Recommended Restaurants in Myeong-dong for Seoul Travelers

Myeong-dong – one of the most visited regions by international tourists in Seoul! Several restaurants can be found within the alleys, ready to serve the many people who flock to the area. From the elegant hotel buffet restaurants to long-established single dish restaurants, it is safe to say that Myeong-dong is heaven to food lovers. 

 

For those who still haven’t decided what to eat in Myeong-dong, you’re in luck! This article lists eight of the most popular restaurants from Korea’s dining mobile app. Whether it’s Korean, Japanese, Chinese or Western cuisine you’re looking for, choose any of the restaurants below and you will not be disappointed!

 

One-stop Restaurant that has it All! Lotte Hotel Seoul's La Seine

 

(Interior of La Seine)

 

At Lotte Hotel Seoul's La Seine, expert chefs show off their skills as they prepare savory meals at a total of eight distinguished cooking stations – Asian cuisine, Japanese cuisine, Western cuisine, noodles, cold meal, Korean grill, dessert, and beverage bar. The plethora of food is prepared to serve the appetite of all visitors. As a luxurious hotel buffet restaurant, fresh and quality ingredients are carefully selected at La Seine in order to provide a splendied dining experience.

 

(Menus available at La Seine)

Among the diverse ethnic cuisines available, the Japanese cuisine section is La Seine's most prized station in particular as the chef prepares sushi right on the spot upon order, giving one the feeling of being at a traditional Japanese restaurant. Approximately 200 delightful menus are prepared daily, with grilled lamb chops for lunch on weekdays, lobster for dinner and weekends; other menus include king crab, rice noodles, and curry.

 

☞ Address: 30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul

☞ Operating hours 
- Weekdays: Breakfast 06:00-10:00 / Lunch 11:30-14:30 / Dinner 18:00-22:00 
- Weekends & Public holidays: Breakfast 06:00-10:00 / 1st Lunch 11:30-13:30 / 2nd Lunch 14:00-16:00 / 1st Dinner 17:30-19:30 / 2nd Dinner 20:00-22:00 
- Open all year round (subject to change)

☞ Admission (As of late 2017) 
- Breakfast: Adults & Teenagers 59,300 won / Children 33,900 won 
- Weekday Lunch: & Teenagers 98,000 won / Children 59,000 won 
- Weekday Dinner, Weekend & Public holiday Lunch∙Dinner: Adults & Teenagers 129,000 won / Children 69,000 won 
※ Admission fee will be adjusted as below starting from January 14, 2018 
- Breakfast: Adults & Teenagers 59,300 won / Children 33,900 won 
- Weekday Lunch: Adults & Teenagers 93,000 won / Children 59,000 won 
- Weekday Dinner, Weekend & Public holiday Lunch∙Dinner: Adults & Teenagers 10,8000 won / Children 62,000 won

☞ Website: www.lottehotel.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

All-in-one Exquisite Feast! Westin Chosun Hotel Seoul's Aria

 

(Delicious cuisines at Aria)

As the representative restaurant of Westin Chosun Hotel Seoul, Aria offers a plethora of extravegant menus where you can enjoy a course meal of appetizers, main dish and desserts all at one place. With live cooking stations dedicated to Korean & Chinese cuisine, Japanese cuisine, grill, pasta, salad, and more, sizzling sounds and savory smells will stimulate your senses while you indulge yourself on the feast. Each cooking station presents the hotel's specialized menus on a real-time basis. In particular, the Asian cuisine station has much to offer while the fancy dessert section is popular among women.

 

☞ Address: 106, Sogong-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul

☞ Operating hours 
- Weekdays: Breakfast 07:00-10:00 / Lunch 11:30-14:30 / Dinner 17:30-22:00 
- Weekends & Public holidays: Breakfast 07:00-10:00 / 1st Lunch 11:30-13:20 / 2nd Lunch 13:50-15:40 / 1st Dinner 17:20-19:20 / 2nd Dinner 19:50-21:50 
- Open all year round (subject to change)

☞ Admission 
- Breakfast: Adults & Teenagers 55,000 won / Children & Infants 27,500 won 
- Weekday Lunch: Adults & Teenagers 96,000 won / Children age 7-12 48,000 won, age 3-6 32,000 won 
- Weekday Dinner, Weekend & Public holiday Lunch∙Dinner: Adults & Teenagers 108,000 won / Children age 7-12 54,000 won, age 3-6 35,000 won

