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You're spoiled for choice on what to eat, drink, or snack on in Seoul, so here are my top picks for some of the best, uniquely-Seoul, foodie experiences, that you should try while you're in town.

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21 Places

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21 Places

Gwangjang Market

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Myeongdong Shopping Street

Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Noryangjin Fish Market

Flea & Street Markets

Tosokchon Samgyetang

Restaurants

Maboknim Wonjo Halmeonijip Ttokbokki

Restaurants

HaDongGwan

Restaurants

Sanchon

Restaurants

Bongchu Jjimdak Hongik University

Restaurants

PyeongRaeOk

Restaurants

Damotori

Restaurants

Kyung-In Museum of Fine Art

Speciality Museums

Banpo Chicken

Restaurants

Bada Sikdang

Restaurants

Pyeongando Jokbaljip

Restaurants

Huirak

Restaurants

Poseokjeong

Restaurants

Insamadang Meokgeori Shimteo

Restaurants

Gaeppeore Jinju

Restaurants

Yeontabal Apgujeong

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Cheongjinok

Restaurants

Songgang Minmuljangeo Samseong

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Stewart H's City Tips

  • If you're in Seoul for a few days, purchase a T-Money transportation card at any subway station or convenience store - it offers discounts on fares and free transfers.
  • Service charges at restaurants in Korea are included in the listed price.
  • Tipping is not customary in Korea.
  • Certain eating establishments - such as barbecue restaurants or restaurants specialising in large servings - will often not accept solo diners.
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    Gwangjang Market
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Stewart H Says:

    Since 1905, the sprawling Gwangjang Market has been selling goods and offering delectable traditional eats to its numerous shoppers. This is Seoul's oldest market, and one of Korea's most famous - not to mention one of the best places to sample some of the country's timeless traditional dishes. Scrumptious treats here include bindaetteok (ground mung bean pancakes with pork and vegetables), bibimbap, spicy tteokbokki, and yukhwe (beef tartar). Prices are extremely cheap, making it a popular choice for those on a budget. And the colorful visuals, delicious aroma and general hustle and bustle ensure you'll enjoy a truly unique experience here. Just don't be surprised if a local offers you a bowl of makgeolli (a refreshing, fizzy, alcoholic rice-based drink) to toast your first Gwangjang Market experience!

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    • Solo
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    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Eats are extremely cheap here, so move around and try as many small portions as possible!
    • With a dizzying array of shops and alleys, it can be easy to get separated from your group in the market. Designate a meeting point just in case.
    • While most restaurants and eateries are open year-round, some shops are generally closed on Sundays.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 794 things to do in Seoul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Authentic for food and hanbok fabrics 13/12/2017
    • Great market - buy your honey butter nuts here! 12/12/2017
    • Gwangjang Market
    Address:
    88, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu
    Seoul 03195
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-2267-0291
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Myeongdong Shopping Street
    Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Stewart H Says:

    Myeongdong may be most famous for its shopping, but it is also well-known among locals for having some of the best (if not THE best) street food in Seoul. Just walk along any of its main or side streets and you'll run into rows of street carts and vendors selling delicious treats like spicy rice cakes, steaming fish cakes and broth, grilled sausages, sweet pancakes, and freshly squeezed juices. There are plenty of unique fusion eats here too, including french fry-encrusted corn dogs and spiral potatoes fried and seasoned. Best of all, prices are extremely cheap, making it easy to try a huge assortment of delicious bites for very little!

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    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Most vendors accept cash only.
    • The street food carts have no seats or tables - the food is meant to be eaten standing up or on the go.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 794 things to do in Seoul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must See and Must Shop! 14/12/2017
    • Good street food 14/12/2017
    • Myeongdong Shopping Street
    Address:
    Jung-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
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    Noryangjin Fish Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Stewart H Says:

    Noryangjin Fish Market is the largest and oldest seafood market in Seoul, its origins dating back more than 80 years. Rows of shops proudly display a staggering variety of fresh seafood, from the familiar (fish, clams, shrimp, lobster, etc) to the unfamiliar (live baby octopus, sea squirt, sea cucumber, spoon worm, and more). Pick what you want, haggle with the shop owners and let them know if you want to eat there or have your fish prepared to take away with you. If you decide to eat at the market, tell the owners how you'd like it (sashimi, soup, etc), and they will guide you to an associated market restaurant, who will prepare your dish to your liking for a small fee. A real local foodie experience!

