Top Choice Fusion in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Min’s Club

Old-world architecture meets new-world cuisine in this classy restaurant housed in a beautifully restored turn-of-the-20th-century hanok, said to be the first in Seoul to incorporate Western features such as en-suit…
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 Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu


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

Samwon Garden

Serving top-class galbi 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 barbecued-beef …
Top Choice Korean in Myeong-dong & Jung-gu


Feast on elegantly presented, contemporary twists on Korean classics, such as pinenut soup with soy milk espuma (foam) or raw blue crab, at this serene restaurant tucked away behind the British Embassy. The main din…
Top Choice Swiss in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu


Swiss-German chef Roland Hinni and his wife Yong-Shin run this charming gourmet restaurant that blends sophistication with traditional European cooking. The set lunches are splendid deals, including appetiser, soup …
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 Dumplings in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu


Koong’s traditional Kaeseong-style dumplings are legendary and more than a mouthful. Only order one portion, unless you're super hungry, or enjoy them in a flavourful soup along with chewy balls of rice cake.
Top Choice Korean in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu


In the basement of Ssamziegil is this smart and stylish restaurant, specialising in Jeonju (capital of Jeollabuk Province) bibimbap, which is fresh and garnished with nuts, but contains raw minced beef. The dolsot b…
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…