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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.

Find the Best Restaurants in Seoul

  • #1
    853
    #1 of 125,398 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 111 reviewsTripAdvisor (111)
    $ - $$ | Barbecue, Asian, Korean, Grill
    16, Insa-dong 12-gil, Jongno-gu Near By Samjigil, Seoul 03146 South Korea
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  • #2
    Gusto Taco
    #2 of 125,398 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1111 reviewsTripAdvisor (1111)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
    41, Wausan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul 04049 South Korea
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  • #3
    Jihwaja
    #3 of 125,398 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 135 reviewsTripAdvisor (135)
    $$ | Korean, Healthy
    125 Jahamun-ro, Jongno-gu (48 Cheongun-dong, Jongno-gu), Seoul 03031 South Korea
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  • #4
    Hemlagat
    #4 of 125,398 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 146 reviewsTripAdvisor (146)
    $ - $$ | Swedish, Scandinavian
    35, Sogong-ro, Jung-gu 123, Namsan Lotte Castle Iris, Seoul 04632 South Korea
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  • #5
    The Griffin Bar
    #5 of 125,398 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 191 reviewsTripAdvisor (191)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Asian
    279, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu 11F, JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul, Seoul 03198 South Korea
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  • #6
    choigozip Hongdae
    #6 of 125,398 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 136 reviewsTripAdvisor (136)
    $ - $$ | Barbecue, Asian, Grill, Korean
    25, World Cup buk-ro 2-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul 121-898 South Korea
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  • #7
    The Lounge
    #7 of 125,398 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 97 reviewsTripAdvisor (97)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, Bar, Asian, Korean, Pub
    279, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu 1F, JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul, Seoul 03198 South Korea
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  • #8
    Yang Good
    #8 of 125,398 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 120 reviewsTripAdvisor (120)
    $ - $$ | Barbecue, Asian, Korean
    15, Nonhyeon-ro 95-gil, Gangnam-gu Pyeonghwa Bldg. 1F, Seoul 06131 South Korea
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  • #9
    Casablanca Sandwicherie
    #9 of 125,398 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 185 reviewsTripAdvisor (185)
    $ | Moroccan, Middle Eastern
    33, Sinheung-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 04338 South Korea
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  • #10
    Haedo Sikdang
    #10 of 125,398 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 123 reviewsTripAdvisor (123)
    $$ | Korean, Seafood
    81, Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu 13F Lotte Department Store, Seoul 04533 South Korea
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  • #11
    MoMo Cafe
    #11 of 125,398 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 132 reviewsTripAdvisor (132)
    $ - $$ | International, Contemporary, Asian
    9 Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul 04526 South Korea
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  • #12
    Viking's Wharf Lotte World Mall
    #12 of 125,398 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 205 reviewsTripAdvisor (205)
    $$ | American, Seafood, Canadian
    300, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu 4F, Lotte World Mall, Seoul 05551 South Korea
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  • #13
    Tavolo 24
    #13 of 125,398 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 306 reviewsTripAdvisor (306)
    $$ | Japanese, American, Asian, Korean, International
    279, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03198 South Korea
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  • #14
    Braai Republic
    #14 of 125,398 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 357 reviewsTripAdvisor (357)
    $ - $$ | African, Barbecue
    19, Itaewon-ro 14-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 04391 South Korea
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  • #15
    Jungsik
    #15 of 125,398 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 437 reviewsTripAdvisor (437)
    $$ | Asian, Korean
    11, Seolleung-ro 158-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 06014 South Korea
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  • #16
    Mugyodong Bugeokukjib
    #16 of 125,398 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 646 reviewsTripAdvisor (646)
    $ | Asian, Korean, Soups
    38, Eulji-ro 1-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 04522 South Korea
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  • #17
    Brew 3.14
    #17 of 125,398 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 189 reviewsTripAdvisor (189)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Pizza, Pub
    39, Donhwamun-ro 11na-gil, Jongno-gu 1f, Seoul 03132 South Korea
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  • #18
    Jyoti Indian Restaurant
    #18 of 125,398 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 320 reviewsTripAdvisor (320)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian
    6, Sinchon-ro 20-gil, Mapo-gu 3 Floor, Seoul 04101 South Korea
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  • #19
    Plant
    #19 of 125,398 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 109 reviewsTripAdvisor (109)
    $ - $$ | Cafe
    20, Itaewon-ro 16-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 04391 South Korea
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  • #20
    Brooklyn The Burger Joint
    #20 of 125,398 Places to Eat in Seoul
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 173 reviewsTripAdvisor (173)
    $ - $$ | American, Fast Food, Diner
    51-13, Donggwang-ro 43-gil, Seocho-gu 1f, Seoul 06579 South Korea
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