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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 126,170 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 120 reviewsTripAdvisor (120)
    $$ | Asian, Korean, Grill
    176 Sinbanpo-ro, Seocho-gu Seocho-gu, Seoul 06546 South Korea
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  • #2
    Gusto Taco
    #2 of 126,170 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1183 reviewsTripAdvisor (1183)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Latin
    41, Wausan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul 04049 South Korea
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  • #3
    Jihwaja
    #3 of 126,170 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 157 reviewsTripAdvisor (157)
    $$ | Korean, Healthy
    125 Jahamun-ro, Jongno-gu (48 Cheongun-dong, Jongno-gu), Seoul 03031 South Korea
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  • #4
    853
    #4 of 126,170 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 167 reviewsTripAdvisor (167)
    $ - $$ | 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 126,170 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 156 reviewsTripAdvisor (156)
    $ - $$ | Swedish, Scandinavian
    35, Sogong-ro, Jung-gu 123, Namsan Lotte Castle Iris What3words: ///unions.bounded.defeated, Seoul 04632 South Korea
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  • #6
    The Griffin Bar
    #6 of 126,170 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 196 reviewsTripAdvisor (196)
    $ - $$ | Bar
    279, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu 11F, JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul, Seoul 03198 South Korea
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  • #7
    Yang Good
    #7 of 126,170 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 137 reviewsTripAdvisor (137)
    $ - $$ | Barbecue, Asian, Korean
    15, Nonhyeon-ro 95-gil, Gangnam-gu Pyeonghwa Bldg. 1F, Seoul 06131 South Korea
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  • #8
    innisfree GREEN CAFE
    #8 of 126,170 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 114 reviewsTripAdvisor (114)
    $ - $$ | Cafe
    13, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 04534 South Korea
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  • #9
    Casablanca Sandwicherie
    #9 of 126,170 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 190 reviewsTripAdvisor (190)
    $ | Moroccan, Fast Food, Middle Eastern
    33, Sinheung-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 04338 South Korea
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  • #10
    choigozip Hongdae
    #10 of 126,170 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 167 reviewsTripAdvisor (167)
    $ - $$ | Barbecue, Asian, Grill, Korean
    25, World Cup buk-ro 2-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul 121-898 South Korea
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  • #11
    The Lounge
    #11 of 126,170 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 101 reviewsTripAdvisor (101)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, Bar, Asian, Korean, Pub
    279, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu 1F, JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul, Seoul 03198 South Korea
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  • #12
    Jungsik
    #12 of 126,170 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 463 reviewsTripAdvisor (463)
    $$ | Asian, Korean
    11, Seolleung-ro 158-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 06014 South Korea
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  • #13
    Braai Republic
    #13 of 126,170 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 371 reviewsTripAdvisor (371)
    $ - $$ | African, Barbecue
    19, Itaewon-ro 14-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 04391 South Korea
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  • #14
    Tavolo 24
    #14 of 126,170 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 314 reviewsTripAdvisor (314)
    $$ | Japanese, American, Asian, Korean, International
    279, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03198 South Korea
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  • #15
    Mugyodong Bugeokukjib
    #15 of 126,170 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 674 reviewsTripAdvisor (674)
    $ | Asian, Korean, Soups
    38, Eulji-ro 1-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 04522 South Korea
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  • #16
    Jyoti Indian Restaurant
    #16 of 126,170 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 328 reviewsTripAdvisor (328)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian
    6, Sinchon-ro 20-gil, Mapo-gu 3 Floor, Seoul 04101 South Korea
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  • #17
    Yu Chicken Story
    #17 of 126,170 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 54 reviewsTripAdvisor (54)
    105-5, Sinchon-Ro, Seoul South Korea
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  • #18
    Brooklyn The Burger Joint
    #18 of 126,170 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 177 reviewsTripAdvisor (177)
    $ - $$ | American, Fast Food, Diner
    51-13, Donggwang-ro 43-gil, Seocho-gu 1f, Seoul 06579 South Korea
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  • #19
    Kyochon Chicken Dongdaemun 1
    #19 of 126,170 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 319 reviewsTripAdvisor (319)
    $ - $$ | Fast Food, Asian, Korean
    294, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu 2f, Seoul 03119 South Korea
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  • #20
    Jangseng Geongangwon
    #20 of 126,170 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 50 reviewsTripAdvisor (50)
    $$ | Italian, French, Japanese, American, Korean, Asian
    23, Gangnam-daero 124-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 06114 South Korea
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