Must-see restaurants in Seoul

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    Hanmiri

    You’ll be treated like royalty by hanbok-clad staff in this oasis of old-fashioned service and decor. The dozen well-presented dishes are modernised…

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    Just BLT

    This open-fronted eatery sexes up the good old BLT with extra thick, house-cured bacon and a big choice of flavoured mayos, served on toasted white bread.

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    Pipit Burger

    Harking back to the original San Bernardino McDonald's, this '50s-themed diner only grills one type of burger, but it's a beast. You can add bacon, double…

  • O
    Olde Knives

    There's no menu at this hidden-gem HBC hang-out – just a grill behind a hardwood bar where striploin steaks are sizzled to perfection (₩22,000). If butter…

  • H
    Hanchu

    An iconic chicken and beer bar, Hanchu is a Garosu-gil institution, though it's known more for its loud, crowded ambiance and its fried hot peppers than…

  • M
    Min's Kitchen

    Korean cuisine, while delicious, can overwhelm with punchiness. Min's Kitchen opts for fresh, delicate flavours in dishes such as shrimp bibimbap. The…

  • B
    Bua

    Everything is made from scratch at this Thai eatery serving a small selection of regional dishes from across Thailand (yes, it does a pad thai). Chefs…

  • A
    Anh

    Anh serves southern-Vietnamese-inspired dishes. While its pho is quite good, the standout meal is the bun thit nuong cha gio (grilled meat on noodles and…

  • B
    Busan Ilbeonji

    Generous fresh fish and crab meals at this stand in the Noryangjin Market are a bargain. Try kkotge (spicy blue-crab soup), which includes side dishes…

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    Potala

    Books about Tibet and colourful crafts and pictures adorn this restaurant where you can sample the cuisine of the high Himalaya plateau, including momo …

  • D
    Deongjang Yesool

    Serves a tasty fermented-bean-paste-and-tofu stew that comes with a big variety of nearly all vegetarian side dishes at a bargain price – no wonder it’s…

  • S
    Soi Yeonnam

    An offshoot of Tuk Tuk Noodle Thai. An Astroturf lawn and some outdoor furniture fronts this Thai street-food restaurant where you can dig into a short…

  • O
    OR:ER

    Centred on a cafe that serves dainty cakes, coffee and Fortnum and Mason teas, vintage-styled OR:ER feels throughout like an elegant old home. The 3rd…

  • D
    Dejangjangi HwadeogPijajip

    Daijangjangi means 'blacksmith', and that is exactly what the owner Lee Jae-Sung is. Some of his metal creations adorn the quirky interior of this hanok…

  • S
    Shim’s Tapas

    This adorable tapas bar whips up authentic and creative Spanish-style nibbles including light-as-a-feather tortilla and homemade anchovies. Wash them down…

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    Wood and Brick

    The terrace seating at this combined bakery, cafe and restaurant is a great spot from which to watch the comings and goings of Bukchon. Its baked goods,…

  • N
    Newijo

    Traditional jeonsik meals that tend towards vegetarian Buddhist-style cuisine are served on rustic pottery in this hanok. The food is fresh and has a…

  • E
    Euro Gourmet

    Delightful Euro-style deli-cafe specialising in sandwiches, pasta and baguette-style pizza made with premium ingredients, such as camembert and rocket…

  • O
    Osegyehyang

    Run by members of a Taiwanese religious sect. Sit cross-legged for vegan food that combines all sorts of mixtures and flavours. The barbecue-meat…