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A taste of Europe @ Garosu-gil

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Garosu-gil is filled with European-influenced restaurants and cafes, which was evidenced this weekend when my sister and I unintentionally ended up at three different eateries all reflecting different European countries: France, Germany, and Sweden.

Pain de Papa @ Garosugil
First up, a little bit of France. My sister and I were to have lunch with Grace (my dearest high school friend) and her husband Alex. However, we got there early and had plenty of time to kill before meeting them, so we decided to hit up ‘Pain de Papa,’ a cozy little bakery with a gorgeous spread of freshly baked, French-style (as well as German) rustic breads and pastries.

Pain de Papa @ Garosugil
Pain de Papa @ Garosugil
“From this point forward, totally plain bread. No butter, eggs, or milk. (Good for dieters or those with allergies)”

The best part is that they have a separate section of breads that do not contain any eggs, milk, or butter! However, I don’t think this includes cheese, so you still gotta be careful and double-check to make sure that what you’re getting is 100% vegan. But still, it’s a helpful tip. Here are some of the breads in this vegan-friendly section:

Pain de Papa @ Garosugil
A variety of German-style loaves. Pricey, but IMHO, worth it for a special Saturday splurge.

Pain de Papa @ Garosugil
Wormy-looking bread! Sweeet~

Pain de Papa @ Garosugil
Crrrispy baguettes.

Pain de Papa @ Garosugil
The seating area

Pain de Papa @ Garosugil
Pain de Papa @ Garosugil
Even though we were going to eat lunch soon after, we couldn’t resist munching on our purchases.

Pain de Papa @ Garosugil
My sister, being the French pastry-chocoholic that she is, got their ‘pain au chocolat’ (definitely not vegan).

Pain de Papa @ Garosugil
I went with a loaf of bread studded with figs and walnuts. Dang, now this is what I call real bread. I love its stick-to-your-ribs density, the bite of the walnuts, and the popping crunch of the fig seeds. Nothing short of delicious.

Directions: Find Starbucks near the North end of the main Garosu-gil road. There are two Starbucks’, but you gotta find the one that is closer to Apgujung Station, not the one closer to Sinsa Station. Walk a minute into the alleyway across the road from Starbucks. Pain de Papa will be on your left.

Pain de papa
135-890 Gangnam-gu Shinsa-dong 548-5 Hyundai Building 10b
T. [02] 543 5232

Deli Heinzburg with Unni, Grace & Alex
For lunch, we got together with Grace and Alex at Deli Heinzburg, a German-style restaurant serving up a variety of panini’s, burgers, salads and decadent desserts.

Deli Heinzburg with Unni, Grace & Alex
Deli Heinzburg with Unni, Grace & Alex
The menu unfolds like an origami puzzle, and everything is translated into 5 different languages! Considering that it’s located in this swanky part of Seoul, we also found the menu to be quite affordable. Unfortunately, there’s hardly anything on the menu that is already vegan, but I’m now a pro at modifying restaurant dishes, so I wasn’t too phased.

Deli Heinzburg with Unni, Grace & Alex
Yes, I wanna get in touch with my softer side!

After examining my options and grilling the waiter (who seemed a bit confused with my requests, but was none the less, still very helpful and patient), I ordered the ‘Mushroom Panini,’ but had to ask them to leave out quite a few things: no cheese or mayo, and instead of their in-house spread, I just got regular dijon mustard.

Deli Heinzburg with Unni, Grace & Alex
Haha, my order ticket looks a bit sad….

Deli Heinzburg with Unni, Grace & Alex
I was expecting a very pathetic and depressed panini to come out, but look at this beautiful sight! 3 different mushroom varieties on ciabbatta bread (vegan), with mustard and sun-dried tomatoes on the side.

Deli Heinzburg with Unni, Grace & Alex
Oh my life! The aroma of those mushrooms was simply heavenly. Seriously, even though I had to take out so many of the usual toppings/spreads, this panini was still totally worth it.

Deli Heinzburg with Unni, Grace & Alex
Loved the addition of the dijon mustard and sun-dried tomatoes. I only wish they gave more tomatoes.

Deli Heinzburg with Unni, Grace & Alex
Everything was so flavorful, not to mention juicy!

Deli Heinzburg with Unni, Grace & Alex
And for the vegetarians out there, my sister ordered the Grilled Vegetable Panini. This could probably be modified to be vegan too.

Deli Heinzburg with Unni, Grace & Alex
My sister was pretty smitten with her vegetarian sandwich, and Grace and Alex also seemed to enjoy their omni paninis. But I personally think mine looked and smelled the best. ^^

Directions: Somewhere along the middle of the main Garosu-gil road, there is a ‘Flow’ clothing store. Turn into the alleyway next to Flow. Deli Heinzburg will be on your left, at the end of the block.

FIKA @ Garosugil
And for the final leg of our Europe-themed tour of Garosu-gil, we went to ‘FIKA,’ a Swedish coffee shop that we randomly found.

FIKA @ Garosugil
FIKA @ Garosugil
Their interior reminds me of IKEA.

FIKA @ Garosugil
FIKA @ Garosugil
They have lots of Swedish breads, although I cannot attest to how authentic they are (or whether any of them are vegan).

FIKA @ Garosugil
Swedish tea cakes

FIKA @ Garosugil
Their dessert section is insanity. Everything look so lavish and decadent! If only they were vegan, I could do some serious damage…

FIKA @ Garosugil

FIKA @ Garosugil
My sister’s cafe mocha and my americano.

FIKA @ Garosugil
Love their mug designs. My sister took a sip and we found a mini horse on the inside too. Too cute.

Directions: Apgujung station, Line 3. Walk straight out of Exit 5 for about 5 blocks (7 minutes?) and FIKA will be on your left. Wifi available.

Phew! So that was a very long, photo-heavy post about my Saturday afternoon. Going to all these different European-style places lets me pretend that I’m no longer in Korea (at least for a little bit), which is sometimes just what I need… :) The more I go to Garosu-gil, the more places I find that I want to eat at. My wallet is taking a heavy beating, but it’s all worth it…

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Oh, and while we were walking around before lunch, I got low on energy and tore open the Apple Pie Larabar I got from Janice last week. My very first Larabar! It was a bit sweeter than what I’m used to, but it was super yummy and I felt renewed energy almost immediately. I wish they had these in Korea~~

5 Comments

  1. I love the box that informs you that Dachshund means dog in German. Yeah, no. ;-)

  2. Mhmm! mushrooms! A sure way to get my attention. I think I might try to make something similar for dinner tonight :)

    The German place actually doesn't look very *German* from the menu and the slogan.. "meine Art von Stelle" translates to "my kind of place", but a native speaker probably wouldn't word it that way. I do love the interior design though and all the translations on the menu, it doesn't get much more tourist friendly than that!

  3. Wow, I love this post because I usually visit Garosu-gil to spend time with friends or chillout by myself. I should definitely go cafes you introduced here. Thanks :)

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  5. Pain de Papa and Deli Heinzburg are good but pricey. Unfortunately the staff never heard about gluten, so most likely it’s not gluten-free.

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