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Seoul’s Famous Food Streets

February 25, 2011

The only way to really get to the heart of traditional Korean cuisine in Seoul is to take it to the streets. Never mind the fancy five-star facades. The best eateries anywhere are almost always the ones frequented by the locals themselves, far beyond the tourist traps.

Here are five of my favourite:

1. Kalguksu Street

There are dozens of open-style kalguksu bars along this alleyway. Traditionally a Korean noodle dish, kalguksu consists of handmade, knife-cut wheat flour noodles served in a variety of broths with seasonal ingredients. Tasty stuff.

Getting there: Subway Line 4 to Hoehyeon Station. The alley is directly in front of exit 5.

2. Gwangjang Market

Referred as meokjagolmok, the sprawling market eatery in Gwangjang Market is the largest of its kind in Seoul.

Be sure to try nokdu bindaetteok, or bean pancake, and tteokbokki. For the more adventurous, sundae (blood sausage) is an option.

Getting there: Take subway Line 1 to Jogno 5-ga Station and hop out exit 8.

3. Boiled Pig’s Feet Alley

Jokbal is a Korean pork dish made from boiling pig’s leg in water. The dish is best served with soju, Korea’s potato-distilled vodka. The area’s a hugely popular after-hours haunt for local office workers. Somunan Jokbal has been in business for thirty years.

Getting there: Take subway Line 5 to Gondeok Station and get out exit 4.

4. Galchi Jorim Street

Located in Namdaemun, one of Asia’s largest markets, this is a great place to enjoy galchi jorim (steamed hairtail fish soup).

Getting there: Subway Line 4 to Hoehyeon Station. Turn right at exit 4. It’s the fourth street down on the left.

5. BBQ Alley

Beef here is cheaper and far better than what the more commercial restaurants are carrying.

Getting there: Subway Line 5 to Majang Station. From exit 2 walk straight to the bridge (10mins) and turn left. The alley is around 500m down from there.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. bernardo paul ponsaran permalink
    March 21, 2011 09:12

    I want to visit all this places in the near future, so I hope I can travel to Seoul, Korea. When I travel in this places, I will make it memorable. Galchi Jorim Street is the best place where I want to go. I love seafoods and noodles.

  2. March 4, 2011 06:38

    I will use Line 4 and I love noodles, so I will visit Kalguksu Street and enjoy! When I will be back, I will write on my blog about my travel to Seoul, like I am doing right now with my travel In Rajahsthan, last December. I will let you know, may be you are interested to read, as you helped a lot with your posts.

  3. February 26, 2011 11:09

    I like the nickname “meokjagolmok” (먹자골목). For non-Korean readers, that means “let’s eat alley”.

    This is a great post because it’s places like this that are memorable.

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  5. February 25, 2011 11:29

    woow. definitely should visit the kalguksu street since i’m a very big fan of noodle. thank you for the information!🙂


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