Western Groceries in Seoul

Category : Food/Nightlife / Surviving in Korea
Nov 28, 2014

Western Groceries in Seoul


Finding familiar food from back home can sometimes be a challenge in Korea. While many grocery stores like E-mart, Home Plus, and Lotte do carry a respectable selection of international foods, sometimes the cost isn’t really worth the extra markup on a lot of the basics (some of your friends swear there’s a difference between Korean and foreign cornflakes, but you still can’t taste it). Alas, where to go to buy all your favorites from back home? There are some places where you can get that special snack you’re craving.



Itaewon may seem like an obvious place to start. After all, it’s the main foreigner district in Korea, and business is booming. It seems like a new international dining spot opens up each week, creating healthy competition for the many restaurants that line the streets of this famous (or some might say “infamous”) area of Seoul. If you want to get a little creative in the kitchen though, buying some Western groceries from any of the surrounding foreign food shops is a good place to start.


Below are the main foreign food shops in Itaewon:


Shop Information


High Street Market (Itaewon, Seoul)

  1. Selection includes: Vegan baked goodies, deli items, and foreign liquors.
  2. Hours: 10:00 to 19:00
  3. Online Shop: Yes
  4. Delivery?: Yes
  5. Website


Foreign Food Mart (Itaewon, Seoul)

  1. Selection includes: Mostly South Asian/Indian products, but also American snack foods and European cheeses.
  2. Hours: 10:00 to 23:30
  3. Phone: 02-790-5450



Haddon House (Itaewon, Seoul)

  1. Selection includes: Turkeys, curry, frozen berries.
  2. Hours: 8:30 to 22:00
  3. Online Shop: No
  4. Delivery? Around Hannam & Itaewon area only.
  5. Phone: (02)-794-051



Online Only

Don’t live in Seoul? Still want a taste of back home? Your best option is to order online. Many internet vendors have set up shop online and now offer delivery to every corner of Korea. Shipping charges vary based on the size and weight of what you order. Make sure to order an ice pack and/or styrofoam box with any frozen food or produce that you order. Most sites have loyalty programs, so if you become a repeat customer you’ll eventually start getting better and better discounts.


Shop Info


Fat Bag

  1. Selection includes: Homemade baked goods (cream cheese brownies, pumpkin pie, pecan tarts), organic food, frozen vegetables.
  2. Live help: 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-18:00 (M-F)
  3. Payment: Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, AmEx, Wire transfer.
  4. Website


Expat Mart

  1. Selection includes: Various pastas, Campbell Soup, canned fruits.
  2. Free Shipping: 70,000KRW+
  3. Website


E-Z Shop

  1. Selection includes: Kirkland/Costco items: soy “meat” products, sriracha sauce, instant meals (Chef Boyardee, Hamburger Helper).
  2. Payment: Visa, Mastercard, JCB, AmEx
  3. Website


Nice Market

  1. Selection includes: Deli meats, vegan Korean “meats” (dumplings, BBQ, cutlet), frozen hashbrowns.
  2. Payment: Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, AmEx, Wire transfer.
  3. Website



Tags : Food. Groceries. Western.

Gabrielle interned as a Content Creator for Work'n'Play during her exchange trip to Chung-Ang University in 2012-2013. She graduated from Vancouver Island University in May 2014 with her BA in Global Studies. She is now a Master's student at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs in Ottawa, Canada. The things she misses most about her year in Korea are: going for makgeolli + jeon with friends, exploring Seoul's new and old hidden treasures and getting to practice Korean every day. You can connect with her on Twitter at @MsGabrielle or email her at gabrielle.bishop@hotmail.com.