TOP 5 Dongdaemun restaurants
Still Dining at a Touristy Restaurant? Local Koreans Recommend Their Favorite Restaurants!
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Namee Kim @creatripfromSeoul
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If you are planning to visit Seoul, Dongdaemun DDP is one of the best places worth visiting. 

DDP is located in Dongdaemun, which is one of the most famous shopping districts in Korea. Many Koreans and foreign tourists visit Dongdaemun to keep up with fashion trends.

After a shopping spree, you would feel hungry in Dongdaemun. 

So we would like to give you some recommendations. 

Let's unlock the TOP 5 Dongdaemun restaurants!

Dongdaemun restaurant #1. Shake Shack 

Shake shack is super popular among local Koreans, it is a famous American chain gourmet burger restaurant. It is so on trend right now that  even locals can hardly get a seat during the peak hours.

They recently opened up a few stores in Korea and are gaining sensational popularity among the Korean locals. 

Koreans usually refer to this brand as a 'ShackShack burger'. 

Shake Shack initially opened its first store in New York. There was a controversy when the store first opened in Korea regarding the price difference between New York and Seoul. Some people complains that the same products are sold at higher prices in Seoul.

And the original Shake Shack store does not have a meal menu including a burger, french fries, and a drink, but the Korean store has. We can indirectly feel how popular Shakeshack is among local Koreans.

You might wonder why am I recommending "western foods" not "Korean foods".  It is purely because the burger is super tasty! it's a bit on the pricey side, but it is totally worth the price! 

Shake Shack burger is on another level compare to the other franchise fast food restaurants, such as McDonald's, Burger King and Lotteria. No offense  

?? The signature menu: Shack burger and Steak Shack Burger.

I tried Steak Shack Burger.

Steak Shack Burger consists of fresh vegetables, tomatoes, cheese and thick beef patty. 

The name 'Steak' Shack burger is not misleading. The thickness of the steak patty is no joke. Once you bite,  you may taste mouth full of  beef patty's juiciness. And take a look at the cheese melting down so beautifully! Daebak...?

The combination of fresh veggies, steak patty and cheese is absolutely stunning.

You should try Shake Shack french fries too! The fries are super thick and crispy on the outside and soft inside.

I ordered regular french fries, but Koreans usually add a cup of milkshake and dip french fries into the milkshake like a dipping sauce. 

Next time, I would like to try that recipe.

Shake Shack's first store actually opened in Gangnam. They also have different locations in Seoul, such as Dongdaemun Doota Mall, Cheongdam, Goyang, Bundang and Incheon Airport.

Shake Shack is currently operating restaurants in selected Asian cities. We recommend you trying out  Shake Shack when you visit Seoul. 

The perfect itinerary to travel Dongdaemun would be shopping at Dongdaemun during the afternoon and have a late lunch at Shake Shack.

Shake Shack is super popular among Koreans, so make sure you visit the store just pass the lunch hour. 

Dongdaemun's best restaurant <Shake Shack> Address: 서울특별시 중구 장충단로 275

Dongdaemun restaurant #2. Jinokhwa Halmae Wonjo Chicken 

More than 40 years of business, a famous chicken soup restaurant in Dongdaemun


Dongdaemun Jinokhwa Halmae Wonjo Dak Hanmari is a famous restaurant in the area. For the past 40 years, the owner was able to maintain a great reputation among the locals. This place is known not only among Koreans but also among the international tourists. Many international tourists visit and taste this chicken soup. 

Jinokhwa Halmony, Korean word for 'grandma', the founder of the restaurant has retired, but her daughter is currently running the business on behalf of the halmony.


Because of the success of Jinokhwa Halmae Wonjo Dak Hanmari, the alley that the restaurant was originally located became a famous tourist attraction. Now the entire alley is full of chicken soup restaurants. 

When you order Dak Hanmari, one whole chicken, you will get a bunch of diced garlic. You need to put the whole bunch into the soup and boil the soup for a long time. The diced garlic is the key element that determines the deep taste of the soup.


At Jinokhwa Halmae Wonjo Dak Hanmari, the waitresses slice the chicken into pieces in front of you. Dak Hanmari soup has amazing taste. The soup itself is very rich and thick.

Some Koreans just come to Dongdaemun to taste this soup.


Once the chicken is well cooked, you can dip the chicken into the peppery soy sauce and eat it. 

You can customize the sauce by adding more diced garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, and mustard. 

The chicken is so tender and soft.

One thing to note: Jinokhwa Halmae Wonjo Dak Hanmari is a well known local restaurant, so you might have to wait for a long time when you visit there during the peak hours. 


After eating the whole chicken, now add noodles to the soup and cook them for another few minutes.

The taste of the noodles with the soup is jaw dropping delicious!  

Jinokhwa Halmae Wonjo Dak Hanmari chicken soup goes really well with the noodles. I would highly recommend you to add the noodles after eating the chicken.



★ Tip: If you are a spicy-food addict, add kimchi to your soup. 

