What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul ๐Ÿ™‚ | HaB Korea.net

When you go abroad for a trip, you might wonder what local people actually eat. At least, I do. So whenever I go abroad, I never look at the guide book or blog postings about what other Korean people eat. I just walk in any restaurant near where I stay if there are many local people in it. You can also try my way of exploring, but it’s always a bit scary when you have no idea of the local language.


What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)

For those people, I gathered some pictures of what I ate recently lol. Take a look at where local Korean girl hangs out for your reference.

What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)

Inwangsan Mountain
29, Inwangsan-ro 1-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

I work at the office on weekdays, so I have to fully enjoy my weekends for refresh lol One way to take a breath from busy weekdays is to hike. This mountain is called Inwangsan Mountain, and it’s really close to Gyeongbokgung station.

What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)

Even if you are a beginner-level hiker, it won’t take more than 2 hours for a round trip to the peak. If you reach the peak point and eat a bite of cucumber, you can proudly say that you fully enjoy Korean-style hiking. Frankly speaking, I go for a hike to eat delicious food after climbing down.

What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)

And of course, I went to my favorite restaurant after hiking on this day, too lol There’s a food street near Gyeongbokgung Station(Line 3). My favorite restaurant located on this street is called “ChebudongJanchijip” and it’s super famous.

What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)

Chebudong Janchijip
190, Chebu-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul

According to the explanation of “Time-Out“, Chebudong Janchijib is famous for its simple but delicious food. Located in a humble market alley space with aluminum sliding doors, its prices are easy on the wallet. Once you enter, you’re overwhelmed by the savory scent of simmering broth and something frying.

What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)

Gyeongbokgung Station is frequently visited by nearby office and government-related workers because it is close to Gwanghwamun and Jongno, the center of Seoul. So many local restaurants located in this area are loved by people of a wide range of ages.

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What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)


Autographs of famous people on the wall of this restaurant prove the history and quality of this restaurant. But the best part of this restaurant is that its food is super cheap!!!!

What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)
Spicy Korean noodle! Mix the ingredient well before eating!
What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)
Try this noodle(Only $4, unbelievable) with Kimchi.

What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)

They open till really late (05:00 AM except on Sunday), so there are so many people come to this place for drinks. Try Makgeolli with authentic Korean food at a reasonable price. If you are lucky(?) enough, you might get to find me drinking here haha

What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)

CHแปœP CHแปœP
2F, 46 Supyo-ro, Jeodong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul

I live where Seoul Metro line 2 stops, so I usually hang out with my friends at Euljiro area. Especially, there are so many cozy bars at Euljiro-3ga if you like drinking like me lol But I’ll introduce a cute Vietnamese restaurant, first.

What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)
It’s a quite fancy interior, isn’t it? It’s a great place for a blind date, as well lol

What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)

This restaurant doesn’t really have a long history(You can tell from the interior), but it got so popular among Korean people. If you visit here during lunch or dinner time, you might have to write your names on a waiting list.

What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)

Frankly speaking, SouthEast Asian cuisines are ridiculously overpriced in Korea. But this restaurant has a quite reasonable price range($10~$15)

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What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)
Most importantly, foods are delicious here lol
What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)
We visited there at almost exactly 6 PM and luckily got a seat. But after we entered, a long waiting line appeared.
What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)
Don’t forget beer hahaha

What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)

Pungryurang
424-6, Dogok-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

As much as all of my friends are aware of the fact, my favorite food out of all kinds of food in the world is a hamburger. I’m not exaggerating lol. And this burger place is where I can recommend with confidence(I have a really high standard when it comes to a hamburger)

What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)

The only problem with this place is the location. It’s near Yangjae station where there’s really no reason for tourists to go. But if you are a hamburger lover like me or have plenty of time in Korea, please visit.

What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)
Traditional yet fancy interior.

What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)

It was fortunate that we visited at a time when there were no people, but usually, the waiting line of this restaurant is very long. Also, they have a delivery service, as well, so if you happen to stay nearby, try the delivery system ๐Ÿ™‚

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What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)

From the buns to the patty, everything about this hamburger is just perfect. But it’s quite pricey for a hamburger($14~$16). But I can assure you that it’s totally worth the price.

What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)
Look at the juicy patty ๐Ÿ™‚ God… I wish I can have a bite right now.

What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)

What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)
They have only one menu “Golbaengi”. They don’t even bother asking you what to eat. You just need to order your drinks lol

Woojin Golbaengi
21 Mareunnae-ro, Jeodong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul

Let me go back to Euljiro area. This place is located near Euljiro-3ga station. Some of you might have no idea what “Golbaengi” is.

What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)

Wikipedia defines the Golbaengi as Moon snails. In Korea, we usually mix the moon snails with vegetables and add some red and spicy. Usually, it’s served with boiled noodles, and most importantly, its harmony with Soju is just perfect.

What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)

But I chose beer that day lol They also serve wonderful draft beer.(It’s not an easy thing to find a good beer place in Korea) We ordered Golbaengi(Egg Omelet, Oden Soup, Kimchi pancake comes along for free) and 4 big glasses of draft beer, and paid 45,000 won. But the food was too much, so I think it’s best to come here in at least a 3-person group.

What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)

Heestory Darakbang
3F, 7-6, Jeodong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul

Another favorite bar of mine located in Euljiro-3ga is “Heestory Darakbang” I kind of start to regret writing this article because these are actually where I usually go. Even if you spot me, please don’t recognize me lol.

What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)

They have a diverse list of wine and whiskey, and the cozy atmosphere of this bar will warm you down from a tiring day. “Darakbang” of its name means attic in Korean. Just like its meaning, they really give you the warm feeling of the attic.

What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)

Just like most of the bars or cafes located in Euljiro area are, this place is not that spacious which means not enough seats compared to its popularity. Please visit the opening time to avoid waiting!

What to Eat In Korea? Let's Eat Wisely In Seoul :)

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