The holidays have passed, the big family dinners are cleared and out of sight, and winter is slowly fading away! In a country like South Korea where eating, being, and looking healthy is vital to the culture, winter may be one of the hardest times to maintain healthy body goals.

The irresistible holiday sweets and snowy weekends might have tempted us to give into our guilty pleasures and here and there, but it’s never too late to turn around and recharge that green positivity. Luckily, Seoul offers a variety of restaurants and brunch spots that will leave your body feeling healthy, strong, and satisfied all year round.

1. Bad Farmers | Gangnam-gu, Seoul

Located in Sinsa’s Garosu-gil, Bad Farmers is famous for having excellent salads, soups, and healthy drinks. In fact, it’s so popular that there’s usually a wait time of 10-15 minutes. Bad Farmers’ salads not only taste good, but they are good because they use only the best and freshest ingredients. Not to mention, they have the perfect look for that likeable Instagram shot.

If you’re worried that you’ll start snacking only moments after finishing your salad bowl, Bad Farmers has got you covered. Not only does Bad Farmers serve salad with big portions, but every salad comes with a small soup and bread on the side. After lunching here, you’ll leave with your stomach happy, full and safe from indulging in healthy food.

2. Sweet Balance | Gwanak-gu, Seoul

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Many know of Garosu-gil, but not many know of Sharosu-gil. Not too far from Seoul National University lies a hidden gem of cute cafes and eateries. Sweet Balance is well- recognized as a great salad restaurant with relatively cheap prices. Because the prices are a bit friendlier and are the portions are large, this place is well-known among college students!

This place is particularly special because of its “sweet balance” of variety on the menu. While many salad restaurants serve raw vegetables, open sandwiches, and soups, Sweet Balance provides a larger range of choices such as hot dishes, baked vegetables, and other sides that will satiate your hunger.

One of the best menu items to try here is the “Soy Man” salad, which consists of salmon, chicken breast, loads of avocado, and plenty of fresh vegetables topped with a sesame-seed and fermented soy-bean paste (된장) dressing. It may seem strange, but the rich, creamy, and healthy taste of this superfood dressing compliments the salad and will leave you feeling healthier than ever before.

3. Brothers in Springhill | Seodaemun-gu, Seoul

If you’re looking for a healthy salad alternative, then you’ve come to the right place! Though it’s difficult to find organic food these days, Brothers in Springhill provides healthy food made with only organic ingredients! Whether it may be rice, vegetables, or fruit, every meal is served with naturally-grown products.

Many people carry the stereotype that salad is the only healthy food choice out there, but Brothers in Springhill changes the game! If you’re not feeling “salad-y”, then why not try their sushi, sashimi, rice bowls, and noodles? 

Most of the dishes, such as the sushi or salad, are pre-packed, so it’s an easy to-go meal to pick up on your way to work, school, or home.


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