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    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • As this is an open seafood market, wear closed shoes (in case your feet get wet) and clothes you wouldn't mind getting dirty.
    • Shop owners will be more inclined (though not always) to negotiate prices if you pay by cash, not card.
    • Night owls (or early-morning folks) should check out the energetic and frantic wholesale auctions - daily at 1 am, 1:30 am, and 3 am.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 794 things to do in Seoul
    • Seafood was cheap but cooking was a total rip off! 14/12/2017
    • Expensive seafood place! 12/12/2017
    • Noryangjin Fish Market
    Address:
    674 Nodeul-ro, Dongjak-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-2254-8000
    Other:
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    Tosokchon Samgyetang
    Restaurants (Asian, Korean, Soups)
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    Stewart H Says:

    Samgyetang is a beloved Korean dish: a whole, small chicken stuffed with healthy ingredients (such as ginseng, jujubes, chestnuts) and sticky rice - all boiled together to create a silky smooth, flavorful soup. It's long been revered for its health-giving and revitalizing properties, and has quickly caught on as a favorite for visitors as well. To experience it at one of Seoul's most esteemed establishments, head to Tosokcheon near Gyeongbokgung Station. Just don't be surprised if you see long lines here, especially in the sweltering Seoul summer - Koreans believe it's best to fight heat with heat!

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    • Like a Local
    • Solo
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    • Senior
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    Tips
    • Avoid peak lunch and dinner times when it's not unusual to have to wait in long lines.
    • If you're not in the mood for soup, Tosokchon's roasted chicken is another tasty option.
    • Choose from the basic samgyetang, or splurge on more creative varieties made with wild mountain ginseng or the special local black chicken called "ogolgye".
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 23,396 restaurants in Seoul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice ambience 14/12/2017
    • One of the best ginseng chicken in Seoul 11/12/2017
    • Tosokchon Samgyetang
    Address:
    5, Jahamun-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu
    Seoul 03041
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-737-7444
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Maboknim Wonjo Halmeonijip Ttokbokki
    Restaurants (Asian, Korean)
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    Stewart H Says:

    In 1953, this eatery first started selling its spicy rice cakes - tteokbokki - in front of the Donghwa Theater. It quickly attracted a loyal following and eventually spawned off an entire alley of eateries dedicated to the sale of these tasty snacks. Today, tteokbokki remains one of Korea's most beloved street foods, and it's still made in its full glory at this historic institution. While originally the dish was made of mainly rice cake and red pepper paste, now ingredients vary, and you can choose from hard boiled eggs, fish cakes, ramen noodles, cheese, and more.

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    Tips
    • If you're prone to spilling, ask for an apron to protect your clothes from food splatters.
    • Choose from a number of different combination sets based on the number of individuals in your group.
    • Lines on weekends are generally very long, especially during peak lunch and dinner hours.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1,543 of 23,396 restaurants in Seoul
    • Great taste of tteobokki! 08/05/2017
    • Great Korean food. 19/05/2016
    • Maboknim Wonjo Halmeonijip Ttokbokki
    Address:
    292-112 Sindang 1-dong, Jung-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-2232-8930
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:30 - 05:00
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    HaDongGwan
    Restaurants (Asian, Korean, Soups)
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    Stewart H Says:

    For 70 years, Hadonggwan has served only two dishes - gomtang (a clear beef soup) and sooyook (boiled beef). The gomtang is especially famous here, made with 100% Korean beef and no artificial seasoning of any kind. Though the broth may look watery and bland when brought to the table, its taste is extremely rich and deep, and is highly recommended!

