Greater Noida: We cannot stop being smitten by everything Korean around us, be it K dramas, K pop or Korean food. The love for Korean culture is spreading like a wildfire across India and we aren't complaining. While watching K dramas, it is natural to start dreaming about living a Korean life, that dream can now turn into a reality. No, we aren't going to ask to book a ticket to South Korea, instead, we have found a hidden gem for all K drama lovers in Greater Noida itself.
K Friends Convenience store is a dream location for those who love Korean culture. If you're a massive admirer of K- dramas who obsesses over their clothes and food, this delightful convenience store will surely bring you a little close to your Korean fantasy.
When I opened their door and entered the store for the first time, it felt like I have been transported to the world I had only seen on my screen. The place has everything Korean I could think of. Here, you can grab your ramen, boil it, pick your favourite drink and enjoy your meal, just how the K-drama protagonists do.
The most exciting part about the place is that they have everything a convenience store in Korea would have. It is not just a convenience store but a cafe as well, where you can sit back and enjoy your Korean meal. You name it, they have it, from kimchi and samyan noodles to nongshim noodles and yoppoki! Along with the food, this location has impressive Instagram-worthy aesthetics.
The owner of K Friends Convenience store is a South Korean man living in Seoul. While talking about the place came to be, Punpun, who works at the store tells us, "We opened this store on April 3, 2021 as many South Koreans live in Greater Noida. Keeping that in mind, our owner, who worked in India for around eight years, did not get enough of his native items. Then he came up with this idea of opening a convenience for others Koreans living here." The place has everything Korean, from their favourite skin care to the authentic Korean food and other things.
Punpun also tells us the Koreans living nearby often visit their store and are happy to have a convenience store to fulfil all their needs. They say that although they are away from home, this place feels like home to them.
"We are not planning to expand much as of now. Initially, we were expecting only Korean people to be our regular visitors, however, recently, we have gained much popularity among the fans of Korean culture." Punpun added.
Where: D-23 & D-24, Ground Floor, Omaxe Trade Centre Pvt. Ltd, Greater Noida
When: 9 am to 9 pm