Restaurants

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…
Top Choice Korean in Seongeup Folk Village

Yetnal Patjuk

Everything about this restaurant, housed in a traditional building, is inviting. Inside the door you're greeted by warm smiles and the sweet earthy aroma of red beans. Excellent soups and porridge are served here, i…
Top Choice Desserts in Busan

Sulbing

No serious foodie should visit Busan without trying sulbing, a wonderfully subtle dessert invented in this city. It's a bowl of shaved frozen milk topped with soybean powder and sliced almonds. A splash of condensed…
Top Choice Korean in Jeonju

Yetchon Makgeolli

Simply put, Yetchon Makgeolli is Jeonju's best night out. Unlike other makgeolli bars, where the food is secondary, the dishes here are distractingly good. With the first kettle comes butter-soft pork belly and kimc…
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 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 Dongdaemun & Eastern Seoul

Gwangjang Market

Best known as Seoul’s largest food alley (or meokjagolmok), the Gwangjang Market is home to some 200 stalls set up among kimchi and fresh seafood vendors. Its specialty is the golden fried nokdu bindaetteok (mung-be…
Top Choice Korean in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Tongin Market Box Lunch Cafe

For a fun lunch, buy 10 brass coins (₩5000) at the cafe about halfway along this old-school covered market. You'll be given a plastic tray with which you can then go shopping in the market. Exchange your coins for d…
Top Choice Korean in Mokpo & Around

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 Duryunsan Provincial Park

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. …