    Good for
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    • Must See
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    • Solo
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    • Couples
    • Senior
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    Tips
    • Hadonggwan is closed on the first and third Sunday of every month.
    • Food here can be ordered to go.
    • To eat gomtang correctly, add scallions and salt to taste before consuming. Some locals even like to add a bit of kimchi juice to their soup.
    • Hadonggwan is open 7 am - 4:30 pm everyday, so make sure you visit in the morning or afternoon only.
    • Side dishes are limited to kimchi and kkakdugi (cubed radish kimchi), which also wins raves from locals for how well it pairs with the soup.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #244 of 23,396 restaurants in Seoul
    • Tasty beef soup w/ rice 06/11/2017
    • Legendary. 17/10/2017
    • HaDongGwan
    Address:
    12, Myeongdong 9-gil, Jung-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-776-5656
    Price range:
    US$9 - US$37
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 16:30
    Other:
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    Sanchon
    Restaurants (Asian, Korean)
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    Stewart H Says:

    One unique facet of Korean food is its Buddhist cuisine. Sanchon was originally founded by a monk who sought to recreate the Buddhist vegetarian meals he had enjoyed in the various temples where he had stayed. Today, all meals here remain vegetarian, with a special emphasis on roots, vegetables, and other ingredients that are fresh, in-season, and seasoned without any chemical additives. Though a bit pricier than the average meal, the dishes are truly delicious and a unique vegetarian delight for the senses.

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    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Dinners are especially popular due to the inclusion of a show. Reserve in advance for an evening meal here.
    • Sanchon offers a famed 40-minute performance of traditional dances and other art and religious performances from 8 to 8:40 pm every night.
    • To enjoy a meal in the true traditional Buddhist monk style, request ahead to have your food made without 'the five spices' (garlic, shallot, leek, etc), which monks do not eat.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #379 of 23,396 restaurants in Seoul
    • After the dinner I went to a McDonald's 10/12/2017
    • Good experience 07/12/2017
    • Sanchon
    Address:
    14, Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-735-0312
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:30 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Bongchu Jjimdak Hongik University
    Restaurants (Asian, Korean)
    Stewart H Says:

    Jjimdak is a dish of chicken, vegetables, and glass noodles, simmered together with soy sauce and other spices. Originating from Andong in south-east Korea, jjimdak has quickly become a nation-wide favorite, with many chains - such as Bongchu - specializing in this dish. It's also a dish that's oddly seldom found outside of Korea, making it well worth trying while in Seoul.

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    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Bowls of rice must be ordered separately here.
    • While relatively tame, the sauce does include dried chili peppers, which you can ask to be left out when ordering.
    • Bongchu Jjimdak is a chain and can be found in most areas of Seoul, including Myeongdong, Jongno and Gangnam.
    • The small size order is designed for 2-3 people, the medium for 3-4, and the large for 4-5.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #247 of 23,396 restaurants in Seoul
    • One of the best! 10/11/2017
    • One of the best places to get steamed soy chicken 06/10/2017
    Address:
    361-9, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-323-9381
    Other:
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    PyeongRaeOk
    Restaurants
    Stewart H Says:

    Visitors are often surprised to learn that for Korea's relatively small size as a country, its cuisine and flavors are still very diverse by region. For a taste of the flavors of the north, Pyeongraeok is a famed establishment that specializes in authentic Pyongyang-style cuisine. First opened some 60 years ago by a Pyongyang family, who escaped to Seoul during the Korean War, it is still family-run today, and the restaurant continues to churn out excellent North Korean dishes, including nengmyeon (chilled chewy noodles), dumplings, bindaeddeok (mung bean pancakes), and chogyetang (a chilled chicken and noodles dish).

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Pyeongraeok is closed on Sundays.
    • Avoid peak lunch and dinner times, when long lines are common.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #561 of 23,396 restaurants in Seoul
    • Excellent cold noodles! 01/11/2017
    • Traditional KFood, Exceptional quality all-year-round 04/10/2016
    • PyeongRaeOk
    Address:
    18-1 Jeo-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-2267-5892
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    Damotori
    Restaurants (Korean, Bar)
    Stewart H Says:

