With many traditional Korean dishes such as samyeopsal (grilled pork strips), bulgogi (marinated beef barbecue), samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup), bibimbap (mixed rice) mandu (dumplings) and budae jjigae (army stew) containing meat, it can be understandably hard to see Seoul as a vegan-friendly city. However, Seoul has a large variety of quality vegan cafes and restaurants. Here are some of our top picks.
- Babi Onae
194 Sinbanpo-ro, Banpo 4(sa)-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul (Express Bus Terminal subway station)
If you want to have vegan Korean food, Babi Onae is the place to go. It’s tucked in Gangnam’s Express Bus Terminal, and their popular dishes include veggie noodle soup and spicy tofu.
523-21 Sinsa-dong (4-31 Apgujung-ro), Gangnam-gu, Seoul (Sinsa subway station exit 8, off of Garosu-gil)
Gangnam is a famous spot for spotting k-pop artistes, but did you know that it is also home to green joint known as Bad Farmers? This place serves detox juices and salads in large portions that will be sure to curb your hunger!
153-45 Nonhyun-ro, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (Sinsa subway station exit 8, off of Garosu-gil)
Conveniently located in a rather hipster area of Garosu-gil and floating amongst a sea of cafes, lies March Rabbit. They serve hot salad entrées and detox juices and are wildly popular amongst Seoul’s fitness community.
16-20 Itaewon-ro, Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (Itaewon subway station exit 4)
As the name suggests, this place has a whole menu dedicated to plant-based foods. Power green smoothies, kale and basil pesto, as well as vegan and gluten-free desserts are just some of your many options!
3 Sinchon-ro 12da-gil, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul (Sinchon subway station exit 8)
Seongsan 1(il)-dong, 239-24 -dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
This bakery sells both traditional Korean bakery goods and French desserts. Interestingly enough, they are all dairy-free! The cows are sure to be thankful that you decided to stop by here for a nibble!
Give your regular street fare such as soondae (blood sausage) and seolleongtang (ox bone soup) a miss and try out some of these vegan options instead. Going green isn’t just good for the planet, but it might also end up spreading your culinary horizons as well!