Daily Delights — From Insa-dong to COEX Area / Food Tour on Subway Line 6

Here are my suggestions for a great food day in Seoul.

Photographs provided by Daniel Gray



[box_dark]Day 1: From Insa-dong to COEX Area[/box_dark]



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Art de Chef

Breakfast buffet at Art de Chef at Centermark Hotel. The full-service breakfast at the Centermark Hotel will be sure to get you going. They have a wide selection of juices, coffees, fruits, deli meats, and breads as well as a full omelet station. For those that would like to have a traditional Korean breakfast, they have a nice selection of rice, soup, and side dishes. Start your day off right.


Art de Chef | 아르드셰프

T. 02-731-1177, www.artdechef.com
Hours: 7am–10am
Price: KRW 18,000 a person
(198-42 Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul ㅣ서울시 종로구 관훈동 198-42)

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Knife-cut noodles and dumplings at Soyeon. The noodles here are as fine as silk, and the subtle broth makes this a great lunch. Complete your meal with their plump, steamed dumplings.


Soyeon | 소연

T. 02-577-4490
Hours: 11:30am–10pm
Price: KRW 7,000 for noodles
(149-10 Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul ㅣ서울시 강남구 삼성동 149-10)

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Charcoal-grilled and marinated tripe at Yeontabal. Tripe is a delicacy, and the high-quality meat at this barbecue restaurant will make you understand why Koreans love this dish. The restaurant offers beef, pork, and stews as well.




Yeontabal | 연타발

T. 02-557-9981
Hours: 11:30am–1pm
Price: KRW 8,000 for lunch,
KRW 20,000–35,000 for dinner
(154-8 Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul ㅣ서울시 강남구 삼성동 154-8)

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Patbingsu at Beans and Berries. Korean shaved ice topped with freshly cut fruit, rice cakes, ice cream, and sweetened red beans is a vibrant dish to finish out your day of food.



Beans and Berries | 빈스앤베리즈

T. 02-556-8459
Hours: 10am–10pm
Price: KRW 5,000–10,000
(Dorim Building 158-15, Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul ㅣ서울시 강남구 삼성동 158-15 도림빌딩)

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[box_dark]Day 2: Food Tour on Subway Line 6[/box_dark]





Spicy rice cake tteokbokki at Sindang Station, Exit 6. It is said that the famous tteokbokki originates from this area—you’ll find dozens of shops specializing in this dish. Some are even open early for a breakfast of tteokbokki, fish cake soup, and turnip pickles.

Sindang-dong Tteokbokki Town | 신당동 떡볶이골목

Hours: Varies
Price: KRW 3,000–10,000 a person
Sindang Station 신당역 (Line 6), Exit 7

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Guacamole and peach tacos at Hacienda at Itaewon Station, Exit 4. This restaurant specializes in making fresh guacamole to order by using plenty of fresh citrus juice, onions, and a touch of salt. They also make their tortillas from scratch for their tacos.

Hacienda | 하시엔다

T. 02-516-3202, T. 070-4405-6322
Hours: 11:30am–10:30pm,
closed Monday
Price: KRW 8,000–15,000
(128-15 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul | 서울시 용산구 이태원동 128-15)

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Yetmat Seoul Bulgogi

Bulgogi at Yetmat Seoul Bulgogi at Gwangheungchang Station, Exit 2. This famous bulgogi place offers beef soup during the day and heaping portions of bulgogi cooked over charcoal at night. The sauce makes the meat tender, and the drippings are used to cook the mushrooms and noodles. Amazing.

Yetmat Seoul Bulgogi | 옛맛서울불고기

T. 02-336-9371
Hours: 11:30am–2pm, 5pm–10pm
Price: KRW 6,000 for lunch, KRW 15,000 for dinner
Gwangheungchang Station 광흥창역 (Line 6), Exit 1. Walk 200 m.
(15-4 Changjeon-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul ㅣ서울시 마포구 창전동 15-4)

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Cakes, eclairs, and tarts at Le Four Bakery Studio and Café near Hapjeong Station, Exit 5. Le Four specializes in desserts made in-house by Chef Bangho Kim. Their chocolate cakes are decadent, and I love their fresh fruit tarts. The menu changes regularly.

Le Four Bakery Studio and Café | 르 프흐

T. 02-326-6218
Hours: 11am–8pm
Price: KRW 3,000–6,000
Hapjeong Station 합정역 (Line 6), Exit 7. Turn left and walk 200 m along the alley.
(369-15 Hapjeong-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul ㅣ 서울시 마포구 합정동 369-15)

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