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You wake up one day and are completely overcome with a gut-consuming desire for Cafe Mama’s creamy ricotta cheese salad, or savoury kimchi carnitas fries from Vatos Urban Tacos. Problem is, there’s sure to be a mile long line up of people waiting at these restaurants (as there often is for popular establishments in Seoul) and you’re pretty sure your stomach won’t wait.

You resign yourself to foraging through your empty fridge for last night’s kimbap, or think about ordering yourself some Korean fried chicken, but then remember Gourmet 494.

Located in the basement of the eye-catching Galleria Department store, Gourmet 494 is the brainchild of some genius who (I think), basically wandered around Seoul to find the trendiest, most popular restaurants in the city’s current food scene, and put them all in one luxurious food hall.

Pastries and coffee from Eric Kayser? Pizza from Pizzeria d’Buzza? Check. Burgers from Brooklyn, the Burger Joint? Sure. Sushi from Matsumoto? Oh yeahhhh. And of course, we can’t forget dessert. How about homemade tarts from Tartine, or experimental ice cream from Fell and Cole?

For me, Gourmet 494 is like some kind of ridiculous food nirvana, where it is actually possible to satisfy your gluttony with a meal made up of all your Seoul favourites.

And best of all? You won’t have to wait in line.

When you get tired of gobbling everything in sight, you can peruse the amazing international cheese selection in the grocery, scrutinize the chefs working in the open kitchens, or post all your drool-worthy food photos to your Instagram account using the free wifi.


How to get there
Gourmet 494 is easily accessed from Exit 7 of Apgujeong-Rodeo subway station, on the yellow line.

Open every day at 10:30 in the morning and closed at 8 or 8:30, depending on the day, you could actually eat every single meal there if you wanted to. Not that we’ve done that or anything…


  • August 21, 2014

    It all sounds and looks yummy!! I would love to try it someday wheneverI visit Seoul 😀

    • August 22, 2014

      Everything there is pretty darn delicious if I do say so myself…though I still have a lot of places left to try there. 🙂 Oh yes! You must visit Seoul one day…even after living here for 5 years, it’s one of my favourite cities i the world. I think it will surprise you!

      • August 22, 2014

        I believe you!! Some people I know visited Seoul and they told me the same…it will surprise me!! I only hear good things about the city! 🙂

        • August 23, 2014

          Well let me know if you ever make it here. I’d love to meet you in person. 😀

          • August 24, 2014

            Yaaaay awesome! I will let you know for sure, I also would love to meet you in person 😀

  • Sha

    August 21, 2014

    Looks good! I got lost around apgujeong rodeo once…haha..had to call the hotline for help…only to realise that I WAS at apgujeong rodeo..that was a funny moment for me cos I got the poor gal all confused trying to help me out…but now I know how to get there to try these next time I’m there…:)

    • August 22, 2014

      Lol… actually I was very confused by Apgujeong Rodeo station too, because they built the subway line while we were away on our RTW (seriously subway stations go up around here like pop-ups), and I just couldn’t understand that there was another Apgujeong station. The Rodeo station IS way more convenient for things though, that’s for sure.

      There’s a new COEX station opening up soon too, and I’m sure that will confuse everyone trying to get there too. Haha, but it’s definitely a needed station.

      • Sha

        August 22, 2014

        Haha…I do agree it was more convenient. ..I was also not aware there was a new line then and actually got lost because I was following directions from the other apgujeong station which is way further…haha…there’s always something new everytime I return. ..:)


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