Restaurants

Top Choice Korean in Gangnam & South of the Han River

Jungsik

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 Jungsik, you can expect…
Top Choice Korean 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) music an…
Top Choice European 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 plate…
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 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 freshly made, beautifully presented a…
Top Choice Fusion in Gangnam & South of the Han River

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 ca…
Top Choice Korean 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 men…
Top Choice Italian in Gangnam & South of the Han River

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 praise-worthy …
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 jiggae (stew) restaurants in South Korea. The homely interior is cramped but the food is truly fabulous. Its stew perfectly…
Top Choice Bakery in Itaewon & Yongsan-gu

Passion 5

A luxe spinoff 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, cakes, ha…