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Living the Good Life: Best Places to Eat and Drink for Solo Travelers

  • Tag Food Tour Trend
  • Date03/15/2019
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Dalmore Whiskey at More than Whiskey

Traveling solo is liberating but it can also be daunting, especially in a country like Korea where group outings are the norm. Beyond the most basic fear, “Is everyone staring at me?” the most important question in Korea to ask is “Does this place even serve singles?” Thankfully, solo eating and drinking is becoming more common in Korea. To keep up with the trend, an increasing number of restaurants and bars in Seoul are designed in a way to allow solo customers to enjoy their personal time to the fullest. If you are planning to travel solo, read on for our top six recommended places to indulge in the city!

From the garden to your table, Yangbo

Pork cutlet with omelet soufflé served at Yangbo

For a nutritious and delicious meal, visit Yangbo. Yangbo serves food made with fresh vegetables grown in the restaurant’s garden. The restaurant might seem a bit unkempt at first glance but the owner’s heartfelt desire can be felt if you take a deeper look. The signature menus are pork cutlet with omelet soufflé and Hamburg steak. Kkagdugi (diced radish kimchi) served on the side enhances the flavors of these savory menus with its spicy yet refreshing taste.

Salad of the day

For a food stylist like Yangbo’s owner, the plating is just as important as the taste. This can be felt in the salad of the day, visually appealing and made with the freshest vegetables. After a satisfying meal, take some time to look around the attractions nearby, such as Seodamun Museum of Natural History, or walk along the Ansan Jarak-gil Trail.

  •  ☞ Address: 18, Yeonhui-ro 28-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 서대문구 연희로28길 18)
  •  ☞ Directions: Take Bus No. Seodaemun03 from Sinchon Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 3 → Get off at Seodaemun Museum of Natural History Bus Stop → Walk approx. 2 min
  •  ☞ Operating hours: 11:00-22:00 (Last order 20:30)
    * Closed Mondays
  •  ☞ Inquiries: +82-2-336-8596 (Korean only)
  •  ☞ Signature menus: Yangbo pork cutlet 10,000 won / Omelet soufflé pork cutlet 14,000 won / Yangbo Hamburg steak 14,000 won / Salad of the day M 7,000 won, L 14,000 won

Soft and savory avocado burger, Downtowner

Downtowner is a popular burger place that was featured in Korea’s food television show “Wednesday Food Talk.” The colorful juicy burgers look even more scrumptious in their black and white striped wrapping paper and simple black box.

 Avocado burger, cheeseburger & garlic butter fries

Downtowner is famous for their avocado burger. Toasty buns, fresh vegetables, and a thick, juicy patty create the perfectly balanced harmony of flavors together with the smooth taste of avocado slices. It’s recommended to visit when you’re not in a rush as you may have to wait in line due to the restaurant’s popularity.

  •  ☞Addresses
  • - Cheongdam branch: 14, Dosan-daero 53-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 강남구 도산대로53길 14)
  • - Hannam Branch: 28-4, Itaewon-ro 42-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 용산구 이태원로42길 28-4)
  •  ☞Directions
  • - Cheongdam branch: Walk approx. 5 min from Apgujeong Rodeo Station (Seoul Subway Bundang Line), Exit 5
  • - Hannam branch: Walk approx. 10 min from Itaewon Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 3
  •  ☞ Operating hours: 11:30-21:30 (Last order 20:30)
  •  ☞ Inquiries
  • - Cheongdam branch: +82-70-8833-3696 (Korean only)
  • - Hannam branch: +82-70-8820-3696 (Korean only)
  •  ☞ Signature menus: Avocado burger 9,300 won / Bacon cheeseburger 7,500 won / Cheeseburger 6,800 won / Garlic butter fries 6,300 won

Koreans’ comfort food, Parc

Parc specializes in authentic home-cooked Korean meals. The restaurant has already been visited by numerous international visitors. Not only was Parc chosen as the best restaurant by the Vans International Pro Team during their Korea tour, but it also catered delicious lunch boxes to Facebook Korea’s global conference.

Namul bibimbap meal set

The dishes served may seem simple and plain, but their taste proves otherwise. They are made using fresh seasonal ingredients for a healthy meal you can fill up on. The lunch menu changes every two days, rotating the main ingredients among vegetables, meat, and seafood.

