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Dajeon Cafe

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    ( 43 reviews )
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240-12 Bujeon 2i-Dong Busanjin-gu, Busan, South Korea

다전 at 부산진구 신천대로62번길 61, 부산광역시, 614-846, 대한민국 located on 4th floor is a Korean food cafe & tea house. Open Mon-Sat 12:00pm-3:00pm, 5:00pm-9:00pm. Last orders 8:00pm. Hours reported to be irregular - call ahead.

Categories: Vegan, Korean

43 Reviews

First Review by danielReich

kannhamlin

Contributions +15

Vegetarian
15 Sep 2018

Best Food in Busan - Edit

Food was amazing! Took a few non-veggie friends with me and one said it was the best meal she’s had in Korea. The atmosphere was very relaxed. Just a great experience.

Pros: Totally vegan, Calm atmosphere , There are kitties in the rooftop garden!

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ClaireAnne

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Vegan
13 Sep 2018

Amazing - Edit

Super cute and relaxed environment, friendly staff and delicious food! They have an English menu too!

Pros: Lovely environment, English menu, Delicious vegan food

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GwenaColvin

Contributions +50

Vegan
07 Sep 2018

Trop booon - Edit

Plats coréens vegan, incroyablement bons !

Pros: Savoureux et coréen

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StorlandIon

Contributions +36

Vegan
23 Aug 2018

And cats :) - Edit

Incredible how tasty some food can be so this is about this cafe. Stuff speak English and it's very kind. And cats they are wasome.

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anetxuu10

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Vegan
20 Aug 2018

Fav vegan restaurant in Korea. - Edit

This was my favourite restaurant while travelling in Korea.
The food is amazing, tasty and also super cheap. The staff is super friendly and they have a cool enviroment (The cats are adorable too).
If I go back to Korea and Busan I will come back for sure!!

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Mallku

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Vegan
01 Aug 2018

Variety of good food. - Edit

Nice and cosy little restaurant. Might be hard to find if you can't read Korean. There is a green vertical sign at the building with korean letters but nothing else gives a hint. The restaurant is located in the fourth floor.

Pros: purely vegan restaurant

Cons: might be hard to find

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sara_dellinger

Contributions +24

Vegan
01 Jul 2018

Wonderful - Edit

The food at this restaurant was by far some of the best vegan food I had while in S Korea. My friend and I returned several times during our stay in Busan and tried the Lotus meal, bibimbap, wheat bulgogi, dumplings, and the beansteak- all delicious and each one a filling portion size. The atmosphere is very comfortable, and you’ll find the restaurant’s three cats lounging around outside (all very friendly). I absolutely recommend!!

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motm32

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Vegan
29 Jun 2018

Amazing food! - Edit

I visited this restaurant many times during my stay in Busan. The food and service is great! I have tried the wheat bulgogi, dolsot bibimbap, dumplings, and bean steak; and everything tasted very similar to the traditional korean food that I had when I was younger. I would definitely recommend this place especially if you like cats. They had a few cats roaming around the rooftop where the restaurant is located all very friendly

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annprie

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Vegan
27 Jun 2018

Rare find! - Edit

Just wow, it's probably the first time for me to find a Korean vegan place and not just a vegan place in Korea! Everything on their menu is supertasty (dolsot bibimbap is just an alltime winner of my heart) and they have a grand tea selection - the restaurant itself is very cozy and if you're lucky you'll see a kitten running around 🤗

Pros: Actual Korean food, Kitten

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inkap

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Vegan
16 Jun 2018

So cozy and food is delicious! - Edit

Vegan restaurant serving traditional Korean dishes. Everything I've tried has been delicious (and also approved by my Korean friends), especially the dumplings, bulgogi and ginger tea. A must-go for vegan/vegetarians visiting Busan!

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georgia.madeleine

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Vegan
26 May 2018

unreal vegan korean food - Edit

i absolutely love this place! the atmosphere is a lovely retreat from the hectic vibe of seomyeon. the owner is very kind, and speaks a lot of english. the prices are good, and the portions are large.

living as a vegan in korea, it is very difficult to eat korean food. so, it is wonderful to experience authentic korean dishes (like pajeon and bulgogi) that are 100% vegan. if you are a group of 2 or more people, i HIGHLy recommend getting the lotus leaf rice set meal. you get to try many different dishes, and everything is outstanding!!

if you are only passing through busan, dajeon is a spot you MUST visit! :)

Updated from previous review on 2018-05-26

Pros: excellent food & value, nice atmosphere & service, good location

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robisan

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Vegetarian
14 May 2018

Hidden pearl! - Edit

This venue serves flavourful Korean-style dishes at a reasonable price. At the fourth floor, the entrance is a little hard to spot if you don't recognise Hangul characters, but it's well worth the search.