☞ Website: twc.echosunhotel.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Collaboration of Juicy Dumplings and Noodles! Myeongdong Kyoja

 

(Signature dumpling and the exterior of Myeongdong Kyoja)

Myeongdong Kyoja has become a landmark of Myeong-dong with its specialties of kalguksu (noodle soup) and mandu(dumplings) for the past 50 years. The restaurant gained even more popularity after it was awarded with Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide. The hand-made, dough noodles and diced meat in chicken broth soup go splendidly well with the restaurant’s other specialty, mandu. The mandu is scrumptiously filled with meat and vegetables, oozing out juice in every bite. Myeong-dong Kyoja is also well known for their generous services as additional noodles and rice are provided free of charge upon request.

 

☞ Address: 29, Myeong-dong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (main branch)

☞ Operating hours: 10:30-21:30 / Open year round (subject to change)

☞ Menu and price: Kalguksu 8,000 won / Mandu 10,000 won

☞ Website: www.mdkj.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese)

 

A Hot Bowl of Chicken Soup to Nurture your Body! Baekje Samgyetang

 

(Samyetang and ginseng liquor)

 

Baekje Samgyetang, as its name clearly states, specializes in samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup). The restaurant provides menu written in English, Japanese and Chinese, allowing non-Korean speakers to make an order with ease. The restaurant’s specialty, samgyetang, is made of tender chicken boiled over a long period of time to broth along with nutritious ingredients such as glutinous rice, garlic, chestnut, ginseng, jujube and more. The mouth-watering chicken goes well with the chewy texture of rice, and the healthy broth soup is too delicious to be left unfinished. 

 

The ginseng liquor and chalbap (cooked glutinous rice) that come along with samgyetang are also noteworthy. The alcohol made of ginseng, a well-known high-quality medicinal herb, goes so well with samgyetang that many people make a separate purchase of this impressive liquor. Chalbap has an interesting chewy texture different from regular cooked rice.

 

☞ Address: 30-1, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

☞ Operating hours: 09:00-22:00 / Open all year round (subject to change)

☞ Menu and price: Samgyetang 15,000 won / Ginseng samgyetang 20,000 won / Ginseng liquor 4,000 won

 

Specialized Expert of Gomtang for 70 Years! Hadongkwan

 

(Special Gomtang and the interior of Hadongkwan)

Since its opening in 1939, Hadongkwan has been crowded with people willingly waiting in line for a hearty meal of gomtang (bone soup). Gomtang, a soup made of meat and bones boiled to broth for hours, is a well-recommended winter dish that will fill your stomach and keep you warm. Hadongkwan was also awarded with Bib Gourmand by Michelin Guide for serving delicious dish at a reasonable price. 

 

Hadongkwan’s gomtang is available in two different versions: regular soup with only beef in it and the special soup, which includes intestines that add a stronger savory taste. Gomtang is served with rice mixed into the soup along with kimchi on the side. You can add more flavors into the soup by adding in condiments prepared on the table such as diced spring onions, salt, and pepper to your preference.

 

☞ Address: 12, Myeongdong 9-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

☞ Operating hours: 07:00-16:00 (Closed 1st & 3rd week Sunday of every month) / Subject to early closure depending on ingredient availability

☞ Menu and price: Regular Gomtang 12,000 won / Special Gomtang 15,000 won / Boiled Beef Slices 50,000 won

☞ Website: www.hadongkwan.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Mouthwatering taste of Jirisan Mountain Black Pork! Yuktongryeong

 

(Thick slices of Jirisan Mountain Black Pork and kimchi jjigae)

As a restaurant where one can get a taste of the famous Jirisan Mountain Black Pork in Seoul, Yuktongryeong is flourishing with customers every day, thanks to its appearance in the variety television show "The Demand of Luxurious Food." The most popular menu in this restaurant is grilled skin-on black pork. As its name implies, unlike the regular pork belly meat, skin-on pork belly is cut along with the skin to create a chewy texture. 

