5 Adventurous Local Restaurants in Seoul

By Polyglot Petra 2/20/24

For hardcore foodies!

It’s hard to disagree that Asian food cultures are the best, and the Korean one sits close to the top.  From sizzling restaurant kitchens to smoking street food tents, restaurants in Seoul truly cater to every palate. Let's take a look at some more eccentric restaurants there!

Gyeongchunja Ramen

Hole-in-the-wall Ramyeon restaurant that sits 6 people!

This hole-in-the-wall Ramyeon restaurant is within walking distance from Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok.  By hole-in-the-wall, I mean it. The place has low ceilings and sits maybe 6 people in total. There’s one Ajumma cooking in the front and one other person cleaning in the back. But the ramyeon is delicious!

Location: 138-21 Hwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Gunjadaehan gobchang

Ready for some intestines barbecue? Yup! You read it right.

A Gobchang set is usually served with soup or Ramyeon first, then the Barbecue tray goes on the stove. Of course, all the side dishes are there, too. Grab some friends and cozy up around the table because one set is usually for at least 2 people.  Plus, it tastes better with drinks, and it’s less fun to drink alone *winks.*

Location: 18-1 Myeongdong 7-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Nooine Bindaeddeok

Are you read for wriggling octopus tentacles, or are you?

The good news is their menu starts with very normal things like Mung Bean Pancakes (having them with Makgeolli is *chef’s kiss*) and Hand-Rolled Kimbab. But if you're more adventurous, try the wriggling tentacles, served in sesame oil. I know it looks terrifying. But I promise they're dead!

Location: 403-24 Dongho-ro, 종로5.6가동 Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

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