In recent times, South Korea has become a sought-after destination not only for its K-pop, K-drama, and K-beauty but also for its vibrant street food culture, particularly in the renowned tourist hub of Myeongdong.
Many contemporary travelers choose to stay in the Myeongdong area due to the abundance of affordable yet quality accommodations nearby. After a day packed with activities, numerous visitors enjoy leisurely strolls through Myeongdong in the evening.
Before the pandemic, Myeongdong was a popular destination for tourists. However, when the pandemic hit its peak, the area faced significant challenges as visitors lessened, leading to the closure of many businesses and earning it the nickname "ghost town." Fortunately, with the reopening of borders, Myeongdong experienced a revival, thanks in part to the impact of social media. Enthusiasts shared their experiences in Myeongdong, focusing on the variety of street foods the area has to offer.
In this guide, we'll help you discover the must-try street foods in Myeongdong and advise on options you can find in other locations to avoid overpaying due to "tourist prices." We'll provide a curated list of recommended street foods unique to Myeongdong, as well as alternatives that, while equally tasty, come at a more budget-friendly price in tourist spots like Dongdaemun and Hongdae.
Given its status as a tourist hotspot, street foods in Myeongdong tend to be pricier than in other areas. Fortunately, most vendors in Myeongdong are proficient in English, and some can even converse in your language. Street food stalls in Myeongdong typically operate from the afternoon until 11 PM, with the nighttime offering the best experience to fully immerse yourself in the lively street food scene.
Here are the street foods you shouldn't miss in Myeongdong:
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Korean beef steak
Roast Lobster with Cheese
Grilled Butter Scallops
10 Won Cheese Pancake
Dakbal (Korean Chicken Feet)
Meanwhile, here are the street foods that are also available in Myeongdong, but it’s better and cheaper to buy them in other places such as Dongdaemun, Hongdae, Gwangjang Market, etc and because they will surely be cheaper:
Marshmallow ice cream
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