17 of the Best Vegan Restaurants in Seoul (I personally visited these!)

Seoul, South Korea has become one of my favorite cities for vegan food, and the number of vegan restaurants in Seoul has increased over the years.

Though eating vegan at non-vegan Korean restaurants is not impossible, I’ve found that the safest way is to eat at vegan restaurants or vegan-friendly vegetarian restaurants in Seoul, which are plenty.

If you’re looking for vegan or vegetarian food, here are 17 vegan restaurants in Seoul to check out that I’ve personally gone to, some multiple times. These include vegan bakeries and cafes as well.

📖 Make sure to read my Essential Vegan Food in Korea Travel Guide (updated 2024).

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Korean Vegan Restaurants in Seoul

The Korean vegan restaurants in Seoul are so delicious and serve veganized Korean dishes you won’t find elsewhere.

📍Osegye Hyang (Insadong)

Address: Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Vegan Tofu soup, sides, Korean BBQ ssambap at Osegye Hyang, one of the best vegan restaurants in Seoul

Osegye Hyang is my favorite vegan restaurant in Seoul. It’s usually the first restaurant I go to when I land in Seoul (closed on Thursdays).

Osegye Hyang is located inside the popular Insadong Shopping Street. If entering the Ssamzigil Mall, it’s in an alleyway on the left when walking in.

They serve traditional Korean vegan food and have a large menu that you order on a screen at your table.

My favorites dishes: tofu jjigae stew, fried kimchi mandu dumplings, sweet and spicy chick’n, and ssambap lettuce wraps, or on the menu: spicy soy meat with vegetables (not spicy at all).

Most dishes are around $10 USD and come with lots of side dishes.

There’s not too many vegan restaurants in Myeongdong, so the vegan restaurants in Insadong are the nearest and worth it.

📍Maru Kimbap (Insadong)

Address: 35-4 Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Vegan Odeng fish cake, tteokbokki, and gimbap from Maru in Seoul

If you’re craving traditional Korean street food, visit Maru. Maru is another vegan restaurant in Insadong Shopping Street.

It does have limited seating so expect to wait during busy hours. Prices range from $3-10 USD. They serve veganized dishes like odeng (fish rice cakes), kimbap rolls, and tteokbokki.

Their ramen here is also really nicely seasoned. Dip the kimbap in the tteokbokki sauce for a great combo.

📍Vegan Kitchen (Myeongdong)

Address: 21 Toegye-ro 20-gil Jung-gu, Seoul South Korea

Front of Vegan Kitchen Restaurant in Myeongdong. Green building

Vegan Kitchen is a new vegan restaurant, and I believe the only vegan restaurant in Myeongdong.

It’s just a few minutes walk from the Myeongdong subway station and Myeongdong Night Market.

Set of plates with vegan Korean food - Vegan Sssambap BBQ - Vegan Kitchen restaurant in Myeongdong Seoul South Korea
Plate of vegan bulgogi and brown rice, with three vegetable sides of corn, kimchi, and mushroom_Vegan Kitchen in Myeongdong

Prices are affordable and you even get served by a robot after ordering on a menu kiosk on the table.

I got the bulgogi plate with rice that came with small sides for $7.50 USD. It was so flavorful! I came back in another Seoul trip and had the vegan ssambap/BBQ and it was also solid!

📍Plantude inside COEX Mall

Address: 513 Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

White truffle tteokbokki on big bowl at Plantude Vegan Restaurant at COEX Mall in Seoul

Plantude is located on level B1 inside the COEX Mall (the same mall with the famous Starfield library).

They serve healthy but filling vegan Korean-Western fusion cuisine. The average price is around $11 USD per dish. Their Korean dishes include bimimbap, bulgogi rice bowl, and tofu stew, or tofu jjigae.

I got the white truffle tteokbokki. The location can be a bit hard to find. It’s on B1 floor next to Godiva.

COEX Mall is the largest underground shopping center in Asia, so there’s plenty to do there as well.

📍ALT.a (Itaewon)

Address: 109 Bogwang-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Jajangmyeon noodles in a black bean saice, dumplings and cinnamon donut bun from Alt.A Vegan Restaurant in Seoul

ALT.a is a Korean-Chinese vegan restaurant in Itaewon, serving stir-fry vegetable and vegan meat dishes.

I got the Jajangmyeon, or noodles in a black bean sauce, as well dumplings and their dessert option, cinnamon donut bun with palm sugar.

📍Insa Vegan

Address: 12-4 Samil-daero 32ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Bowl of Tteokguk soup and vegan chicken - Insa Vegan restaurant in Insadong Seoul South Korea

Insa Vegan is a newer restaurant located in the Ikseondong Hanok Village, which is a 10-minute walk from Insadong Shopping Street.

