Viola Yoo's City Guide

A. By Bom

“The nail artist, Onnu, at the A. By Bom salon space is quite famous on Instagram. Korean celebs especially love going here for her designs and I personally love her unique, kitschy aesthetic.” -Viola Yoo

Address
30, Seolleung-ro 152-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Contact

http://abybom.com/eng/

What To Wear To A. By Bom


Dongdaemun Design Plaza

Photographed by Less Taekyun Kim

“DDP means Dream, Design, and Play. It holds various exhibitions, fashion shows, forums, conferences, and other domestic and international events. Registration for touring the architecture is available on-site and they also offer other event schedules and kid-friendly programming on their website.” -Viola Yoo

Address
281 Eulji-ro, Euljiro 7(chil)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Contact

http://www.ddp.or.kr

Jungsik

“This restaurant is credited for introducing Korean cuisine to the world with an innovative flair. The chef draws inspiration from the familiar–kimbap, bibimbap, gujeolpan and bossam—and creates something unexpected yet surprisingly evocative and authentic. Whimsical desserts, a good wine list, and attentive service by the staff all adds to the experience.” -Viola Yoo

Address
11 Seolleung-ro 158-gil, Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Contact

http://jungsik.kr/

What To Wear To Jungsik


Tosokchon Samgyetang

Photo: Courtesy of Tosokchon Samgyetang

“Located near Gyeongbokgung Station, this restaurant was also frequented by the late President of Korea Roh Moo-hyun. Their main item, ‘Ginseng Chicken Soup,’ is a spin on a classic dish. The restaurant is always crowded, so make a reservation to enjoy an authentic Korean hot-pot.” -Viola Yoo

Address
5 Jahamun-ro 5-gil, Sajik-dong, Jongno-gu, 서울특별시 South Korea
Contact

http://tosokchon.com/index.php?lug=kr