Seoul Restaurants

Depending on one's palette, quality food in Seoul can be dirt cheap or relatively pricey. Street food in Seoul is safe and tasty, and high-end restaurants are generally a good value as well. Much Korean cuisine is made specifically to be shared with a group so solo-travelers may get some strange looks eating alone.

Depending on one's palette, quality food in Seoul can be dirt cheap or relatively pricey. Street food in Seoul is safe and tasty, and high-end restaurants are generally a good value as well. Much Korean cuisine is made specifically to be shared with a group so solo-trav
Depending on one's palette, quality food in Seoul can be dirt cheap or relatively pricey. Street food in Seoul is safe a

Depending on one's palette, quality food in Seoul can be dirt cheap or relatively pricey. Street food in Seoul is safe and tasty, and high-end restaurants are generally a good value as well. Much Korean cuisine is made specifically to be shared with a group so solo-travelers may get some strange looks eating alone.

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  • 1. Balwoo Gongyang

    $$$ | Jongno-gu | Vegetarian

    The exquisite temple food at Balwoo Gonyang could convert the most diehard carnivore to vegetarianism—for the course of a meal at least. Cooking...Read More

  • 2. Kwangjang Market

    $ | Jongno-gu | Korean

    Part of the Dongdaemun market, Kwangjang is a street-food paradise. Though you can get nearly any Seoul street-food here, the specialty is ...Read More

  • 3. Arirang

    $$$$ | Korean

    Located a five minute walk from some of downtown Seoul's premier hotels, Arirang serves high-end kalbi (grilled meats) at a price to match...Read More

  • 4. Beautiful Tea Museum

    $$ | Jongno-gu | Café

    The Beautiful Tea Museum offers guests a chance to not only sample a variety of Korean teas, but learn the history and properties of them as...Read More

  • 5. Chez Simon

    $$$ | Jongno-gu | French

    Situated in a wooden hanok house along the Samcheong-dong café street, Chez Simon delivers classic homemade French cuisine in an intimate 20...Read More

  • 6. Dongin-Dong

    $$ | Gangnam-gu | Korean

    For meat and spice-lovers only, Dongin-Dong serves a delicious bowl of beef ribs cooked on the bone with a heaping amount of garlic and chilies...Read More

  • 7. Doore

    $$$ | Jongno-gu | Korean

    One of the best restaurants in the city, Doore serves authentic Korean course meals in a beautiful 120 year-old hanok house. The seasonal menu...Read More

  • 8. Double Cup Coffee

    $$ | Jongno-gu | Café

    Bukchon may have no shortage of cafes, but thanks to its funky and laid back feel, fresh baked bread, and coffee roasted on premises, Double...Read More

  • 9. Ginko Tree House

    $$$ | Jongno-gu | Korean

    Ginko Tree House's mouthwatering baked stuffed duck is well worth calling 3-hours ahead to order. The crisp skin, tender, confit-like meat,...Read More

  • 10. Gyeong Ho Galbi

    $$$ | Jongno-gu | Korean

    Affordable, tasty, and easy to find, Gyeong Ho Galbi is a good place to try Korea's famous kalbi barbeque. Located next to the tourist information...Read More

  • 11. Haap

    $$ | Jongno-gu | Café

    This café on the first floor of Insadong's Kong Art Space serves excellent classic Korean sweets. Chef Yong-il Sin has used his experience at...Read More

  • 12. Hong Yong Jae

    $$$ | Gangnam-gu | Korean

    Hong Yong Jae's food is as satisfying as it is nourishing and healthy. A former doctor who believes he overcame his own struggle with an incurable...Read More

  • 13. Jinju Jip

    $$ | Korean

    Come here for the house speciality, kongguksu , a velvety, chilled bowl of noodles in a soybean-milk soup, topped with mild kimchi. The rich...Read More

  • 14. Mock Hyang

    $$ | Jongno-gu | Korean

    Billing itself as Seoul's only two-story traditional style hanok house, Mock Hyang is a good stop to take a rest from shopping or sightseeing...Read More

  • 15. Mug for Rabbit

    $$ | Gangnam-gu | Café

    Mug for Rabbit shows that the boutique cupcake trend isn't dying out, it's just moving to Asia. Located on Seoul's trendy Garosu-gil café and...Read More

  • 16. Noryangjin Fish Market

    $$ | Dongjak-gu | Seafood

    Seoul's main fish market, Noryrangjin makes for one of the city's most unique dining experiences. Walking by tanks of snapper, giant crabs,...Read More

  • 17. OK 2 Kitchen

    $$$ | Yongsan-gu | Eclectic

    Chef Susumu Yongari draws from Korean cuisine but manages to create foods all his own. The seasonal menu changes regularly so diners are always...Read More

  • 18. Sanchon

    $$$ | Jongno-gu | Vegetarian

    Sanchon offers guests a chance to experience traditional Korean temple cooking in a beautifully decorated hanok house. Sanchon was one of the...Read More

  • 19. Suji's Restaurant

    $$$ | Yongsan-gu | American

    Despite Korea's wonderful and varied cuisine, there are days when you want a taste of home and Suji's it the best place in Seoul to get it....Read More

  • 20. Tosokchon

    $$$ | Jongno-gu | Korean

    Reputed to have Seoul's best samgyetang (Korean chicken soup), this unassuming restaurant, set in a group of traditional houses, is best recognized...Read More

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