Anyone with an internet connection must have heard the 2012 viral hit ‘Gangnam Style’ by PSY. If you don’t know what we’re talking about, then you must be living under a rock! But if you do (and we hope you do!), you know this world-famous place. Gangnam is a part of Seoul, not just any other part, but the area for some of the wealthiest people to reside. That’s right, Gangnam is one of the poshest locations in Seoul and, accordingly, is full of exciting places to discover. Shopping in big branded stores, visiting Bongeunsa, clubbing all night long, and marvelling inside COEX—Gangnam will not let you rest. But don’t miss out on the most important of all: FOOD! Check out this list to know about all the restaurants you can visit today to eat the delightful foods of Gangnam!
1. Paris Baguette
This cute and chic patisserie and bakery will steal your heart with its freshly baked bread, muffin, delicious pastries, sandwiches, and many more irresistible eatables. Coffees and Teas are great too. Be sure to spot the cutest novelty items too! The prices of the items are affordable, and the service is quick and efficient. Order your favourite foods for takeaway or dine-in. Paris Baguette is undoubtedly a wonderful place to grab a quick breakfast, lunch, or savor snacks.
2. Brick Oven New York Pizzeria
Head over to Brick Oven NY Pizzeria for some of the best-tasting pizzas in the whole of Seoul. You won’t find Corn, Kimchi, or Sweet Potatoes in your Pizzas here! Although the price may feel a little on the higher side, the taste makes up for it. So prepare yourself it eat some crispy and yummy American-style pizzas. The ‘Godfather,’ ‘Pepperoni,’ ‘Hawaiian BBQ,’ pizzas are worth a try.
3. Min’s Kitchen
Min’s Kitchen, owned by the renowned Korean chef Kim-Min Ji, is a perfect blend of Korean and Western cuisine styles. The restaurant is contemporary, elegant, and casual and installs western-style seating. You can order the course menu or choose to go a-la-carte. Do not miss out on trying The Bulgabi Salad—marinated rib-eye with fresh vegetables, or the pancakes of Lotus Root, Zucchini, Mushroom, and Fish. In addition, ‘Shrimp Bibimpap’ and ‘Moonbae Sool’ are a must-try.
‘Ryunique’ is an experience not to miss. This high-end restaurant was ranked the 27th out of 50 Best Restaurants in Asia in 2015. As expected, the meals are pricey but worth it when you consider the finery and the mastery portrayed in presenting the dishes served in this restaurant. The meals are stunningly visually appealing, and the taste is sure to blow your mind.
5. Ganga Gangnam
Ganga in Gangnam is a must-visit if you are an Indian or an Indian-food enthusiast enthralled by the flavours of the Indian Subcontinent. You will receive a warm welcome as you enter this restaurant for a gastronomic evening. The interiors set the right ambiance. Lamb Rogan Josh, Rotis, Parathas, Samosas, Vegetable Biryani, and Chai received good reviews.
6. Yang Good
Yang Good, located near Yeoksam Station, is your go-to place if you want to experience authentic Korean BBQ. Take your family along with you as the restaurant’s ambiance and the seating are well-suited for large gatherings. The restaurant is well-known for serving tenderly cooked and juicy lamb; important from Australia. The best feature of this BBQ Haven is that it serves Halal-certified food.
7. Maple Tree House
Maple Tree House is another Korean BBQ destination you must visit. A well-known restaurant, Maple Tree House, serves a fine selection of beef and pork, especially the high-grade Hanwoo. Remember trying their famous JEJU Korean Black Pork Belly grilled to perfection right at your table. The portion sizes of most items are perfect for groups rather than a single customer.
8. Witch’s Kitchen
Want to eat while being spooked out? Witch’s Kitchen is the place to go! Imagine spider cobwebs glaring at you, IV bags with cocktails shots, and munching on cookies shaped like fingers. If this excites you, then do visit Witch’s Kitchen. This kid-friendly restaurant provides a Halloween-like atmosphere throughout the year and serves delicious food at a surprisingly affordable cost.
9. Double Trouble
Double Trouble may be a little challenging to find, but once you do, you will have discovered a fantastic restaurant that you’d want to return to again and again! Serving American cuisine, Double Trouble guarantees a hearty meal and is a must-visit for those who love cheese and chicken. Must-try on the menu is Mac and Cheese, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Avocado Trouble Sandwich, Dirty Fries, and Chicken and Waffles.
