The Best Galchi in Seoul

Namdaemun Market Galchi Alley


Galchi Alley is home to a number of restaurants that specialize in galchi, known as cutlassfish in English. They’re native to Korean waters and grow to about 30 centimeters. These restaurants offer both grilled galchi (갈치구이) and galchijorim, which is a thick stew of cutlassfish braised in a spicy sauce, as well as godeungeo, or mackerel. A meal at one of these restaurants will cost no more than 8,000 won per person, and they give you pretty big servings, as well as plenty of side dishes. This alley is extremely popular amongst businessmen in the area so the restaurants fill up fast during lunch time, which means you might have to share a table with some strangers.

The first galchi restaurant to open in this alley was Heerak Galchi, which began selling the dish in the 1970’s. Not long after the 1988 Olympics, other restaurants in the area caught on to the popularity of the dish amongst local diners and also began to serve galchijorim, and thus Galchi Alley was born. There are eleven restaurants in this alley that specialize in galchijorim and grilled galchi, although many of them also serve other common Korean dishes, such as kimchi jjigae and dwenjang jjigae in case you or a friend don’t like fish but still want to experience the ambiance of old-school Korean dining. Also, nearly all the restaurants in this alley have been featured on a major TV network, indicating the high quality of the food here. 


Company NameNamdaemun Market Galchi Alley (갈치골목)
Category Food, Drink & Nightlife
Opening Hours05:00 - 21:30

18-1 Namdaemunsijang-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea 18-1

Take Line 4 to Hoehyeon Station and go out Exit 5. -> Turn right and walk straight for about 220 meters. -> Turn left and walk straight about 25 meters. Galchi Alley will be on your left.

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