Perhaps you’re looking for a way to impress during your next date night. Or you want to pamper your taste buds without getting out of your pajamas. Maybe you’re just tired of choosing between convenience store kimbap and fried chicken delivery every night. Instead, you’re thinking authentic European cheese, artisan cured and smoked meats, grass-fed hanwoo beef, and fresh fruits and vegetables from around the world…
If that’s the case, you don’t have to look too far. An increasing number of gourmet grocery stores are opening across Seoul, delivering these and other specialty items right into your shopping cart.
Galleria Gourmet 494 in Apgujeong opened in October 2012 offering almost 24,000 square feet of premium foods and restaurants.
Here you can select fresh beef, fish, or produce in a shop and enjoy it minutes later at one of the many neighboring restaurants. Gourmet 494 imports over 170 premium food items from countries around the world.
Wine, cold cuts, pasta, olives, oils, crackers & every cheese on the planet make Chunk of Cheese THE stop for your gourmet cooking or party needs. Foodies, don’t go unless you have plenty of time to peruse the shelves, lest you be disappointed you had to leave so soon.
Chunk of Cheese, Gyeongnidan’s only specialty cheese shop, boasts over 80 cheeses and a variety of hams, salamis and sausages from around the world, this shop can take a wine and cheese night from good to great.
Started by two dedicated Crossfit athletes, this service provides healthy precooked, Paleo meals in two sizes: Regular and Champ, out of their kitchen based in Itaewon. They offer delivery services as well!
Did you know that there is an 800% tariff on quinoa and oatmeal in Korea? That sure makes eating these healthy foods more challenging than necessary. Order from iHerb and dodge those Korean tariffs. Plus you can get free stuff the first time you order.
I Love Cookie
Despite the name, I Love Cookie also seems to love foreign chips and spices—along with candies, canned food, sauces, and more. The store also sells Chinese and Japanese products.
If you’ve got a car, From Farmers (Nongburobuteo, 농부로부터) in Paju offers pesticide-free food products straight from the source. The farmer-owned enterprise has received a great deal of press for its healthy, high-end Korean ingredients and products, such as doenjang and gochujang, soy-pickled vegetables, organic rice, and more.