Even on your own, these restaurants are fine with it
Great atmosphere, dining or drinks for one
It’s not just families and couples who make travel plans these days. You can find plenty of individual travellers out and about, experiencing the world for themselves! Dining, drinking, hiking all on your own is no longer (as it once was in Korea) discouraged by the majority of proprietors. You may encounter some restaurants that require a two-order minimum for certain dishes (like seafood hotpot), but we’ve got some great ideas for places to dine and drink on Jeju where eating on your own is perfectly fine and perfectly delicious!
Delicious sashimi and sushi in a lunch box
Here’s a raw fish place that has become a kind of “must stop by” spot listed on many travelers’ Jeju itineraries. For one, you can order your sashimi or sushi in a convenient take-away box, or sit for a meal with a full tray and sides (cold buckwheat noodles in summer, piping hot udon in winter). Either way, you can eat here on your own without any problem.
A la carte menus run the gamut in terms of combinations of raw fish to rice, so you can order just the right amount. A pleasantly natural, citrus seasoned salad, fresh salmon with ricotta cheese, raw tuna slices and much more are on offer. Either way, you can enjoy this in a group or on your own with ease.
Jeju Moriben (모리벤)
Address 57 Seongji-ro, Jeju City Hours 11:30 ~ 22:00 (Closed Tuesdays) / 15:00 ~ 17:00 (Break time) Phone 064-756-7022
Enjoy Jeju local food on your own
Bistro Oldaet Jeju
The local food movement emphasizes food freshness and goodness, sourcing ingredients within a radius of 50 kilometers to minimize the carbon footprint, while also keeping an eye on the welfare of the farmers and other producers who dedicate themselves to sustainable, environmentally friendly agriculture. Fortunately for islanders and visitors alike on Jeju Island, this is not an especially difficult task.
Bistro Oldaet Jeju, for example, is one such local food establishment. It is a small, atmospheric restaurant with an open kitchen and a bar-style table for five and a couple of tables for two and four people. The chef spent years in crowded Seoul before moving back to his hometown to cook, so he understands how to offer a great dining experience in a small space. The roasted shrimp in the Gambas Al Ajillo is great, and goes well with a beer or glass of wine.
Bistro Oldaet Jeju (올댓제주)
Address 33 Jungang-ro 1-gil, Jeju City Hours 18:00 ~ 00:00 Phone 064-901-7893
Grilled on your own, enjoyed on your own
Located near Hyeopjae Beach, you can get here by bus or rental car (there’s a big parking area available) and secure a seat (more likely during the off season) along the front window with a magnificent view of the ocean. Chemyeon offers up a number of beef cuts (rib eye, wagyu sirloin) that you cook yourself on a tiny single-serving iron grill (if you’re on your own) or at a larger table and grill closer to the kitchen.
The side dishes, sauce, and rice all come together in an amazing beef experience. You can order more beef in 100g installments. Enjoy a drink as well, and take away excellent culinary memories either as a solo traveler or as a group.
Address 5083 Iljuseo-ro, Hallim-eup, Jeju City Hours 11:00 ~ 21:00 (Closed on the 4th Monday of the month) / 15:00 ~ 16:00 (Break time) Phone 010-4191-4422
Different times of day, different menus to try
This particular restaurant, located in a central Jeju City neighborhood of Donam-dong, bills itself right on the sign as a place to eat and drink liquor. The menu includes single serving menu items like a variety of bulgogi set-menus, curry udon, soy sauce shrimp, and black pork kimchi stew.
There are small tables for two at the main window where you can enjoy a hot meal while watching the world go by. It’s in a busy location, so chances are you’ll have to wait for a table or cozy up to strangers, but this can be a good experience in its own right, over and above the delicious meal. Open till midnight, you can always grab a drink as well. Enjoy it day or night!
Bamnat Gaon (밤낮가온)
Address 24 Donam-ro, Jeju City Hours 11:00 ~ 23:00 (Closed on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month) / Break time 15:00~17:00 Phone 064-757-0317
Beautiful food you won’t want to miss
Island Village Youth Center
Enjoy either Hallasan Mountain cube steak or a shrimp and rice lunch box as takeout here in Yongdam-dong, just a 5-minute drive from Jeju International Airport. This makes it a great place to start or end your trip to Jeju. The Island Village Youth Center opens early — 9 a.m. — so it’s a good breakfast option. They close at 3 p.m. so lunch is the other option. They do sell homemade omegi rice cake as well as omegi rice cake on a stick, a nice gift or souvenir if you can get home within a day or two.
Given the location and compact, colorful nature of their takeout food, they have a big online following from all the social media postings. It’s easy to find them on Instagram, for example, with the hashtag #섬마을청년회관
. Many people take their lunchboxes to the nearby coast to eat, either Yongdam Coastal Road or the other side of the airport at Iho Tewoo Beach. If you’re on your own, enjoy great food and great views with your single-serving lunch box!
Island Village Youth Center (섬마을청년회관)
Address 58 Yonghwa-ro, Jeju City Hours 09:00 ~ 15:00 Phone 070-7759-5261