Garosoo-gil in Korean (가로수길) means a tree-lined street. The most famous avenue with this moniker is in the ritzy Sinsa-dong in Seoul, but Changwon has its own Garosoo-gil in Yongji-dong, near Yongji Lake. The official name of the street is 용지로239번길 (Yongji-ro 239 beon-gil), but it’s more commonly known to expats as the Cafe Street because, well, it has a lot of cafes.
In fact, Changwon’s tree-lined street has a total of 9 cafes, 3 chain cafes, 2 art gallery-slash-cafes, 2 just-art galleries, 10 restaurants, 4 shops or boutiques, 2 flower shops, 1 convenience store, and 2 parks. This count only includes those that are located along the 800-meter street itself, but there are many more restaurants, cafes, and shops in the rest of the neighborhood.
In the spring or summer, the shade of the trees and the sight of people relaxing outdoors at the cafes make a stroll down Garosoo-gil quite lovely indeed. It’s also beautiful in the fall as the leaves change color. Why don’t you spend an afternoon exploring the garden or running around Yongji Lake, and then catch up with friends over coffee or tea?
Below are photos of some of the cafes and restaurants currently open for business. (Please remember that businesses do change.)
Please enjoy your next visit to Changwon’s Cafe Street!
Below is a map from Google Maps of Garosoo-gil and its cafes, some landmarks, and the closest bus stops. (Garosoo-gil is a walkable distance from City Hall, the Rotary, Yongji Lake, Sungsan Art Hall, the Provincial Government Office, and even Changwon University.)
Got a recommendation for a specific place on Garosoo-gil that you love? We’d love for you to write a guest post for Changwonderful!