How to be a Vegetarian in Seoul (part 2)

Last time, I introduced some vegetarian food/snacks that you can purchase at convenient places such as Emart and GS25. This week, however, I’ll be introducing three restaurants close to Hanyang University with delicious food that are a bit more costly (10,000 – 15,000 won).


1. Hyo So 효소 (Vegetarian buffet)

Directions: Wangsimni Exit 1 (walk straight for about 10 minutes)

Address: Seongdong-gu Hong – IK – 219, Seoul

Monday – Sunday 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 9pm


Hyoso is a vegan buffet restaurant with both Korean and Western food. They serve almost every Korean vegetarian side dish, along with other traditional dishes including Kimbap and savory pancakes. They also serve spaghetti, fries, tofu, fried mushrooms, salad and fruit. The drinks include coffee (Americano and espresso) and apricot juice. The cost is $13,000 won per person and you’re expected to pay before you dine. It’s a quiet, clean restaurant with A LOT of choices.




2. La Lieto 리에또 (Pasta and pizza)

Directions: It’s close to Twosome café and right beside a GS25 (right beside Hanyang University). You can either take the 4211 bus or walk.

Address: 16-12 Haengdang-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

Lunch starts at 11:30am – 3:30pm

(With English/Korean menu)


I recommend going to La Lieto for their lunch set, as it’s much cheaper than going there for dinner. The lunch set is around 13,500 won – 15,500 (depending on your choice of pasta or pizza) and it includes soda/coffee, salad (with tomato bruschetta), pasta/pizza dish, and dessert. Note: this is not a vegetarian restaurant, but there are a lot of vegetarian options. You can have the vegetable pasta, tomato cream cheese penne, margherita pizza or mushroom pizza (all these dishes have no meat). However, I usually just choose whichever dish I want (even if it has bacon in it) and ask for the meat to be taken out. The waiters are extremely friendly so I never have a problem with this. I love coming here because there are around 20 + pasta options to choose from.

Le lieto

La Lieto


3. Bonjuk 본죽 (Korean traditional porridge/soup)

Directions: It’s also beside Hanyang University (close to La Lieto as well)

Address: 6-2 Haengdang-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

I recommend the vegetable porridge 야채죽 (7500 won). Each bowl comes with side dishes and apricot juice drink. You can also order the sweet pumpkin, red bean or sesame porridge (sweet).


Vegetable Porridge


Sweet Pumpkin Porridge


Other places with vegetarian food

If you ever go to the food court on the second floor of Wangsimni station (above emart), then you can order their bibimbap (sarangchae bibimbap – vegetable bibimbap) with comes with side dishes and soup.

Tip: Most regular bibimbaps in Korea have no meat (unless stated otherwise)


Article by Sharon from Canada

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