5 Best Restaurants in Seoul for First Time Travelers, Enjoy the Authentic Taste

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Feb 14, 2020 06:01 AM

What is in your mind when you hear about South Korea? Some people will automatically look back to the country’s entertainment industry that is slowly moving to the top. Yes, South Korea can be considered as the new giant country after the emergence of K-Pop. Since then, a lot of people are interested to visit Seoul as the city offers fascinating rich culture. 

Indeed, South Korea is famous not only for its entertainment industry, but the culinary itself also holds an important factor. Just like typical Asian countries, South Korea’s cuisines are made with a variety of ingredients. No wonder if some people will be surprised when first trying the foods. No worries, this country also provides other tongue-friendly foods for tourists.

Famous for a country with rich culture, eating culture in South Korea is one of the most fascinating ones. You will witness where local people eat their meals using chopsticks, or when young people drink beer with manner in front of the elderly. While you are in Seoul, you must complete your adventure with the iconic and delicious foods and drinks at the best places in the city. You can trust these five listed restaurants to spoil your taste bud while you're in Seoul.

Jeil Sikdang

First time travelers are welcomed here to feel the culture of local people. Jeil Sikdang is famous for its Baekam Sundae, a sausage layered with blood pudding. This restaurant has a long history and secret ingredients that will definitely serve you a satisfying taste of Korean traditional foods with its affordable price. You can visit Jeil Sikdang at Baegamro 201 Beon-gil, Baegam-myeon, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, in Gyeonggi-do, Seoul.

La Yeon

Located at Dongho-ro in Jung-gu 23F. Visitors will get to eat traditional Korean foods served in a delicate plating. You should also try their marinated vegetables that will make your taste bud feel a brand-new flavor. La Yeon restaurant provides a big portion so you won’t be hungry anymore. The quality of the foods is guaranteed to satisfy your hunger. This restaurant is one of the most recommended for first time travelers who are looking for a good place to eat.

Dining in Space

If you are looking for a restaurant with a mesmerizing view, you should try Dining in Space. This restaurant is designed with glass windows surrounding the entire room. Next to the restaurant, there are trees with changing color depend on the season. Dining in Space offers you a modern architecture building with refreshing view of nature at the outside. This restaurant stands facing Changdeokgung Palace, a historical building built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. The foods served in this restaurant will satisfy your belly as the chefs are all trained and professional. You can find this restaurant at 5F Arario Space, 83 Yulgok-ro, in Jongno-gu, Seoul.

Pyeongando Jokbaljip

Are you a pork lover? Pyeongando Jokbaljip should the best place for you. This restaurant specializes in pig-material cuisines and very popular in South Korea. You will get to taste Jokbal, or usually called pig trotters made of Korean ingredients that offers you a buttery and tender feeling accompanied by raw garlic, lettuce leaves for wrapping, and sauce. Go visit Pyeongando Jokbaljip at Jokbal Street in Jangchoong-dong, Seoul.


When you’re craving for rice with vegetables, you are obligated to come to Gogung. It’s a popular restaurant with bibimbap as the main menu. Gogung is not only popular among international traveler, but also local people. You will taste the delicious bibimbap with live performance of traditional Korean music every evening. This restaurant can be visited at 27 Myeongdong 8ga-gil, in Jung-gu, Seoul.