Itaewon is a part of Seoul that is known as the most culturally-diverse suburb. Because of this, it is the one most frequented by both foreigners and expats. Between accommodations, shopping locations, and amazing eateries, it’s easy to see this international district as an essential destination for any visit to South Korea. In a country full of Korean BBQ, one thing that is uniquely prevalent here is vegan and vegetarian joints. The three most talked about are: HUGGERS, Raw Vega, and Plant Cafe. In my first trip to Itaewon, I want to check out the hype behind Plant Cafe.
While I have been told all three locations are excellent options, they all present different types of food. Raw Vega is all about raw vegan desserts, while HUGGERS specializes in vegan burgers. Plant is described as being a vegan cafe and bakery with various menu options. Because the menu had more options and I had a non-vegan friend with me, I decided Plant sounded like the best option for both of us.
First and foremost, the atmosphere of Plant is phenomenal. It is very inviting and welcoming, and to stay true to its name, there were obviously plants everywhere. No matter what time of day you visit, it is always filled with people, foreigners and locals alike. It really was beautiful.
The menu is extensive. There are so many delicious-looking options, my friend and I decided to share two meals – so we could each taste both. We ordered the Avocado Hummus Sandwich and the Chili Cheeseburger with the bunless option. I also ordered a beer because why not?
Both options were even better than I expected, but the burger was the best vegan burger I’ve ever had. Because it was wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun, I opted to eat it with a fork – so I couldn’t measure whether the veggie patty successfully stayed together. However, the flavor was off the charts. I’ve had vegan chili before, but never with this amount of flavor – and in Korea, no less! The first bite was instantly pleasing, and I was immediately thankful of our decision to visit.
Plant Cafe is somewhere that I hope all food-lovers can enjoy, vegan or not. It is already my favorite place to eat in all of South Korea, and I will definitely be back for more! I have yet to visit HUGGERS and Raw Vega, but they are certainly next on my list.