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BlueDoraemon

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Vegetarian
12 May 2018

Nice and cozy - Edit

Nice little place with limited menu choice, but is tasty. Near to Seomyeong metro station.

Pros: Some dishes do not have onion and garlic, Cheap and tasty

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BluntAndChronic

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Vegan
09 May 2018

I finally found excellent vegan Korean food - Edit

Korea has been fairly disappointing for vegetarian or vegan food. However, this changes everything. Wonderfully flavorful with all of the Korean standards, but vegan. I'll be back here tonight. I wish I found this place earlier.

Pros: Many Korean standards in vegan style, friendly sta

Cons: Nothing

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giruja

Contributions +769

Vegan
02 May 2018

Traditional Korean flavours! - Edit

I love this place so much. The food here offers some of the most quintessential traditional Korean flavours, in vegan mode. Win-win! Something about the kimchi (깍두기), perilla leaf (깻잎) and especially the seasoning (양념 간장)... something about them just really hits the spot. Very authentic Korean flavours. These things were not even the main dishes, but somehow they were what really left an impression for me. Not to say that the main dishes weren't good - the mandoo dumplings and spicy soy chicken were really, really tasty!! Just the right texture and flavours, and all of that. But I have often found that vegan restaurants in Korea tend to be more modern/fusion, and as a result, some of the flavours in the pickled veg side dishes are (often) not very "Korean"-tasting (though they are yummy in their own right!) In contrast to the modern vegan hybrid-culture/fusion stuff, the food in Dajeon is very "traditional Korean"-tasting. The tea and puff cookies (뻥과자) were nice (and fun) too! The server told me how to steep the tea and while I'm pretty sure I did it wrong, it was a fun experience~ :-)

Update: Been here twice now! I couldn't leave without having more of the gakdugi (깍두기) and perilla leaf (깻잎)... So tasty I wanted to cry!!!!!! I keep starting off by talking about the side dishes but the main dish I had was also fantastic (콩불구이). Yes, vegan bulgogi!

Updated from previous review on 2018-05-01

Pros: all vegan traditional Korean flavours, relaxing atmosphere and unique decor, lovely cats

Cons: none!

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danbs123

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Vegan
06 Apr 2018

Highly Recommend! - Edit

Great vegan food and smoothies! Very friendly staff and nice atmosphere as well!

Pros: Large portions

Cons: none

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CarolinaB

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Vegetarian
06 Apr 2018

Excellent food and lovely place - Edit

Great food and it comes with soup, Kimchi and tofu on the side.
Very cozy place.
Tricky to find because the name is written in Korean only, so make sure to find the green sign that says 4F (4th floor)
The staff barely speaks English, but the menu has everything in English and they will try to help as much as they can.
Highly recommended!

Pros: Great food

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SamanthaEvans

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Vegan
03 Mar 2018

Cozy & Relaxing - Edit

The meal was fantastic and the setging really makes it. The rooftop is covered in plants. You feel very relaxed and comfortable.

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ScottBailey

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Vegetarian
27 Feb 2018

Fantastic! - Edit

Ate here yesterday and loved it; lovely relaxed and comfy atmosphere, all the food is veggie/vegan- its cheap, big portions, healthy and delicious. The staff are friendly and the service was fast. We both got the stone bibimbap which were 7000 won each and they came with pickles, tofu, seaweed soup and a free kettle of herbal tea. I would recommend to anyone visiting Busan.

Pros: affordability, tasty food, atmosphere and service

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CurtMcArdle

Contributions +31

Vegetarian
03 Feb 2018

Vegan tranquility in a busy area of Busan - Edit

This cafe realy is a small, hidden piece of vegan tranquility in an otherwise busy and vibrant area of the city.

Located conveniently close to Seomyeon Metro Station, the restaraunt is located on the 4th floor, and decorated in a 'traditional' korean style, with soft, calming music in the background, creating a pleasent and relaxed atmosphere in contrast to the noise and neon lighting on the street outside.

The Vegan Bulgogi is hot, tender and packs a real flavour punch, served with a sticky rice, fresh crunchy salad, marinated tofu and a seaweed soup. Portion sizes are very generous for their price, and tea is served upon arrival by friendly and attentative staff with a good level of English.

A real must-visit for vegans and non-vegans alike in Busan, which is seemingly very popular with the expat crowd.


Updated from previous review on 2018-02-03

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yokepoke

Contributions +25

Vegan
07 Jan 2018

affordable and healthy! - Edit

it was easy to find! the food was really affordable and for its price, i think it is worth it, as we got the bibimbap and noodles for 6000 & 7000 won respectively, and both came in really huge portions! the staff were really friendly as well! overall a really great experience!

