Old-School Eats

Ever since arriving back in Seoul a few years ago, I was surprised to see so many changes within the city during the short time I was gone. This is especially true in the culinary scene with new foreign restaurants and coffee shops (i.e. Starbucks) popping up everywhere. Much to my chagrin, many of these new places have overtaken quite a few traditional Korean restaurants that I personally really enjoyed going to in the past. For that reason, here’s a list of my favorite restaurants that have withstood the test of time . If you live in Seoul or you’re coming for a visit, make sure to check out these old-school restaurants (minimum 20+ years of business) that are considered to be some of the best in Korea.

FYI: None of these reviews are endorsed or supported by any of the mentioned establishments. Furthermore, this blog is not monetized and functions solely as an open source for Korean food enthusiasts.

Soondubu Jjigae @ Sogongdong Ttukbaeggi Jip 소공동 뚝배기 집 (30+ years)

Naengmyeon @ Pyongyang Myeonok 평양면옥 + Eulmildae 을밀대 (70+years combined)

Jeon @ Wonjo Nokdu 원조녹두 (Jung-gu, Seoul) 30+ years

Memil Guksu @ Mijin 미진 (Jongro, Seoul) 60+ years

Godeungeo Baekban @ Daewon Sikdang 대원식당 (Yongsan-gu, Seoul) 40+ years

Noryangjin Fish Market 노량진수산물도매시장 (Dongjak-gu, Seoul) 80+ years

Baekban @ Honam Sikdang 호남식당 (Sogang University, Seoul) 20+ years

Janchi Guksu @ “Delicious Feast Noodles” 맛있는 잔치국수 (Yongsan-gu, Seoul) +15 years

Dweji Kalbi @ Yongmun Kalbi Jip 용문갈비집 (Yongsan-gu, Seoul) 40+ years

Kimchi Jjigae @ Guldari Sikdang 굴다리 식당 (Mapo-Gu, Seoul) 40 years

Dakbokkeumtang @ Hosu Jip 호수집 (Seoul Station, Seoul) 30+ years

Naengmyeon @ Dongah Naengmyeon 동아냉면 (Itaewon, Seoul) 40+ years

Gamjaguk @ Daerim Gamjaguk 대림 감자국 (Eungahm-dong, Seoul) 35+ years

Galbi @ Seo Seo Galbi 서서갈비 (Shinchon, Seoul) 50+ years

Kimchi Jjigae @ Gwanghwamun Jip 광화문집 (Gwanghwamun, Chongro, Seoul) 30+ years

Nakji Bokkeum @ Myeongdong Halmae Nakji (Myeongdong, Seoul) 65+ years

Naengmyeon @ Gangseo Myeonok 강서면옥 (City Hall, Seoul) 65+ years

Chueotang @ Yonggeumok 용금옥 (City Hall, Seoul)  80+ years

Haejangguk @ Cheongjinok 청진옥 (Jongro, Seoul)  75+ years

Seolleungtang @ Imun Seolleungtang 이문설농탕 (Jongro, Seoul) 100+ years

Korean Pork BBQ @ Mapo Jincha Wonju Choi Daepyo (Mapo-gu, Seoul) 60+ years

Fried Chicken @ Hanchu 한추 (Apgujeong-dong, Seoul)  20+ years

Kimchi Jjigae @ Hyundae Jungyuk Sikdan 현대정육식당 (Cheongdam-dong, Seoul) 30+ years

Haemul Kalguksu @ Chanyang Jip 찬양집(Jongro, Seoul) 50+ years