    "Makgeolli" is a traditional Korean alcohol-based drink - fizzy and sometimes slightly sweet - made from rice, and Damotori is a great place to expose yourself to its hundreds of varieties. Its small bar carries different types of makgeolli from all over Korea - showcasing the vast range of tastes, flavors, and textures available. The food is excellent too, always made fresh to order. Best of all, however, is its budget-friendly prices - unlike many of the other premium makgeolli bars in Seoul!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The bar is small, with only a few tables. On weekends it fills up pretty fast.
    • The makgeolli sampler is a steal and allows you to sip and sample five different makgeollis.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6,617 of 23,396 restaurants in Seoul
    • Great Makgeoli and Food 27/02/2016
    • Great makolli pub with variety 14/12/2015
    • Damotori
    Address:
    31, Sinheung-ro, Yongsan-gu
    Seoul 04338
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 70-8950-8362
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    Kyung-In Museum of Fine Art
    Speciality Museums
    Stewart H Says:

    Though cafes are everywhere in Seoul today, less commonly found are tea houses serving traditional Korean teas. The Kyung-In Museum of Fine Art is a hidden gem located in a back alley of Insadong, and is home to a fine tea house in the grounds of a gorgeously restored hanok. A wide range of traditional Korean teas are offered here, each of which is claimed to have beneficial properties for a range of minor ailments. Enjoy your tea inside this beautiful former Korean home or outside in the garden, whose beauty changes with the season but always makes for a tranquil and picturesque setting. As its name implies, the grounds also feature a few small museum galleries, exhibiting works by local artists - great to explore before or after your tea.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you choose to have your tea outside, you must pay in advance when your order.
    • Bring your camera - the setting is truly picturesque.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #269 of 794 things to do in Seoul
    • 아담하고 아름다운 정원같은 미술관 15/08/2017
    • 耕仁美術館和傳統茶室 04/03/2017
    • Kyung-In Museum of Fine Art
    Address:
    11-4, Insadong 10-gil, Jongno-gu
    Seoul 110-300
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-733-4448
    Other:
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    Banpo Chicken
    Restaurants
    Stewart H Says:

    Korean-style chicken has recently surged in global popularity and is so beloved by locals that you can find a chicken joint on seemingly every block. Of these, old-school chicken restaurant Banpo Chicken is one of the best. It offers a wide variety of chicken - including traditional rotisserie, fried, spicy, and even garlic. One of the best and uniquely Korean ways to enjoy the chicken is by delivery to the Han River - Banpo Chicken will happily deliver your order to the nearby Banpo Han River, while you pick up some cold beer from a nearby convenience store and enjoy a truly local experience, relaxing on its banks.

    Good for
    • Foodie
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    • Senior
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    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • For other options, walk around the Han River and you'll run into a number of other chicken delivery workers with flyers and menus.
    • Banpo Chicken's garlic chicken is especially popular.
    • Delivery from Banpo Chicken, just like all other delivery in Korea, is free - no tipping required!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6,327 of 23,396 restaurants in Seoul
    • A proper fried chicken and beer night out 02/10/2017
    • Great chicken and great service 09/10/2016
    Address:
    1050, Banpobon-dong, Seocho-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-599-2825
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    Bada Sikdang
    Restaurants (Asian, Korean, Fusion)
    Stewart H Says:

    One of the most fascinating dishes of Korean cuisine is Budae Jjigae - literally "army stew". A marrying of American and Korean flavors, the stew is a hearty and surprisingly tasty mix of franks, ground meat, kimchi, canned beans, and other veggies. The dish traces its origins to the aftermath of the Korean War, when American canned goods and ingredients were introduced to Koreans, who then adapted them with spicier and heartier local flavors. Bada Sikdang's budae jjigae stands out from the crowd due to its special "Johnson stew" version, in which slices of processed American cheese are added to the dish before serving. They also serve a variety of American-style meat dishes, including sausages, barbecue ribs, and steak - all of which come out on a sizzling heated pan. Having been around for over 40 years, the restaurant shows its age - and the servers can be gruff at times - but if it's budae jjigae you're hoping to try, Bada Sikdang is one of the best places in Seoul.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The Johnson stew can be ordered in a small (for 2 people) or large (for 3-4 people) serving.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #214 of 23,396 restaurants in Seoul
    • What a surprise?! 09/11/2017
    • Traditional Korean! 14/10/2017
    • Bada Sikdang
    Address:
    743-7, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu
    Seoul 140-893
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-795-1317
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    Pyeongando Jokbaljip
    Restaurants (Asian, Korean)
    Stewart H Says:

    For those looking for a true local favorite, head out to the Jangchungdong area, where there's a street of restaurants all specialising in jokbal: pig trotters. Of these, Pyeongando is one of the oldest, and one of the best. The trotters are thoroughly cleaned before being simmered in special spices and ingredients for several hours, until they become absolutely tender. They are then sliced to be enjoyed in wraps or on their own. Give them a try!

