Locals' Guide To K-Pop Idol Locations
Add these cafes and restaurants to your Korea travel plans to follow in the footsteps of your favorite stars!
Lots of K-pop fans like to visit locations where their favorite idols have been when they travel to Korea.
We compiled a list of some popular cafes and restaurants for you to add to your travel itinerary when you visit Seoul!
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As many of you know, EXO's Sehun loves bubble tea, and Cofioca in Apgujeong is reportedly his favorite place to get his bubble tea fix.
Aside from Sehun, lots of other idols love this place and visit often such as Somi and members of GOT7, NCT, NU-EST, Wanna One, Oh My Girl, Gugudan.
There are autographs of idols covering the shop from floor to ceiling!
There are lots of flavors to choose from like taro, melon, coconut, or chocolate.
And you can even get cute commemorative cup sleeves like these Sehun and Baekhyun ones!
Address: 서울 강남구 선릉로 161길 31
31 Seolleung-ro 161-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Public Transportation: 6 minutes by foot from Apgujeong Rodeo Station (압구정 로데오역) Exit 6
Chupungryeong Kal Samgyeopsal
If you ask which pork belly restaurant in Seoul you should go to for the best chance of seeing K-pop idols, you are most likely going to hear Chupungryeong Kal Samgyeopsal in Apgujeong.
You can see traces of numerous idols in the messages and autographs hung on the walls. Members of NCT, TWICE, SHINee, Super Junior, EXO, CNBLUE, and many more have left their marks here!
Thanks to the great service and food, many idols have visited and enjoyed eating here.
You can follow in the footsteps of your favorite idols and grill pork belly seasoned with herbs for just 15,000 won!
Address: 서울특별시 강남구 도산대로 51길 41
41 Dosan-daero 51-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Last Order 21:30
Public Transportation: 6 minutes by foot from Apgujeong Rodeo Station (압구정 로데오역) Exit 5
Krap Pom is a Thai restaurant in Apgujeong where Blackpink's Lisa ate with CLC's Sorn and (G)I-DLE's Minnie.
Even before that though, this was a super popular place among locals because of the authentic Thai atmosphere.
Doesn't it look just like stepping into a restaurant in Thailand? Everything, from the tables and chairs to the decor and small details, is very authentic.
The spicy pork ribs piled high are amazing. If you want to try Thai food in Korea, take note of this restaurant!
Address: 서울 강남구 선릉로 153길 18 지하 1층
B1, 18 Seolleung-ro 153-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Take out and delivery available till 23:00 on weekends
Public Transportation: 5 minutes by foot from Apgujeong Rodeo Station (압구정 로데오역) Exit 5
Nudake Haus Dosan
누데이크 하우스 도산
Anyone who watched Treasure Map episode 51 would recognize this cafe, Nudake Haus Dosan.
Inside, you can also shop for eyewear and beauty products at Gentle Monster and tamburins.
This place, which has the atmosphere of a construction site, is unique and makes for some really interesting photos.
And if stairs are an issue for you, don't worry there are elevators available for customers.
They also have very unique menu items that look like works of art themselves!
Address: 서울 강남구 압구정로 46길 50 하우스 도산 B1
B1, 50 Apgujeong-ro 46-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Public Transportation: 10 minutes by foot from Apgujeong Rodeo Station (압구정 로데오역) Exit 5
TXT fans can get a glimpse of members' daily lives on social media, and Soobin posted photos earlier this year of his walk around Seoul on a rainy day.
One of the places he visited is Pizza Express.
There are not that many seats, but the tables are spaced out well to help maintain a safe distance.
They technically open at 11:30, but it takes some time to get ready, so it's best to come around noon.
If you like pizza, don't forget to check out Pizza Express on Garosugil Street!
Address: 서울시 강남구 압구정로 10길 28
28 Apgujeong-ro 10-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Public Transportation: 12 minutes by foot from Sinsa Station (신사역) Exit 8
Waikiki Market is a very popular Korean restaurant in Seoul located along the Han River. There is a dome-shaped tent making it the best place to enjoy barbecue in the summer breeze.
In particular, Waikiki Market is very popular among GOT7 fans as it appeared in their "Encore" music video. You even have to make a reservation in advance because it's so busy.
From your table you can look out at the Han River, and since there is shade it is quite comfortable.
If you need more food, there are places you can buy snacks, ramyun, and drinks as well.
Waikiki Market is pretty during the day, but the view at night is even more beautiful.
Address: 서울 마포구 마포나루길 332
332 Maponaru-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Public Transportation: 25 minutes by foot from Mapo-gu Office Station (마포구청역) Exit 6
Make A Reservation: Website
BTS fans will recognize this cafe from Run BTS episodes 118 and 119.
Photos of BTS trying to complete various missions and messages from fans fill the bulletin board and walls. Don't miss the opportunity to leave your own message.
