Dajeon Cafe

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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-Fri 12:00pm-10:00pm, Sat 12:00pm-9:00pm. Hours reported to be irregular - call ahead.

Categories: Vegan, Korean

28 Reviews

First Review by danielReich

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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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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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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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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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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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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Delicious! - Edit

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

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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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very good - Edit

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

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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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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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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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Lovely banchans - Edit

We had two mock meat dishes and mandu. Everything was great! Closed when we arrived around 21.45 for a second visit.

Updated from previous review on 2017-08-01

Pros: Vegetarian banchan, Nice rooftop garden atmosphere, Friendly staff

Cons: I didn't see any beer in the menu?

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Wonderful little place - Edit

I ate here twice this week on my vacay to Busan. I loved it. Both times I had the mandu and the galkuksu. I loved them both, especially the nice, piping hot galkuksu. I love hot soup even in summer and this really hit the spot. The first time, I also had lovely gukhwa tea...chrysanthemum tea. the second time I had the strawberry smoothie...delicious and refreshing. I will definitely come again on my next trip to Busan. I also love the outdoor garden patio on the rooftop.

Pros: Great service, Great food, Good portion sizes in correlation to price

Cons: Hard to find..found it on my 4th attempt

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My favorite Korean Food in Busan - Edit

This vegetarian restaurant is almost completely vegan (minus honey in a couple drinks as mentioned below), and has been consistently excellent in my visits over the last nine months. The lotus wrapped rice (special meal, minimum order of two) is my favorite. You get a big serving of rice with some beans, wheat bulgogi and lettuce wraps, a korean pancake, soup, some excellent tofu, and enough banchan to cover your whole table. I also recommend the mandu. They have an excellent selection of tea, the only thing they are really missing is dessert. If they had vegan cake or ice cream on the menu it would be perfect. It's also significantly cheaper to eat here than some of the other vegan restaurants in the area.

It's also pretty easy to find, just head out exit 7 at Seomyeon and walk straight for maybe two or three blocks. When you see three green phone booths, turn left. Take another left at the first cross street (very short distance) and there is a sports arcade followed by a doorway with stairs going up. There is a small sign with no English that could be easy to miss. There is a big poster of a baseball player swinging a bat at the top of the first stairs when you enter. Take the stairs all the way to the top.

Updated from previous review on 2016-11-06

Pros: inexpensive and delicious, excellent location, and relaxing space, friendly staff

Cons: no dessert

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FresiaCyw 19 Mar 2017 - Hi could you share with me, is the operation really from 12pm-1pm only?  


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LindseyOtterbourg 18 Apr 2017 - Thanks for the info! Super excited to try this place in a couple weeks :)  


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Dajeon Cafe, Busan - Edit

They seem to market themselves as a vegan eatery. The menu though clearly indicates some beverages prepared with honey.



Updated from previous review on 2016-09-16

Cons: Shame about the honey

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Excellent! - Edit

Really delicious vegan versions of traditional Korean dishes.

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cute café with lovely vegan food - Edit

On the 4th floor filled with plants and a ceiling of clouds - very cozy and homely.
The bibimbap was amazing and the dumplings were a hit. They specialize in tea of all kinds.

Pros: cheap delicious food

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tulips326 10 Sep 2016 - This place was extremely hard to find. Even after showing the taxi driver the address in Korean and after using the GPS system, he still dropped me off with this place nowhere to be found...disappointing.  


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AMAZING - Edit

Traveling vegan in South Korea is a challenge and so I was weeping with joy to find a place that serves some veg Korean food. The prices are reasonable, the place is super cute and the workers are really wonderful. The vegan bulgogi was absolutely incredible, and the dumplings were also delicious. It's not that hard to find if you look at the pictures some other users provided. Look for the sports arcade and go up to the fourth floor, simple. This was probably the best meal I've had in South Korea, cannot say enough good things.

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Vegan Bulgogi! - Edit

This place was amazing. I was able to eat by myself in Korea without feeling weird AND have true vegan Korean food, 2 things that happen rarely! The staff was super friendly and they have an English menu. I ordered the vegan bulgogi which came with rice, shredded cabbage, lettuce wraps, seaweed soup, tofu, and some pickled side dish. Every single bite was AMAZING, and I'm picky with my vegan food. I would go back there every day if I could. It was a little hard for me to find though. After turning left by the 3 phone booths, turn left again onto the first intersecting street. There is an arcade/sports bar about 2 or 3 stores down on the lefthand side and the restaurant is on the 4th floor.

