Embark on a culinary journey through the vibrant cityscape of Seoul as we explore the gastronomic treasures housed in the top Michelin Star restaurants of the year. From innovative interpretations of traditional Korean flavors to the fusion of global influences, Seoul’s dining scene beckons with a tantalizing array of gourmet experiences. Join us in uncovering the culinary artistry, exquisite flavors, and luxurious ambiance that make these top 5 Michelin Star restaurants an essential indulgence for any discerning food enthusiast visiting the bustling metropolis!


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1. Jungsik

2. La Yeon

3. Mingles

4. Mosu

5. Soseoul Hannam


1. Jungsik

  • Rating: Two stars ★★
  • Opening hours: Every day 12pm – 3pm, 5:30pm- 10pm, No lunch on Saturdays
  • Location: 11 Seolleung-ro 158-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
  • Recommended menus: 5-course meal / Lunch – 80,000 won, Dinner – 120,000 won

Chef Yim Jung-sik, a pioneer in modern Korean fine dining, has garnered acclaim for his Seoul and New York restaurants, where he introduces Korean cuisine with an innovative flair. Drawing inspiration from traditional dishes, Jungsik in Gangnam, established in 2009, offers a multi-story dining experience with a bar on the bottom floor and two dining floors above. Known for whimsical desserts, an extensive wine list, and attentive service, the restaurant recommends booking reservations in advance, showcasing its most popular 5-course meal.


2. La Yeon

  • Rating: Two stars ★★
  • Opening hours: Every day 12pm – 2:30pm, 5:30pm- 9:30pm
  • Location: 23F Shilla Hotel, 249 Dongho-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
  • Recommended menus: The Propriety – 98,000 won, The Feast – 150,000 won

La Yeon, situated on the 23rd floor of The Shilla Hotel, consistently holds three Michelin Stars since 2013, led by Chef Sung Il Kim. Despite mixed online reviews on its Michelin status, the restaurant offers breathtaking views of Seoul and serves Hansik cuisine, a contemporary take on traditional Korean royalty food. La Yeon provides an elegant dining experience with meticulous attention to detail, fine tableware, and attentive service. The menu features Hansik and wine pairings, including options like “The Propriety” at 98,000 won and “The Feast” at 150,000 won.


3. Mingles

  • Rating: Two stars ★★
  • Opening hours: Every day 12pm – 3pm, 6pm to 10pm
  • Location: 2F, 19 Dosan-daero 67-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
  • Recommended menus: Abalone, Cabbage Seon and Fish Mandu

Mingles, led by Chef Kang Min-goo, stands out among Seoul’s 2023 Michelin Star restaurants. Located in Gangnam’s Cheongdam district, the restaurant seamlessly blends European and Japanese styles with traditional Korean cuisine. Chef Kang’s meticulous attention to detail is evident in both the ceramic ware and the interior design, creating a unique dining experience. Signature dishes like Abalone and Cabbage Seon showcase the team’s creativity. The seasonal menu, featuring reinterpreted classic Korean dishes with homemade fermented sauces, is presented in exquisite Korean ceramic and brass bowls. Ensure a memorable experience by making an online reservation at this top-tier establishment.


4. Mosu

 

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  • Rating: Three stars ★★★
  • Opening hours: Every day 12pm – 3pm, 6pm to 10pm, Closed on Sundays
  • Location: 45 Itaewon-ro 55ga-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
  • Recommended menu: Burdock Bark

Upon bringing Mosu from San Francisco to Seoul, Chef Sung Anh sought to infuse a distinct culinary diversity into the city’s gastronomic scene. Despite the unique nature of the cuisine, Anh remains dedicated to showcasing the subtle intricacies of seasonal produce. A standout on the menu is the Burdock Bark, a signature dish featuring a meticulously prepared burdock chip, achieved through a process of coating, dehydrating, and repetition to achieve an exceptionally crisp texture. To enhance your dining experience, Mosu offers thoughtfully curated wine pairings, solidifying its status as a must-visit among Seoul’s premier Michelin Star restaurants.


5. Soseoul Hannam

  • Rating: One star ★
  • Opening hours: Every day 12pm – 3pm, 6pm to 10pm
  • Location: B1F, 21-18 Hannam-daero 20-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
  • Recommended menus: Kelp chips, Rich soybean paste stew, Sliced raw fish with gomchwi

Soseoul Hannam, featured among Seoul’s top Michelin Star restaurants in 2024, draws inspiration from local culinary traditions while embodying the contemporary essence of Seoul cuisine. Focusing on familiar ingredients, the chef skillfully crafts modern interpretations of classic dishes, encompassing seasoned salads, pan-fried and braised specialties. Signature offerings include kelp chips, rich soybean paste stew, sliced raw fish with gomchwi (Fischer’s ragwort), aged kimchi, and chargrilled webfoot octopus. This culinary haven not only pays homage to traditional preparation techniques but also offers traditional liquor pairings for a complete and authentic dining experience. Don’t miss the chance to explore the modern-day sensibilities of Seoul cuisine at Soseoul Hannam.


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