What’s a list without a restaurant that doesn’t serve traditional desserts of Korea? Jangkkobang is a must-visit to indulge in the sweet delights. The restaurant’s highlight is the widely famous Bingsoo or the Shaved ice dessert. The red bean sauce used in Bingsoo prepared from scratch (with fresh ingredients instead of canned beans) brings out an outstanding flavour. Foreigners should visit this traditional Korean dessert house.
11. Nolbu Budae Jjigae
This restaurant adopted its name after a famous Korean comfort dish called Budae Jjigae consisting of American-style ingredients, such as sausages, cheese slices, canned foods, etc. This hot-pot dish came into being during the Korean War when food supplies were limited, inducing the locals to utilize the US Military surplus groceries for food. At ‘Nolbu Budae Jjigae’ in Gangnam, you can enjoy this delicious Korean dish at an affordable price.
12. Gosoo Dakgalbi
Do you love cheese? Then you will love this restaurant known for serving some of the best Cheesy Chicken Dakgalbi. So don’t be afraid to sweat those calories out after some cheesy and spicy meal. Leftover Sauce? Not to worry, as the graceful staff will quickly fix stir-fried rice with the leftover Dakgalbi sauce for you to enjoy even more! So visit this restaurant for an inexpensive, hearty meal.
13. Butter Finger Pancake
Do you like the idea of relishing some American-style pancakes and waffles for breakfast? Maybe some for brunch and dinner too? Cause this restaurant offers precisely that! Savor the delicious Blueberry Pancakes, Pecan Waffles, Philly Steak Burger, Banana Choco Waffle, and many more. Generous portions of steamy, light and fluffy pancakes are definitely worth the price.
14. Gangnam Gyoza
Inexpensive, authentic, and delicious Korean food is available here. The restaurant’s classic Korean Chicken/Beef noodles, steamed Dumplings, and Kimchi are a must-try. The taste feels homemade and filling. The Kimchi here is spicier and garlicky than most other Kimchi served elsewhere. The staff here is attentive and prompt. Overall, you’ll surely enjoy a pleasant meal at Gangnam Gyoza.
15. New York B&B
New York B&B is perfect for grabbing great-tasting Burgers, Sandwiches, and Sides. The menu is full of exciting burgers to try. Order the one that appeals the most as there is no such thing as a disappointing order in this Burger destination. Customers who have tasted the food here claim New York B&B to have the best-tasting burgers in the entirety of Gangnam! So why don’t you see that for yourself?
Heukdonga, located near COEX, is easily one of the top Korean BBQ restaurants in the city. Do look forward to eating their specialty— Pork BBQs. The grill at the center of the table lets you grill meat as you chat away with your friends. The price may seem a little on the higher side, but the delicious food makes the price worth it. The staff is friendly; expect the place to be a little crowded.
17. Fire Bell
Seoul is full of places to fast food from different cuisines, American being quite popular. And each fast food cafe has a dedicated following; such is also the case with Fire Bell, an incredible Burger joint with a cult following. The burgers here are typically American with a slight Korean twist. Juicy, meaty, perfectly cooked, and topped with exciting ingredients—’Fire Bell’ offers some crazily delicious dishes to eat. The interiors resemble a fire station.
18. Jungang Haejang
Jungang Haejang is a must-visit if you have a love for Soups. Korean soups are not like any other soup—they are flavourful, packed with ingredients including meat, and are incredibly delicious. The meat used in the soups is locally sourced and very fresh, significantly enhancing the taste. A must-try is Haejangguk, a beef-based dish among frequent orders on the menu.
19. Jin Mi Pyongyang Naengmyeon
This restaurant is the place to be if you want to try Korea’s beloved Cold Noodles—with chewy noodles, boiled meat slices, and clear meat broth. The flavors tend towards spicy and savoury. These cold noodles are best with Soju, a Korean alcoholic drink. So tag along with your friends to this hip and happening cold noodle-stop, you’ll have a guaranteed good time.
20. Shake Shack
Another Burger joint on the list, this time it is international outlet named Shake Shack. This restaurant has a few outlets in the US, and customers say that the one in Gangnam, South Korea is as good as its western counterparts! Delicious and a wide variety—the food at this place is satisfactory. The service is quick, and the atmosphere is hygienic and comfortable. So do visit Shake Shack to gorge on some great-tasting burgers.