Top things to do

Top Choice Seafood in Busan

Noran Mahura

This cosy restaurant, not far from a lighthouse, is where people come for a drink to watch the sunset and unexpectedly stay for the sunrise. Meals include barbecued shellfish (조개구이; jogae gui) with an amazing salsa-…
Top Choice Teahouse in Busan


Splendid herbal teas and a warm interior make this an excellent alternative to the sterile sameness of chain coffee shops. The dark and earthy twin flower tea (쌍화차) is a speciality.
Top Choice Wine Bar in Busan

The Comonplace

There's nothing common about this exceptional coffee and wine bar. Stylishly decorated, with an ubercool vibe, comfy sofas, friends dissecting existentialism over a glass of red wine, it's on the 1st floor of the ar…
Top Choice Seafood in Busan

Jackie's Seafood

Buying a raw-fish dinner couldn't be easier thanks to Jackie, the affable owner of this seafood restaurant. He speaks fluent English and uses signboards to help customers make smart seasonal food choices. It's on th…
Top Choice Architecture in Busan

Gamcheon Culture Village

This historically rich, mountainside slum became a famous tourist destination after getting an arty makeover in 2009 when students decided to brighten up the neighbourhood with clever touches up the stairs, down the…
Top Choice Desserts in Busan


No serious foodie should visit Busan without trying sulbing, a wonderfully subtle dessert invented in this city. It's a bowl of shaved frozen milk topped with soybean powder and sliced almonds. A splash of condensed…
Mountain in Busan


A majestic mountain worthy of exploration (be sure to bring lots of water).
Buddhist Temple in Busan


This magnificent temple is Busan’s best sight. Despite its city location, Beomeo-sa is a world away from the urban jungle, with beautiful architecture set against an extraordinary mountain backdrop. Beomeo-sa can be…
Buddhist Temple in Busan


Hard to find, difficult to reach and a wonder to behold, this hermitage has Buddhist images meticulously etched into stone. Visually powerful in scale and impact, it’s the kind of work that moves visitors to exclaim…
Cinema in Busan

Busan Cinema Center

An important venue for the Busan International Film Festival, this complex plays a mix of Korean and foreign films in its smaller venues. The magnificent complex has the world's longest cantilever structure. The 127…