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Myeongdong 17 Best Restaurants & Cafes (Seoul)

서울특별시 중구 명동길 (명동1가) | Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

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  • Myeongdong Station (line 4, exit 5/6/7/8 right onto Myeongdong). 

  • Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station (line 2, exit 5/6). 2 mins walk.

Note: Myeongdong shopping district is a large pedestrian-friendly zone (see map below) where vehicles are generally not allowed, including to these restaurants and cafes.

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Myeongdong is not just a shopping paradise but also a food haven where you can find most of the popular Korean cuisine from Korean BBQ, fried chicken & beer, ginseng chicken soup, handmade noodles to steamed/grilled clams and chic cafes.

Best Restaurants & Cafes in Myeongdong, Seoul

Best Restaurants and Cafes in Myeongdong, Seoul

Here are KoreaToDo's collection of recommended restaurants and cafes hot picks in Myeongdong, Seoul.

   

💡Korean addresses (intended for taxi drivers) are excluded from the listing as these cafes/restaurants are located within the pedestrian-friendly zone and you will need to walk there from the main road or nearest subway stations, i.e. Myeongdong Station (line 4) or Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station (line 2).

💡Order based from right of Myeongdong Station (on the map) to left.

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Wangbijib (Myeongdong Main Store) 왕비집 명동본점 / 王妃家

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26 Myeongdong 8ga-gil, Chungmuro 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul

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10:00 - 22:00 (breaktime 14:00 - 17:00, last order 21:30)

For Korean BBQ, you should not miss out the famous Wangbijib. It is so popular that there are 3 other branches just within Myeongdong's pedestrian-friendly zone, and all with equally good reviews. 💡If you have already tried the main store, why not check out the Yukho Branch (with nice window seats) located opposite the Embassy of China. Queues are spotted at the restaurants even at 8.30pm on a weekday. So, try to get there early if you are not a 'queue' person. If there is long queue at Wangbijib (Myeongdong Main Store), you may like to consider explore other BBQ restaurants further away from this store in other streets or come back another time/day.

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Myeongdong Kyoja (Main Store) 명동교자 본점

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29, Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

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10:30 - 21:00 (last order 20:30)

With just 4 items on their menu, Myeongdong Kyoja is one of the most popular restaurants in Myeongdong. It is famous for its knife-cut, handmade kalguksu (noodle soup). Also popular are their mandu (dumplings), bibim guksu (spicy noodles) and kongguksu (noodles in cold soybean soup).​ 💡If there is a queue at the main store, you can try their branch along the same street toward Olive Young (/in the direction away from Myeongdong Station).

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Myeongdong Hamheung Myeonok Main Store 명동함흥면옥 본점

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35-19 Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

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11:00 - 15:30 (closed on Sundays)

For fans of Naengmyeon (Korean cold noodles), there is an old established restaurant located at the back alley (behind Myeongdong Kyoja - main store). 💡Note that the restaurant is only open for lunch till 3.30pm.

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Yoogane (Myeongdong 1st Store) 유가네닭갈비 명동1호점

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13, Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

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10:45 - 24:00

A famous Dak Galbi (Korean spicy stir-fried chicken) restaurant in Korea and a recommended must-try in Seoul. There are 3 other branches within Myeongdong's pedestrian-friendly zone. 💡You can add rice or noodles too. Look at the tables round you for the popular menu options and eating styles.

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Andong Jjimdak (Myeongdong Main Store) 안동찜닭명동본점

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3, Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

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10:00 - 22:00 (breaktime 14:00 - 15:00)

Jjimdak is a popular Korean braised chicken dish originated from Andong City, Korea. You can try it at Andong Jjimdak Restaurant in Myeongdong. 💡Serving is big, best to eat with a group.

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Cafe Swith SOL (Myeongdong Branch)

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1st floor, 43, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

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8:00 - 21:00

When walking along Myeongdong street, you won't miss out the cute large-sized Shinhan Friends characters. Do pop into the insta-worthy and comfy cafe with a good cause, Cafe Swith SOL. The cafe was opened by Shinhan Bank in Oct 2022 to support barista training and job creation for the hearing impaired. The Myeongdong store is decorated with Shinhan Friends and also exhibits character works by emerging artists, including those with disabilities.

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MOLTO Italian Espresso Bar 몰또 이탈리안 에스프레소바

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3rd floor, 73 Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

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10:30 - 19:30 (last order 19:00, closed on Sundays)

If you need a break from your shopping in Myeongdong and the weather is good, check out MOLTO Italian Espresso Bar with expansive terrace seating overlooking Myeongdong Cathedral and N Seoul Tower from its 3rd floor vantage point. You can take the lift or stairs at the side of YMCA building, located opposite Myeongdong Cathedral. Its signature dessert is cannoncini (custard, pistachio and hazelnut).

