Garosu-gil

Garosu-gil, Seoul: Address, Phone Number, Garosu-gil Reviews: 4/5

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Known for its tree-lined streets, Garosu-Gil attracts an alternative crowd with its unique bohemian-chic vibe. It favors designer and artists shops, and features open studios, workshops, and bars.
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shufen314
Singapore, Singapore13 contributions
Couples
I went to both Garosu-gil and Myeongdong shopping streets and I have to give Garosu-gil 2 thumbs up!

As a cafe / coffee lover, I recommend exploring this place! You will find unique and hipster coffee houses as well as the usual coffee houses (such as Line Cafe) you will commonly find in Korea. Moreover, you see people wear really trendy and fashionable clothes here than in Myeongdong. Another bonus point is there are quite a number of insta-photo spots where you can take nice photos :)
Written July 16, 2018
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Xi M
Singapore, Singapore52 contributions
Friends
First thing I noticed about this place was the boutique clothes that are different from the too-similar looking ones in Myeongdong, Dongdaemun and the usual retail chains. Some of the clothes are designed by the shop owners themselves, so they can be really unique, but it also goes to say that they can be on the pricey side.

The cafes and restaurants here are divided into Japanese, Chinese, Western and Korean, and for tourists, we might not really want to visit the Japanese, Chinese, Western restaurants when we are already in Korea, so please go and find out where the Korean restaurants and cafes are. There are long stretches of Japanese and Western restaurants nearer to the metro station, hence it can be rather tempting to walk into one before you even step onto the street with Korean restaurants, but don’t do it! Aim for the Korean ones. Even if you choose to visit the Western ones, please be prepared to speak in Korean to the waitress and waiter. Get ready your Korean phrases for “no chili, no spicy” etc, for any special requests that you might have, to prevent regrets.

The cafes here are really special, and it is quite cool to just sit in one café for the entire afternoon/night too. Awesome place for young people to come with your friends, and you could come alone too. The only thing I probably regret in this trip is that we allocated too little time for garosugil and did not visit as many cafes as we would have liked. So if you are coming, please plan for at least 4 hours more than what you originally intended.
Written December 2, 2014
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babelini
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia60 contributions
Couples
Considered the "cheaper" version of Apgujeong, Garosugil is the place for younger, trendy crowds and those who wants to see and be seen. Has tons of artsy cafes and stores ranging from the usual fashion house (Forever 21, H&M) to those one of a kind vintage boutiques (9 Owls, Maki).

There's an awesome small restaurant/cafe called Table Star (turn right after Smile Market, it will be on the left) which has a superb lunch set for only ₩12,000 that includes a salad, fries, a main course and a drink. Really delicious and worth it, we had to come back a few days later. The lunch set is only available weekdays but their other menu options are great too.

Definitely worth going as it is such a laid back place and it's a pleasure just walking around. Be sure to explore the little alleys as that is where most of the gems are.
Written October 14, 2013
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Kim
Dulwich Hill, Australia7 contributions
Couples
Yes this is a fancy area, where locals shop, but sales assistants are just rude or don't offer you any service. It's a stark contrast to shopping in Myeondong, and after visiting Garosu-gil, I actually prefer it. Even a restaurant we had dinner at a couple of streets back from the main strip gawked at us.
Written January 4, 2020
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蒲*宇 E
Shenzhen, China68 contributions
Family
Unlike Myungdong (a lot of tourists, China town-like), this place is less crowded, with trendy/quality shops and cafe. Shops open at 10-10:30, early enough for most. Attached my lovely daughter in LINE store.
Written March 10, 2018
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Ching L
Singapore, Singapore5 contributions
Solo
You need to dedicate your entire afternoon at garosugil. Over here they have unique clothing boutique that shouts 'korean-style'. And of course its selling at a higher price as the design you can't find it at places like hongdae, edae or myeongdong. Judging from the quality it definitely worth the price. My advice is don't focus only on shops located along the main street. There are many more hidden gems inside those narrow alley.

If you are tired there are plenty of cafes for you to choose. Have a sip of coffee and enjoy people-watching, or you can chit-chat with friends. Also, there are a lot of instaworthy corners for you to explore. Don't be shy because they are many people posing for photos too. I hope you guys will enjoy garosugil as much as I do.
Written February 7, 2018
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Susan W
Kuta144 contributions
Friends
Love the restaurants and cafés
Good shopping spot and hang out
A place to see and be seen if you're a posh young adult
I found a lot of great food in Garosu Gil area
Written October 6, 2014
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Sindee N
6 contributions
Couples
This place is only good for restaurant options. The hype for the brand name that I do not even know of is not worth it. Also, it is disappointing that certain stores do not even let you try on shirts and you can not return or exchange it. Not a good spot for shopping in my opinion.
Written August 17, 2018
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SleepingBJKim
Seoul74 contributions
Friends
Before starting to make a travel around the world, I used to live around Garosu-gil. Now is the time you should go see and stroll along the road because there's a lot of fallen leaves with yellow-tinted street lamps and beautiful signboard waiting to be seen- get along the road till you get to Gosu-buji (Han-river Park) and enjoy the park along the river. I lived there for a long time, so my tip is you must see this street when snow has fallen. Couldn't be better! You'd better bring your state-of-the-art camera with you; if you don't have it, you should bring your smart phone. Take a picture and you can get a once-in-a-lifetime picture. Believe me; you will never regret. I myself had taken a lot of good pictures in this street.
Written November 11, 2014
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vichy
NYC511 contributions
If you are interested in boutique, independent-designer shopping - this street is a must visit. I spent an entire afternoon here and could easily have gone for longer. Lots of cute primarily clothing and jewelry boutiques, lots of pop-up jewelry stands on the street. Also make sure you pop into all the side streets as well - Garosu-gil is the main thoroughfare, but there are a lot of shops and cafes as well on the side streets all the way down the block. Shops are open until late (~9-11 PM)
Written October 20, 2019
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