Follow this guide for the best restaurant delivery service experience using food delivery apps in Korea
Korea is known for its efficient and fast delivery food service. You can order anything from chicken wings and burgers to rice noodles and kimchi jjigae, and you can get even vegan food delivered easily. If you’re not completely confident in your Korean speaking abilities (check out our 10 Free Apps for Learning Korean), there are various Korean food delivery apps in Korea available to erase the anxiety of ordering over the phone. This article will be a comprehensive guide about which foreigner-friendly food delivery apps in Korea to download, how to use them, and key Korean phrases to remember for a great restaurant delivery service.
How to get food delivered in Korea via delivery services:
Shuttle Food Delivery (셔틀)
Food Delivery Areas by Shuttle: Seoul (Yongsan-gu, Gangnam-gu, Mapo-gu), Pyeongtaek, Busan
Shuttle is a bi-lingual food delivery app available in English and Korean. Shuttle is the only food delivery app in Korea made specifically for foreigners, so you can expect an easier delivery service sign-up and ordering process than most food delivery apps in Korea. Every restaurant comes with detailed information about its background and special dishes. They offer a full range of cuisines including authentic pizza, sandwiches, tacos, American burgers, chicken wings, halal cuisine, plus vegetarian & vegan options. There’s even a section titled “Instagram friendly” that will help you select the perfect meal for those Insta likes.
You can pay for your meal in Korean Won, USD, credit card, Paypal or Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and Kakao Pay. Shuttle operates between 11:00 AM – 12:00 (midnight). The best areas to order Shuttle from are Yongsan-gu, Gangnam-gu, Seocho-gu, Seodaemun-gu, Mapo-gu, and Jung-gu.
Food Delivery Areas by Yogiyo: all provinces in Korea
As one of the popular food delivery apps in Korea, it’s important to note that this restaurant delivery app is completely in Korean. However, if you can read and write Hangul, Yogiyo is great for variety and locations. It’s also important to know that while Yogiyo’s phone app is completely in Korean, you can still access an English translation of Yogiyo’s ordering system on a web browser.
If you are ordering through an internet browser, you can use Google Chrome to go directly to Yogiyo’s website and you will have the option to translate the webpage to English. If you don’t automatically see the translation option, try to look for and click on the Google Translate symbol in the top-right corner of your search bar or right-click anywhere on the page and select “Translate to English”. This trick will save you a lot of time and stress in the food ordering process if you are having no luck with the Yogiyo app.
Before ordering, create an account using a valid email address. Once this is done, tap the address bar at the top of the screen to set your delivery location. This app, along with Baedal Minjok and Baedaltong, have nearly identical methods of ordering. Below is a guide on how to efficiently order food in Korea using Yogiyo (요기요).
Pick Your Restaurant
You’ll be presented with a gallery of options including chicken, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, traditional Korean, etc. Tap the icon of the restaurant you’d like to order from and each will have important information including minimum delivery fees and hours of operation. You can also check customer reviews, but they’re usually all in Korean. The image reviews can still help give you an idea about the menu options.
Pick Your Dish
In this example, we’ll browse from the “메뉴” (menu) of BHC Chicken and select the “후라이드 반 / 양념 반” (half fried half seasoned chicken). Some apps like Yogiyo will have an “인기메뉴” (most popular items) section with pictures to make it easier for you to pick what to eat. When you’re done, review the shopping cart and tap “주문하기” (Order) or “결제하기” (Payment).
You can either pay via credit card or cash. The delivery driver will bring a card reader so there’s no need to enter credit card information on the app itself. Tap on the box “전체 동의” to agree to all terms and conditions and then hit “결제 하기”. Within a few minutes, you should receive a text confirming your order along with the estimated delivery time!
Food Delivery Areas by Baedal Minjok: all provinces in Korea
Baedal Minjok is also one of the popular food delivery apps in Korea, with over 140,000 restaurants registered on the platform and 4 million orders processed each month. Similar to Yogiyo and Baedaltong, there is no English available. To order, create an account using a valid email address. Once this is done, tap the address bar at the top of the screen to set your delivery location. This app, along with Yogiyo and Baedaltong, have nearly identical methods of ordering.
Food Delivery Areas by Coupang Eats: the greater Seoul area (see picture below)
Coupang Eats is fairly new to the restaurant/food delivery game, but it’s quickly become one of the trusted go-to food delivery apps in Korea for hungry customers who are familiar with Coupang’s regular delivery service. Its users also can pay for food via the app and track the delivery real time, just like any other food delivery service app such as Uber Eats. If you tend to have trouble with Korean, Coupang Eats is your best bet because it also works in English.
The restaurant delivery service is run in Gangnam-gu and Songpa-gu, southern districts in Seoul, where many of the country’s trendy eateries are located. Check that Coupang Eats delivers to your area before placing an order!
UPDATE! Coupang Eats added the following delivery areas to the map above, as well:
Other cities: Incheon, Sejong, Busan, Daejeon, Ulsan, Daegu, Gwangju and many other cities across all provinces, including Jeju Island
Baedaltong Food Delivery (배달통)
Food Delivery Areas by Baedaltong: most cities in Korea
Baedaltong gives users a selection of menus from some 150,000 restaurants, with some 11 million people using its apps to order. This app is based around a button to click and call to order. Baedaltong is also completely in Korean. However, if you can read and write Hangul, it’s great for variety and locations. This app, along with Baedal Minjok and Yogiyo, have nearly identical methods of ordering.