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Myeongdong is one of Seoul’s most iconic tourist destinations, attracting many visitors in search of great food. As a local living in Korea, I’d like to introduce some Myeongdong restaurants that are well-loved by Koreans.

Myeongdong Street

Myeongdong offers a variety of delicious and popular eateries, but this post will focus on those Myeongdong restaurants I’ve personally visited.

Note that Myeongdong is not only a tourist hotspot but also a bustling area for office workers. To avoid the lunchtime rush between 11 AM and 1 PM, plan your visit to enjoy a more relaxed meal at these Myeongdong restaurants.

1. Myeongdong Kyoja: Kalguksu

Myeongdong Kyoja



10:30 AM – 9:00 PM (Last order at 8:30 PM) (Itaewon Branch Break Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM)


  • Kalguksu (칼국수): 10,000 won
  • Dumplings (만두): 11,000 won
  • Bibimguksu (비빔국수): 10,000 won
  • Kongguksu (콩국수, Summer only): 10,000 won
Myeongdong Kyoja Kalguksu, Dumplings, Bibimguksu

Myeongdong Kyoja is one of the representative Myeongdong restaurants, known for its Kalguksu and dumplings since 1966. It’s a Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant, popular among both Koreans and tourists. The spicy kimchi served with the dishes is a standout, though it can be quite hot.

Myeongdong Kyoja Kalguksu

2. Hadongkwan: Gomtang

Hadongkwan Myeongdong



  • Main Branch: 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Closed Sundays and holidays)
  • COEX Mall: 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM (Break Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM)
  • Yeouido Station Branch: 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Closed Sundays and holidays)
  • Yeouido Branch: 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Closed Sundays and holidays)


Hadongkwan Menu

Hadongkwan, established in 1939, is one of the oldest Myeongdong restaurants famous for its rich beef broth Gomtang. It’s a favorite among locals and has even been frequented by presidents and celebrities. The non-spicy broth is perfect if you want to avoid spicy Korean food. Add green onions and enjoy it with kimchi.

3. Mokmyeoksanbang: Bibimbap

Mokmyeok Sanbang



  • Main Branch: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Last order at 7:20 PM)
  • Namsan Tower Branch: 10:30 AM – 7:30 PM (Last order at 6:50 PM)


Mokmyeok Sanbang english menu
Mokmyeok Sanbang Bibimbap

Mokmyeok Sanbang, listed in the Michelin Guide from 2017 to 2019, offers a variety of Bibimbap dishes. This Myeongdong restaurant is located near Namsan Tower, making it a perfect spot after a hike. Try their cheese kimchi pancake and traditional Korean drinks like makgeolli.

cheese kimchi pancake

4. Myeonghwadang: Tteokbokki

Myeonghwa Dang



  • 9:00 AM – 10:30 PM


Myeonghwa Dang Menu

Menu English translation (towards bottom left)

Tuna Kimbap
Jjolbokki – Tteokbokki with Jjolmyeon(flour noodles with chewy texture)
Meat Dumplings
Tonkatsu(deep-fried pork cutlet)
Udon Noodles
Kimchi Udon
Pot Noodles(thin Korean wheat noodle)
Bibim Jjolmyeon : Jjolmyeon(flour noodles with chewy texture) with korean style pepper seasoning
Bibim Cold Noodles – Cold Noodles with korean style pepper seasoning

Myeonghwa Dang Kimbap

Myeonghwadang is a popular Myeongdong restaurant and snack bar since 1979, known for its unique sticky rice Kimbap. Their Tteokbokki is sweet and not too spicy, while their Bibim Jjolmyeon is a must-try for those who love chewy noodles mixed with spicy sauce.

Myeonghwa Dang Tteokbokki

5. Ojeje: Japanese-style Tonkatsu



  • Gwanghwamun Branch: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Break Time: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM)
  • Myeongdong Branch: 10:30 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Gangnam Branch: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Break Time: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM)
  • Shinyongsan Branch: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Break Time: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM)
  • Starfield Hanam Branch: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM


Ojeje English menu
Ojeje Tonkatsu

Ojeje is a popular Myeongdong restaurant that offers high-quality Tonkatsu with a crispy coating and tender meat. Besides Tonkatsu, they serve dishes like Zarusoba and Japanese curry.

Ojeje Zarusoba

6. jjeuruhasi FUGETSU: Okonomiyaki

Tsuruhashi Fugetsu Myeongdong



  • 11:30 AM – 9:30 PM (Last order at 8:30 PM)
  • Break Time: 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM


Tsuruhashi Fugetsu Okonomiyaki

Tsuruhashi Fugetsu is a famous Myeongdong restaurant specializing in Okonomiyaki from Osaka, Japan. With a 70-year history, it’s a must-visit for authentic Okonomiyaki and other teppanyaki dishes. Note that there might be a wait, so plan accordingly.

I hope these Myeongdong restaurant recommendations help you enjoy a delicious and memorable experience in Myeongdong. Safe travels and happy eating!