Food is a very subjective topic, but everyone knows that Singaporeans LOVE food. I even had someone from another country ask me if it’s true that Singaporeans are always on the hunt for good food (it is).
Most people are familiar with Myeongdong – it’s the shopping paradise that almost every tourist will visit when in Seoul. But where do you go to eat after a day’s worth of intensive shopping? It can be difficult to find a good place to eat in the crowd, so one of the best ways is to have a few recommendations on hand in case you are really hungry and desperate.
This is my personal list of favourite places to eat. I am quite a picky eater and avoid stuff like seafood and raw stuff, so you won’t find this here – sorry!
I’ve eaten my fair share of fried chicken and chimaek in Korea, and I can safely say that this is one of the best. Their chicken is seriously crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. The sauces are also unbeatable, and truly what makes this chimaek place shine. It’s little wonder that they actually call themselves the best chimaek place in Myeongdong – they’re not exaggerating.
Address: 29, Myeongdong 8na-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 04536, South Korea+82 2-779-1421
I never had much of a thing for porridge – not until I ate this! Their warm abalone porridge is super satisfying to eat in winter. Special shoutout as well to their banchan, because MiGaBon serves one of the best banchan I’ve ever eaten. Period.
Address: 56 Myeongdong-gil, Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
This may not be very famous or popular among tourists, but it holds a special place in my heart for the great service. I definitely recommend ordering the army stew for the good value and taste, and the steamed egg for its super smooth and silky texture.
Address: Myeongdong 2-gil, Seoul, South Korea
We make it a point to eat the cheese chicken galbi here before we head off to Incheon Airport, because it’s so good that it’s worth stinking ourselves up with the strong smell. You can find this franchise overseas (Singapore has it!), but it’s waaay cheaper in Korea, so you might as well have it here, right?
Address: 13 Myeongdong 10-gil, Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Although you probably won’t get a very full meal here, I had to include this for the unforgettable soufflé hotcakes and refreshing drinks. Bonus points for being able to do beauty shopping downstairs at the Innisfree store.
Address: 64-2 Myeongdong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Although technically not the main branch (which is in Insadong), the menu offerings are similar and the quality just as good. I highly recommend the fried dumplings; order naengmyeon in summer, and order hot chopped noodles in winter.
Address: 10, Myeongdong 9-gil, Jung-gu 1f, Seoul 04538 South Korea
I know there are people who feel a bit conflicted about the street food in Myeongdong because it’s so touristy, but I honestly think there’s nothing wrong with eating street food that’s aimed at tourists. Everyone knows it’s slightly overpriced, but you can’t deny that it’s delicious. Plus, I’ve seen MANY locals come to Myeongdong to eat street snacks, so just go forth and enjoy all the tasty street food!
For a list of street food that I’ve tried (and recommend!), check out this post.