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Bonjuk & Bibimbap Cafe (Myeong-dong 2nd Branch) 본죽&비빔밥cafe 명동2호점

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2nd floor, 10 Myeongdong 9-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

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9:00 - 21:00

This is the 2nd Bonjuk branch in Myeongdong. This store is recommended instead of its 1st store as it has bibimbap (mixed rice with vegetables) on top of its popular porridge menu. Popular porridge include abalone porridge, red snow crab porridge, beef & vegetable porridge, octopus & kimchi porridge and lastly, pumpkin porridge. 💡Takeaway is a good option too as they are neatly packed.

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Jogaewa Seafood Bar & Restaurant 조개와

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17, Myeongdong 7-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

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10:30 - 1:00

This is an interesting find of a casual dining and fresh seafood restaurant in the middle of Myeongdong. Steamed and grilled clams are the most popular. Other menu items include sashimi, seafood soup, seafood pancakes, grilled seafood, etc.

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Chir Chir & NY Night Market (Myeongdong Main Store) 치르치르&뉴욕야시장 명동본점

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21 Myeongdong 7-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

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15:00 - 1:00

Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory is one of largest restaurant chains in Korea and known for its signature chicken dishes. Its extensive menu also includes soju cocktails, salads, soup, snacks, steak & pizzas. 💡If the outdoor seats are full (/not available), check out its welcoming interior that spreads across 3 floors.

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BHC Chicken (Myeongdong Main Store) BHC 치킨 명동본점

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21 Myeongdong 7-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

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12:00 - 24:00

Located next to Chir Chir & NY Night Market, BHC Chicken ("Better & Happier Choice") is one of the most popular fried chicken and beer restaurants among the many other similar restaurants in the same row.

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Gobong Samgyetang Myeongdong 고봉삼계탕 명동점

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2nd floor, 21 Myeongdong 7-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

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9:00 - 22:00

Located on the 2nd floor of the building across from Metro Hotel is the Gobong Samgyetang Myeongdong. The restaurant is well-known for its Korean ginseng chicken soup. It has appeared on several TV shows and featured on Michelin Guide in 2017.

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Cheonha Jeil Pot Lid (Myeongdong Branch) 천하제일솥뚜껑 명동점

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3rd floor, 21 Myeongdong 3-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

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11:00 - 22:00

This restaurant offers an interesting and unique BBQ experience as you will be grilling on the pot lid (/cover)! Cheonha Jeil Pot Lid specialises in pork belly and there are Korean-styled steamed eggs, cold noodles in chilled clear/soybean broth, etc. Also, don't missed out the fried rice on the pot lit too!

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Cafe Poem 포엠

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2nd floor, 13, Myeongdong 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

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11:00 - 23:00

For dessert lovers, check out Cafe Poem, the dessert heaven in Myeongdong! Though the cafe is famous for its waffles, it also has an extensive menu of bingsu (Korean shaved ice dessert), ice cream shakes and parfaits. Alcoholic cocktails and beers are also on the menu!

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Odarijip 오다리집

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2nd & 3rd floor, 28 Myeongdong 8na-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

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10:00 - 23:00

If you have been wanting to try Ganjang Gejang (Korean raw crabs marinated in soy sauce), you don't have to travel far. There is one famous restaurant, Odarijip in Myeongdong that is conveniently located within 2 mins walk from Myeongdong Station (line 4, exit 6).

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The Spot Fabulous 더 스팟 패뷸러스

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1st & 2nd floor, 22, Myeongdong 2-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

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10:00 - 22:30

The Spot Fabulous is a well-known large cafe located at the 2-storey historic building opposite Embassy of China in Myeongdong. There is a wide selection of desserts such as financiers, macarons, tarts, cheesecakes and signature cookies.

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Isaac Toast (Seoul Myeongdong Branch) 이삭토스트 서울명동점

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105 Toegye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul

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7:00 - 19:00 (closed on Sundays)

Located within 1 min walk straight from Myeongdong Station (line 4, exit 5) is the popular Isaac Toast & Coffee. It sells freshly made, affordable and delicious takeaway toasted sandwiches. 💡If the queue at this store is long, check out its nearest Seoul Myeongdong Cathedral Branch (@Myeongdong's pedestrian-friendly zone along the street between the famous Myeongdong Kyoja and Yoogane restaurants).

Other Cafes & Restaurants in Myeongdong

Be adventurous to explore the many other interesting and good restaurants you may have passed by while shopping in Myeongdong.

 

💡For those who miss the Chinese cuisine, there are popular chains like Haidilao Hot Pot Restaurant and Din Tai Fung (famous for its xiao long bao) in Myeongdong too.

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Map of Recommended Cafes & Restaurants in Myeongdong

Location Map of Myeongdong Best Restaurants & Cafes | Seoul, South Korea

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