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Pyongyang's finest restaurants: a guide

Brian S | Jan 8, 201101:15 PM

I haven't been to Pyongyang, North Korea and I don't think I ever will. Still, it's always good to plan ahead. So I've managed to compile a list of top restaurants for anyone making the journey.

Okryu Restaurant

Huge, and apparently as elegant as it gets in North Korea. A big new wing opened last year. Though they are famous for simple cold noodles, there are dishes that feature, among other things, quail, terrapin and sturgeon.

Chongryu Restaurant

Also in its own riverside pavilion, this is Okryu's only rival for elegance. It was restored in 2008 and features various Korean dishes.


The best burger in North Korea is served at Pyongyang's only fast food joint, Samtaesong. Don't call them burgers though, that's considered Imperialist. Ask for "minced meat with bread".

Pyulmori Cafe

About the only place for pies and coffee, and they also serve a burger.

Pyongyang Sweet Meat Restaurant

If you don't like dog meat, go somewhere else because that's all that's on the menu. You can get an 8 course banquet starting with soup and going on to dog meat prepared with various sauces.

Pyongyang No. 1 Duck Barbecue Restaurant

You cook your own duck meat on little tableside grills. One traveler said it was the best meal she'd had in North Korea.

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