pyongyang

NORTH KOREA

Meet the North Korea Apologist Who Opened a Cafe to Spread the 'Truth' About North Korea

Alejandro Cao de Benos opened Pyongyang Cafe to spread the "truth" about North Korea.
Matthew Bremner
1.29.17
Best of 2016

The Most Inspiring, Remote, and Strangest Places We Traveled This Year

What a long, strange year it's been.
Munchies Staff
12.24.16
NORTH KOREA

MUNCHIES in North Korea: Sinking Pints in Pyongyang’s Beer Bars

Beer halls have become established, popular spots in the North Korean capital, where locals can unwind after a hard day of work and repeatedly bowing to portraits of the Kim dynasty leaders.
Jamie Fullerton
11.3.16
NORTH KOREA

MUNCHIES in North Korea: A Visit to Pyongyang's Newest Pizza Joint

The third Italian restaurant to open in the North Korean capital, Italy Pizza offers pies topped with fruit, impressive karaoke sessions, and footage of fighter jets on its TV screens.
Jamie Fullerton
11.2.16
NORTH KOREA

MUNCHIES in North Korea: Tasting the Legendarily Terrible Koryo Burger

The Koryo Burger, the sole food item currently served on Air Koryo flights, has earned a global cult following for its alleged repulsiveness and the unknown origins of its meat.
Jamie Fullerton
11.1.16
NORTH KOREA

North Korea Can't Seem to Stop Its Restaurant Employees from Running Away

After a mass defection in April of 13 North Korean restaurant workers, three more just slipped away in China this week.
Alex Swerdloff
5.25.16
NORTH KOREA

The Propaganda Food of North Korea Was Plentiful and Bland

If you’re a totalitarian propaganda state, what better way to show off your food than by allowing travelers take pictures of it with their phones?
Nick Rose
8.20.15
scotland

Is Kim Jong-Un Really Opening a Restaurant in Scotland?

Some UK publications are claiming that Kim Jong-Un is eyeing Scotland for the next location of his restaurant chain, which serves Korean dishes such as cuttlefish and pine-nut gruel.
Hilary Pollack
1.12.15
china

I Ate Spoon-Fed Propaganda on the North Korean Border

It’s unsettling to watch North Korean propaganda during dinner, and even more unsettling to lock eyes IRL with a group of North Korean party officials.
Noelle Mateer
11.3.14
NORTH KOREA

Should the World Be Funding Food Aid to North Korea?

Millions of North Koreans remain under-nourished while Pyongyang continues its nuclear programme and startling array of status projects. But is foreign food aid the most valuable response?
David Whelan
9.12.14
cambodia

I Ate Dinner in Pyongyang's Cambodian Outpost

Pyongyang isn’t just a city in North Korea—it’s also the name of a Southeast Asian restaurant chain run by the North Korean regime. The eateries are as well known for traditional North Korean food as they are for money laundering and spying.
VICE Staff
2.5.14