This would be the third time to Korea and many of you asked me how is my trip, I guess now I have to dig back my last trip food guide and slowly introduce to all of you as I was here to attend the Ultra Music Festival 2017. After arriving and drop our luggage, the first stop which is just a stone throw away from our hotel is this Myeongdong Kyoja, located right in the heart of Myeongdong, Seoul.

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This is a famous family chain that have a few outlets right in Myeongdong. A a family-owned restaurant that had been operating since 1966. A simple restaurant that offers only four items on the menu. A place that specializes in dumplings and noodle soup.

It is 11am when I am in this queue and will be forever a queue to this outlet. If I am not mistaken they recently had gain an award to be part of Korea Michelin Guide 2019. That shows how good and consistent they are.

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Also they are being nominated with one of the best.

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This is kinda like a scene in Hong Kong eatery where you have to share table in this small cramp area. It is fun.

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Their signature item are all on the menu. Yup only 4.

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Their homemade garlic-laden kimchi is awesome! love it. More toward sourish and hint of garlic that is just  nice.

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Their signature item Steam Dumplings @ 10,000 won (estimated RM 35)

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Steamed to perfection that skin is soft, not so sticky, an alternative of Xiao Long Bao but Korea version. Mince meat not too dence yet fragrant with the veggie had in it. A perfect dish!

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Chopped Noodles @ 8000 Won (estimated RM 28) is quite similiar to our Pan mee. Filled with mince meat and they top with dumpling. Soup punch with flavour, not too salty and little “so called wanton” is spot on.

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Indeed one of a famous and recommended place to eat in Myeongdong for a start and you happen to be in Myeongdong, then do drop by. Perhaps one of the best food in Myeongdong?

Other eatery in Myeongdong that I discover:

  1. Innisfree Green Cafe
  2. Hadongkwan (recommended)
  3. Black Pork at Yuktongryeong 육통령
  4. Issac Toast

29 Myeongdong 10-gil,
Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu,
Seoul, South Korea

Operating Hours: 10.30am – 9.30pm

tel: +82 2-776-5348

Stylenanda Pink Hotel in Myeongdong, Seoul (스타일난다 – 명동점) is one of the place that my sister keep bugging me to drop by. It is one of a famous cosmetic brands among the younger crowd known as 3CE. Located in the heart of Myeongdong which is not too hard to find.

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The decor of this shop is rather cool. Interior that give me the vibe of classy hotel in New York back in the 70’s and this shop is 6 level high. Every every level consist of different product category and the main intention that my sister wanted to come here is for their Pink Cafe at the roof top.

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In this Stylenanda Pink Hotel they have this Stylenanda Pink Pool Cafe at Myeongdong.

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Quite interesting cafe that the whole theme is like you are in a pool side. With all retro bright colours with their signature pink and blue.

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Roof top is where every one is up there spending hours to take their picture perfect at every corner.

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For drinks, one of their signature item which I forgot to took is their Cotton Candy Ice Cream, Cotton Candy Coffee or Slush.

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Get ready your swim wear and dive in.

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One of the level.

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Indeed an interesting place. but the cosmetic brand 3CE Stylenanda is a must to get according to the girls. If you are in this area, drop by Stylenanda Pink Hotel in Myeongdong.

Well, I went to both outlets and you can click here for their new Stylenanda Hongdae Flagship store.

Stylenanda Pink Hotel in Myeongdong
Myeongdong Branch (스타일난다 – 명동점)
30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 중구 을지로 30 (소공동)

Tel: +82-502-2118-5233

Operating Hours: 11am – 11pm daily

When you are in Seoul, Korea, there is one particular breakfast shop that is quite hype up over past two years. Isaac Toast (이삭토스트)  is definately one of them that also regard as one of a must have toast place or breakfast place if you visit Seoul. As my schedule is pack with food, and knowing Isaac Toast in Myeongdong is super congested, so found out that they have another outlet at Insadong which fits well in my itinerary.

