Insadong Food Guide – Restaurants, Cafes, Street Food

Insadong Food Guide – Restaurants, Cafes, Street Food

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.

Insadong Restaurants

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.

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Ose Gye Hyang (B)

Vegan Restaurant •  11:30-21:00 (Break Time: 15:00~17:00) •  10,000~20,000 won • 14-5 Insadong 12-gil, Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul • • Google Map  

Ose Gye Hyang is a restaurant opened in 2007 and serves over 30 vegetarian dishes.
Ose Gye Hyang

Gaesung Mandu - Koong (C)

Dumplings  •  11:30-21:30  •  10,000~20,000 won • 30-11 Gwanhun-dong Jongno-gu, Seoul  •   Michelin guide • Google Map  

Opened in 1970, this restaurant sells a variety of Korean foods including Gaeseong-style dumplings, noodles, and pajeon. It is near Kyung-In Museum entrance.
Gaesung Mandu - Koong


Korean homestyle food •  11:00-23:00 •  15-1 Gwanhun-dong Jongno-gu, Seoul  • • Google Map  

Doma, which opened in 2017, is particularly popular with bean paste stew. Initially, there were only menus of less than 10,000 won consisting of bean paste stew, rice and simple fish or pork. However, now there are various menus including shabu-shabu, meat dishes. The interior is quite spacious and offers a hanok atmosphere.
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Insadong Hangari Sujebi (E)

Korean • 11:30-21:30 •  29-2 Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul  • Google Map  

A restaurant where you can feel Korean taste cheaply. You can taste Sujebi(6,000 won), a Korean-style dish, which is mainly made of flour, potatoes and pumpkins, and seafood pajeon (12,000won), a Korean-style dish with squid and green onions.
Insadong Hangari Sujebi

Cheondungsori (F)

Korean (10,000~15,000 won) • 11:00-22:00 •  18 Insa-dong Jongno-gu, Seoul • Google Map  

You can enjoy Korean food such as ‘grilled short rib patties’, ‘bean paste stew’, ‘steamed eggs’ at the amount of 10,000 ~ 15,000 won.

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.


Yangbandaek (H)

Korean homestyle food •  12:00-22:00 • T:02-730-1112 •  193-5 Insa-dong Jongno-gu, Seoul  • Google Map  

It is a restaurant where you can eat a variety of home-style Korean dishes rather than high-quality Korean course dishes. It is reasonable to order set menus of 20,000 ~ 30,000 won per person for lunch.
Yangbandaeg restaurant

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 • • Michelin guide    Google Map  

A restaurant specializing in temples food, operated directly by Jogye Order. It may be a special experience for you to enjoy vegetable-based foods made according to traditional recipes of temples. However, because it does not use meat and stimulating condiments, it can be a tasteless and expensive food for some people.
Balwoo Gongyang

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  

If you want to eat Korean pork belly barbecue in this area, this restaurant is suitable. It is one of the popular pork BBQ restaurants in Seoul.
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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  

A restaurant specializing in chicken dishes that boils chicken and vegetables. Because the food is not spicy, foreigners will feel free to eat. After eating chicken, it is delicious if you put noodles in thick soup.
Korean chicken dish

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  

Hanok cafe in the Kyung-In Museum. You can relax with tea in the cafe front yard surrounded by art galleries. It is a place where the hanok and modern buildings are harmonized well together.
Jeontong Dawon

Suyoil (M)

Tea House  •  11:00-23:00  • 23 Gwanhun-dong Jongno-gu, Seoul (2F)  •  Google Map  

You can enjoy traditional tea on the second floor terrace overlooking Insadong street. The interior is stylish with wooden chairs and a variety of pottery.

Jidaebang (N)

Tea House  •  10:30-24:00  • 196-6 Gwanhun-dong Jongno-gu, Seoul (2F)  •  Google Map  

Jidaebang, opened in 1982, is the oldest traditional tea house in Insadong. The interior offers a cozy and vintage atmosphere. And the bookcase on the right side of the entrance has dozens of guestbooks or diaries written by guests who have visited here for 35 years. In addition, it is known to use the tea that the owner has harvested directly, and there are many regular customers.

Beautiful Tea Museum (O)

Tea House  •  09:30 – 22:00 • 19-11 Insadong-gil Jongno-gu, Seoul  •  Google Map  

In this cafe, you can see various antiques and pottery works related to tea cups. In addition, there are more than 100 kinds of tea besides Korean traditional tea, and you can taste or buy it. The green tea bingsu (shaved ice with syrup), which sells only in summer, is also popular.
Tea Museum

Insadong Street Food

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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.

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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.

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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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