One Day (and Gluten Free!) in Seoul, South Korea
We had a lot of fun in Seoul this past spring and I was able to get my fill of Korean BBQ, KoMex (actually, no such thing as too much KoMex), Korean cosmetics, and raccoons (yes, raccoons). The highlight was visiting the infamous (?) Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) which separates North Korea from South Korea. Here are my favorite places, and more importantly, food items, and what’s worth visiting if you only have one day.
Where to Stay
I was staying in an unfortunate hostel (won’t mention any names) before stumbling on this hotel, which was JUST $10 more per night. This hotel is fancy shmancy, complete with a talking toilet and within nearby walking distance to food, coffee and a shopping area. Side note, I fell in love with toilets in Korea/Japan. So much so, all of my toilets now have a Tushy installed. Highly recommended.
Located in the cool Itaewon neighborhood, this place has good ol’ KoMerican (I just made that up) cuisine, with gluten free bread available.
The only café that I could find in Korea (and I looked... and looked) that offers alternative milk (soy milk) options. Also, the cherry blossom latte is off the chain.
The most adorably pink and quirkily decorated café. Your Instafeed will thank you. I went with their blueberry lemonade, as they did not have alternative milk options when I visited.
The most insane latte art you’ll ever see. Upon our arrival, we were disappointed to find out a reservation was required. They do not have any dairy milk alternatives, but the intricate and stunning latte art is almost worth the trip.
Yes, this is a real thing. Raccoons, meet coffee. We almost waited an hour to hang with the fur babies, and watched two get really close to escaping while we were there. They have you slip out of your shoes, and remove all your jewelry and belongings and place them into lockers before they cage you in (raccoons will literally grab onto anything). Due to the smell, I pretty much lost my appetite. But, the raccoons were adorable. And you guessed it, no alternative milk options. Womp.