The restaurant is in a beautiful traditional hanok-style home with outdoor seating. You order from a kiosk.

I had a big bowl of Tteokguk soup with rice cakes and mandu dumplings, along with a plate of seasoned vegan chicken.

This combo was so filling and good! I would go here again!

BONUS:📍Cow Beer+

Address: 88-21 Ewhayeodae-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Vegan Rose Tteokbokki with fried mushroom on the side - Cow Beer+ in Seoul

Cow Beer+ is not a vegan restaurant, but a popular spot for vegans and vegetarians because of their special vegan menu.

Cow Beer+ is a tteokbokki restaurant and is located right next to Ewha Womans University.

You order on a kiosk near the door and enter the table you want to sit in and they bring the food to you.

I’ve gone twice and here’s what I got: vegan Rose tteokbokki ($13.70 USD) – this was highly recommended from other vegans and it was filling and creamy, but it’s definitely not a solo dish! The portions are meant for 2-3 people.

The second time I decided to try a bunch of their sides on the menu. Each one was SO TASTY:

  • Fried king oyster mushrooms ($1 USD for 4)
  • Fried sweet pumpkin (less than $1 USD for 4), and
  • Gimbap mayo riceballs ($4.30 USD); you mix everything with a glove they give you and roll them into balls. 10/10

Here are other Korean vegan restaurants in Seoul that I haven’t tried yet:

  • Maji Temple Food
  • Hangwachae
  • Vampire’s Chicken

Western Vegan Restaurants in Seoul:

📍Plant Cafe (Yeonnam + Itaewon)

Yeonnam (near Hongdae): 87 World cup buk-ro 4-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Itaewon: 2nd floor, 117 Bogwang-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Page: www.plantcafeseoul.com

Vegan Chili cheese fries, Philly Cheesesteak sub, and falafel wrap from Plant Cafe Hongdae Seoul

Plant Cafe is one of the most popular vegan restaurants in Seoul and have two locations in Yeonnam/Hongdae and Itaewon.

They serve healthy comfort food, that leans more towards western dishes like burgers, wraps, salads and some fusion dishes.

I always go here when I crave western food once in a while. Most dishes are around $11 USD.

They also have a great section of vegan desserts like tiramisu, cookies, and cakes. The portions are very filling.

The chili cheese fries are 10/10. Definitely one of the most-recommended vegan restaurants in Seoul to try.

📍Rooted Seoul 루티드 (Songpa-gu)

Address: 101호, Ogumro 17gil, 7 Ogeum-ro 17-gil, unit101, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Page: www.instagram.com/rootedseoul

Vegan Cheese Sandwich with Salad - Rooted Seoul

If you’re visiting Lotte World or Seokchon Lake, visit Rooted Seoul, a vegan fusion cafe run by a really kind owner and chef. I believe it’s the only vegan restaurant in this area too.

I got the grilled cheese ($8.60 USD), rosemary lemonade ($3.50 USD), and the walnut chocolate chip cookie, which might have been one of the best cookies I’ve eaten.

📍byTOFU (Yongsan)

Address: 10 Sowol-ro 20-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Page: www.instagram.com/bytofu_hbc

Vegan Food Sunrise Bowl with tofu, broccoli, kamut and vegan mayo - ByTOFU Seoul South Korea

byTOFU is located west of Namsan Park, so this vegan restaurant is perfect after a walk or hike at Namsan.

They serve sandwiches, bowls, and wraps primarily centered around tofu. They also practice sustainable dining.

I got the Sunrise Tofu bowl ($9 USD) with baked tofu, kamut grain, and broccoli, with a vegan mayo topping and lime dressing. It was so fresh but filling. I could eat this everyday if I could!

📍Loving Hut (Yeoksam + Gangnam)

Yeoksam: 828-51 Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea (UPDATE: Yeoksam location is temporarily closed, but the one in Gangnam is open.)

Gangnam: 35 Gaepo-ro 22-gil, Gaepo-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Page: www.lovinghut.kr

Vegan Burger with fries and condiments - Loving Hut Vegan Yeoksam Seoul South Korea

If you don’t already know, Loving Hut is an international vegan restaurant chain. And not gonna lie, I went to the Loving Hut in Yeoksam after visiting Yeoksam Station mentioned in the kdrama Extraordinary Attorney Woo. 😆

What I didn’t know was that the Yeoksam location only served western dishes (which were still great).

If you want vegan Korean dishes, go to the Loving Hut vegan restaurant in Gangnam.

Here are other western vegan restaurants in Seoul that I haven’t tried yet:

  • Nammi Plant Lap
  • Camouflage (more vegan Chinese)
  • Chez Valerie
  • Vegetus
  • Monk’s Butcher Cafe
  • SIVA

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Vegan Desserts in Seoul

Seoul has the most vegan dessert cafes I’ve ever seen.

