Insadong Street, which has many old traditional craft shops, is a popular destination for foreign tourists. So, there are a lot of traditional tea houses and Korean restaurants in comparison with other places. Too many, but some of the characteristic Insadong restaurants, cafes and street foods are as follows.
Hangane Bulgogi (A)
Korean (10,000~15,000 won) • 11:00 – 01:00 • 144 Gwanhun-dong Jongno-gu, Seoul (B1) • Google map
A restaurant where you can eat Korean homemade food, including Bulgogi (slices of beef grilled on a barbecue) or Tteok-galbi (grilled short rib patties), at reasonable prices (about 10,000 won). It will be very crowded at lunch and dinner time.
Gaesung Mandu - Koong (C)
Insadong Hangari Sujebi (E)
Korean • 11:30-21:30 • 29-2 Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul • Google Map
Korean (10,000~15,000 won) • 11:00-22:00 • 18 Insa-dong Jongno-gu, Seoul • Google Map
Biwabyeol Dakgalbi (G)
Dak-galbi (Spicy stir-fried chicken, 12,000~17,000 won) • 11:00 – 23:00 • 157 Insa-dong Jongno-gu, Seoul • Google Map
Dak-galbi is also a Korean food that foreign tourists are worth experiencing. If you do not like spicy, ask them to use less spicy spices. And if you order a cheese Dak-galbi (17,000 won) it will not be much spicy because of the cheese.
Korean homestyle food • 12:00-22:00 • T:02-730-1112 • 193-5 Insa-dong Jongno-gu, Seoul • Google Map
Balwoo Gongyang (I)
Temple Food (Course), 30,000~95,000 won • 11:30 – 21:30 (Break time: 15:00~18:00 , Closed on Sundays) • T: 02-733-2081 • 71, Gyeonji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul • eng.balwoo.or.kr • Michelin guide • Google Map
Gyodae Licheungjib (J)
Korean BBQ (Pork, 20,000~30,000 won) • 11:00 – 23:30 • 95 Sambong-ro, Gyeonji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul • Google Map
Baekbujangjip Dakhanmari (K)
Korean style chicken dishes • (19,000~58,000 won, 2-3 servings) • 11:00 – 22:00 (Break time 15:00~17:00) • 129 Gongpyeong-dong Jongno-gu, Seoul • Google Map
Insadong Tea House
Insadong has many tea houses selling various handmade traditional tea, so it is a good place to enjoy traditional tea.
Jeontong Dawon (L)
Tea House • 10:30 – 22:30 • 11-4 Insadong 10-gil Jongno-gu, Seoul • Google Map
Tea House • 11:00-23:00 • 23 Gwanhun-dong Jongno-gu, Seoul (2F) • Google Map
Tea House • 10:30-24:00 • 196-6 Gwanhun-dong Jongno-gu, Seoul (2F) • Google Map
Beautiful Tea Museum (O)
Tea House • 09:30 – 22:00 • 19-11 Insadong-gil Jongno-gu, Seoul • Google Map
Insadong Street Food
You will see most of the well-known street food, including Hotteok, Tteok-bokki, Oden, and Dak-kkochi, in Insadong. Of course, the kind varies depending on the season. In the late afternoon, food stalls start to open, and most of them are on the side of Jongno direction entrance.
This dessert, labeled ‘Honey Sweet Dragon Beard’, is made by stretching a mixture of honey and maltose into more than 10,000 strands and then putting nuts such as peanuts or almonds in it. It will be interesting to see the making process.
You might also see this stall selling Korean traditional sweets in the late afternoon. The owner of this stall is a master of making traditional sweets and has appeared on TV in 2012. Although it is a small stall, the quality of Korean traditional sweets made here is second to none.
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