Isaac Toast has over 700 retail stores in South Korea, with overseas branches in both Macau, Taiwan, and of course the latest news that they will be opening their first outlet in Kuala Lumpur at KLIA 2 – Arrival Hall

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drop by this shop after visited Gyeongbokgung Palace. This shop is like stranger in the street. Do not have to queue super long and just get it within 5 minutes.

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Very simple and straight forward menu. It feels like you are doing the toast at home. Some interesting flaovurs are like : Bulgalbi (3,200 Won), Bulgogi (2,800 Won), Hot Tteokgalbi (3,200 Won), Hot Chicken (3,000 Won), Steak Ham (2,800 Won), Bacon Best (2,800 Won) and Ham Special (2,400 Won).

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Since it is a simple food that prepare at its best so we hit on Ham & Cheese. Honestly, the bread do taste like Gardenia that is toast to perfection. What makes them so special is that they have this special sauce and sweet honey which gave very good appetising sweetness that is not overpowering yet keeps you goes on bitting. Ham is fragrant and it is just so good to pair with their well done airy egg. .

Simple to perfection.

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If you ask me to wait for 30-45 minutes for a toast at Myeongdong, I guess I would have not proceed as they have 700 outlets around and I did try one stall at the road side that did similiar toast which is pretty on par to Isaac Toast. Just that they are a large chain that sits at Myeongdong that kinda make them a super star over past 2 years.

Isaac Toast Insadong
(at the main road)
nearby famous Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕)

Most of the people would visit:
Isaac Toast Myeongdong
105 Toegye-ro, Chungmuro 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tel: +82 2 752 3002
Opening Hours: 7:00am – 8:30pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun

When you arrive at Seoul, beauty  products is the most talk about topic among friends. To me is all about food as this is a great combination where Innisfree Green Cafe at Myeongdong is one of the cafe that you should drop by especially those of you love Lee Min Ho. A clever move by Innisfree where most of the customer get to enjoy their sweetness with Korean superstar Lee Min Ho VR Experience.

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This outlet is located at the main street of Myeongdong where you would not miss.

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Ground floor is the the main area that sells all the beauty products and as you head up to level 1, there is where you are transported to another dimension.

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An interactive zone of the VR experience with Lee Min Ho. He will tour you the scene of Jeju and history of Innisfree.

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Their VR Area.

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AS for the Green Cafe, it caught my attention the most where most of the items offer in here are very pretty and healthy. Look at the salad tube and their pastries. Just looks too good!

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Another signature here is their CLOUD Souffle Hotcake which is their signature here. We wanted to order but the wait is 90 minutes and we did not proceed. Best advise is to come here when the store just open to avoid such long queue.

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Level 1 is indeed very pretty for photo taking where the center seating area is filled with pretty bonzai and mini plants.

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Level 2 is very different as it is very ZEN. Interior is is more peaceful

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Offerings in level 2 is more on unique healthy cold press juice.

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Most of the item are prepare fresh in their level 2 kitchen.

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As being one of their signature flavour, Matcha or green tea is an item that we would try to order.

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We order 3 item. Green Tea tiramisu @ 7500 won = RM 28.50,  Jeju Snow Ice Tea @ 6600 won – RM 25.50Original Green Tea @ 5500 won = RM 21

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For their original green tea, it is serve with a shot of strong matcha where the original cup is serve with milk and mild green tea. Love the strong flavour of green tea and definitely love it! Green Tea Tiramisu is a bomb. So soft, fluffy and airy. Flavors hit the mark and just loving it.

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I would say if you are here then do hit on their signature Cloud Souffle and Green tea. As for their Jeju Snow ice, it is perfect for summer where a good thirst quencher.

Innisfree Café
15, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
(Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station Exit 5, Seoul Subway Line 2)
서울특별시 중구 명동길 15 (명동1가)

Tel: +82 2776 0117
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 11:00pm

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