The places locals love to eat in Gangneung are especially those serving coffee. The region is famous for its coffee, to the extent that there is even a 'Coffee Street' in the city, which hosts a festival for the flavourful bean each year. Of course, the region is quite famous for soft tofu stew (sundubu-jjigae), too. There’s something about Gangneung’s fresh air and beautiful scenery that make soft tofu stew taste even more savoury.

    Seafood is a must-have in this coastal city, so get ready for dried pollock (hwangtae) dishes and raw seafood with vegetables (mulhoi). Here are some places that give you a uniquely Gangneung experience, where locals go to enjoy the finest examples of the city's specialities.


    Terarosa Coffee

    Located just outside Gangneung’s downtown area, Terarosa Coffee boasts a magnificent exterior and is famous for having played a big role in transforming the Anmok Beach area into Coffee Street. They sell speciality coffees at reasonable prices, and the hand-drip coffee is particularly popular. There’s even a roastery, so grab a cup of coffee made from their own Terarosa roast. And don’t forget to check out the coffee museum. Their delicious coffee will take your visit to the next level.

    Location: 7 Hyuncheon-gil, Gujeong-myeon, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)33-648-2760


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    Chodang Grandma's Soft Tofu

    As soon as you walk into Chodang Grandma’s Soft Tofu, you'll be greeted with pictures of appetising soft tofu stew with rice (sundubu baekban) and spicy clam soft tofu stew with rice (eolkeun jjaebok sundubu baekban). Try some soft tofu stew with rice, seasoned with Grandma’s special sauce to your liking, for a savoury sensation of soft tofu without any heavy after-taste.

    If you’re looking for a bit of a flavour kick, go for the spicy clam soft tofu stew with rice. Each has a unique flavour profile that you must taste for yourself. Don’t worry, no one will blame you for taking some extra time to decide. Get there a little early and try the block tofu (modubu)!

    Location: 77 Chodangsundubu-gil, Chodang-dong, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Monday–Tuesday and Thursday–Friday from 8 am to 4 pm and from 5 pm to 7 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 8 am to 3.30 pm and from 5 pm to 6.30 pm (closed on Wednesdays)

    Phone: +82 (0)33-652-2058


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    Haemiga’s raw seafood and vegetables (mulhoi) is so popular that customers queue up around the block to try some. Served like a full-course meal with seaweed soup (miyeokguk), green onion pancake (pajeon), and boiled pork slices (suyuk), the raw seafood and vegetable dish comes with fresh, thick slices of fish and crisp vegetables in a cold sweet and sour broth. Haemiga’s famous dish will have you asking for seconds, guaranteed. It’s also available as take-away, so don’t worry if you get there on a busy day.

    Location: 103 Sorol-ro, Gyo 1(il)-dong, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11.30 am to 2 pm and from 4.30 pm to 9 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +82 (0)33-647-1003


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    Hwangtae Hoegwan

    Located close to Jeongdongjin and on the way to the Badabuchae-gil Trail, Hwangtae Hoegwan specialises in dishes using whole dried pollock (hwangtae). Working with whole dried pollock is demanding work. The dried pollock hotpot (hwangtae jeongol) and roasted dried pollock (hwangtae gui), seasoned with a special sauce, are especially popular.

    Whichever dish you try, you can’t eat it just once. Dried pollock seaweed soup (hwangtae miyeokguk) and fermented dried pollock (hwangtae sikhe) are also famous delicacies, so don’t leave without trying them.

    Location: 19 Nunmaeul-gil, Daegwallyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 6 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)33-335-5795


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    Geumhak Kalguksu

    Although close to Gangneung Station, Geumhak Kalguksu is well-hidden in the corner of a neighbourhood of narrow streets. It has a rustic appearance similar to a rural countryside home. There are just 2 items on the menu: knife-cut wheat flour noodles (kalguksu) and beansprouts with rice (kongnamulbab).

    The wheat flour noodles give off a pleasant aroma and are a bit spicy, while the beansprouts and rice can be described as a simple, pleasing dish. It’s a simple menu that’s faithful to the basics. Be warned: once you’ve had a taste, you’ll be thinking about it for the rest of the day.

    Location: 14-1 Geumhak-dong, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 12 pm to 3.30 pm and 5 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)33-646-0175


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