The best local restaurants in Seogwipo serve authentic regional Korean cuisine made with seasonal, locally sourced produce from the land and the East Sea. Jeju black pork is a must-try dish in Seogwipo – barbecuing your meat at your table is half the fun!

    Many of the Seogwipo restaurants we’ve listed below are small, with limited seating space. So either plan to arrive before peak lunch or dinner times, or be prepared to wait for a table. Ready to discover which restaurants locals love the most in Seogwipo? Read on for some of our best suggestions.

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    Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market

    The largest market in Seogwipo

    Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market is a lively indoor market in the city's center. You can browse dozens of stalls selling fresh produce from Jeju as well as live seafood, traditional street food, and souvenirs. It's a great place to pick up snacks for a picnic or a hike. There are also a handful of restaurants around.

    A fun plan is to order food from one of the vendors and then enjoy it at one of the benches lining the middle of the market. For an extra special experience, visit at night when the market buzzes with locals.

    Location: 18 Jungang-ro 62beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)64-762-1949

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    Arang Joeul Food Street

    Rows of restaurants serving a wide variety of local specialties

    As the name implies, Arang Joeul Food Street is a street lined with restaurants in Seogwipo. There are dozens of dining spots to choose from, each serving local Jeju specialties. Must-tries include broiled black pork belly and oyster hangover soup.

    A helpful map (in English and Korean) at the main entrance shows the restaurants' names, the kind of food they serve, and their location on the street. The street is located in Cheonji-dong, within walking distance from the Lee Jung Seob Art Gallery, Seogwipo Chilsipnisi Park, and Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market.

    Location: 321-1 Cheonji-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 9 pm

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    Oneunjeong Gimbap

    Local favorite specializing in one of Korea's most popular street foods

    Oneunjeong Gimbap is the spot to head to in Seogwipo for a casual meal made with freshly prepared ingredients. The take-out restaurant only serves gimbap. This popular Korean dish is made with rice and savory fillings like tuna, cheese, pork, and minced beef wrapped in seaweed – akin to Japanese sushi.

    Note that this restaurant is very popular, so expect long waiting times, especially on weekends. Many locals even phone the day before to place their order for the following morning. So to avoid the crowds, order beforehand or arrive early in the morning.

    Location: 2 Dongmundong-ro, Jungang-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)64-762-8927

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    Angeori Bakgeori

    Experience a traditional and hearty Korean set meal

    Angeori Bakgeori is a no-frills restaurant near Seogwipo’s Lee Jung Seop street. It's a great place to enjoy traditional Korean food at reasonable prices. It has vegetarian and non-vegetarian menus. Main dishes include fried fish, boiled black pork, steamed egg, and bean paste stew.

    Each meal set includes banchan (side dishes), an essential part of Korean dining. These refillable dishes often are pickled seaweed, kimchi, beansprouts, anchovies, and cucumber.

    Location: 584-3 Seogwi-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

    Open: Monday–Wednesday and Friday–Sunday from 8 am to 9 pm (closed on Thursdays)

    Phone: +82 (0)64-763-2552

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    Haesim Garden

    A great place for Korean-style pork ribs

    Locals flock to Haesim Garden to enjoy the restaurant’s specialty of raw pork ribs broiled on a hot plate at the table. The pork ribs are sliced and broiled without seasoning, giving the meat a soft and chewy texture. You can also find Jeju’s famous black pork ribs on the menu. Set meals include unlimited self-refilling of side dishes.

    Reservation by phone is not possible, so expect to queue at peak times. Haesim Garden is located in Cheonjeyeon-ro, which is approximately 10 km west of the main city of Seogwipo and is easy walking distance to Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls.

    Location: 203-4 Cheonjeyeon-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 4 pm to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)64-738-2820

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    Hyeon-ine Gugbab

    Great gukbap soup in Seogwipo

    Hyeon-ine Gugbab is a humble local diner just across the road from the Seogwipo Port bus stop. It's best known for serving gukbap, a traditional Korean hot soup served with rice. The soup is prepared in a black earthen bowl, so it stays hot throughout your meal. 

    Try the kimchi-jjigae (kimchi stew) for a warming lunch or dinner on cold days by the port. It's served with various banchan (side dishes), such as kimchi, stir-fried crab, and broiled fish. Prices are affordable and the menu changes daily based on what’s fresh and in season.

    Location: 786-9 Songsan-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)64-762-9595

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    Soban

    For a delicious Korean culinary adventure

    Soban is a welcoming restaurant in Seogwipo with great service and delicious traditional Korean food. There's no menu – only a set meal consisting of banchan (typical Korean side dishes), jeyuk-bokkeum (spicy stir-fried pork), and a pitcher of barley tea. 

    Side dishes can include kimchi, kongnamul (soybean sprouts), shigeunchi (spinach), danmuji (pickled radish), and dashima (seaweed). The restaurant only has 6 tables, and can only accommodate about 20 people. If you arrive during peak lunch or dinner hours, be prepared to wait a bit. 

    Location: 260-26 Seogwi-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

    Open: Monday–Friday from 11 am to 3 pm and from 6 pm to 8 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)64-732-2528

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    Jeju Black Pork

    The place to go for juicy barbecue black pork

    Jeju Black Pork, as the name suggests, is a restaurant in Seogwipo that serves Jeju’s iconic black pork. This local meat specialty comes from a black-haired pig native to the Korean island. The restaurant staff are friendly, welcoming and eager to help visitors understand the menu.

    When you dine at Jeju Black Pork, staff will show you the correct way of preparing the pork over a hot plate at your table. As is the norm at local Korean restaurants, the main meal comes with banchan – several different kinds of refillable side dishes for you to enjoy with your main dish.

    Location: 58 Taepyeong-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

    Open: Monday and Wednesday–Sunday from 5 pm to 9 pm (closed on Tuesdays)

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    Memil-Ae

    Come for the traditional noodles, stay for the sea views

    Memil-Ae is a laidback restaurant specializing in naengmyeon – traditional Korean cold noodles. The popular summer dish consists of noodles made with buckwheat and potato or sweet potato starch. It's served in a chilled broth made from beef or radish, and topped with thinly sliced vegetables, fish, or beef. 

    The restaurant is in Gangjeong-dong, around a 30-minute drive west of central Seogwipo. Some of the tables overlook the beautiful East Sea. Nearby, you can visit popular viewpoints and coastal hiking trails with views of Beomseom Island.

    Location: 851-1 Gangjeong-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)64-739-3787

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    Gudumi

    A Korean barbecue restaurant off the tourist radar

    Gudumi is a Korean barbecue restaurant in Bomok-dong, east of Seogwipo City. The eatery is known for its top-class barbecue white pork, delicious side dishes, smooth service, and industrial-chic interior. You can cook your meat at your table, but if you need help, the waiters will explain how to do it and which side dishes go best with each cut of meat.

    There are only 6 tables, so grab a seat early in the evening or be prepared to wait. Gudumi is near Jejigioreum – a small hilltop accessible via a short and easy hike. At the top, you’re rewarded with a beautiful panoramic view of the sea, Seopseom Island, and the surrounding countryside.

    Location: Jeju-do, Seogwipo-si, Bomok-dong, 1289-2, South Korea

    Open: Monday and Wednesday–Sunday from 4 pm to 10 pm (closed on Tuesdays)

    Phone: +82 (0)64-762-7004

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    Jacqui de Klerk | Contributing Writer

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