The Korean coastal city of Busan
is renowned for its cultural events, sea trade economy energetic street markets and transformative food scene that caters to all tastes and diets. Although vegetarianism
is not yet mainstream, there are plenty of restaurants that serve up meat-free options. The following are some of the city’s best.
Dajeon Cafe (카페 다전)
Restaurant, Korean, Vegetarian, $$$
Dajeon Café, a traditional, Korean-style tea house, cooks up authentic Korean dishes
and serves them with a complimentary pot of tea. Enjoy signature dishes such as Lotus Leaf Rice, veggie pancakes or steamed dumplings—vegetables, kimchi, bean sprouts and green onions wrapped in a creamy dough. If the weather permits, opt to savor the flavors of these traditional meals in the outdoor seating area.
Jack and the Beanstalk (재크콩나무키친)
Restaurant, Korean, Vegetarian, $$$
Serving Korean and Western fusion cuisine, Jack and the Beanstalk
has quickly become a paradise for vegans and vegetarians living in the Namcheon district. Popular menu items, like pizza, incorporate nuts, while others include the “imitation meat” vegetable protein, making Korean classics like bulgolgi dupbab
approachable for non-meat eaters. The bubbly proprietor Sophia cooks every dish using fresh produce and genetically unaltered vegetables.
Loving Hut – Hairlatte (러빙헛 헤어라떼)
Restaurant, Korean, Asian, Fusion, Vegetarian, $$$
Vegans seeking organic food in Busan should look no further than Loving Hut. A perfect for a late breakfast or mid-day snack, this branch of the international chain features cuisines from all around the world. Try the khongkatsu (bean katsu), which offers a rich blend of native spices, while the fresh salad and creamy soup served before your meal are pleasing appetizers.
Nayuta Cafe (나유타카페)
Restaurant, Asian, $$$
With a vast selection of vegan dishes, Nayuta Cafe
lets diners fully enjoy the flavors of fresh organic ingredients in a tranquil setting. From Japanese delicacies to Vietnamese coffee
, this tiny dining space has it all—a rustic interior, delicious food and an attentive staff.
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
If you appreciate the chewy goodness of mozzarella-stuffed Margarita pizza
or adore the aromas of just-cooked creamy pasta, you should treat yourself to a meal at Benekong. This vegetarian-friendly restaurant boasts an Italian-inspired menu with items such as tasty risottos and mouth-watering vegetarian “steaks.”
Restaurant, Korean, $$$
Instead of artificial flavors, Korean temple food uses a variety of mountain herbs and wild greens, which has led to the development of a vegetarian tradition. Vegenarang
makes this special cuisine available to the general public at its all-vegan dining establishment. In addition to serving up eco-friendly veggie-based dishes, the restaurant also offers beautiful views of the sea.
Punjab (펀자브 해운대점)
Restaurant, Indian, $$$
Known for its tasty Indian dishes, Punjab
offers a variety of north Indian cuisine that uses only the freshest of ingredients. While some menu items are made with meat, there are plenty of vegetarian options available. Furthermore, the chefs will accommodate vegans by removing butter and cream from the veggie curries when asked.
Kong's Burger - Gaya-daero (콩스버거와커피)
Restaurant, American, $$$
This tiny diner specializes in organic vegan burgers and sandwiches, not to mention juices and smoothies. The friendly owner-chef uses house-made, soy-meat patties; fresh, whole wheat bread; and soy milk in the smoothies and mayo dressings. The fresh, organic flavor Kong’s Burger aims to create is consistent throughout the tasty menu.
Yammy Green (야미그린)
Restaurant, Fusion, $$$
Whether you’re in the mood for pizza, pho or falafel, Yammy Green has got it all. Opt for the Super Happy Salad (arguably the best you’ll ever have) or, if you need something a bit more carbalicious, select the Mushroom Risotto or Pesto Basil Pizza (or both). You won’t be disappointed. Every single item on the menu is vegan, and every member of staff speaks English, so you’re sure to get exactly what you want.