Discover the top must-visit eateries in the charming city of Gangneung!

Nestled on South Korea’s stunning east coast, Gangneung is a culinary haven where traditional flavors meet modern delights. From savoring the silky goodness of Chodang Sundubu to indulging in the crispy perfection of Dakgangjeong, and sipping on top-tier coffee in quaint cafes, we’ll take you on a gastronomic journey that showcases the best this vibrant city has to offer. Join us as we explore the rich and diverse food culture that makes Gangneung a must-visit destination for food lovers.


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Restaurants

1. Gohyang Chodang Soondubu

2. Rui Kitchen

3. Starry Sanbuk

4. Gossine Donghae Makguksu

5. Gangneung Bulgogi

6. Gangneung Dakgangjeong

Cafes

1. Soondubu Gelato

2. Cafe Toenmaru

3. Mandong Bread

4. Terarosa Coffee

5. Café Ggot

6. Chodang Chaltteok


Restaurants

1. Gohyang Chodang Soondubu

| Address: 34 Nanseolheon-ro 219beon-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (Kakao Map)
| Opening hours: Every day 7.30AM to 5PM (Last Order: 4:30PM)
*Please note that opening hours may be subject to change.

📌 Recommended menu: Chodang Soondubu (Of course!)

 

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Gohyang Chodang Soondubu in Gangneung is a must-try eatery renowned for its exquisite Chodang Sundubu, a traditional Korean soft tofu stew. Popular among locals and tourists alike, this restaurant offers a variety of menus featuring fresh, handmade tofu dishes that highlight the rich, creamy texture and delicate flavor unique to Chodang tofu. The authentic ambiance and commitment to quality ingredients make Gohyang Chodang Soondubu a beloved culinary destination in Gangneung.


2. Rui Kitchen

| Address: 439 Changhae-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (Kakao Map)
| Opening hours: Every day 11AM to 9.30PM (Break time: 3.30PM to 5.30PM / Last order: 9PM)
*Please note that opening hours may be subject to change.

📌 Recommended menu: Salmon Donburi

Another must-try spot is Rui Kitchen known for its delightful Japanese cuisine. Its popularity stems from the delicious menu options, including perfectly cooked and crispy donkatsu, and fresh seafood in all of its dishes. The cozy atmosphere and friendly service make it a favorite spot for both locals and visitors seeking a memorable dining experience in Gangneung.


3. Starry Sanbuk

| Address: 7-1 Japogol-gil, Seongsan-myeon, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (Kakao Map)
| Opening hours: Every day 11.30AM to 9.30PM (Last order: 8.30PM)
*Please note that opening hours may be subject to change.

📌 Recommended menu: The meat! (But don’t forget to try the Soybean Paste Stew with it!)

One of the must-visit eateries in Gangneung, Starry Sanbuk (Byeolnaerineun Sanbuk), is famous for its melt-in-your-mouth meat flavors. Offering a variety of high-quality cuts of Korean beef and pork grilled over charcoal, this restaurant captivates diners with its fresh ingredients and meticulously prepared dishes. Enjoy a special dining experience under the stars in a cozy atmosphere!


4. Gossine Donghae Makguksu

| Address: 25 Changhae-ro 350beon-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (Kakao Map)
| Opening hours: Mon – Sat 10.30AM to 8.30PM (Break time: 3.30PM to 5PM / Last order: 8PM / Closed on Sundays)
*Please note that opening hours may be subject to change.

📌 Recommended menu: One of the four Makguksu menus! (Couple set is recommended if you want to try a variety of menus!)

Another spot you should drop by to grab a bite in Gangneung is Gossine Donghae Makguksu, renowned for its refreshing and chewy buckwheat noodles made from fresh ingredients. The restaurant offers a variety of menus to enjoy with meat, especially the fragrant buckwheat noodles paired with tender boiled pork, which are exceptional. Experience a special meal that brings out the traditional flavors in a warm and inviting atmosphere.


5. Gangneung Bulgogi

| Address: 2 Chodangsundubu-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (Kakao Map)
| Opening hours: Thu – Tues 10AM to 8.30PM (Break time: 3PM to 5PM / Last order: 7.30PM / Closed on Wednesdays)
*Please note that opening hours may be subject to change.

📌 Recommended menu: Hanwoo Old Mountain Scallion Bulgogi

A standout eatery in Gangneung, Gangneung Bulgogi, is beloved for its tender and sweetly marinated bulgogi. Here, you can enjoy both beef and pork bulgogi made from fresh ingredients, accompanied by a variety of delicious side dishes. The rich flavor of the bulgogi, enjoyed in a cozy atmosphere, captures the taste buds of many visitors.


