Top ChoiceKorean in Dongdaemun & Eastern Seoul

Gwangjang Market

Gwangjang Market

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

Top ChoiceBakery in Dongdaemun & Eastern Seoul

Onion

Seoul's hippest cafe-bakery, Onion is the epitome of industrial-chic cool, set within a semiderelict concrete building that just begs to be photographed. Scenesters queue out the door to take their turn loading...

Top ChoiceKorean in Gangnam & Southern Seoul

Jungsik

This place was 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...

Top ChoiceKorean 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)...

Top ChoiceKorean 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, fish cake, instant ramen, vegies, egg and tofu in a volcanic sauce. It's pure, junky comfort food and...

Top ChoiceEuropean 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...

Top ChoiceVegetarian in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Balwoo Gongyang

Reserve three days in advance for the fine 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 ChoiceThai in Western Seoul

Tuk Tuk Noodle Thai

Credited with kicking off a trend for more authentic Thai restaurants in Seoul, Tuk Tuk's Thai chefs whack out a broad menu of spicy dishes that don't compromise on flavour. Their success saw them move to this...

Top ChoiceFusion in Gangnam & Southern Seoul

Normal by Ryunique

'Normal' is the casual counterpart to restaurant Ryunique, one of Asia's Top 50 restaurants. A contemporary bistro that makes fine dining affordable, the menu consists of American- and French-inspired dishes à la...

Top ChoiceKorean in Myeong-dong & Jung-gu

Congdu

Feast on artfully plated, contemporary twists on Korean classics, such as pinenut soup with soy milk espuma (foam) or raw blue crab, at this serene restaurant tucked behind the British embassy. Meals come as set...

Top ChoiceItalian in Gangnam & Southern Seoul

Gati

This fine Italian restaurant is as casually cool as its all-black-wearing diners, but the food is seriously top-notch. Homemade squid-ink linguine with scallops in roe cream is a standout. Opt for the...

Top ChoiceSandwiches in Itaewon & Yongsan-gu

Casablanca Sandwicherie

These mouth-watering, deep-filled sandwiches served on wide, half-loaves of pillowy bread are beloved by locals and expats. Try the wickedly seasoned (and messy) Moroccan chicken. Also does North African–style...

Top ChoiceKorean in Northern Seoul

Jaha Sonmandoo

Around lunchtime and on weekends Seoulites queue up at this posh mountainside mandu (dumpling) house for elegantly wrapped dough parcels stuffed with veggies, beef and pork, served either boiled or in soup. A...

Top ChoiceKorean in Gangnam & Southern Seoul

Samwon Garden

Serving top-class galbi (beef ribs) for over 30 years, Samwon is a Korean idyll, surrounded by beautiful traditional gardens including several waterfalls. It’s one of the best places in the city for this kind of...

Top ChoiceBakery in Itaewon & Yongsan-gu

Passion 5

A luxe spin-off of the Paris Baguette chain, Passion 5 is the Rolls-Royce of Korean bakeries, offering a Fortnum & Mason–like experience as you wander the gleaming arcade past a sea of perfect pastries,...

Top ChoiceBarbecue in Itaewon & Yongsan-gu

Linus' BBQ

The portions are more modest than your typical Southern smokehouse, but the pulled pork and beef-brisket rolls with 'skinny ass' fries are some of the tastiest (and prettiest) plates of western food in Seoul....

Top ChoiceBarbecue in Western Seoul

Hongik Sutbul Galbi

Real charcoal (rather than hotplates) brings out the flavours of the fine cuts of pork and beef at this galbi (beef ribs) joint; look for the stove on the street corner. Staff will do most of the cooking, then...

Top ChoiceVegan in Itaewon & Yongsan-gu

Plant Cafe & Kitchen

Vegan wraps, avocado burgers, chickpea tagines and peanut stews are just some of the virtuously delicious highlights at this popular vegan hang-out started by a local food blogger. The plant-filled space is also...

Top ChoiceFast Food in Northern Seoul

Gyeyeolsa Chicken

The fried-chicken purists here say cluck-off to chilli and other gimmicks, simply serving delicious, golden-fried chicken pieces heaped together with crisp potato wedges. One basket serves two nicely. It's a...

Top ChoiceKorean in Myeong-dong & Jung-gu

Gosang

One worth dressing up for, this classy restaurant specialises in vegetarian temple dishes that date from the Goryeo dynsasty. It's all set-course, traditional-style banquets here, and there's also a meat option....