Common Ground is one of the new hot places to go shopping or grab a coffee. It’s so new that some of your friends might not even know it. With a few other malls also on line 2 to compete with, namely COEX, Common Ground puts a different spin to the shopping experience.
Made with shipping containers painted a satisfying blue, the uniqueness of the mall is already showcased. It actually almost looks out of place yet still welcoming. Small in comparison to other malls, it houses many smaller shops, and some up and coming artists. There’s a great deal of focus on trendy and original. You’ll still find some big names such as Nobis and Canada Goose at prices that are similar or cheaper than in Canada.
Split into three main sections it’s quite easy to navigate. If you weren’t already compelled to enter the street market building, I’m guessing you would come in straight to the Market Ground. The Market Ground is where the tents pop up and where the sale items move fast. Most if not all of these tents have their own shops within the buildings. We found two winter sweaters and a jean jacket for about 100,000 won, all from the same seller and with some amazing quality. Also located within the market grounds is the food truck pit.
The Market Hall with the large glass entrance is naturally the next place to go. In the center of the open hall a live DJ plays some pretty sick beats. If they cleared all the clothes out it could easily serve as the hottest club. Surrounding the hall, all the shops may look similar from a distance but on closer inspection, each has its own unique pieces to add to the overall fashion collection.
The Street Market building is quite a bit smaller, and not so square. We found it to have more of the women’s clothing. Make it to the top floor and you’ll find Toy Republic. It looked like an art gallery but was actually a place you could buy handmade crafts. A few simple items caught my eye, like the calendar and Eco bags.
We left the best for last, the Rooftop Terrace. To get there walk right outside of Toy Republic, otherwise find your way to the top floor of the Market Hall building or the stairs that snake outside. Overlooking the market ground, it’s the highlight of the design. A more rustic look with well selected lighting sets the mood. A bridge connects the roof of the street market building to the Market hall. It’s a great place for photos and probably even better for coffee.