Restaurants

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 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 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 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

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 Gyeryongsan National Park

Mushroom

The best restaurant at the Donghaksa entrance to Gyeryongsan National Park is styled after its namesake – you can't miss it. Naturally, it specialises in local mushroom dishes. For groups, there's beseot jeongol (버섯…
Top Choice Korean in Gyeongju

Dosolmaeul

Definitely the most atmospheric place to eat in Gyeongju, this traditional family-run courtyard restaurant beside Tumuli-gongwon has a delicious and broad menu featuring lip-smacking dishes such as steamed octopus w…