📍Cafe Turtle (Seocho)

Address: 48 Bangbaecheon-ro 4an-gil, Bangbae 2(i)-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Page: www.instagram.com/cafe_turtle

Vegan Mint chocolate cake, lemon tart, and smoothie - Cafe Turtle Vegan Seoul South Korea

Cafe Turtle is one of my favorite vegan cafes in Seoul, though it’s farther away from central Seoul.

They have a variety of cakes around $5 USD, including some pies. They indicate which ones are gluten-free. There’s also a variety of drinks like lattes, ades, smoothies, and teas.

I always got the mint-chocolate cake and lemon meringue pie.

📍Nuldam Space (Gyeongbokgung Palace and Haebangchon)

Page: www.instagram.com/nuldam_space

Vegan Croissant and Latte - Nuldam Space Gyeongbokgung Seoul

Nuldam Space has become one of my favorite vegan cafes in Seoul. The one I go to is located right across Gyeongbokgung Palace. They serve delicious vegan croissants and drinks.

So far I’ve tried the vegan mocha cream croissant ($4.70 USD) and vegan Biscoff croissant ($4.70 USD).

They also have a vegan croffle with ice cream that I’ll have to try next time. Their drinks include hot and iced lattes, coffee, ades and teas.

Cubs of Letters to Future Self - Nuldam Space Gyeongbokgung Seoul

What makes Nuldam Space special and brings in even non-vegans is that you can write your future self a letter.

For $3 USD, you get a post card and envelope set that you write in and seal with wax, and they’ll send it to you to you or someone else in one year (a few more months for mines!).

📍Apbbang Future Bakery (Ikseongdong)

Address: 29-1 Samil-daero 32ga-gil, Ikseon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Page: www.instagram.com/apbbang

Vegan chocolate cherry cake and ade - Apbbang Future Bakery Seoul

Apbbang Bakery serves organic and whole-grain desserts, including some raw and gluten-free items.

Their cakes are around $7 USD each and are pretty dense and filling. It’s located inside a beautiful red-brick building.

Not gonna lie, I tried this spot out because Monsta X’s member Shownu tried it during his plant based days. :’).

📍Overte Vegan Donuts (Jung-gu)

Address: 34 Toegye-ro 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Page: www.instagram.com/overte_donuts

Box of half dozen vegan donuts - Overte Donuts Vegan Seoul

A whole vegan donut shop in Seoul?! Yes! Overte serves a wide range of vegan donuts with flavors like PB&J, Earl Grey, Raspberry & Pistachio, and Hazelnut Ganache.

You can buy the donuts individually or get a box set of 6 for $6.70 USD. The texture of the donuts were mix of baked and fried.

Note that they do serve cow’s milk for drinks, so make sure to ask for plant milk.

📍La Pause Cakes

Address: 60 Yanghwa-ro 6-gil, Hapjeong-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Page: www.instagram.com/lala_lapause

Vegan Mint Chocolate Cake and Ade Drink - La Pause Cakes Cafe in Seoul

La Pause serves all-vegan and gluten-free cakes, and were the moistest cakes I’ve tried in Seoul. Their cakes are around $6 USD each.

The cafe itself is very aesthetic with an antique interior and western memorabilia.

Like most cafes, they serve ade, lattes, and tea, but also beer. Note that they do serve cow’s milk for drinks, so make sure to ask for plant milk.

BONUS:📍Dotori Cafe (Yongsan and Jongno locations)

Address: 25-6 Hangang-daero 52-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Page: www.instagram.com/dotori__seoul

Front of Dotori Cafe Yongsan in Seoul - all sky blue house Ghibli-themed

Dotori Cafe is not vegan but has the most vegan options I’ve seen for a non-vegan cafe.

They serve vegan cakes and cookies, which are quite dense, but the main draw for visiting is the Ghibli-themed house and interior. Each vegan option was around $3.50 USD each.

Read my full review of the vegan options at Dotori Cafe.

Vegan cookie and chocolate pound cake on table at Dotori Cafe in Seoul

Here are other vegan dessert spots in Seoul that I haven’t tried yet:

  • Ggulneng Cookies
  • Veganique
  • Veganature

Vegan Bakeries in Seoul

Seoul has so many vegan bakeries! Plus, a lot of them offer gluten-free baked goods. These would be perfect for a vegan breakfast in Seoul.

📍For Four Bread (Hongdae)

Address: 18길 13 Donggyo-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Page: www.instagram.com/forfourbread

Plate of vegan mini raw cheesecake, three vegan madeleines and matcha cookie from For Four Bread in Hongdae Seoul

For Four Bread is a vegan bakery that sells fresh artisan bread and desserts. A lot of the items are gluten-free. The owner is very friendly too. Their prices range from $3-5 USD.

Their baked goods include madeleines, cookies, cakes, and raw cheesecakes. They’re quite dense and filling, but you can take any dine-ins to-go.

Read my full review of For Four Bread in Seoul.

📍Ooh Breado

Address: 3 Sangdo-ro 37-gil, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Page: www.instagram.com/ooh_breado

Vegan Croissants - Ohh Breado Vegan Bakery in Seoul

Ooh Breado is a popular vegan bakery in Seoul amongst vegans and vegheads.

It’s a bit farther away from central Seoul, but 100% worth it. They serve both sweet and savory baked goods, including some breads.

I got the popular pizza rolls as well as a lemon pound cake. After taking a bite I understood why people love this place.

I took my food to go for a trip to Gyeongju, but you can also dine in and order drinks. This vegan bakery is self-serve, then you pay at the counter.

📍The Bread Blue

Address: 3 Sinchon-ro 12da-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Vegan mango cake, tuna croquette, chocolate iced latte_The Bread Blue Hongdae Seoul

The Bread Blue is a popular all-vegan bakery in Hongdae. They have a self-serve bakery with savory and sweet breads and baked goods. You can also order cakes from the counter display as well as made-to-order food like pizza and burgers.

I got their mango cake, crispy tuna croquette, and chocolate vegan iced latte. Prices are pretty affordable and each item I had was solid. The cakes were perfectly sweet and moist. Would definitely go back again!

Here are other vegan bakeries in Seoul that I haven’t tried yet:

  • Haemil (went here recently, will update!)
  • Veganique (went here recently, will update!)
  • Vegan Mama
  • Sunny Bread
  • Pan Honesta

Questions About Being Vegan in Seoul

📖 Make sure to read my Essential Vegan Food in Korea Travel Guide (updated 2024).

Is South Korea Vegan-Friendly?

Korean cuisine often uses fish sauce and anchovies, so are not vegan nor vegetarian. Both are used in side dishes and stews that may seemingly be just vegetables. There’s plenty of vegan food in South Korea and vegan restaurants in Seoul, though.

Of course, if you are planning to eat with non-vegans at non-vegan places, it’s best to learn basic Korean phrases to order veganizable food.

Make sure to download Google Translate or the Papago app to translate menus. Read more travel tips on my South Korea guide.

Some common Korean dishes you can ask to veganize at non-vegan restaurants in Seoul:

  • Bibimbap (without meat or egg)
  • Kongguksu (without topped egg)
  • Vegetable gimbap
  • Bowl of rice with banchan side dishes (aim for basic banchan that’s less likely to be flavored with fish sauce).
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Is there Vegan Street Food in Seoul?

There are some accidentally vegan street food in Seoul and other cities in South Korea that you can eat.

If you go to to Gwangjang Market, they have the popular mungbean pancakes as well as the mayak gimbap rolls filled with rice, carrots, pickled radish, and spinach.

You can find most of this at Myeongdong Shopping Street:

  • Hotteok (they often call this honey hotteok but generally they use brown sugar and not actual honey)
  • Turbo potatoes (get it plain, with salt, or plant-based spices)
  • Japchae noodles
  • Roasted sweet potatoes
  • Candied strawberries & fruit (tanghulu)
  • Fruits
  • Pomegranate juice

What are the vegan options at convenience stores in Seoul?

Beyond the basic nuts, dried fruit, and chips, here are some vegan options at stores like 7-eleven, CU, GS25, and Emarts (they’ll all vary):

Vegan banana milk: It’s so good I drank this almost every day.

7 boxes of yellow Vegan Banana Milk boxes from Convenience Store in Seoul South Korea

Vegan ramen: this one is vegan and you can find it in most convenience stores.

Blue Bowl of Bibim Vegan Ramen from a Convenience Store in Seoul South Korea

Chips: You can find regular potato chips. The caramel puffs below are my favorite and labeled vegan. I’ve only seen them a few times, otherwise eMart sells bigger bags of these. So good!

Orange bag of vegan caramel puffs

Plant milks: Tons of plant milk options from soy to chocolate milk.

Veggie Garden Vegan Kimbap next to a box of vegan chocolate milk box from Convenience Store Seoul

Vegan triangle kimbap: these are usually found only in popular tourist areas. The ones from Plantable and Veggie Garden are usually vegan, just make sure to check the ingredients (use Google Translate or Papago to scan and translate it).

Google Lens translation of Veggie Garden Vegan Kimbap in a Convenience Store in Seoul

Inari: sushi rice in tofu skin pockets. These can be rare and only found in some convenience stores.

Seoul has become one of my favorite cities to visit as a vegan. It’s totally doable to eat vegetarian or vegan in Seoul.

I look forward to going again and visiting my favorite and some new vegan restaurants in Seoul!

Any vegan in Seoul recommendations?

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