Restaurants

Top Choice Korean in Dongdaemun & Eastern Seoul

Gwangjang Market

This sprawling fabric market is now best known as Seoul’s busiest food alley (or meokjagolmok), thanks to the 200 or so food stalls, kimchi and fresh seafood vendors that have set up shop amid the silk, satin and li…
Top Choice Korean in Tongyeong

Ddungbo Halmae Gimbap

Hungry travellers with limited Korean skills come here because there’s no need to speak or read a menu: this place only serves chungmu gimbap (충무 김밥), a spicy squid-and-radish dish. The waitress will ask how many se…
Top Choice Bakery in Dongdaemun & Eastern Seoul

Onion

Seoul's hippest cafe-bakery, Onion is the epitome of industrial-chic cool, set within a semi-derelict concrete building that just begs to be photographed. Scenesters queue out the door to take their turn loading tra…
Top Choice Korean in Gangnam & South of the Han River

Jungsik

Voted number 25 in Asia's 50 Best Restaurants in 2018, neo-Korean cuisine hardly gets better than this. At the Apgujeong outpost of the New York restaurant named after creative chef-owner Yim Jungsik, you can expect…
Top Choice Market in Western Seoul

Noryangjin Fish Market

Providing terrific photo opportunities, Korea's largest fish market supplies every kind of aquatic life form to restaurants, fish shops and the general public. Originally established in 1927 and relocated here in 19…
Top Choice Korean in Myeong-dong & Jung-gu

Korea House

Scoring a hat trick for high-quality food, entertainment and shopping is Korea House. A dozen dainty, artistic courses make up the royal banquet. The hanok, the hanbok-clad waitresses, the gayageum (zither) music an…
Top Choice European in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Ikseon Dimibang

The converted hanok that houses this chic bistro in the revamped old neighbourhood of Ikseon-dong is Korean, but the dishes are contemporary European. Excellent scorched prawn risotto is served on bright metal plate…
Top Choice Korean in Dongdaemun & Eastern Seoul

I Love Sindangdong

The tteokbokki at this raucous restaurant comes in bubbling saucepans as part of a witches brew of rice cakes, fishcake, instant ramen, veggies, egg, and tofu in a volcanic sauce. It's pure, junky comfort food and g…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Balwoo Gongyang

Reserve three days in advance for the delicate temple-style cuisine served here. Take your time to fully savour the subtle flavours and different textures of the vegetarian dishes, which range from rice porridge and…
Top Choice Korean in Jeonju

Yetchon Makgeolli

Jeonju's best night out, if you can get a seat. Unlike other makgeolli (milky rice wine) bars, where the food is secondary, the dishes here are distractingly good. With the first kettle of wine comes butter-soft por…