Have your list of things to do, where to stay, and finally must-eat food!
If you are a foodie, this post will serve your tummy well. I will categorize the food by district so that it is easier for your trip planning.
Myeongdong is famous for shopping as well as street food. Here are some of the street foods I managed to try out.
#2 GRILLED OCTOPUS SKEWERS
#3 STRAWBERRY RED BEAN MOCHI
#4 GRILLED CHEESE SCALLOPS/ LOBSTER
#5 FRIED CHICKEN
#6 DELI MANJOO (CREAM PUFF)
#8 PAN FRIED DUMPLING
5:00pm – 10:00pm (Daily)
Subway Line 4 to Myeong-dong Station (Exit 6)
This is by far the most popular tourists’ favourite breakfast in Myeongdong. We were there around 10am, the queue was so long, and if you are dying to try their sandwiches, I believe the wait can reach up to 30mins and more. It is that busy! We ordered one of the basic ham and cheese toast and it was served fresh off the grill. The hot toast definitely tasted perfect in cold weather; crispy outside and warmth inside. Try to avoid peak hour during breakfast or google other Issac toast outlets besides Myeongdong, you will save a lot of time in waiting.
105 Toegye-ro, Chungmuro 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Monday – Saturday 7:00 am – 8:00pm
Closed on Sunday
Subway Line 4 to Myeong-dong Station (Exit 5)
KRW 2,200 to KRW 3,200
MiGaBon is famous for their Juk (죽) which is Korean porridge, along with Samgyetang (Ginseng Chicken Soup) and some Korean delights. After few nights of BBQ and spicy kimchi ramen, I think we should eat something clear. We found this place based on the recommendation on the internet. The ambience is cozy and we ordered the two-signature dish from MiGaBon, which are the Juk & Samgyetang mentioned earlier. The food were served with some basic side dishes. The Ginseng chicken has glutinous rice, red dates and chestnuts stuffed into it and the serving is just nice for one person. The porridge might look simple and plain but the taste was very flavourful with lots of minced mushroom and beef in it.
2F, 2-2, Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
8:00 am – 9:00pm (Daily)
Subway Line 4 to Myeong-dong Station (Exit 8)
Porridge (Start from KRW 7,000)
Ginseng Chicken (KRW 13,000)
CONTACT+82 2 752 0330
STYLENANDA PINK POOL CAFÉ
This is heaven for girls. Do not miss out this pinky store located in Myeongdong opened by Korea’s popular online fashion brand, Stylenanda. Everything there is in dreamy pink color and each floor is decorated with their own unique concepts such as spa, rooms, laundry and pool. We did not get their signature cotton-candy coffee because I am not a sweet tooth person and hence we just got the basic latte and lemon sparkling tea that never go wrong anywhere. The price is slightly more expensive compared to other cafes in that area however worth the price for their pink pool café and rooftop (it was not opened during my visit) for your insta-worthy photos!
37-8 Myeongdong 8-gil, Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
11:00 am – 11:00pm (Daily)
Subway Line 4 to Myeong-dong Station (Exit 6,7,8)
KRW 7,000 and above
Hongdae and Sinchon are just next to each other. They are known as the college districts with many students and youngster around. During the night, Hongdae really comes alive, clubs and bars are strewn everywhere around the place, even more crowded than Sinchon.
FLOWERS PIG GALLERY
Undoubtedly, Korea is famous for BBQ and rated as one of the most delicious barbecues in the world. I can’t describe any other experience better than having sizzling hot BBQ in the freezing cold weather. Can you imagine the satisfaction when you put the slice of sizzling hot pork belly meat into your mouth!
Best value for money BBQ restaurant in Seoul! What makes Flowers Pig Gallery popular is their unlimited refill on meat and side dishes. There are two types of menu available here.
Menu 1: KRW 9,900 per pax (Pork Belly unlimited refill)
Menu 2: KRW 12,900 per pax (Pork Belly + Sliced Beef + Chicken Galbi + Sweet Corn Cheese + Chicken Foot – Eat All You Can!)
We really enjoyed our meat until the extent I almost puked while walking back to hotel. Guys, don’t be like me even though it says unlimited refill, just eat what you can rather than eat all you can.
363-21 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
12:00 pm – 12:00am (Daily)
Subway Line 2 to Hongyik University Station (Exit 9)
KRW 9,900 and KRW 12,900
COLLINE (DEBOWLBI) CAFÉ
Colline café, formerly known as Debowlbi is a flower café where you can see lots of flower decorations in the café and it was also a filming site of several Korean dramas like “She Was Pretty”, “Best Couple”, “This Life is Our First”, etc. I was very impressed with the decorations and settings of the cafe, matching Christmas season. I believe you will get a completely different flowery ambience in the morning, it will be really a nice place for you to chill, and just sit back relax after a hectic schedule.
45 Eoulmadang-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
10:00 am – 02:00am (Daily)
Subway Line 2 to Hongyik University Station (Exit 5)
KRW 7,000 and above
Fried chicken and beer are the best combo and trending in Korea. Nene chicken was in my list unfortunately, we had no time for it. Fried chicken fans out there don’t miss the chance on Nene Chicken for it signature snowy fried chicken when you are in Hongdae district.
#16-1, Chang-dong, Dobong-gu Seoul, Korea
12:00 pm – 04:00am (Daily)
Subway Line 2 to Ewha University Station (Exit 6d)
KRW 16,000 and above
Samcheongdong is home to distinctive cafes, shops, and galleries.
The restaurant is a representative local fixture in Samcheongdong. “Sujebi” in Korean means hand pulled dough soup and this shop has been an integral part of Samcheongdong’s history since 1982. Their signature dish is sujebi-rustic hand-torn noodles served in a savory anchovy broth. Basically it looks and tastes very similar to our pan mee in Malaysia. Also try the pajeon (Korean pancake with spring onion) which is equally delicious.
101-1, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
11:00 am – 09:00pm (Daily)
Subway Line 3 to Gyeongbokgung Station (Exit 1)
KRW 7,000 – KRW 15,000