Top 5 Restaurants to Visit Near Seoullo 7017!

Seoul is filled with restaurants; some better than others. With this overload of options, it can be difficult to choose the perfect restaurant. Gastro Tour Seoul has worked hard to create three tasting food tours around the new Seoullo 7017 passway (Joongrimdong, Namdaemun & Myeongdong, City Hall & Gwanghwamun), with each tour including up to 7 food stops! But which restaurants do we recommend for finishing off a long day travelling around the center of Seoul? Read on to find out!

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Hyundae SooSan – 현대수산

Love seafood? This restaurant, located in the hidden area of Joongrimdong, is the perfect place to sample different kinds of fish! The owner of this fish restaurant visits the Incheon fish market (located 1 hour from Seoul) every single day at 5am to select the best fresh ingredients for his dishes, ready to open at 5pm. His signature dish consists of five different kinds of fish beautifully served with fish eggs and fresh raw vegetables. Yum!

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Hakrimhaksa Budae Jjigae – 학림부대찌개

This restaurant serves an unique kind of budae jjigae (부대찌개), which literally means ‘army stew’. Hakrimhaksa Budae Jjigae is made in the style of Korea’s Euijeongbu region, and contains sausages, fish cakes and spring onions. This dish is called ‘army stew’ because it originated from the areas surrounding the original American army bases in Seoul, and uses typical western, processed food such as spam or sausages. The dish became popular towards the end of the Korean War, as food was scarce and the American military became a main supplier of processed food.

When eating Budae Jjigae in a restaurant you normally have one big pot in the center of the table that is heated, before being divided among all guests at the table in smaller dishes.

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Hangaram – 한가람

Between Namdaemun Market and Myeongdong lies Hangaram restaurant. This beautifully decorated restaurant serves completely organic homemade Korean dining. One thing is for sure; you will not leave this restaurant feeling hungry! The overload of delicious healthy side dishes include jeon, kimchi, glass noodles and different kind of radishes.

Le Pul – 르풀

Le Pul, located next to the beautiful stone wall of the Deoksu, sells the most delicious sandwiches! Korea is not known for its baking culture, but this sandwich bread is absolutely perfect. The cafe’s small garden with a view on the stone wall makes the whole experience complete. The cafe owner learnt to bake in France – so you can be sure that the taste is authentic! The most popular sandwich has a chicken and almond filling, and is served with a green salad.

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Luii

Luii’s underground fine dining Chinese Restaurant is famous for its Chilli Sauce Shrimps (깐쇼새우) with Black Bean Noodles (짜장면). These black bean noodles were introduced to Korea by Chinese merchants back in 1905, and the typical Chinese inspired and localized dish soon evolved to suit Korean tastes.

The chef of this restaurant was born in a multicultural family; to a Korean father and Chinese mother. His mother taught him how to cook proper Chinese-fusion food.

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Veronica Kang