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Restaurants in Seoul

Koreans love eating and there are plenty of restaurants where visitors and locals alike can experience the local cuisine's bold flavours. The least expensive fare consists of traditional dishes and Korean "fast food", like a steaming bowl of noodles at Myeongdong Gyoja. A wonderful Korean barbecue can be sampled at Chamsutgol in Jung-gu. There is usually no tipping and VAT is included in the price of the meal, except in some top-end restaurants.

Sanchon, Seoul. © Korea Tourism Organisation
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Namu

Contemporary pan-Asian cuisine

Located inside the W Hotel in Gwangjin, Namu is a modern Pan-Asian restaurant, serving up Korean and Japanese-influenced dishes in a sleek, shiny wooden setting. One of the city's trendiest venues, it also has a sushi and sashimi bar and is a hip place to enjoy a cold sake. Reservations recommended.



Opening Hours

Daily 11:30am-3pm, 6-11pm; bar open until 1am

Address

21, Gwangjang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul 143-708

Telephone

+82 (0) 2 2022 0222

Transport

Taxi to hotel

Website

W Seoul Website

2

Gorilla In The Kitchen

Healthy eating

Korean heart-throb Bae Yong-joon's Gorilla In The Kitchen, in affluent Gangnam-gu, joined the "well-being" craze a few years ago. Dishes are created with no butter, no cream, and salt is kept to a minimum. Good for you doesn't mean bad tasting, however. Dishes like the pastas and baked chicken make a healthy and delicious lunch.



Opening Hours

Daily 11am-midnight (kitchen closes 10pm)

Address

650, Sinsa-dong , Gangnam-gu, Seoul 135-896

Telephone

+82 (0) 2 3442 1688

Transport

Subway line 3 to Apgujeong station (exit 3)

Website

Gorilla In The Kitchen Website

Top Cloud Grill, Seoul. © The Shilla
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Top Cloud Grill

Continental cuisine with views

The modern Top Cloud Grill restaurant sits atop the Jongno Tower overlooking downtown Seoul. Reserve a window table to enjoy the views, a buffet or impeccable Continental cuisine from set menus. Note that, slightly unusually for Korea, an additional 10% VAT and 10% service charge are added to the bill.



Opening Hours

11:50am-2pm lunch buffet; 6pm-10pm dinner

Address

33rd Floor, Jongno Tower Building, 1-1 Jongno 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-856

Telephone

+82 (0) 2 2230 3000

Transport

Jonggak subway (exit 3)

Website

Top Cloud Website

Sanchon, Seoul. © Korea Tourism Organisation
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Sanchon

Korean vegetarian temple fare

Tucked down an alleyway in Insadong, Sanchon is popular with vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. The restaurant is renowned for its traditional temple cuisine prepared in the old Buddhist way (not spicy, but delicious) inside the charming courtyard of an old-fashioned house. They also have Korean performances nightly with more expensive seating.



Opening Hours

Daily 11:30am-10pm

Address

14, Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-300

Telephone

+82 (0) 2 735 0312

Transport

City Hall subway (exit 4)

Website

Sanchon Website

Tosokchon, Seoul. © Korea Tourism Organisation
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Tosokchon

Chicken soup and roast

Tosokchon's specialities are roast chicken and samgyetang, a healthy Korean soup made with a whole chicken stuffed with glutinous rice, garlic, ginseng and other healthy stuff. Famous for being one of President Roh's favourites, the place gets crowded, but the old-fashioned building near Gyeongbokgung Palace is large enough for the wait to be short.



Opening Hours

Daily 10am-10pm

Address

85-1, Chebu-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-045

Telephone

+82 (0) 2 737 7444

Transport

Gyeongbokgung subway (exit 2)

6

Wood & Brick

European pastas and sandwiches

With two locations, the original Wood & Brick downtown serves tasty pastas and unpretentious European fare in a wood and brick interior. Weekday lunch hours are bustling with staff from nearby foreign embassies. For those in a hurry, their fabulous bakery is convenient for a quick bite on the run.



Opening Hours

Daily Noon-10pm

Address

6, Shinmun-no 1-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-061

Telephone

+82 (0) 2 735 1157 or 1160

Transport

Gwanghamun subway (exit 7)

Website

Wood and Brick Website

7

Chamsutgol

Smoky Korean barbecue

Chamsutgol is one of the best of Seoul's Korean barbecue joints despite having understated décor and atmosphere. Like dozens of other places downtown, it has the standard tabletop grill, but here they burn real wood charcoal. Find the restaurant on the 2nd floor of the Chaeyuk Hwaegwan building in Jung-gu.



Opening Hours

Daily 11:30am-10pm

Address

19, 2nd floor, Mugyeo-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul 140-749

Telephone

+ 82 (0) 2 774 2100

Transport

City Hall subway (exit 4)

Samcheongdong Sujebi, Seoul. © Korea Tourism Organisation
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Samcheongdong Sujebi

Dough flake soup specialist

Samcheondong Sujebi is the place that started Samcheondong's reputation as a place for good food. The sujebi (dough flake soup) here is so popular that people line up all day to get a bowlful; the handmade dough floats in an anchovy-based stock with vegetables and clams. The buchingae (flatcakes) are great, too.



Opening Hours

Daily 11:30am-9pm

Address

102, Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-230

Telephone

+82 (0) 2 735 2965

Transport

Anguk subway (exit 1)

9

Myeongdong Gyoja

Handmade noodles and dumplings

For more than 30 years, the owners of Myeongdong Gyoja have been cranking out handmade "kalgooksu" (knife noodles) and "mandu" (Korean dumplings) in the Myeongdong area. The chicken stock for their soups is made from bones boiled for over six hours, and everything on the menu is a bargain.



Opening Hours

Daily 10:30am-9:30pm

Address

24, Myeongdong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-809

Telephone

+82 (0) 2 776 5348

Transport

Myeongdong subway (exit 8)

Website

Myeongdong Gyoja Website

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