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What to Eat in Seoul

Chowing down on hansik (traditional Korean food) is a cultural experience you won't want to miss – but it's also not for the ultra-squeamish. Many Korean meals include pickled ingredients, like kimchi (spicy fermented cabbage or other vegetables) and gochujang (fermented soy bean and red pepper paste), among other Korean flavors. Don't let fear of the unknown dissuade you – you're going to want to taste some of this.

If cabbage kimchi doesn't appeal to you, then perhaps Seoul's never-ending plethora of grilled meats will. Gather around a tabletop grill at a barbecue house and savor the aromas of sizzling samgyupsal (pork belly) or galbi (beef ribs). Watching you calorie intake? Head to one of the many Bon Bibimbap franchise locations around Seoul: Its namesake, bibimbap, comprises a bowl of rice, vegetables, chili paste, fried egg and (sometimes) marinated beef that will fill you up without putting a strain on your waistband (or your budget).

Truly adventurous eaters will want to head to Gwangjang Market, the oldest market in Seoul, where you can sample everything from mandu (rice-paper dumplings filled with ground meat or vegetables) to jokbal (pigs' feet boiled in soy sauce, ginger, rice wine and garlic). And remember to save some room for bindaeduk, a fried pancake made from ground mung beans that is reminiscent of a savory funnel cake. For more information about how to follow your taste buds around Seoul, visit the Korea Tourism Organization's official website.

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  • #1
    Flavors
    #1 of 38,211 Places to Eat in Seoul
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 133 reviewsTripadvisor (133)
    $$ | Asian, Korean, Grill
    176 Sinbanpo-ro, Seocho-gu Seocho-gu, Seoul 06546 South Korea
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  • #2
    Gusto Taco
    #2 of 38,211 Places to Eat in Seoul
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1253 reviewsTripadvisor (1253)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Latin
    41, Wausan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul 04049 South Korea
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    Jihwaja
    #3 of 38,211 Places to Eat in Seoul
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 161 reviewsTripadvisor (161)
    $$ | Korean, Healthy
    125 Jahamun-ro, Jongno-gu (48 Cheongun-dong, Jongno-gu), Seoul 03031 South Korea
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    853
    #4 of 38,211 Places to Eat in Seoul
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 174 reviewsTripadvisor (174)
    $ - $$ | Barbecue, Asian, Korean, Grill
    16, Insa-dong 12-gil, Jongno-gu Near By Samjigil, Seoul 03146 South Korea
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  • #5
    Hemlagat
    #5 of 38,211 Places to Eat in Seoul
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    $ - $$ | Swedish, Scandinavian
    35, Sogong-ro, Jung-gu 123, Namsan Lotte Castle Iris What3words: ///unions.bounded.defeated, Seoul 04632 South Korea
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  • #6
    The Griffin Bar
    #6 of 38,211 Places to Eat in Seoul
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    $ - $$ | Bar
    279, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu 11F, JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul, Seoul 03198 South Korea
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    Jangseng Geongangwon
    #7 of 38,211 Places to Eat in Seoul
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    $$ | Italian, French, Japanese, American, Asian, Korean, Pub
    23, Gangnam-daero 124-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 06114 South Korea
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  • #8
    Casablanca Sandwicherie
    #8 of 38,211 Places to Eat in Seoul
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    $ | Moroccan, Middle Eastern
    33, Sinheung-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 04338 South Korea
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  • #9
    innisfree GREEN CAFE
    #9 of 38,211 Places to Eat in Seoul
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    $ - $$ | Cafe, Healthy
    13, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 04534 South Korea
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  • #10
    choigozip Hongdae
    #10 of 38,211 Places to Eat in Seoul
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    $ - $$ | Barbecue, Asian, Grill, Korean
    25, World Cup buk-ro 2-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul 121-898 South Korea
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  • #11
    Jungsik
    #11 of 38,211 Places to Eat in Seoul
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    $$ | Asian, Korean
    11, Seolleung-ro 158-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 06014 South Korea
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  • #12
    Yang Good
    #12 of 38,211 Places to Eat in Seoul
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    $ - $$ | Barbecue, Asian, Korean
    15, Nonhyeon-ro 95-gil, Gangnam-gu Pyeonghwa Bldg. 1F, Seoul 06131 South Korea
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  • #13
    Braai Republic
    #13 of 38,211 Places to Eat in Seoul
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 374 reviewsTripadvisor (374)
    $ - $$ | African, Barbecue
    19, Itaewon-ro 14-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 04391 South Korea
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  • #14
    Kyochon Chicken Dongdaemun 1
    #14 of 38,211 Places to Eat in Seoul
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    $ - $$ | Fast Food, Asian, Korean
    294, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu 2f, Seoul 03119 South Korea
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  • #15
    Mugyodong Bugeokukjib
    #15 of 38,211 Places to Eat in Seoul
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 675 reviewsTripadvisor (675)
    $ | Asian, Korean, Healthy, Soups
    38, Eulji-ro 1-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 04522 South Korea
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  • #16
    Tavolo 24
    #16 of 38,211 Places to Eat in Seoul
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 315 reviewsTripadvisor (315)
    $$ | Japanese, American, Asian, Korean, International
    279, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03198 South Korea
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  • #17
    Jyoti Indian Restaurant
    #17 of 38,211 Places to Eat in Seoul
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 334 reviewsTripadvisor (334)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian
    6, Sinchon-ro 20-gil, Mapo-gu 3 Floor, Seoul 04101 South Korea
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  • #18
    Gwanghwamun Ichungjib
    #18 of 38,211 Places to Eat in Seoul
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 95 reviewsTripadvisor (95)
    $ - $$ | Barbecue, Asian, Korean
    95, Sambong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03150 South Korea
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  • #19
    The Park View
    #19 of 38,211 Places to Eat in Seoul
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 288 reviewsTripadvisor (288)
    $$ | International, Asian, Korean
    202 Jangchung-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul 04614 South Korea
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  • #20
    Brooklyn The Burger Joint
    #20 of 38,211 Places to Eat in Seoul
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 177 reviewsTripadvisor (177)
    $ - $$ | American, Fast Food, Diner, Bar, Pub
    51-13, Donggwang-ro 43-gil, Seocho-gu 1f, Seoul 06579 South Korea
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