A new series begins called ‘Close-Up’. This is where we focus on random cities or random neighborhoods around Korea and pick out some noteworthy things, such as cool cafes, eclectic restaurants, funky motels, etc…and just enough to help make a day (or at least an evening) out of it. In this post, we’ve opted to do a ‘Suwon Close-up’. (Note: We’re certainly not done with Suwon, as there’s a lot more to the city than what can fit on a mere blog post. We’ll do a ‘Part 2’ soon. In the meantime, if there are any Suwon-ites wanting to drop hints and tips worth sharing, please leave us some comments.)
아름다운 땅 (Beautiful Land). 아름다운 땅 is an upscale Italian restaurant in Suwon’s Yeongtong-dong. Fabulous appetizers with appealing presentation. Excellent steaks. And of course, pizza and pasta. But a real draw here is their huge wine selection, in addition to being able to attend their regular wine-tasting events.
Kingpin Beer. Located near Suwon Station, Kingpin Beer is a great little hof that is attracting solid buzz among Korean bloggers. The cool things about Kingpin other than the beer and atmosphere, are their boxes of popcorn or gourmet fries that you can munch on, instead of Korean anju.
AK Food Hall. Located at Suwon Station, AK Food Hall offers additional reasons to come to this part of town, whether you are travelling onward or not. A sprawling center for both grocery shoppers and people seeking to eat at one of the many food kiosks and restaurants. Of particular note, Japan’s wildly successful MOS Burger chain has started making inroads into Korea and can be found in AK Food Hall, much to the joy of anyone looking to placate their burger cravings.
붉은수탉. In the same vicinity as Suwon Station and Kingpin, you can try out something that doesn’t easily fit into the surroundings. Sometimes referred to by local expats as ‘Rooster’, 붉은수탉 looks to have almost an ‘India meets Greece’ style interior, with the hookah bar vibe that draws both foreigners and Koreans seeking to immerse themselves into a totally different lounge environment.
한우나들이. What’s all this non-Korean stuff? Do we hate Korean food? Of course not. But you can throw a stone in any direction and hit a window of a place that serves Korean food. This other stuff is a little more scarce and requires more attention to foreign residents and visitors to Suwon. However, we should at least mention an all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ. In that case, we’ll suggest 한우나들이, located in 고색동, west of Suwon Station. For less than 20,000won, you can have unlimited BBQ beef to grill (on selected cuts of beef), as well as banchan refills and buffet munchies.
Lucy Motel. How can a night out in Suwon not include a party moving back to Lucy Motel, with its in-room jacuzzis and funky interiors.Located in the streets around Suwon City Hall, Lucy keeps you close enough to the nightlife and dining scene and waits for you to come back for the rest of your evening.