One of the most exciting things about travelling to Seoul (other than the cosmetics and skin care shopping, of course) is the abundance of amazing snacks you can find on the streets. We look into the best Seoul street foods and where to find them.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with hotteok and dalgona

Image of Hotteok, a famous sweet street snack found in Seoul

Try the goodness of hotteok, a sweet, pancake-like street snack popular in Seoul

Hotteok (pronounced 'ho-tok') is such a famous street snack that you'll be able to find it everywhere in Seoul. It's a pancake cooked on a griddle and then stuffed with fillings such as cinnamon, brown sugar, honey and nuts. Delicious.

Where to find it:

The most famous place to find hotteok is by Sungnyemun or Namdaemun Gate (Subway line 1, Seoul station).

Dalgona is just as good, and also widely available. It looks like a very crunchy cookie made from sugar and baking soda. Eating it is something of a tradition, where one eats around a shape in the middle (a heart, for example) with the aim of keeping it intact. If you succeed, some places will even let you eat it for free.

Where to find it:

This delicious snack is everywhere – simply look for the carts in parks and at the busiest markets.

Spice things up with tteokbokki

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No matter how you choose to eat it, tteokbokki is a must-have in Seoul

Kids and adults alike can frequently be seen tucking into these spicy rice cakes, flavoured with hot red pepper paste. Some people opt for them stir-fried in an old-style tteokbokki recipe, which involves wok-frying them in oil and topping with red pepper flakes. You can also opt for extras in the pot such as ham, seaweed or cellophane noodles.

Where to find it:

Mukshidonna Tteokbokki in Samcheong-dong is one of the most famous places in Seoul for tteokbokki. (Subway line 3, Anguk station).

How many legs does your jjukkumi have?

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Spicy octopus is a must; in Seoul it's called jjukkumi

If spicy food is your thing, and you don't mind your snacks with lots of legs, jjukkumi is a popular Korean food you mustn't miss. Jjukkumi is a stir-fried dish of very small octopus, made extra tasty with Korean gochujang (red pepper paste). To scoff your jjukkumi like a local, order it with fried rice and tuck in.

Where to find it:

This super-spicy Korean food can be found at Cheonho-dong (Subway line 5, Cheonho station).

To scoff your jjukkumi like a local, order it with fried rice and tuck in.

Get piggy with some traditional jokbal

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Share a plate of jokbal with some friends while in Seoul

Jokbal is hugely popular in Korea. It's basically pig’s feet, cooked for a long time in soy sauce and spices. Recipes vary throughout the city but this tender, meaty dish has been a Korean favourite for years and is usually shared between several people, with a selection of side dishes.

Where to find it:

Jokbal Street in Gongdeok (Subway line 5, Gongdeok station) has some of the most famous jokbal in Seoul.

Eat some sausage with a sundae twist

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Sundae is a must for the adventurous foodie

This is not the sundae you know and love. This Korean blood sausage dish consists of coagulated pig’s blood, glass noodles and barley, all stuffed in a skin made from pig or cow intestines. The street food version of sundae (pronounced ‘soon-dae’) is usually served with a side of lung or liver. It's not as bad as it sounds – it’s actually pretty well loved in Korea.

Where to find it:

Sillim-dong’s “Sundae Town” will give you a huge portion (Subway line 2, Sillim station).

 

When in Seoul, make a beeline for all the interesting dishes you can find – chances are, most will be unique to Korea and at least you'll have treated your tastebuds to some cultural delicacies.

Best Time to visit

The spring and autumn months of March-May and September-October are the best times to visit Seoul. It's less humid and generally warm and sunny.

Transportation

Seoul has nine major subway lines and a network of buses running all over the city and beyond. The cheapest way to use public transport is to use T-money or Cashbee cards, which can be bought from stations and convenience stores.

Currency

Korean Won (KRW). Street money changers can be found every 20 to 30 metres in Myeongdong. Competition is high so you'll get a good deal.

You can also change money in banks, but they are only open from 9am-5pm.

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