Eating Vegan in Seoul

Guest Post By: Maansa Jayaraman, a Junior studying Finance, CISB, and Korean. She studied abroad through a Foster Exchange and Direct Enroll at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, during Autumn Semester 2022.

As a vegetarian, before I arrived in Seoul, I heard from a lot of people that I would probably have a hard time finding food to eat in a country with predominantly meat-based dishes. However, while it takes some searching to find options, it is certainly not impossible! Here are some of my favorite vegan/vegetarian friendly restaurants you should visit while in Seoul:

The first three are me and my friends favorite options for great food around Yonsei/Ewha! 

  • WeSaladu – 위살러듀

Located next to Ewha Women’s University, this Lebanese inspired restaurant serves jam-packed salads and amazing rice bowls. A short walk from Yonsei, this restaurant quickly became a go to restaurant for me and my friends as it serves both vegan and meat-based options leaving a choice for everyone. 


We SALADU Ewha Woman’s Univ. Branch

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  • Sunny Bowl – 써니보울 

Also located near Ewha Women’s University, this restaurant serves vegan and Asian-inspired dishes. We always order the Yaki Mayo Pasta when we go just because it’s that good. 


Sunny Bowl

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  • New York B&C

Located on Yonsei-ro, this seemingly small restaurant serves a wide variety of vegan and non-vegan pilafs, pastas/pizzas, burgers, and brunch items – perfect for any meal of the day!


New York BNC Sinchon Main Branch

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The next are some great options if you have time to explore around Seoul.

  • ALT.a – 알트에이 

ALT.a serves up veganized versions of Korean dishes. If you’ve been wanting to try dishes like bibim-naengmyeon, jjajangmyeon, or jjamppong, then you should certainly drop by here!


Alteu A Itaewon Branch

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  • Forest Kitchen – 포레스트 키첸

A bit on the expensive side, Forest Kitchen is a vegan fine dining restaurant offering course meals for lunch and dinner. If you have the time, it’s a great experience! 


Forest Kitchen

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  • Monk’s Butcher – 몽크스부처 

Monk’s Butcher is a fully vegan restaurant and bar located in Hannam-dong. Not only is the ambiance of the restaurant great to eat in, but the food is also extremely tasty. 


Mongkeuseu Bucheo

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  • Plantude – 플랜튜드 

An Asian fusion restaurant, Plantude is located in Starfield COEX Mall, so it’s a great place to stop by to refuel after a day of shopping. 



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