Category Archives: Drink

Kokiri Farm & Factory

KokiriKokiri (which means elephant in Korean) is, in my humble opinion, one of the best bars in Yangsan.

Located in Beomeo, Kokiri has a great selection of locally sourced craft beers and guest ales on tap, as well as a variety of international bottled beers. It’s a great place to unwind on a Friday night or any other night of the week.

Kokiri also serves pretty good pizzas (made fresh on site) and other bar snacks. Spirits and wine are also available if you fancy something different.

A glass of craft beer will set you back between 6000-9000 Won, and, compared to some Korean beers, it’s much more flavourful. Pizzas are priced between 12,000-15000 Won. (All prices correct at time of writing)

More info, opening times and directions, can be found here.

Kokiri Map

 

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Cafe Tospia

Cafe TospiaThis little cafe in Beomeo has a good selection of toasted sandwiches or “press sandwich.” I prefer the sandwiches here to somewhere like ‘Isaac Toast’ as you there’s no hidden extras like pickles or sauce, for example. Ham and cheese is ham and cheese with no suprises.

NB. A few people have informed me that Cafe Tospia has been closed when they’ve gone there to get a sandwich on a weekday. However, in my experience, it’s always been open on weekends.

Directions: This restaurant is located in 범어 (Beomeo), which is a 15-20 minute walk over the bridge from Yangsan E-Mart. A taxi costs around 3000, just say to the driver, “Beomeo Dunkin Donut-uh.” Walk straight down Beomeo-ro (the road to the right of Dunkin Donuts), you should pass several pizza take aways and an hairdressers. Take the next street on your left, cross the street and walk right (in front of the 7/11 convenience store), Cafe Tospia has two entrances. Either enter the big building (Narae World) on your left or take the next street on your left.

Cafe Tospia Map

 

CAFE da.gam

Cafe da.gamFantastic Panini. Would be one reason to visit this excellent coffee shop in Jungbu-Dong though the coffee is pretty good too. Da.Gan is run by sisters (not nuns), one of whom studied culinary arts in Canada (she’s the one who makes the food).

You can get a Panini & coffee set for W8,500 and they do other food too (see menu images below), including a couple of brunch options. Coffee beans can also be purchased, a blend of Colombian, Guatemalan and Brazilian beans,

The cafe opens from 11am-11pm, has a modern interior and there’s a relaxing atmosphere, which makes it a great place to relax on an afternoon.

 

Directions: It’s about a 5-10 minute walk from E-mart in Shindoshi. From E-mart cross the street towards Krispy Kremes. Walk left then take your 2nd right (Ganbyeon-ro), you should see Yangsan subway station across the road. Walk straight (parallel to the station) until you pass Moda outlet on your right. Cross the street and walk right down Jungbu-ro until you see a shop called ‘Bob.’ Turn left then take a right (Behind Bob). Walk down this street (Yangju 2-gil), keep going straight at the crossroads, Cafe Da.Gam is opposite a small park on the left-hand side.

Cafe Dagam Map

 

 

 

WA BAR

WA Bar BeomeoWA Bars are a common sight in Korean towns and cities. They sell a selection of world beers, spirits and (maybe overpriced) food. Plus you can play darts on the electronic darts machines.

There are 2 WA Bars in Yangsan, one in Shindoshi and the other in Beomeo.

Directions (Beomeo): Facing Dunkin Donuts you want to take the street to your left (Hwahap 2-gil). Walk straight and take the 4th street on your right (Hwahap 8-gil). The bar is on the left hand side of the street. There’s also an entrance on Hwahap 7-gil, on the right hand side.

Wa Bar Map Beomeo

Directions (Shindoshi): From E-Mart cross the street towards Olive Young and the Olleh phone shop. Walk straight, take the 2nd street on your right, WA Bar is on the left-hand side.

Yangsan Shindoshi Map

 

개집비어 (Doghouse beer)

Dog Bar ShindoshiThis trendy chain pub, known as Dog bar, is located in Shindoshi, close to Yangsan subway station and the CGV cinema. I usually go to Dog bar for the cheap pitchers of gin and tonic or vodka and cranberry, which are very reasonably priced. They also serve cocktail pitchers and reasonably placed beer. Bar snacks can also be ordered and they have a dart board (an electronic darts machine).

There are now 2 Dog bars in Yangsan, with a new(ish) one now open in Beomeo. The only difference being that the new one is a bit bigger.

Directions (Shindoshi): From E-Mart cross the street towards Krispy Kremes and walk left. Take the next street on your right then walk straight. Take the second right, which is an open area home to several bars and restaurants. You will see Dog bar on the right hand side.

Directions (Beomeo): Facing Dunkin Donuts you want to take the street to your left (Hwahap 2-gil). Walk straight and take the 6th street on your right (Hwahap 6-gil). The bar is on the right hand side of this street.

 

 

하 똥 (Ha DDong)

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This bar’s name translates (according to Google) as “And shit”, though I think “And poo” has a nicer ring to it. It’s located close to 남부 시장 (Nambu Market) and Chicken Syndrome.

I like 하 똥 mainly as it’s a small independent bar with character (unlike many of the franchise bars you will find here in Korea).

Here they serve various imported bottled beers as well as Korean beer and soju. All the drinks are self-service, which means you help yourself and count up the bottles when you leave.

Food is optional, there is a Korean menu and the owner cooks all the food himself.

Directions: This bar is located in Bukbu-dong, which is a 10-15 minute walk from E-mart in Shindoshi. With the stadium behind you, walk straight down Samil-ro. Walk straight until you see Skin Food and CNA on your right. You want to take the street on your left (Bugan nam 2-gil). Walk straight, you will pass New Bombay on your left. Turn right at the 711 and walk straight (you will pass the I motel on your left). 하 똥 is on the left hand side, opposite Chicken Syndrome, number 12 Bugan nam 4-gil.

1454725790688So So Bom is a great little coffee shop located in Beomeo which serves both great coffee and homemade cupcakes.

The owner, Mr Lee, is a coffeephile who knows his stuff and he also sells coffee paraphanalia (coffee makers, grinders etc).

I buy my coffee beans from there (he usually has a selection) and haven’t been disappointed yet.

Plus the cakes are great.

For more info and directions (Korean only) see here.

Or, walk down the street to the left of Dunkin Donuts (Hwahap 11-gil), So So Bom is on the left hand side, opposite a Chinese restaurant.

So So Bomb Map