Restaurants

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 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…
Top Choice Korean in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Gogung

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 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

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. It'…
Top Choice Korean in Myeong-dong & Jung-gu

Congdu

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 Korean in Northern Seoul

Jaha Sonmandoo

Around lunchtime and on weekends Seoulites flock to this mountainside dumpling house for the steamed and boiled vegetable and beef and pork parcels. A couple of plates is enough of these whoppers; the sweet cinnamon…