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Published on September 16th, 2014 | by dinoseoul

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Dishy K-pop Eats in Seoul (Part 1): Restaurants & cafes owned by K-pop celebrities & families






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If you are an avid K-pop fan, you are bound to jump at any and every opportunity to get closer to your favourite idols. Besides concerts, fan signs, and owning as much merchandise as you possibly can, sussing out eateries owned by K-pop celebrities or their family members alike is something extremely common in Korea! If you are lucky, you might even spot these stars themselves helping out or just dropping by to say hello.

Your one and only local guide in Korea, Trazy is here to present the latest in restaurants, cafes and stores owned by Hallyu stars and their families in Seoul. There will be a sequel of this list – later on ushering you into the places outside of Seoul as well. Stay tuned!

1. Viva Polo

An Italian restaurant serving up delicious pastas, pizzas, risottos and salads with a Korean twist, Viva Polo is owned by the mother of EXO Chanyeol. The place is covered with pictures of Chanyeol, as well as numerous gifts from fans. You will also find the signatures and messages of the other EXO members on the wall. From reviews, we heard that the staff and service here are top-notch too!

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Drop by for: 

Cute baby pictures of Chanyeol and affordable, great-tasting Italian fare.

Opening hours:

11:30AM – 11:30PM KST daily

Address:

312-86 Myeongil 1(il)-dong, Gangdong-gu, Seoul, South Korea

For directions, click here.

 

2. Kona Beans Cafe

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If you need an example of a rare case where the mothers of three idol group members co-operate a single shop, Kona Beans is it. A renowned Hawaiian themed café owned by the mothers of Super Junior‘s Lee Teuk, Kyuhyun and Sungmin, three is definitely not a crowd at Kona Beans. Located in the luxury neighborhood of Apgujeong in Seoul, it’s filled with photos and illustrations of Super Junior, as well as a ton of fan gifts.

Drop by for:

A complete Super Junior fan experience – you will get to meet lots of other fans mingling here. If you don’t get to see the boys themselves, you can always snap a photo with their mums for keepsake!

Opening hours:

7:00AM – 11:00PM KST daily

Address:

640-9 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

For directions, click here.

 

3. Mouse Rabbit Cafe

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A quaint coffee shop owned by Super Junior Yesung’s mother and brother. Yesung and his brother Jongjin participated in designing the logo along with the interior of the shop. The result? A spacious, pretty cafe that you will definitely love spending hours in!

Jongjin is a professional barista, so you can expect only fantastic drinks from him! What’s unique about Mouse Rabbit Cafe is that the floor of the basement is designed like a rabbit cave. Here, you can take off your shoes and enjoy your drink more comfortably.

Drop by for:

A literal ‘rabbit-hole’ experience, as well as a wide array of drinks from the conventional coffees to to fruit-tinged drinks like the cherry latte and raspberry mocha. Mouse Rabbit also offers a coupon service – collect 10 stamps and you can get a cup of coffee for free!

Opening hours:

10:00AM – 12:00AM KST daily (B1 is closed earlier at 11:00PM KST)

Address:

5-14 Hwayang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea

For directions, click here.

 

4. Cafe J Holic

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A pretty two-storey café recently opened last December by JYJ’s Jaejoong, Cafe J Holic is located in popular shopping district Myeongdong. There are also souvenirs such as tumblers and diaries for fans of Jaejoong up for purchase. This is Jaejoong’s second coffee shop venture.

Drop by for:

Receipts. This might sound like an ironic thing to look forward to, but the cafe’s receipts are given together with transparent sheets of plastics that have Jaejoong’s signature imprinted on the bottom right. If you buy merchandise here, you get a shopping bag with his signature also imprinted on it. Talk about unique souvenirs!

Opening hours:

11:00AM – 10:00PM KST daily

Address:

54-22 Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

For directions, click here.

 

5. Bum’s Story

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Yet another place opened by Jaejoong, Bum’s Story is a restaurant serving up a fusion of Japanese-Korean dishes. JYJ’s Yoochun also has shares in this restaurant, so if you are lucky perhaps you might catch the both of them here!

Drop by for:

Great ambiance and a nice place to chill with friends for dinner. Prices are a bit on the steep side (it is in the the district of Gangnam after all), but reviews for the dishes have all been generally pretty good so it is worth a visit! Be prepared to spend at when you are here though – dishes range from 16,000 – 25,000 each.

Opening hours:

6:00PM – 4:00AM KST daily

Address:

94-17 Nonhyeon 2(i)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

For directions, click here.

 

6. K-Story Cafe

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A Hallyu themed café owned by Super Junior Heechul’s sister. It serves Korean traditional food and beverage along with K-pop and fan-related items such as CDs and performance clothes. You can also see the owner’s collection of items such as posters with actual posters, clothes and more.

Drop by for:

An immersion into total K-pop culture. Who would understand that better than the sister of an idol, right?

Opening hours:

10:00AM – 10:00PM KST daily

Address:

22 Myeongdong 8na-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

For directions, click here.

We hope you’ve enjoyed the places we’ve brought to you so far! There are more to come with this list so stay tuned. You’ll be surprised by how some of the K-pop stars and their families offer great places so that their fans can get in touch with their favorite celebrities even just by visiting.
For specific directions or for information about where to visit in Korea, visit Trazy.com, your online guidebook to the latest travel destinations, themes, and experiences shared by the locals in Korea.

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