The prominence of Buddhist temples scattered around Seoul marks the significance of the religion in the country. The large amount of Buddhist followers in turn drives the huge popularity of vegetarian restaurants. That means herbivores visiting Seoul can rest assured there plenty of spots to chow down at. Here, we take a look at some of the best.
Operated by three generations of Chinese immigrants, Shindongyan offers more than 60 Chinese dishes with a creative local twist. The meat-free menu is dominated by Beijing delights, with some Taiwan and Sichuan delicacies mixed in. Commonly found essential Chinese ingredients like asparagus, mushrooms and green peppers are the backbone of the dishes. Travelers visiting in a group can opt for the set menu comprising of more than ten plates.
Dining at Sanchon is an exceptional experience combining authentic temple food and traditional Korean culture. Established by monk Kim Yon-shik, Sanchon offers set meals including more than 20 small plates of mouth-watering Buddhist food. Diners can opt to eat in the garden strewn with draped foliage and potted shrubs, or choose to dine in the classically decorated interior. Both settings give a tranquil atmosphere for visitors to escape from bustling life in Seoul.
If you are getting bored of the same old Korean dishes refresh your taste buds with some exotic options. Decorated in shades of gold, Petra transports guests to the Middle East with its arabesque decor and cuisine. A decent selection of vegetarian options is available on the menu, including vegetable cous cous, tabbouleh salad and kebab, all served next to a long list of drinks, remember to try the house speciality, black Arabic mint tea.
After a long day of shopping and sightseeing, boost the energy levels with some afternoon snacks in this cozy café. The beige color scheme teams with tailor-made wooden furniture to build an intimate environment for travellers to take a break. A chic collection of tea and cakes, ranging from vegan options to cookies to ice creams, make Lovinghut a tasty choice too! Take some time to look around the shelves offering a range of organic commodities, while savoring delicious food, with a cup of organic coffee and juice in hand.
Located near Jogyesa Temple, Baru is a famed spot for authentic Korean temple food. Guests can chose to sit at a modern, conventional table, or experience traditional Korean culture by sitting around a low table separated by woven screens. There are beautifully presented small plates of Korean food on offer, and diners can sample a variety of flavors and ingredients such as crunchy vegetables, dumplings, beans and pancakes.
Baru, 71 Gyeonji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea, +02 555 9173
To step into Chaegundaam is to enter a traditional Korean palace with brush paintings on the wall and elegant ceramics dotted around. Traditional Korean table cloths painted with floral patterns are neatly placed in the middle of each table, all with bouquets of flowers and porcelain tea pots on top. A wide range of elegantly presented Korean delights are served, signature dishes include pureed sunflower nuts, white kimchi soup and acorn jelly mushrooms.
Chaegundaam, 983 Daechi-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea, +82 2-555-9173
This Mexican restaurant featuring a massive collection of Mexican grilled meats and snacks is always busy. The extensive menu covers all kinds of tacos, quesadillas, burritos, nachos and a lot more Mexican treats. The signature snack, potato burrito stuffed with generous proportion of ingredients like fried potato, mild salsa, jalapeno and olive oil, is a must try item. Grab a jug of beer or a creative cocktail to mingle with friends and family in Dos Tacos convivial ambiance.