Seoul is a huge city with many things to do. It’s certainly an impressive city, with towering skyscrapers, modern architecture and lots of shopping possibilities. In this guide, we’re going to share with you tips to exploring Seoul, the best specific areas, activities you can do, and hopefully, it can help you to plan your daily itinerary in Seoul.
There are a lot of amazing things about Seoul, but for food lovers, it’s the never-ending amount of delicious food that makes Seoul such an exciting city. With an abundance of food options, Seoul offers everything from small traditional street food stands serving basic rice and vegetable dishes to up-market restaurants with comprehensive menus.
Korean BBQ is a must when in Korea. One of our best findings in #FoodInLoveKOREA is Korean BBQ at Saemul Sikdang / New Village Restaurant (새마을식당). We visited their branch at Hongdae, an area which known as a trendy cafe and nightlife area for students and is well known for its indie scene, urban street arts, and underground musician.
Fried chicken is undoubtedly one of the most common food that you can find in Seoul. There are a lot of fried chicken chain with their various specialties. It’s also very hard to find a chicken that clearly outshines the rest because the industry there is so well developed. Most of them offer Chimaek (Fried Chicken and Beer), but we found Chicken & Curry Goon (치킨앤 카레군) in Hongdae area that offers a different style of Korean Fried Chicken.
In the super rapidly changing Korea, we get to see new trends and new items every day, including their street food. During our #FoodInLoveKOREA trip, one of our best findings is Steak & Beer in a cup from “Me? Steak!” in Hongdae area. These “Street Steakhouses” that sell properly grilled steak in a cup is the recently rising dining trend in Korea, just like soft serve milk ice cream not long ago.
Gogung (고궁) is a famous restaurant in Myeongdong and famous for their… yes, Bibimbap. Specifically, they feature Jeonju (전주) style bibimbap. Jeonju is a city located in the center of South Korea and is famous for iteration of this dish. As far as we can tell, Jeonju style bibimbap simply features a more diverse variety of vegetables.
Hidden away in a small alley near Anguk station, Jaedong Sundubu (재동순두부) is popular even among the locals. The restaurant serves a variety of traditional Korean dishes, including Sundubu, Bibimbap (mixed rice), Kongguksu (noodles in cold soy milk broth), Pajeon (scallion pancake), and Korean BBQ.
Myeongdong Kyoja is a famous restaurant in Myeongdong area and well known by many people around the world. Having been around for more than 40 years, Myeongdong Kyoja claims to be the founders of handmade Kalguksu noodles, which literally means noodles made by cutting flour dough into thin slices by the knife.
If you’re looking for a great variety of delicious gimbap in Seoul, this is definitely the place. Located in Myeongdong area, this small kimbap shop is totally worth it! Gimgane is casual Korean restaurant run by a Korean family which specializes in gimbap, noodles, and rice dishes.
Bukchon, the historic neighborhood between Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung palaces in the heart of Seoul, is the home of Bukchon Son Mandu 북촌손만두, which translates as Bukchon handmade dumplings. Even though this is a Seoul chain restaurant, the namesake location is here.