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    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
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    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Jokbal is usually enjoyed by locals, paired with soju.
    • The small size is meant for 1-2 people, medium for 2-3, large for 3-4, and the extra large for 5 or more.
    • The only other menu items offered here are bindaeddeok (mung bean pancakes) and makguksu (spicy sweet noodles) - both of which are also delicious.
    • If there's a line and you'd rather not wait, ask them to prepare your order to go.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #9,050 of 23,396 restaurants in Seoul
    • Exotic but worth trying 05/05/2017
    • Famous and delicsiou Pigs' Feet food 17/03/2015
    Address:
    62-16, Jangchungdong1-ga, Jung-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-2279-9759
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    Huirak
    Restaurants (Korean)
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    Stewart H Says:

    Hirak Galchijorim is an institution that's almost as old as the Namdaemun Market in which it's located. For more than 50 years, locals have been coming to this humble eatery to enjoy a bowl of galchijorim- hairtail (fish braised with radish slices in a spicy sweet sauce). So famous was Hirak when it first opened, in fact, that it inspired a trend in galchijorim restaurants, culminating in the creation of "galchijorim alley", which still stands in the market today. Don't be put off by the shabby-looking interior and the gruff serving ladies - wait your turn, order, and simply enjoy the experience of dining out on a delicious, decades-old favorite dish while rubbing elbows with the locals.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Ask for an order of soft steamed eggs if you find you need something to cool the spicy flavors of the galchijorim.
    • Due to the restaurant's small size and limited number of tables, it can be difficult to find space for large groups.
    • Lunch and dinner times usually have long lines - try and avoid peak eating times.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8,847 of 23,396 restaurants in Seoul
    • 大好きなお店の1つです 21/10/2017
    • カルチジョリムといったらここ 21/10/2017
    Address:
    22-6, Namdaemunsijang-gil, Jung-gu
    Seoul 04528
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-755-3449
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    Poseokjeong
    Restaurants
    Stewart H Says:

    This hidden gem of a restaurant is particularly unique, being tucked away on the roof of Seoul's huge Express Bus Terminal. When the weather is nice you can sit outside to grill and eat delicious Korean barbecue with the added bonus of a killer view!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Outdoor seating on evenings with good weather are very popular. Reserve in advance.
    • There's another barbecue restaurant just next to Poseokjong, which is also excellent and also offers outdoor seating.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20,053 of 23,396 restaurants in Seoul
    • grilled pork belly 01/07/2015
    • 고속터미널 10층에 있는 고기집입니다. 두툼한 삼겹살이 맛나요 19/05/2016
    Address:
    19-4, Banpo4-dong
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-535-2661
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    Insamadang Meokgeori Shimteo
    Restaurants (Asian, Korean)
    Stewart H Says:

    Pojangmachas are covered tents that serve cheap food and drinks and offer a uniquely Korean eating experience. While these covered tents can be found throughout Seoul, one of the best places to try them out is here at Insamadang Meokgeori Shimteo in Insadong. This enormous establishment is almost like a food court of pojangmachas, with many different vendors serving a huge variety of eats (but with payments made at a single counter). The food choices here are vast, including ddeokbokki, soondae, jeon, grilled seafood, and udon - all of which can be paired nicely with the perennial local alcohol favorite, soju.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Bottled beers and makgeolli are also available here.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    Address:
    110, Insa-dong, Jongno-gu
    Seoul 110-290
    South Korea
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    Gaeppeore Jinju
    Restaurants (Korean)
    Stewart H Says:

