Updated: Feb 21, 2020
Korea has a long tradition of vegetarian food that originates in Buddhist temple food and in recent years, the vegan scene has been growing in Seoul. There are now more places than ever that cater to different dietary needs and a bigger selection of vegan and vegetarian cuisine. In this post, we introduce our 4 favorite vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Seoul.
March Rabbit (Sinsa-dong)
March Rabbit is a restaurant that caters to both vegans and vegetarians. The restaurant specializes in bowls, sandwiches and you can even customize your own salad. It is a great place to go if your friends are not vegan or vegetarian as you can also add meat to the dishes. All of the dishes come with vegan options. March Rabbit also has fresh vegan juices for an extra health kick.
Address: 560 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Price Range: 10-20.000 KRW
Opening hours: 11 AM - 9 PM
Plant is one of the most popular vegan restaurants in Seoul and it is located near Itaewon station. Their whole menu caters to vegans but even non-vegans enjoy their food. Because the place is so popular, it is a good idea to go a little early or to expect to wait in line during the dinner rush. As the name suggests, the restaurant is filled with various plants making the atmosphere very cozy and relaxing. Plant also has a separate bakery called Plant Bakery located close to the restaurant. Here you can try various delicious vegan desserts and bread.
There is a wide selection of dishes served at the restaurants. There are healthy options as well as comfort food. They are especially known for their burgers, veggie bowls, stews, and wraps. Besides food, they also have an extensive drink selection with coffee, seasonal drinks, tea, smoothies, juice, and ades. All of the drinks are vegan too.
Address: (Plant) 2/F 117 Bogwang-ro, Yongsan-gu
(Plant Bakery) 20 Itaewon-ro 16-gil, Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11AM - 10PM
Price range: 10-15.000 krw
Cook and Book (Mapo-gu)
Cook and Book is a vegan cafe and bakery located near Hapjeong station exit 7. A unique point to this place is that you can take vegan dessert cooking classes to learn how to make their delicious treats for yourself at home. At Cook and Book, you can have a full vegan meal with delicious desserts that vary depending on the season. The menu consists of vegan burger, vegan wings, lasagna, katsu, and salad. They also have a wide selection of coffees and drinks that are all vegan-friendly. Please, be aware that Cook and Book is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Address: 361-26 Hapjeong-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Price Range: 10-20.000 KRW
Opening Hours: Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. 12-8 PM (Break time 3-4 PM)
Oh Se Gae Hyang (Jongno-gu)
At Oh Se Gae Hyang you can try vegan and vegetarian Korean and Chinese food which is a little harder to find than western vegan food. The restaurant located in Insadong serves dishes such as Jjajangmyun, tangsooyook, doenjang jjigae, bulgogi, jampong, and even vegan Korean bbq. The prices are cheap for vegan food and it is a great place to try out a vegan interpretation of classic Korean and Chinese dishes.
Address: 14-5 Insadong 12-gil, Gwanhun-dong Jongno-gu, Seoul
Price Range: 5-20.000 krw
Opening Hours: 11.30 AM - 9 PM (Break time: 3.30-5 PM)