For dedicated foodies – tourists and locals alike, the Michelin Guide has become a staple across the globe for people looking for the best meals. And while the guide’s reputation for fine dining traditionally comes with a luxurious price tag, they have since introduced the ‘Michelin Bib Gourmand’ focused on high-quality meals served at an affordable price.

In this list, we’ll break down our top 5 picks from the 2023 Michelin Bib restaurants in Seoul – as well as all the details you need to get a table. Browse the full list or click the name of the restaurant below to jump directly to that section.

  1. Geumdwaeji Sikdang
  2. Myeongdong Kyoja
  3. Egg & Flour
  4. Gwanghwamun Gukbap
  5. A Flower Blossom on the Rice

*Hours of operation and menu prices are subject to change, please check the restaurants website for the most up-to-date information.


1. Geumdwaeji Sikdang

 

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  • Address: 149 Dasan-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul (KakaoMap)
  • Hours: 11:30am – 11pm Daily
  • Recommended Menu:  Pork Belly (₩ 19,000 per person), Spicy Pork Kimchi Jjigae (₩ 8,000)

The iconic gold-on-white tile signage of Geumdwaeji is easy to spot, even if it weren’t for the near-constant line outside to get in. Serving the premium K-BBQ experience with delicious cuts of YBD (Yorkshire Berkshire Duroc) pork cooked at your table and a kimchi jjigae to die for. It’s no wonder this spot is a favorite among celebrities including BTS’ Jimin & Jungkook, EXO’s Suho, and even recently, David Beckham.

2. Myeongdong Kyoja

 

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  • Address: 29 Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (KakaoMap)
  • Hours: 10:30am – 8:30pm Daily
  • Recommended Menu: Kalguksu ( ₩ 8,000), Dumplings ( ₩ 10,000)

Family-owned and operated since 1966, Myeongdong Kyoja only offers four menu items. Most known for their made-in-house kalguksu and mandu dumplings, the portions are more than generous for the price. Don’t worry if the line is too long, as its sister restaurant can be found just around the block.


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3. Egg & Flour

 

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  • Address: 2nd Floor, 35 Shinheung-ro 26-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (KakaoMap)
  • Hours: 12pm – 10pm Daily
  • Recommended Menu: Fresh Pasta ( ₩ 27,000)

If you’re in the mood for more Western fare, look no further than the fresh pasta at Egg & Flour. Found among the many alleys of Haebangcheon, the view of the Itaewon skyline is unbeatable and the restaurant’s signature fresh, handmade pasta is a welcome fusion of Italian favorites with Korean flair.


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4. Gwanghwamun Gukbap

 

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  • Address: 53 Sejong-daero 21-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (KakaoMap)
  • Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 9pm Daily, closed Sundays
  • Recommended Menu: Dwaeji Gukbap ( ₩ 9,000)

Deceptively simple, the incredible flavor of the dwaeji gukbap at Gwanghwamun Gukbap is a must-try in Seoul. The namesake dish is served with freshly steamed rice and chopped chives that you add yourself, both allowing you to appreciate the ingredients separately and customize the flavor to your tastes.


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5. A Flower Blossom on the Rice

 

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  • Address: 3-6 Insadong 16-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (KakaoMap)
  • Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 9pm Daily
  • Recommended Menu: Bojagi Bibimbap ( ₩ 20,000)

This farm-to-table restaurant tucked away on a quieter alley in Insadong is a rather unique entry on this list for having also earned the Michelin Green star for its organic ingredients and sustainable sourcing. A Flower Blossom on the Rice is most known for their beautifully served Bojagi Bibimbap which comes encased in a thin egg omelet resembling a present with a seaweed ribbon and flower bow.


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