I make it a habit to check tripadvisor, yelp, open table, etc to find good food places to try before traveling to another country. Last November, I flew to Seoul with 2 of my girlfriends for a quick 3 day food trip.
Address: 83-24 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Contact: +82 2-517-4654
First stop for lunch was Jungsik. They also have a branch in New York that was awarded with 2 Michelin stars. The food was sublime and the restaurant itself, being new ( I think they just moved to this location late of last year) had a very nice ambience.
2) Pro Ganjang Gejang
-close to Sinsa Station (Line 3, take exit 4)
27-1 Jamwon-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea
This was highly recommended by my Korean friend Grace Lee 🙂
Their raw soy marinated crabs are delightful! The best! I would fly to Seoul for these. And eating live octopus was quite an experience. My friends and I had fun eating here.
My Live Octopus eating experience- watch it 🙂
3) Miso Dakgalbi
Dakgalbi is a very famous dish in the Chuncheon area, about an hour away from Seoul and very close to the ferry that takes you to Nami Island.
So if you’re headed there or Garden of Morning Calm, you have to try their chicken and Pine Magkeolli. This place apparently serves the best dakgalbi.
4. Beokje Galbi in Changcheon-dong is one of the popular places to have beef galbi.
5. WooBar at W
A really cool place to unwind after a day of shopping and touring is WooBar at W hotel in Walkerhill.
Address: 21 Gwangjang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea
I really love Seoul apart from shopping, there are so many places to find good food. It’s best to visit around late October-November (to see the lovely autumn leaves) and in late March-April (for the cherry blossoms).