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 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 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 American in Itaewon & Yongsan-gu

Linus' BBQ

Specialising in authentic southern-style American BBQ, Linus' does a range of Alabama and Texan-style dishes which involves heaped plates of pulled pork or beef brisket, and excellent sandwiches. There's a M*A*S*H t…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Rogpa Tea Stall

You'll feel whisked to the Himalayas at this charming fair-trade cafe that raises awareness about the Tibetans' situation (Rogpa is Tibetan for friend and helper). Everything is vegetarian and freshly made, beautifu…
Top Choice Thai in Western Seoul

Tuk Tuk Noodle Thai

Credited with kicking off a trend for more authentic Thai restaurants in Seoul, Tuk Tuk is a jauntily decorated basement space close by Dongjin Market. Thai chefs whack out a broad menu of spicy dishes that don't co…
Top Choice Korean in Western Seoul

Slobbie

Simple, tasty dishes such as bibimbap and jjigae (stews) are served in pleasant, modern surroundings at this admirable social enterprise training young chefs from challenged backgrounds and providing jobs for single…
Top Choice Korean in Gangnam & South of the Han River

Jungsik

Voted number 10 in Asia's 50 Best Restaurants in 2015, 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 Korean in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Tobang

A white sign with two Chinese characters above a doorway leads the way to this excellent value eatery, where you sit on floor cushions under paper lanterns. Order spicy stews sundubu jjigae or doenjang jjigae for so…