While there are very few vegetarian-only restaurants around, quite a few offer excellent vegetarian and vegan options. Here, in no particular order, are some of our favourites (feel free to comment and add you own):
Vegan ice cream in an array of amazing flavours (non-vegans would be surprised at how creamy and delightful this stuff is). There are seven locations around Seoul, including COEX, Mokdong, Yangjae and Yeongdeungpo.
Yangjae station (line 3), right next to exit 5.
Three locations around Seoul (Gangnam, Apgujeong, Hongdae.) The original location in Gangnam is arguably the best, but the menus in all three places offer veggie-friendly choices including quesadillas, burritos, and nachos. Vegans can easily opt out of the cheese and sour cream toppings. Caution: the potato burrito may make you weep with pleasure. Fountain drinks are refillable, and the casual atmosphere and very reasonable prices often draw a crowd.
Gangnam Station (line 2), exit 6. Go straight for a few minutes and look out for it on your left, tucked behind a Tous Les Jours bakery. If you pass Kyobo Tower, you’ve gone too far.
Right outside Yeouido Station, it’s easy to find, and impossible to go wrong when ordering from their vegetarian menu. The choices are plentiful, and the prices range from 6,000 to 70,000 won. You can find meat-free versions of Koreanised Chinese dishes, from the humble jjajangmyeong to a fancy full course meal. The menu doesn’t have any English on it, but why not take your taste buds on an adventure, and point to a random dish? Our club was blown away by the feast, particularly a garlic-mushroom dish that managed to be chewy, crunchy, sweet, sour, spicy, salty, savoury…basically everything you’ve ever wanted from a dish.
Yeouido Station (line 5), exit 5, top floor of the building immediately on your right.
Treat yourself to the classics, hummus, baba ganoush and falafels, served with fresh pita bread or try a savory tomato and eggplant dish. The owner will happily cater to large groups, and if you’re in the mood for something different, ask for a hookah and finish your meal with a mild, fruity, nicotine-free smoke.
Noksapeyong Station (line 6), exit 2. Use the pedestrian overpass to cross the road, turn right and walk up the hill. Petra is about 20 metres along, on the second floor of a red brick building, on the left side of the road.
Tel: 019 840 9630
The secret is out. This Nepalese-Indian Shangri-La is tricky to find on foot from Dongdaemun station, but that doesn’t stop the scores of people who regularly fill the restaurant or spill out onto the street to wait for a table. The food is exquisite, the service is friendly, and the prices are very palatable. There are many Indian restaurants in Seoul and even in Dongdaemun, which serve a decent curry or paneer dish, but this joint is several notches above. Come early, and bring friends!
Dongdaemun Station (line 1 or 4), exit 3. Go out the exit and walk straight for 100 metres. Turn left at the pharmacy and walk 50 meters. It’s straight ahead, up the stairs.
A vegetarian buffet near Baekun station in Incheon. Open from 12-2:30; 6-8:30 closed Sunday and holidays.
A vegetarian kalguksu restaurant, closed Saturdays (and possibly Friday nights).
Hoegi station (line 1), exit 2. Turn right and walk down the alley past the bedding shop and turn left. You will pass an S-OIL service station and a wedding hall. After walking for a few minutes, cross the street and you should see a road going to the hospital. The restaurant is to the right of the road going to the hospital on the second floor.
Located in Insadong, and famous for Buddhist temple food. Closed Sundays.
Anguk station (line 3), exit 5. In the basement near the GS25.
Also in Insadong, considered by many to be the best vegetarian restaurant in Seoul. It’s a bit pricey.
Jonggak station (line 1), exit 3; Jongno-3-ga station (line 1, 3 and 5), exit 1; Anguk station (line 3), exit 6.
A vegetarian buffet restaurant, closed from Friday through Saturday night.
Seollung Station (line 2 and Bundang line), exit 2. Walk straight and turn left after Linko. Look for it on the right.
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