There are great photo spots here, especially for ARMYs, so don't forget to add this cafe to your itinerary.
Address: 서울 강남구 압구정로 42길 27
27 Apgujeong-ro 42-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Public Transportation: 10 minutes by foot from Apgujeong Rodeo Station (압구정 로데오역) Exit 5, or 4 minutes by foot from Apgujeong Police Box Bus Stop (압구정파출소 정류장)
Cha Eun-woo was seen filming a mukbang at this pizza restaurant in Seoul located near Kyung Hee University.
This pizza shop is very popular among Koreans and was also featured in Baek Jong-won's Alley Restaurant.
If you want to follow in Cha Eun-woo's footsteps and try some crispy and unique pizzas, be sure to visit 17 Pizza.
Address: 서울 동대문구 회기로21길 22
22 Hoegi-ro 21-gil, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul
Public Transportation: 8 minutes by foot from Hoegi Station (회기역) Exit 1
Many K-pop fans gave already heard of this cafe thanks to EXO's Kai.
The name of the cafe is a combination of his name and his family's dog's name, Monggu and is owned and operated by his sister.
The interior is not that big, but because the tables are well organized, it can accommodate a number of people. Currently there are partitions between tables due to COVID-19.
The cafe is famous for their decadent waffles. EXO-Ls can't miss this cafe when they visit!
Address: 서울 서초구 서초대로 42길 17
17 Seocho-daero 42-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul
Sat-Sun & Public Holidays 11:00-21:30
Closed the first Saturday of each month
Public Transportation: 3 minutes by foot from Seocho Station (서초역) Exit 1
PLATTE is a must visit cafe in Hongdae for fans of iKON because it is run by Kim Jinhwan's older sister, Kim Seiyeon.
You can relax while listening to iKON's hit songs and it would be a good place to work or study since there is Wi-Fi.
Oh and don't be surprised by the dog that will welcome you when you visit.
Their signature menu item is their toasts, a trendy food in Korea right now.
They also often hold promotions on members' birthdays or when they have a comeback!
Address: 서울 마포구 성미산로 105
105 Seongmisan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Public Transportation: 15 minutes by foot from Hongdae Station (홍대입구역) Exit 2; or take inner city bus Mapo 06, and get off at Gyeongseong Middle & High School Bus Stop (경성중고, 홍익 디자인고)
Otsu Seiromushi, located on Songlidan-gil, where you can see Lotte Tower, is well known with ARMY because it is run by Jin's brother!
The entrance and interior are decorated with a Japanese style and all the tables are booths, giving it a cozy and intimate feel.
The meat and veggies are fresh and delicious and the food is not greasy, so you can eat your fill without feeling heavy and bloated.
Address: 서울 송파구 백제고분로 45길 30
30 Baekjegobun-ro 45-gil, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Break Time 15:00-17:30
Public Transportation: 8 minutes by foot from Songpanaru Station (송파나루역) Exit 1
Donjuda is a KBBQ restaurant that was seen in Mark and Yugyeom's V LIVE, so GOT7 fans will want to take note of this place.
The restaurant is very spacious and has large windows that open so that the air can circulate well, which is important in a KBBQ restaurant.
You will not be disappointed by the food here if you visit!
Address: 서울 강남구 영동대로 138길 9
9 Yeongdong-daero 138-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Public Transportation: 11 minutes by foot from Cheongdam Station (청담역) Exit 14
The next place is another KBBQ joint, this one in Cheongdam, the luxury shopping district of Gangnam.
The most well known visitors to this restaurant include people such as Baekhyun, Kai, and Sehun of EXO, SHINee's Taemin, Girls' Generation's HYoyeon, comedian Lee Kwang Soo, and many more!
The interior is not that big, so we recommend visiting in between peak meal times to avoid a wait.
If you want to try thinly sliced pork belly, this place is worth checking out!
Address: 서울 강남구 선릉로 148길 11
11 Seolleung-ro 148-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Public Transportation: 15 minutes by foot from Apgujeong Rodeo Station (압구정 로데오역) Exit 4
Art Monster Gangnam
The last place on our list is Art Monster in Gangnam, the filming location for the iconic Refund Sisters video.
Art Monster currently has several locations in Seoul, each with a different theme to fit different styles and vibes.
The Ikseon branch is a renovated Hanok and the Seongsu branch is in a renovated factory, while the Gangnam location has a Hong Kong bar theme.
Try the craft beers and social media famous pizza and chicken! Even if you don't drink, the atmosphere is too cool to miss!
Address: 서울 강남구 테헤란로 1길 28-3
28-3 Teheran-ro 1-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Public Transportation: 6 minutes by foot from Gangnam Station (강남역) Exit 11
That was our list of idol spots you can visit on your trip to Korea.
I was surprised there were so many places and they all look really appealing in their own ways!
Which ones are you going to add to your list? Let us know in the comments where you want to visit the most!