 

Lightly dip a piece of grilled skin-on pork belly on the dipping salt to taste the original flavor of the meat itself. Enjoy the grilled meat with the salad and side dishes served to clear out any after taste. Another popular menu, kimchi jjigae (kimchi stew) is also an excellent partner with the skin-on pork belly.

 

☞ Address: 37-2, Myeongdong 8na-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (main branch)

☞ Operating hours: 11:30-02:00 / Closed on the day of Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving)

☞ Menu and price: Grilled skin-on black pork 15,000 won / Black pork boston butt 15,000 won / Salt-grilled black pork 13,000 won / Kimchi jjigae 7,000 won / Kimchi noodles 6,000 won

 

Special Noodles from Japan! Inaniwa Yosuke

 

(Seiro udon meal (top), a plate of shrimp cream croquette & udon sauce for sale)

Inaniwa Yosuke, located near Seoul City Hall, is Korea's branch of a restaurant named Sato Yosuke in Japan that has been specializing in udon for the past 350 years. As one of the top three must-eat udon in Japan, Inaniwa udon featured at these restaurants is characterized by thin, flat noodles that have a chewy texture. The restauarant also made its way to Michelin Guide's list of Bib Gourmand. 

 

Their signature menus are seiro udon and hot soup udon. Seiro udon is served cold with two different types of sauce to dip your noodles in: the tsuyu sauce and the sesame miso sauce. Each sauce has its own unique flavor that will stimulate your tastebuds. The recommended side menu to go along with the noodles is shrimp cream croquette, a deliscious combination of smooth cream and shrimp filling covered with a crispy crust. The restaurant also sells Inaniwa udon noodles and their special sauces separately for Inaniwa udon at home or to make for an excellent gift.

 

☞ Address: 6, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul

☞ Operating hours: Lunch 11:00-14:00 (last order 13:40), Dinner 17:00-23:00 (last order 21:50) / Closed Sundays

☞ Menu and price: 
- Lunch: Seiro soy sauce & sesame miso tsuyu udon 9,000 won / Wagyu udon 15,000 won / Shrimp cream croquette 8,000 won 
- Dinner: Seiro soy sauce & sesame miso tsuyu udon 15,000 won / Wagyu udon 18,000 won / Shrimp cream croquette 8,000 won

☞ Website: www.food-biz.or.kr/inaniwa (Korean only)

 

Chinese Traditional Hot Pot in Korea! Hai Di Lao

 

(Enjoy hot pot according to your preference)

Hai Di Lao is a hot pot restaurant franchise that has its main branch in China. A plethora of ingredients such as meat, seafood, vegetables, tofu and more are dipped into a boiling broth in this Chinese style shabu shabu cuisine. 

 

Hai Di Lao implements modern technology into their ordering system. As soon as you sit at a table, you will be given an iPad to place your order. You can choose the soup base, meat, vegetables and any other ingredients you wish to add to your hot pot. The total price of the hot pot depends on the ingredients you choose. 

 

There are four types of soup base to choose from – spicy mala soup with a kick of Chinese spice, mushroom soup, tomato soup, and the meaty samseontang soup broth. Once you have decided on your preferred soup base, continue your order by choosing your ingredients from beef, pork, lamb, seafood, dumplings, vegetables, mushrooms, tofu, noodles, and much more. 

 

You'll be surprised at Hai Di Lao's customer service as the staff's assistance is as impressive as their meals. Not only are Chinese-speaking staff always readily available to care for the needs of the large number of Chinese tourists, but they also offer shoe cleaning and nail art services for free!

 

☞ Address: 78, Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul

☞ Operating hours: Open 24 hours / Open all year round (subject to change)

☞ Menu and price: 
- Soup base (mala, mushroom, tomato, and samseon) 9,000 won each 
- Meat (pork, beef, lamb) available from 11,000 won 
- Mixed dumplings 12,000 won, mixed vegetables 10,000 won, mixed mushrooms 10,000 won 
- Self-serve sauce bar 3,000 won per person (basic salad and a variety of sauce options available)

 

More Info

☞ Seoul Tourism Organization website: www.visitseoul.net (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian)

☞ Jung-gu Culture & Tourism website: www.junggu.seoul.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

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☞ VisitKorea website: english.visitkorea.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Russian)

☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

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