Many Koreans add Kimchi to Jinokhwa Halmae Wonjo Dak Hanmari  chicken soup. 

Dak Hanmari is one of the best dishes you can taste in Korea. 

If you want to try out the original, come to Jinokhwa Halmae Wonjo Dak Hanmari in Dongdaemun.

Best Restaurant in Dongdaemun <진옥화할매원조닭한마리> Address : 서울특별시 중구 종로40가길 18

Dongdaemun restaurant #3. Dokkebi Bulgogi 

A rare find in Dongdaemun, a traditional Bulgogi Restaurant

Dongdaemun is known for shopping, not for dining. 

But there is this restaurant that attracts people with so tempting Bulgogi smell.

It's called Dokkebi Bulgogi in Dongdaemun!

The signature menu of Dokkebi Bulgogi is Kebbi Bulgogi. This menu comes with beef Bulgogi, mushrooms, and sweet onion slices. 

When I visited, the waitress poured the soup base into a wide pot. On top of that, she placed beef, sweet potato noodles, mushroom, and sweet onion slices. 

Do you see the abundant amount of beef in the photo?

After slowing down with the low heat, you can taste the delicious Bulgogi. The sweet onion slices and soup base can be refilled.

As the beef gets cooked, the soup base becomes thicker.

This Bulgogi was by far the best Bulgogi I've ever tasted in my life. I am being honest.

The soup was so delicious. I couldn't stop drinking the soup even after I finished all the beef.

Dokkebi Bulgogi would probably suit everyone's taste - regardless of your nationality and age. 

This Bulgogi can be eaten with soy sauce or with rice.

I loved this place so much. I like Bulgogi in general, but the one I tasted at Dokkebi Bulgogi was by far the best!

Koreans usually eat bulgogi with ssam which is vegetable and ssamjang which is a blend of red pepper paste and soy bean paste. On top of the lettuce, add a few slices of beef bulgogi, mushrooms, sweet onion and a small scoop of ssamjang. Carefully roll the lettuce and eat all of them at one go as a whole. 

On the side note, you can try Dokkebi Bulgogi for 10,000 Won. Try visiting the restaurant during lunch.

Have a nice tour of DDP and do some shopping at Dongdaemun. If you have cravings for Korean food, pay your visit to Dongdaemun Dokkebi Bulgogi. 

Best restaurant in Dongdaemun <Dokkebi Bulgogi> Address : 서울특별시 중구 을지로43길 38

Best Restaurant 4. Changshindong Spicy Jokbal Original Store 

 Dongdaemun's best spicy Jokbal

Did you know that Dongdaemun has a famous alley for Jokbal which is boiled pig's feet?

The Changshindong Spicy Jokbal Original Store sells amazing Jokbal and has a very long history.

Unlike other regular Jokbal, Changshindong Spicy Jokbal is famous for its delicious and spicy Jokbal. You can always find a long queue in front of the restaurant waiting to be served. This store is so famous that some people call this store in an abbreviated version as 'Chang-mae-jok' to show their affection toward the store.

When you approach the entrance of the store, you can see a huge bucket with boiled pork in a color of coffee. On the right side, there is a huge grill. The cook first places the Jokbal on the grill and smear them with a spicy sauce. He roasts the Jokbal on top of the charcoal fire. The important thing is that you can see the whole process of production right on the spot.

Spicy Jokbal is so spicy that it will make you sweat. But it is very delicious and addictive, and you won't be able to stop eating it. 

If you think you can take this 'spicy' challenge, you can order an additional bowl of rice to ease the spicy taste. 

Put on the hygienic gloves!  And grab Jokbal as much as you want. Add seaweed powder and sesame oil to the bowl of rice. Stir them well and make a bokgeumbop (fried rice). 

If you want to challenge your Korean friends on who can endure the spiciness better, definitely check out this Jokbal Place in Dongdaemun. 

Best restaurant in Dongdaemun <Changshindong Jokbal> Address: 서울특별시 종로구 창신2동 687-40

Best Restaurant 5. Heaven on Top DDP Store

  • Address:서울 중구 을지로 281
  • Business Hours:10:00 to 22:00

Dongdaemun Cuisine:Heaven on top DDP Store is a Korean chain cafe near the DDP Dongdaemun Design Plaza. You can taste various desserts from here. The main specialty is ice cream!

At Heaven on top DDP, you can get your drink in a colorful and witty cup. This place has a cute interior design and is perfect for selfies. In addition to drinks, you can try their amazing handmade cakes and desserts. If you have a chance to visit, try their delicious desserts.

This cafe has a cute interior design with bright colors. Your mood will be lifted as soon as you step into this cafe.

Today, I have introduced you the Top 5 Dongdaemun Restaurants. 

There weren't many great restaurants in Dongdaemun, so it was a bit difficult to select the TOP5. 

If you have a chance to visit Dongdaemun, do not hesitate and visit the restaurants Creatrip recommended. 

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