  •  ☞ Address: 26-5, Itaewon-ro 55ga-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 용산구 이태원로55가길 26-5)
  •  ☞ Directions: Walk approx. 5 min from Hangangjin Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 1
  •  ☞ Operating hours: Sunday & Tuesday-Thursday 11:30-22:00 / Friday-Saturday 11:30-23:00
    * Break time 15:30-17:30
    * Closed Mondays
  •  ☞ Inquiries: +82-2-792-2022 (Korean, English)
  •  ☞ Signature menus: Lunch 10,000~30,000 won / Dinner 12,000~33,000 won

Live music café, Jebi Dabang

Performance lounge in Jebi Dabang’s basement

Jebi Dabang is a playground for all adults who love music. Jebi Dabang, which means “Swallow Coffee Shop,” is jokingly referred to as “Drunken Swallow” at night as this stylish café turns into a live music club after 6 p.m. The live music performance takes place in the basement Thursday to Sunday evenings every week; no additional entrance fee is required to enjoy the performance.

Grilled rice cakes (top) / Sugar-coated tomatoes and misutgaru (bottom) Grilled rice cakes (top) / Sugar-coated tomatoes and misutgaru (bottom)

The most popular menu at Jebi Dabang is the old-fashioned grilled rice cakes. A plate of grilled rice cakes is served together with honey and soy dipping sauce, giving more flavors to the mildly sweet and chewy rice cakes. Traditional drinks to go along with the rice cakes, such as misutgaru (roasted mixed grain powder drink) and yuzu tea, as well as alcoholic beverages are available.

  •  ☞ Address: 24, Wausan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 와우산로 24)
  •  ☞ Directions: Walk approx. 2 min from Sangsu Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 3
  •  ☞ Operating hours: 10:00-02:00 (Live stage performance Thursday-Sunday)
  •  ☞ Inquiries: +82-2-325-1969 (Korean only)
  •  ☞ Signature menus: Grilled rice cakes 7,000 won / Craft beer 4,000 won / Sugar-coated tomatoes 6,000 won / Misutgaru 10,000 won / Yuzu tea 6,000 won / Americano hot 5,000 won, ice 5,500 won

Choose from over 30 kinds of craft beer, Mikkeller Bar

Mikkeller Bar

Beer lovers are in for a treat! At Mikkeller Bar, visitors can taste up to 30 different kinds of craft beer from Denmark. A one-time visit may not be enough as the bar’s tap lineup changes regularly. Along with the tapped beer for visitors to try out, house beers with different levels of hops, alcohol content, taste, and scent are also available.

Recommended beers and interior (bottom right) Recommended beers and Egg in Hell

Aside from the wide selection of beers to choose from, Mikkeller Bar also has glasses in different sizes, offering an excellent tasting opportunity for solo drinkers. What makes Mikkeller Bar even more special for solo visitors are its hallway-like rooms. These special well-lit rooms are separated by partitions, allowing visitors to take advantage of a peaceful time alone.

  •  ☞ Address: 33, Dosan-daero 17-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 강남구 도산대로17길 33)
  •  ☞ Directions: Walk approx. 10 min from Sinsa Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 8
  •  ☞ Operating hours: Weekdays 17:00-24:00 / Saturdays 14:00-24:00 / Sundays 14:00-23:00
  •  ☞ Inquiries: +82-70-4231-4723 (Korean, English)
  •  ☞ Signature menus: German Pils S 6,500 won L 11,500 won / Hazy Holidays S 7,000 won L 12,000 won / Green toast 15,000 won/ Chicken fried steak 16,500 won / Truffle French fries 9,500 won

A cozy yet stylish bar, More than Whiskey

More than Whiskey

If you are seeking to spend an evening at a luxurious, classic bar, but intimidated to enter alone, then More than Whiskey is just the place for you. The bar may feel like a cozy café at a glance but the dim mood lights and the surrounding atmosphere are enough to pass as a classic yet stylish bar. If you’re not familiar with whiskey, just ask the friendly bartender for a recommendation.

Godfather cocktail

One of the best menus at More than Whiskey is the Godfather cocktail. Order one of these and you will be entertained with a mini fire show. Instead of isolating yourself in the corner, take a seat at the bar to watch the bartender or strike up a conversation with another solo traveler!

  •  ☞ Address: 25, Sinheung-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 용산구 신흥로 25)
  •  ☞ Directions: Walk approx. 10 min from Noksapyeong Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 2
  •  ☞ Operating hours: 18:00-02:00
  •  ☞ Inquiries: +82-10-5648-4866 (Korean only)
  •  ☞ Signature menus: Godfather 15,000 won / Moscow mule 14,000 won / Negroni 15,000 won

* This column was last updated in February 2019, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.