6. Gangneung Dakgangjeong

| Address: 66 Chodangsundubu-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (Kakao Map)
| Opening hours: Thu – Tues 11AM to 8PM (Break time: 2.30PM to 3.30PM / Closed on Wednesdays)
*Please note that opening hours may be subject to change.

📌 Recommended menu: Oksusu (Sweet Corn) Dakgangjeong!

A culinary gem in Gangneung, Gangneung Dakgangjeong, is popular for its crispy and sweetly marinated fried chicken. Here, you can enjoy a variety of dakgangjeong dishes made from fresh ingredients, accompanied by a selection of delicious side dishes. The rich flavor of the dakgangjeong, enjoyed in a cozy atmosphere, captures the taste buds of many visitors.


Cafes

1. Soondubu Gelato

| Address: 2642 Gyeonggang-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (Kakao Map)
| Opening hours: Every day 9.30AM to 9PM
*Please note that opening hours may be subject to change.

📌 Recommended menu: Soondubu Gelato

Located in Gangneung, Soondubu Gelato stands out as a much-loved eatery with its unique concept and innovative flavors, piquing the curiosity of many. This spot transforms the traditional Korean dish of soon tofu into gelato, offering a refreshing twist on familiar flavors. The creamy texture and robust flavor of the soon tofu blend harmoniously with the coolness of gelato, creating a perfectly balanced taste. For those who appreciate the savory and wholesome essence of soon tofu, this place is a culinary adventure not to be missed.


2. Cafe Toenmaru

| Address: 232 Nanseolheon-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (Kakao Map)
| Opening hours: Wed – Mon 11AM to 7PM (Closed on Tuesdays)
*Please note that opening hours may be subject to change.

📌 Recommended menu: Toenmaru Coffee with an Oksusu choux!

Cafe Toenmaru is another eatery in Gangneung that you should have saved in your favorites. This place attracts visitors with its cozy terrace ambiance, where they can enjoy delightful coffee and take a break. The menu features a variety of specialty coffees, teas, and fresh desserts, offering visitors a unique experience. It’s a place that creates special memories for those visiting Gangneung.


3. Mandong Bread

| Address: 6 Geumseong-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (Kakao Map)
| Opening hours: Every day 11AM to 8PM
*Please note that opening hours may be subject to change.

📌 Recommended menu: Garlic Baguette!

If you’re a bread-aholic, you should definitely make a pit stop at Mandong Bread. Combining traditional confectionery with a modern twist, this place offers a delightful fusion of flavors and ambiance. Their signature bread, the Garlic Baguette, particularly captivates taste buds with its smooth and sweet taste. Moreover, it’s a place where you can enjoy a variety of traditional Korean desserts and teas, making it popular not only among locals but also among tourists!


4. Terarosa Coffee

| Address: 7 Hyeoncheon-gil, Gujeong-myeon, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (Kakao Map)
| Opening hours: Every day 9AM to 9PM (Last order: 8.30PM)
*Please note that opening hours may be subject to change.

📌 Recommended menu: One of the hand drip coffees!

 

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Terarosa Coffee is a cafe you can’t miss out on if you’re a true coffee-lover! With stores already all over Seoul, a trip to the main store where it all begins will be an unforgettable experience. This place is beloved for its cozy atmosphere and diverse menu offerings. Particularly, their coffee and desserts, made with fresh ingredients and care, delight customers with every bite. The cafe’s interior exudes warmth and provides a comfortable space for creating special moments with family, friends, or loved ones.


5. Café Ggot (Place)

| Address: 143 Jillihaebyeon-gil, Sacheon-myeon, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (Kakao Map)
| Opening hours: Every day 9AM to 9PM
*Please note that opening hours may be subject to change.

📌 Recommended menu: Macadamia Caramel Chiller!

Café Ggot is one more cafe to add to your list of must-visit places in Gangneung. This cafe is renowned not only for its panoramic ocean view but also for being a sought-after photo spot with its stairway to heaven. It’s a serene space where you can enjoy a cup of tea while listening to the tranquil sound of the waves. The menu offers a variety of coffees, teas, as well as fresh pastries and desserts, providing guests with a special experience. Café Ggot is the perfect destination for spending quality time in a picturesque setting!


6. Chodang Chaltteok

| Address: 20 Chodangsundubu-gil 77beon-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (Kakao Map)
| Opening hours: Every day 9AM to 6PM
*Please note that opening hours may be subject to change.

📌 Recommended menu: Chodang Chaltteok (Of course!)

Have you got a sweet tooth? They make sure to visit Chodang Chaltteok in Gangneung. This cafe is beloved for its diverse tea menu paired with chewy and sweet rice cakes. Particularly, the desserts that reinterpret traditional Korean rice cakes, known as “tteok,” in a modern way capture the palates of many. The cafe’s cozy and warm atmosphere makes it a perfect spot for spending enjoyable time with family, friends, or loved ones!


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