Pros: Reasonable pricing, Delicious food, Great atmosphere

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Delicious! - Edit

Everything we tasted was absolutely delicious and so tasty. Such a relief (and rarity) to be able to eat vegan food in South Korea.

We had the bibimbap, deep fried veggie chicken and dumplings. Would recommend all of them.

Difficult to find but I have added some pictures to hopefully make it a little easier. It's located on the fourth floor of a building where baseball posters are on the wall on the way up. The restaurant sign is in Korean.

Pros: Lovely food, Attentive staff, Reasonable

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Cozy restaurant - Edit

The place is very cozy, although slightly difficult to find. They serve amazing Korean food. Their dumplings and bibimbap are belicious. I definitely recommend the dumplings. The pumpkin soy latte is also to die for. Tastes like heaven. They also serve vegan chicken but I didn't really like it because of the texture. Everyone is different though so definitely try it!

Pros: Delicious dumplings , Amazing soy latte , Cozy restaurant

Cons: They were out of ice cream, Difficult to find

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amazing dumplings and latte - Edit

I went to Dajeon and got the dumplings and soy pumpkin latte and was highly impressed with the food and the atmosphere! The restaurant has really nice views being up on the 4th floor. The food is really delicious, healthy and affordable. I'll definitely go back here if I ever return to busan.

Pros: affordable

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Delicious and Inexpensive Food - Edit

I was so happy with the food served here. I was expecting small portions and a small selection, but the selection was great. I ordered the bean-meat steak for 7,000 won. The steak and the sauce was delicious! Nothing felt too heavy or salty. It was served with fried oyster mushroom on perilla leaf with a sample of kidney beans, a serving of rice, shredded cabbage, with miyeok-guk, and tofu and mu kimchi as banchan. Usually I really dislike kkakdugi (radish kimchi), but theirs was really delicious! I couldn't believe the portion size for 7,000 won. I was really full when I finished but felt good and not sleepy. Another thing that really surprised me was how quickly the food came out.

The only disappointment was that it seems they do not sell many of their desserts anymore.


Updated from previous review on Tuesday August 18, 2015

Pros: Large Portion Size, Delicious and Satisfying Food, Inexpensive

Cons: Needs updated menu

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Love love love - Edit

Travelling in Korea as a vegetarian isn't an easy feat. After a few weeks of surprise meat in majority of meals thus place was exactly what we needed.

Pros: Tasty vegan takes on traditional food, Big portions, fair prices, Lovely staff and atmosphere

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Lovely Local Cuisine - Edit

Dined here last night with a friend. Enjoyed the set menu. Plate of sticky rice and beans wrapped in a lotus leaf and bowl of seaweed soup each plus eleven Korean dishes and buckwheat tea for 11000 won each. Plus kiwi juice for 5000 won. Great service, great food, great value.
Location: Take subway train to Seomyeon station. Use Seomyeon market exit (exit 7). At top of stairs go straight ahead on footpath for 2 or 3 long blocks When you reach a group of 3 phone boxes turn left into side lane and Wa Bar is on the corner of the long, narrow alley crossing the lane just ahead. Stairs to top floor are entered from alley.

Pros: Calm ambience, comfy seating, Great value local cuisine, Prompt, pleasant service

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Best Korean food in Busan - Edit

This place deserves more praise and visitors. The quality of the food is absolutely amazing. If you are into traditional Korean food, this is a must visit!

We were a party of two and ordered the bulgogi set, which was their most recommended item and the steamed mandu (dumplings). The food came with a bajillion side dishes (ok, around 10 dishes), steamed glutinous rice wrapped in a leaf, a bowl of seaweed soup, pan fried tofu drizzled with chili sauce and a veggie pancake. Our main dishes was the "beef" bulgogi, which was made from gluten and the steamed dumpling. It was basically a feast! A very satisfying experience! Oh and it's cheap too. We paid ₩ 27,000 for all of that!

The restaurant itself is very spacious, quiet and clean. It's got very comfy couches to seat on and they've got outdoor seatings too.

The staff are friendly and speaks minimal English. But worry not, they've got an English menu. Yey!

I'm a person with high standards when it comes to food and this standard does not get compromised even if I'm traveling.
This is by far the best restaurant I've encountered in Busan. All the other places that were rated "best" on Happy Cow has just been average and even below average for me. Those places just doesn't have the "wow" factor. It's good food but just not enough for me to go back again and again.

This is definitely worth it, even if it's a mission to get here. Your efforts will be rewarded! Go vegans!!

Pros: cheap , filling , satisfying

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