Top 3 must-try noodle shops in Seoul, Korea

Korea is heaven for noodle lovers! Check out these top 3 must-try noodle shops in Seoul.
#seoul #korea #noodles #restaurants #food #travel
by Megan Shin
May 9, 2017

Korea is known for having wide array of noodles. It is heaven for noodle-lovers worldwide. From your typical handmade noodles to ramen, vermicelli, knife-cut noodles, buckwheat noodles, cold noodles, and extra-chewy noodles; if you are craving noodles, Seoul has got you covered.

Myungdong Kyoja (25-2 Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea)

This noodle shop is located in Myungdong, the heart of Seoul. Myungdong Kyoja is one of the most famous restaurants in all of Korea. It opended its doors in 1966 and since then, it has been serving both locals and tourists from all over the world. They have only 4 items on the menu which emphasizes their specialties. Their most famous dishes are Myungdong Kalguksu and Mandu (Korean dumplings). Kalguksu refers to thinly sliced knife-cut noodles. It is served in a thick chicken broth with vegetable toppings. Another dish that you absolutely have to try is the Mandu. The dumplings are filled with pork and leek and steamed to perfection. If you are in Seoul, this should be on the top of your list. Want to learn more about Myungdong Kyoja? Check out

Eulmildae (147-6, Yeomni-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea)

Korea has a unique type of noodle that you cannot find anywhere else. It's cold buckwheat noodles, often times simply refered to as "cold noodles". The Korean name for this dish is "Naengmyeon". Eulmildae is known as one of the most famous restaurants that specialize in Naengmyeon. At Eulmildae, you can get a taste of a truly authentic Naengmyeon. It is located in an alley hidden from the hustle and bustle. Another highly recommended dish to complement the cold noodles is Gamja-jeon (potato pancakes). Warning: the lines can be VERY long during lunch times in summer!

Ilsan Kalguksu (Ilsan, Korea)

This last restaurent is actually located in the suburbs of Seoul but it is my personal favorite in Korea so I wanted to share it with you. Ilsan is easily reachable from Seoul by subway line 3 and buses. This place also serves Kalguksu (knife-cut noodles), however it is different from Myungdong Kyoja because of the broth and toppings. Ilsan kalguksu is served with chicken, clams, and green onions. The toppings are simple but the broth has a deep taste to it. It's a Korean version of chicken noodle soup. It is definitely worth the trip! Oh and their kimchi is THE best. This restaurant is very popular among the locals so there is almost always a queue.

By Megan Shin