Vegetarian Restaurant Directory for Korea

Category : Food/Nightlife / Surviving in Korea
Nov 26, 2014

Vegetarian Restaurant Directory for Korea
 

Being a vegetarian in Korea can sometimes feel like a challenge, especially when eating out is concerned. However, you might be surprised at how many cafes and restaurants serve veggie-only fare. Listed below are 14 popular veggie-friendly restaurants in and outside of Seoul.

In case you don’t live close enough to eat at one of these locations, or are interested in making some vegetarian or vegan food at home, you can order meat-free products to your door.


 Online veggie-friendly shops are listed at the bottom of this article.

Many staple foods found in Korean restaurants, like rice and kimchi, are generally safe for vegetarians (vegans beware: many kimchi varieties are made with fish sauce). However, it can be challenging to find a totally meat or animal product-free eatery. The restaurants and bakeries listed below cater specifically to meat-free diets, with many also offering vegan options.


Notable Vegetarian Places

Loving Hut Franchise

The Korean “Loving Hut” chain of vegetarian restaurants has 28 locations across the country. Menu offerings vary from branch to branch, but they are most well-known for their soy cutlets, which, many diners swear, taste just like the real thing. Most locations mix a selection of traditional Korean dishes, like bibimbap /비빔밥 or sundubu jigae /순두부찌개 with non-Korean eats, like burgers and pastas. Others choose to specialize in one or the other. Prices are very reasonable, with most mains costing between 4,000KRW to 9,000KRW depending on the location.

Note: To find out more about the location nearest you, visit Loving Hut’s website.

 

Marche Organic Vegan-Friendly Farmers Market

Also of note for Seoul-based vegetarians and vegans is the monthly Marche Organic Vegan-Friendly Farmers Market. Occurring the first Saturday of every month, Marche brings together local farmers and bakers who offer everything from vegan burgers to organic jams. Prices vary by vendor. Most items come with an English description on the label, so the language barrier isn’t too big at this market. The market runs from 11:00 to 16:00.

Note: The location changes each time, so join their facebook group to receive updates.

 

Seoul Vegetarian Eateries

Restaurant

Dining Style

Price Range

Hours

Contact & Location

Country Life Health Cafeteria

Organic, vegan buffet.

8,000KRW per person.

11:30 to 14:30. Dinner reservations accepted for groups of 20+. Closed on Saturdays.

+82-2-511-2402 (Korean).

Sinsa Station:

Line 3, Exit 3.

SM Vegeterian Buffet

Vegetarian buffet.

12,000KRW per person.

12:00-14:30 and 18:00-21:00. Closed the first Wednesday of each month.

+82-2-576-9637 (Korean).

Yangjae Station: Line 3/Sinbudang Line, Exit 5

Chaegeundam

Traditional palace and temple foods.

Set menus between 24,000 KRW and 33,000 KRW

12:00-14:30 and 18:00-20:30. Closed on national holidays.

+82-2-555-9173 (Korean).

Samsung Station: Line 2, Exit 3.

Idame

Vegetarian café/restaurant.

8,000KRW to 12,000KRW

11:00-22:00. Closed on Mondays.

+82-2-392-5051 (Korean).

Ewha Women’s University Station: Line 2, Exit 3.

Sticky Fingers Bakery

Vegan bakery

2,000KRW (cookies) to 7,000KRW (bread loves)

9:00 to 22:00; closes at 20:00 on Saturdays. Closed on Sundays and holidays.

+82-2-542-9726

Garak Market Station: Line 8, Exit 3.

Hangwachae

Vegetarian buffet

10,000KRW per person.

11:30-14:30 and 17:00-2:30.

+82-2-720-2802

Jonggak Station: Line 1, Exit 3

 

Shindongyang Chinese Restaurant

Chinese food without seafood or meat.

4,000KRW to 14,000KRW. Set menu for five people: 30,000KRW.

Weekdays 11:00-14:30 and 15:00-22:00; weekends 11:30-21:30.

+82-2-782-1754

Yeouido Station: Line 9 or 5, Exit 5.

Oh Se Gae Hyang

Korean, Chinese, and Western vegan and vegetarian food.

10,000KRW or less.

Please call.

+82-2-735-7171

Anguk Station: Line 8, Exit 6.

Website.

New Start Vegetarian Buffet

Vegetarian buffet. Also sells meat-free products.

13,000KRW per person

11:30 to 22:30.

+82-1-565-4324

Seolleung Station: Line 2 or Bundang Line, Exit 2.

 

Busan Vegetarian Eateries

Restaurant

Dining Style

Price Range

Hours

Contact & Location

Kim Mija Vegetarian Buffet

Vegetarian buffet (all foods made with beans)

11,000KRW for adults and 6,000KRW for children

12:00 to 21:00. Closed on Saturdays.

+82-51-626-3478

Kyungsung Univ. Pukyong Nat’l University Station: Line 1 or 2.

Well-Being Namsae Buffet

Vegetarian buffet featuring Korean and Chinese dishes

12,000KRW for adults, 10,000KRW for students, and 7,000KRW for kindergarten students.

11:30-15:00 and 17:30-20:00. Closed on Saturdays.

+82-51-818-9289 (Korean)

Seomyeon Station: Line 1 and 2. Exit 11

 

Daegu Vegetarian Eateries

Restaurant

Dining Style

Price Range

Hours

Contact & Location

So Delicious Café

Café with organic vegan foods.

Please call

11:00-20:00

+82-53-754-8245

Beomeo Station: Line 2, Exit 3

Buy the Book Café

Used bookstore and café with vegan and non-vegan eats.

Menu and prices change weekly; check facebook group for updates.

Friday & Saturday from 15:00 to 20:00; Sundays from 13:00 to 21:00. Closed Monday-Thursday.

Banwoldang Station: Line 1 or2, Exit 14.

Facebook group.

 

Korean Online Stores that Carry Veggie Products

Shop Info

Screenshot

Fat Bag

Veggie selection includes만두

Live help

Payment

 

 

Expat Mart

Veggie selection includes

Free Shipping



E-Z Shop

Veggie selection includes

Payment


Nice Market

Veggie selection includes

Payment


Alien’s Day Out Bake Shop

Veggie selection includes

Payment



 

 

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Gabrielle interned as a Content Creator for Work'n'Play during her exchange trip to Chung-Ang University in 2012-2013. She graduated from Vancouver Island University in May 2014 with her BA in Global Studies. She is now a Master's student at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs in Ottawa, Canada. The things she misses most about her year in Korea are: going for makgeolli + jeon with friends, exploring Seoul's new and old hidden treasures and getting to practice Korean every day. You can connect with her on Twitter at @MsGabrielle or email her at gabrielle.bishop@hotmail.com.

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