Seoul is a dynamic, exciting, and sometimes overwhelming city. From food, to nightlife, to useful resources: here is a guide on how to feel a touch of Australia while in the heart of Korea’s urban jungle, Seoul.
Brunch & Coffee
Bills | Jamsil and Gwanghwamun
Head to Bills in Seoul for a classic and delicious Australian brunch.With Australian celebrity chef Bill Granger at the helm, both Bills locations feature a sleek, modern interior with plenty of natural light – great for snapping some foodie photos! For a hearty breakfast try the ‘Full Aussie’ or the famous ricotta and banana hotcakes. After a flatwhite and a small bite? Grab a slice of sourdough toast with vegemite.
Caravan | Hapjeong
If you’re after the best avocado toast in Seoul, or a classic bircher museli, look no further than Caravan in Hapjeong. Drawing inspiration from Australian cafe culture, Caravan’s stylish, comfortable interior makes for the perfect place to sit and enjoy a flat white with friends.
Summer Lane | Itaewon
A new addition to Seoul’s cafe scene is the Australian inspired ‘Summer Lane Cafe’. Tucked away in Itaewon, this space is intimate and filled with natural light and greenery. Look no further if you’re after delicious brunch dishes with an Aussie twist.
Dinner & Drinks
Oldcap | Itaewon
With an owner from Bondi Beach and the best fish & chips in Seoul, Old Cap is a must visit. Think crispy batter and fresh fish, alongside burgers and Aussie beer. Cosy, casual and comfortable, Oldcap is the perfect place to grab a bite- and from 4PM-6PM on Tuesdays to Fridays, a bottle of Heineken is only 3,000 won!
Mozzie | Itaewon
A New Zealand bar serving draft beers and Kiwi and Australian comfort food classics, Mozzie is an ideal dinner destination. Mozzie often plays Australian and NRL sport games, such as the NRL. In terms of how to choose what to eat from the extensive menu: We recommend the ‘Captain Cooker Chops’ and a glass of their house wine Sauvignon Blanc.
Pie Face | Gwanghwamun
If you find yourself craving a sausage roll, a spinach and feta roll, or an Aussie meat pie… look no further. Pie Face, a classic pitstop after a night out for any Aussie out on the town, now has two locations in Seoul: Gwanghwamun and Gangnam. Treat yourself!
Seoul Survivors RFC is an expatriate rugby team welcoming players of all skill and ability levels. The SSRFC is a great opportunity to socialize and meet other expatriates, while also engaging in in quality competition. Established in 1977, the SSRFC holds regular training sessions and matches throughout the year, competing in domestic and international matches. There is also the Seoul Survivors’ sister association: the Seoul Sisters Rugby Club.
Spectator Sports & Nightlife
The Workshop | Yongsan
Housed in what was formerly a garage, The Workshop is a cosy bar located in the bustling HBC neighbourhood. The Workshop not only offers a selection of local and international beers, but also plays rugby games on the big screen.
3 Alley Pub | Itaewon
Located in the heart of Itaewon, and the perfect place to go for a casual night out. Have a couple of beers, play a few games of darts or pool, and watch a game on the big screen. If it’s the right time of the year, 3 Alley Pub will show Australian sports games e.g. the AFL during footy season.
Mikkeller | Sinsa
For a night of craft beer tasting, head to Mikkeller in Gangnam. Maintaing a tap list of 30 beers that are on a constant rotation (some of which hail from Australia), Mikkeller is a great destination for a night out.
ANZA, aka ‘Australian and New Zealand Association’ is an organization that offers support to Australian expatriates based in Seoul. With a focus on career and social support, ANZA works alongside Korean charities to provide networking opportunities for both Australians in Korea, and Koreans interested in Australian culture.
The Australian Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization promoting Australian business interests in Korea. AustCham has over 250 members and aims to represent the Australian business identity while fostering the growth of the Australia/Korea’s commercial and social relationships. AustCham celebrates important Australian events (e.g. Australia Day and ANZAC day) and aims to foster networking and socializing opportunities.
Located in Gwanghwamun, the Seoul-based ANZ branch is a useful resource if you need assistance with banking while in Korea.
The capital of the South Korea is an exciting metropolis full of things to do and see. Whether home is Australia, America or elsewhere, there is guaranteed to be touches of home scattered throughout Seoul. Eat, sightsee, explore, and enjoy everything Seoul has to offer- you won’t regret it!
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