The food in Seoul is absolutely delicious! I never really experienced Korean food in the US therefore I was a bit apprehensive that there wouldn’t be too many options for me. However I was blown away by the delicious cuisine!! Today I’m sharing all the places I ate at during my trip to Seoul.
Halal Korean Food
I was very impressed with the amount of Halal food in Seoul, especially the halal Korean food! A few of the places I wanted to dine at were closed since it was Ramadan while we were traveling. Nonetheless we managed to have Halal Korean BBQ which was possibly one of the most delicious meals of the trip!
Yang Good Korean BBQ in Gangnam-gu // Halal Korean BBQ. Need I say more?
Busan Jib in Myeongdang // This local shop is located in a small alley in the busy Myeongdang shopping area. Be sure to try the lamb Bibimbap and Tteokbokki.
These are the halal restaurants on my list for the next time I’m in Seoul: Eid, Murree Muslim Food, Makan Resturant, Halal Kitchen, and Ilji Hanbang Samgyetang.
Jaha Son Mandu // This Michelin star restaurant is known for their delicious dumplings. Aside from the delicious food the restaurant is situated on the mountain side and offers breathtaking views!
Yukjeon // Another delicious Michelin start restaurant we dined at during our trip. This restaurant is famous for it’s Grilled Octopus and Bassak Bulgogi.
Gongdeok Market – Twigim Alley // I posted this photo on Instagram from Twigim Alley. It was quite the dining experience! This market offers a variety of fried snacks, similar to Japanese Tempura, and delicious Korean Style Pancakes.
Sanchon // If you are looking for authentic temple food then be sure to dine at Sanchon. We had lunch here and absolutely loved it. Located in the alleys of Insadong, the restaurant offers a set menu of dishes that are made with all natural ingredients such as vegetables and mountain herbs, and are cooked without chemical additives.
옛날민속집 // The restaurant name translates to The old folk house in English. This restaurant is located in the foot of Bukhan Mountain is a specialty restaurant of bean cuisine.
Cafes in Seoul
Seoul is known for its unique cafes. From the cat cafe to poop cafe and everything in between. Something I noticed is all the coffee shops in Seoul, there is a lot of them!! I had a long list of cafes and dessert shops I wanted to visit during my trip. I managed to visit majority of them and left a few for my trip to Seoul.
CAFE 연남동239-20 // This adorable cartoon sketch cafe is located in the Mapo area. It’s a small adorable cafe that offers a variety of drinks and desserts.
Cafe Imi // Imi is a delicious patisserie and coffee shop located in Mapo. They are famous for their delicious Creamy Orange Ice Flakes known as Patbingsu.
Green Mile Coffee // This adorable coffee shop is located in Bukchon Village. The cafe offers rooftop views of the village and has a delicious green tea pound cake!
Remicone // Located in Gangnam, this experimental ice cream shop is worth the hype. They are known for their ice cream and cotton candy deliciousness. I opted for the Cherry Bomb while my sister ordered the Salted Caramel Soft Serve and Honey Chip topping.
Pink Pool Cafe at Stylenada // Located in Myeondang, the Pink Pool Cafe is located on the 4th floor of the Stylenada cosmetic store. It is adorably styled and offers delicious drinks alongside adorable pink clouds of cotton candy. They also have a rooftop lounge area – although it was extremely hot that day to lay out!
Sarr // Located in Mapo, this trendy cafe is known for their delicious pancakes. We ordered the signature pancake and green pancake along with a delicious Grapefruit Ade. There are only a few tables at the cafe and it does get busy really quick, also it takes a while for the pancakes to be ready, so make sure to be patient.
Egg Drop // While I was researching breakfast spots in Seoul I quickly realized that not a lot of places open until 11am, there are very few cafes that offer breakfast options. Thankfully I discovered Egg Drop on Instagram and it was conveniently located across the street from our hotel. I shamelessly went there three mornings in a row for a delicious egg sandwich and iced coffee since it opened at 7:30am.
Passion 5 // This swanky food heaven is located in the Yongsan area. They have a great lunch menu and a wide variety of dessert options! The strawberry tiramisu was absolutely delicious!
A few cafes on my list for next time are: Zapangi Cafe, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, Coco Bruni, Ddong Cafe, Bon Jjuk, Antique Macaron Ice-Cream, Banana Tree, and Bistopping.
Traditional Korean Tea House
A trip to South Korea is not complete without visiting a few traditional Korean Tea Houses. We managed to visit three unique tea houses. I quickly became obsessed with Omija tea – hot and cold! It’s a delicious blend of of five flavors made from dried magnolia berries. It’s absolutely delicious!
The food in Seoul is amazing! There are various cuisines for every taste buds. I was excited to try all the various traditional Korean food. Now the challenge is to find authentic Korean Kimchi here in Baltimore!!
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