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GabbyR7

Contributions +32

Vegan
25 Dec 2017

Delicious! - Edit

Very nice experience, everything was delicious and the place is very cozy.

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tncveggie

Contributions +17

Vegetarian
29 Nov 2017

Boycott lotus leaf rice set - Edit

Forced to order two sets of lotus leaf rice with Bulgogi set so I opted for bulgogi n Mandu instead. Last thing I want is to eat the Same Thing.

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AlexanderWi

Contributions +23

Vegetarian
13 Nov 2017

very good - Edit

So good! Nice people and cheap (5000-8000 W every meal)

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Alecia13

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Vegan
21 Oct 2017

Best vegan rooftop oasis - Edit

No more honey. Completely vegan.

Easy stroll through a marketplace with street vendor food. After exiting the subway at exit 7, I turned by the starbucks and passed a batting cage to find the green 다전 sign. There is another batting room on the second floor and a vacant 3rd floor. Continue up the stairs to the roof and enter this peaceful vegan oasis. I ordered the dumplings and apricot tea. I also asked for a recommendation and got the wheat gluten steak. Everything was phenomenal and at such an affordable price! They even give a canister of tea instead of water for the table. Menu was in English. Bathroom is inside.

Pros: affordable , delicious , peaceful

Cons: top floor - stairs only, limited seating, vinyl table covering a bit sticky

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eat-all-the-cake

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Vegan
21 Sep 2017

tasty food and tasty tea - Edit

unlike some of the other reviewers I didn't have much trouble finding the place, just follow happycow's instructions and keep an eye open for the green sign - and remember that in Korea shops and restaurants tend to occupy the upper floors of the buildings as well! this restaurant is actually at the top of the building (I think it was the fourth floor) and has a nice little rooftop garden with the cutest cats living there :)

Dajeon Cafe has great food for reasonable prices (doesn't leave a student like me bankrupt) and the jujube tea, one of my favourite beverages in the world, is just amazing. So far I have tried the noodle soup dish, the mandu and the dolsot bibimbap and I can recommend all of it. With every dish comes a small selection of banchan; I especially enjoyed the fried tofu.

All dishes and drinks are vegan except for the honey which is added to some of the teas, but the menu states clearly which teas contain honey and which don't.

Pros: tasty, affordable food, comfortable sofas and armchairs to sit in

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vitalvegan

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Vegan
27 Aug 2017

Hopefully easier to find with these directions - Edit

I found this one really hard to find at first, even though our accommodation turned out to be within 250m of it. This was because it is in an area with so many signs and the café’s sign doesn’t stand out strongly (there’s one up above head height and one just inside the building entrance and only visible if one is virtually standing in the entrance). Also, it is only in Korean so unless you’re competent enough in the language that adds to the challenge. But it is worth finding. Went there three times in the week we spent in Busan, partly because of the convenience and partly because the food was good.

So here are some additional directions from Seomyeon station. Find exit 1 of subway line 1 but don’t go out of it (as it is exit 13 of the underground shopping area). Instead, walk further along the underground shopping arcade and leave it at its Exit 1. Then walk, in the same direction, another 60m along the street at ground level. This is a major street called Jungang-daero. After 60m you’ll come to a small side street on the right. Look down it and you should see the OAO hotel at the end of it. Go down that street to the first intersection (only about 30m). At the intersection, on the street surface, there is a large tiled design of concentric circles with an 8-poiint star in the middle. Also at this intersection, at ground level, there is a 7-eleven on one corner, an entertainment parlour with a picture of a silhouetted man shooting a gun on another, a restaurant on a third and a Toast sandwiches shop on the fourth. Turn right. Go 20m, just past the Chef’s Lunchbox, to an entranceway on the left. There is a flag banner by it advertising the Yasano Sports Game entertainment parlour on the 2nd floor. The green Dajeon café sign (see one of the photos on this website) is on the wall, just inside the entranceway so it’s hard to see. At the top of the first flight of stairs is the poster of a baseball player (also see website photo). Go all the way to the top of the stairs (they become wooden near the top) and you’ll see arrows and other signs indicating you’re on the right path. The café is housed on the rooftop (4th floor).

There are several dishes to choose from and all were good in our experience. There are couches and seats and a raised floor area for sitting. The service is fairly quick and the owner/employee speaks English. The café usually seems to have English language music playing but it’s a relatively quiet retreat from all the noise at stree

Pros: Good food, Reasonable prices, Shelter from street's visual and noise pollution

Cons: Music just a wee bit loud perhaps

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