyo-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea