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There are plenty of reasons to visit Busan, be it chilling on the sandy white beaches, or exploring the array of beautiful temples. The port city is not only known for its beautiful and amazing sights but also diverse selection of best food dishes and some of the best restaurants. Busan is popular for its street food vendors and is home to some of the best, unique, and upscale dining restaurants.
Here are the best restaurants in Busan spanning 10 different categories ranging from traditional Korean food to seafood!
Best Korean Barbeque – Anga
Anga is a Korean barbeque restaurant in Haeundae. It is popular for its marinated pork that’s grilled on the table. Anga also offers chicken and beef along with a vegetable bar and condiments. If you are planning a visit during lunch hour, there’s only an option of lunchtime meal. There are no private seating or private grills on the table during this time. For an authentic Korean BBQ experience, visit the restaurant in the evening.
Best Korean Traditional Cuisine – Jeonglim
Jeonglim is a classic Korean restaurant that hosts ladies’ lunch and events. It is housed in a traditional hanok (houses from Joseon era). The restaurant serves everything ranging from Korean BBQ to classics like dolsotbap and juk.
Best Vegetarian – Ecotopia
Ecotopia is a marvelous vegetarian-friendly restaurant in the Suyeong-gu district of Busan. It is popular for tofu bibimbap and vegetable gratin with salad and bread. You can enjoy sunny days from the outdoor garden seating. There is only one dish that isn’t vegetarian, cabbage kimchi. And that’s only because the fish sauce is a part of its traditional preparation. If you don’t eat non-veg, you can request for a vegetarian version of the dish.
Best Korean Street Food – Food Street at Gukje Market
Gukje Market is one of the most famous food markets in Busan. There are several shopping stalls around the market that offer some delectable Korean street food choices like kimchi, kimbap, and more. You can pick up quick bites of food from these stalls while you stroll through the bustling market.
Best Seafood – Jagalchi Fish Market
Jagalchi Fish Market is the best place if you want to try seafood in Busan. You can choose amongst all the seafood delicacies as you wander in the market. You can opt to try the seafood item raw or the vendor can cook the dish for you.
Best Budget Restaurant – Choryang Milmyeon
If you are traveling to Busan on a budget, Choryang Milmyeon is the best restaurant in Busan that you should visit. It makes cold milmyeon (flour noodles) that is perfect for hot summer days. The place is also popular for the best preparation of classic rice noodles and mandu.
Best Fine-Dining – Dining Room
Dining Room in Park Hyatt Hotel is one of the best fine-dining restaurants in Busan. With its open kitchen design, you can enjoy the amazing views of chef’s workplace as they prepare your meal over open charcoal grills. The restaurant serves Korean hanwoo beef steaks along with a selection of local seafood options. It also offers an excellent selection of wine that pair well with the premium and upscale dishes.
Best Busan Specialty (samgye-tang) – Jang Su Sam
Jang Su Sam makes the best samgye-tang, the favorite local dish of Busan. It is a smaller establishment that makes this traditional warm weather dish in the port city. This healthy and hearty meal from Jang Su Sam can cure your ailments and sickness!
Best Italian – La Bella Citta
La Bella Citta in Haeundae, Busan is one of the best Italian restaurants in Busan. It is a perfect choice for families, locals, and tourists. Some of the popular dishes of the restaurant include Italian classics like pizza, carbonara pasta, and fresh salad. With its outdoor seating, you can enjoy amazing views of the city with delicious meal!
Best French – Merciel
If you are looking for some classic and authentic French cuisine, Merciel is one of the best restaurants in Busan that you can check out. Located in the hotspot of Dalmaji Hill, Merciel offers fine dining experience and is headed up by Chef Yoon with over two decades of experience. The restaurant is popular for its modern and classic Frnech dishes along with Korean tenderloin steak. There is an extensive selection of cocktails and wine that you can enjoy with the delicious meal!
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- The Best Places for Shopping in Busan
- 10 Food Dishes to Try in Busan