Alien’s Day Out, a blog/website by Mipa, has always been the best resource for veganism in Korea. Through her website, Mipa started to sell her vegan baked goods, and it wasn’t long before she opened up her own restaurant called PLANT in Itaewon. This is a restaurant/bakery/cafe, and it’s a nice little homey place for those wanting vegan baked goods, drinks, and meals.
Unfortunately, it is located in one of the back streets of Itaewon, so it’s really difficult to find if you’re not familiar with the area. Once you find it, though, it’s worth it! PLANT is meant to be a very homey place. It is a small place, so seats will be limited during peak hours. Despite its small size, I didn’t feel as cramped as I should have been. The noise level was also on the quiet side.
When you first walk into PLANT, you will see their display of baked goods. From cakes to cookies to tarts, everything is perfected by Mipa, and, of course, they are all vegan. Behind the baked goods is a chalkboard with the drink menu and the daily meal menu. PLANT offers two to three different meals a day, with meals ranging from salad to sandwiches to entrees.
On my first visit there, I tried their Moroccan stew with pineapple and celery pilaf and roasted nuts and greens salad. I found myself enjoying this dish, and while I’m not a vegan, I devoured the dish. I visited multiple times since. For their baked goods, I tried their Mexican hot chocolate snickerdoodles, thin mints, and carrot cake. They were all fantastic, and I was surprised to see how good vegan baked goods could taste. My most recent visit there had me try their tofu “feta” kale salad with kale, lettuce, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, carrots, chickpeas, croutons, tofu feta, and agave mustard dressing. It also came with a side of pita bread. I was actually there to try their Thai peanut soba bowl, but they didn’t offer that on the day I went. The salad, though was tasty and filling, and I don’t regret eating it!
Along with the food, the service provided by Mipa and her staff are excellent. They are always there to answer any questions you have, and they’ve certainly been answering my questions, to which I appreciate a lot! PLANT is not a place I get to go often, but when I do, I never leave there disappointed. If you have vegan or vegetarian friends, then bring them to PLANT to have a good time!
20, Itaewon-Ro 16-Gil, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul, Korea
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The best way to get there is to come out of Itaewon Station, exit 4. Walk straight until you see SNEAK SOUL. Next to that store are some stairs. Go all the way down, and then at the bottom, you will see a alleyway right across from you. Walk through the alley, and keep a “straight” path. There will be a sign that says PLANT, and it will be around that bend on your right.
2,000 ~ 20,000+ won budget per person