When it’s time to refuel on books and non-Korean food, I head to Itaewon.

My favorite bookstore is What the Book, located next door to Foreign Food Mart which is next to Foreign Restaurant (owned and supplied by Foreign Food Mart, FYI: good weekend buffet).  What sets this bookstore apart from other bookstores in Korea is the wide selection of used books (sell back your dusty titles for money or store credit).  Also, magazine subscriptions and special order books can be arranged for very reasonable rates.  It’s nice to browse books, buy specialty groceries and then grab a kabab sandwich (at Foreign Restaurant or a street vendor) up the hill in Itaewon, away from the over-crowded main drag.




Chicken kabab street vendor at Itaewon subway station.  A flour tortilla wraps the sandwich instead of pita bread.