One of my favorite things to do when I travel is check out the food markets of the area. I was excited to check out Gourmet 494 this time in Korea. It is a luxury food court and grocery store in the basement of the Galleria Department Store in Seoul. It seems luxury food markets are a trend these days, and the other highly recommended grocery I saw this time was SSG Food Market in Cheongdam (dare I say even more luxurious than Gourmet 494, read my review here *coming soon*). The space is large and can be accessed directly from the street or subway by escalator. The food court features many international shops such as The Cheesecake Factory and Eric Kayser while also featuring great Korean stores such as Ho Won Dang (the best ddeok in Korea the original store is near Ewha Women’s University) and new classics such as Vatos Tacos. I really liked that this food court was so beautiful with its dark wood and brass accents. There are many places to sit and eat and also free wifi. The grocery store is also fun to look around with its vast selection of international beers, European cookies, American classic snacks, and other produce. If you are shopping at Galleria or in the Apgu area I would highly recommend a stop at this food court and grocery store. The best thing I ate here was the dark Mexican chocolate churros at Churros 101.
Address & Accessibility
494 Apgujeong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul South Korea
서울 강남구 압구정동 494
By Subway: Exit 7 at the Apgujeong Rodeo subway stop on yellow Bundang line , in the basement of the West Building of the Galleria Department Store
Short video of some of the shops and groceries at Gourmet 494
The Entrance under the West Wing of the Galleria Department Store, accessible from street level and the subway by escalator
Some of the shops in the food court- Churros 101 (best churros! get the dark chocolate), Eric Kayser, The Cheesecake Factory, and Tartine mini pies