    Gaeppeore Jinju is the place to go for seafood lovers in Seoul. The restaurant's most popular menu item is its steamed shellfish - a giant assortment of clams, scallops, baby octopus, shrimp, and more. Dipped in either soy sauce and wasabi or the spicy-sweet chojang, the dish is guaranteed to be a memorable feast!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Even if you're not a big shellfish lover, you can opt for other seafood choices here like lobster, crabs, shrimp, etc.
    • Save room for some kalguksu if you order the seafood broth - servers will add knife-cut noodles to your broth as you near finishing it.
    • Gaeppore Jinju has a second branch just a few meters down the road, which you can go to if this one is full.
    • Their grilled clams and scallops are a popular choice.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6,187 of 23,396 restaurants in Seoul
    • What a gem! 23/02/2015
    • 푸짐하고 맛있습니다 06/08/2016
    • Gaeppeore Jinju
    Address:
    182 Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu
    Seoul 135-010
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-544-8892
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    Yeontabal Apgujeong
    Restaurants (Asian, Korean)
    Stewart H Says:

    If you've already had your fill of bulgogi, ribs, and other meat from the many Korean barbecue restaurants, go for the bolder choice of tasty ox tripe and chitterlings. Even the most squeamish of eaters have become fans after trying out these flavorful morsels of meat, with their surprisingly clean taste and tenderness. The restaurant itself is very modern and clean, and the cuts of meat come ready for your hot grill, where they are then expertly cooked by attentive servers.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • In addition to tripe and chitterlings, Yeontabal has an extensive menu of more common cuts such as ribs, sirloin, and more.
    • Yeontabal only accepts orders from tables of 2 or more people.
    • Yeontabal is a chain and can also be found in Gangnam, Jongno, and COEX.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8,362 of 23,396 restaurants in Seoul
    • Very good 06/11/2017
    • 行き方 01/01/2017
    • Yeontabal Apgujeong
    Address:
    231, Dosan-daero, Gangnam-gu
    Seoul 06026
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-536-9282
    Other:
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    Cheongjinok
    Restaurants (Asian, Korean)
    Stewart H Says:

    Koreans in general love their drinks - so much so that they created a special hangover soup, "haejangguk", dedicated to curing a night of excess, the morning after. Cheongjinok has been around since 1937, and since then three generations of the same family have specialized in serving Seoul's hungover population with this unique soup. Made from ox bones that have been boiled for over 24 hours and then joined together with soybean sprouts, vegetables, spices, and congealed ox blood, the soup is nutrient-rich and extremely flavorful. See if it works for you!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • If you find haejangguk too adventurous, opt for the tamer "everything jeon", consisting of different battered foods (fish, meat, vegetables) fried and served with a dip.
    • Beside the regular haejangguk, the "special" comes with added meat parts for especially carnivorous patrons.
    • Cheongjinok is open 24 hours, so you can come here morning, evening, or late at night.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #804 of 23,396 restaurants in Seoul
    • Get morning after drinking soup... 23/07/2017
    • very interesting, very traditional 28/07/2016
    • Cheongjinok
    Address:
    24 Jongno 1-ga, Jongno-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-735-1690
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    Songgang Minmuljangeo Samseong
    Restaurants (Asian, Korean)
    Stewart H Says:

    Since 1976, Songgang has made a name for itself as one of Seoul's best restaurants for grilled eel. After you order, the freshwater eels are expertly prepared and cleaned in the back before they are brought out to your table and grill. Though a bit on the pricier side for an average meal, the eels are chock full of both nutrition and flavor - and are considered by locals to be especially great for male stamina!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Pair the eels with Bokbunja - an alcoholic drink made from Korean black berries, which is also considered excellent for stamina.
    • Eels can be ordered in sets of 9, 7, 5, 3, or 1, and served with either a spicy-sweet sauce or simply salted.
    • For a cheaper option, go for the eel rice bowl.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19,630 of 23,396 restaurants in Seoul
    • Barbecued tenderloin 25/04/2016
    • 장어덥밥은 가성비 좋습니다~~ 27/05/2016
    Address:
    77-23, Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-545-9432
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