Sanchon is one of the of the top vegetarian restaurants in Insadong. The interior is set up like a Buddhist temple and is actually owned by a former monk, who was inspired by the fare he ate during his tenure in the order. On the whole, the food isn’t spicy and has the basic flavoring of regional delicacies, making for a truly interesting and local eatery.
Address: Sanchon, 30-13 road (Gwanhun) Gwanhun 14, Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea, +82 2-735-0312
Bukchon Son Mandu is one of the most famous places to eat mandu in Seoul, especially when judging by the long line in front of the store. Mandu are Korean-style dumplings mainly filled with vegetables, tofu, and beef. They can come fried or steamed with different fillings and offer a real taste of the region.
Address: BukchonSon Mandu, 153-1 Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea, +82 2-735-1238
Cha Iyagi literally means ‘tea story’ but this place’s speciality is actually Korean BBQ. Popular even in western countries, but nothing beats eating Korean BBQ at one of the best restaurants in its country of origin. The interior looks like the inside of a hanok (traditional Korean house), with seating primarily on the floor. The rice is cooked in a hallow bamboo stick and comes with a variety of side dishes and wrappings to choose from.
Address: Cha Iyagi, Insadong 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea, +82 2-735-8552
JinJinBara is one of the few places that gives the royal dining experience in Insadong. When walking in you are greeted with a beautiful interior and unique fountain in the middle of the entrance room. Royal cuisine is served from the taster menus, each of which contains about 20 different courses of traditional Korean delicacies.
Address: JinJinBara, 149- Tower 8 Building 2nd Floor, Jungro-gu, Cheongin-dong, Seoul, South Korea, +82 2-777-8004
This is another hidden alley restaurant serving traditional Korean food. It has a variety of specials and focuses on giving as much food as possible. There are many side dishes to choose from too, while the menu features the likes of kimchi jigae, bibimbap, Korean pancakes and other regional staples for cheap prices.
Address: Ssambabjib, 165-15 Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea, +82 2-548-7589
Sujaebi serves famous wheat-flour dumplings that contain oyster, potato and squash, all mixed with Korean soups and noodles. The interior is surrounded by hangari pots (traditional Korean fermenting pots), while the staff are welcoming and the dim lighting makes for a cozy eating spot. Make sure you try the Koren pancakes, called Jeon.
Address: Insadong Sujaebi, 29-2 Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea, +82 2-735-5481
By Sekilah Calvin