Restaurants

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 Korean in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Gwanghwamun Jip

Following the same recipe since the 1980s, Gwanghwamun Jip is one of the most famous kimchi stew restaurants in South Korea. In true hole-in-the-wall fashion, the interior is shabby-chic but the food is truly fabulo…
Top Choice Korean in Mokpo

Dokcheon

Mokpo is known for its octopus, particularly for its nakji tangtangi (chopped live octopus). This is the best place in town to try it, and if you're not quite up for the challenge of eating it still wriggling, the n…
Top Choice Korean in Haenam

Wonjo Jangsu Tongdak

Hungry? Come here to feast on tongdak (통닭), chicken served in two courses. First comes a tabletop stir-fry of chicken marinated in a tangy, spicy sauce, followed by the rest of the bird and mung-bean rice porridge. …
Top Choice Korean in Busan

Yetnal Jjajang

A sterling example of a successful restaurant owner who won’t update the interior. According to superstition, the good fortune a successful shop enjoys can be lost if the interior were changed. Consequently, some sh…
Top Choice Korean in Boryeong

Korea's Best Seafood Hotpot

Seafood soup served in a hotpot (해물뚝배기) is the popular dish here. Boil the soup on the table burner and ladle out servings brimming with shellfish, shrimp and crab (₩22,000 for 2 people). An economical option for so…
Top Choice Seafood in Busan

Noran Mahura

This cosy restaurant, not far from a lighthouse, is where people come for a drink to watch the sunset and unexpectedly stay for the sunrise. Meals include barbecued shellfish (조개구이; jogae gui) with an amazing salsa-…
Top Choice Seafood in Busan

Jacky's Seafood

Buying a raw-fish dinner couldn't be easier thanks to Jacky, the affable owner of this seafood restaurant. He speaks fluent English and uses signboards to help customers make smart seasonal food choices. It's on the…
Top Choice Korean in Buyeo

Gudurae Dolssambap

This popular restaurant with an eclectic interior serves delicious ssambap (rice and side dishes with lettuce wraps), with fragrant leaves and a whole host of options. The dolssambap (hotpot rice and lettuce wraps),…
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. At the time of research, a multistorey, state-of-the-ar…