Koreans say, “금강산도 식후경, Geumgansando sikhukyeong,” which means that you have to eat first however important the thing you are about to do. Shopping at Shinsegae Centum City may be on your top to-do list, but you have to have a full stomach to enjoy it.
A variety of cuisines
35 Centumnam-daero, U-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea
11:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. (last order by 9:00 p.m.)
Closed: Check the department store schedule on its website.
Subway: Line 2 (Green Line). Get off at Centum City Station (센텀시티/206). The department store and the subway station are connected via an underground pathway.
Phone: +82 1588-1234 (Shinsegae Centum City)
> Sariwon +82 51-745-1844
> Gaejeong +82 51-745-2088
> Dim Dim Sum +82 51-745-2026
> Milhwa +82 51-745-2035
> Spice Market +82 51-745-2977
Website: Restaurants Page
Restaurants at Shinsegae Centum City 9th Floor
Shinsegae Centum City (신세계 센텀시티) is the largest department store in the world recognized by Guinness World Records. And, restaurants at the shopping center do not fall short of the department store’s fame.
Three areas at the shopping center host restaurants to satisfy shoppers’ cravings: at the department store, restaurants are both on the 9th floor and food market on the basement floor, and PamieStation and Food Trucks on the 4th floor at the Shinsegae Mall. Today, let’s taste the food at restaurants on the 9th floor.
Sariwon (사리원), Korean Cuisine
The owner came to Busan from North Korea and opened Sariwon in Seomyeon 60 years ago. The second generation is now running the business and this is their second store.
The restaurant is famous for Pyeongyang Naengmyeon (평양냉면). Naengmyeon is a cold noodle and you can choose either a cold noodle with soup or a spicy one without soup. Other menus include Korean dumplings, yukgaejang (육개장), and more. The menu is in English for international visitors.
Gaejeong (개정), Korean Cuisine
Gaejeong is another Korean restaurant with a long history. The first store opened in Daegu in 1978. Its signature menu is beef tartare bibimbap in Jeonju style (Jeonju yukhoe bibimbap / 전주육회비빔밥). You can order different types of bibimbap such as hot stone pot bibimbap with cheese (cheese dolsot bibimbap / 치즈돌솥비빔밥). The menu is in English with pictures.
Dim Dim Sum (딤딤섬), Chinese Dim Sum
Dim Dim Sum (딤딤섬) first opened in Hong Kong in 2010, and the business has expanded to more locations in Shanghai, Taiwan, and South Korea. The Korean location invites executive chefs from Hong Kong in order to keep the same original flavors. You can order dim sums at a la carte and other menus like noodles and rice individually. Or they offer a set menu for a group of 2, 3, or 4 people.
Milhwa (밀화), Korean Cuisine
If you’d like to try something that you can cook at your table, the Korean cuisine restaurant Milhwa offers a couple of choices. Here, you can order Shabu Shabu or Korean Hot Pot (jeongol/전골). Since I was told that their specialty is jeongol, I went for Bulgogi jeongol (불고기전골). They serve a few more kinds of jeongol such as beef intestine hot pot (gobchang jeongol/곱창전골). Other menus include Eonyang Bulgogi (언양불고기), beef short rib soup (galbitang/갈비탕), and more.
Spice Market (스파이스 마켓), Thai Cuisine
This Thai restaurant started in Itaewon, Seoul, and it has opened additional locations at Seoul Square and Shinsegae Centum City in Busan. The restaurant serves a variety of Thai dishes including curry menus, noodles, and fried rice.
Other restaurants on the 9th floor at Shinsegae Centum City
If your taste buds don’t agree with the restaurants above, you have more options on the same floor. Moon Sushi, Xingkai (Chinese), Yonghodong Nakji (Korean/specialized in small octopus dishes), and Hibarin (Japanese Katsu specialty) are the names of the rest. If you just want to take a short rest with a good cup of coffee, you can grab a table at Paul Bassett.
If you really need to go beyond these restaurants, take an elevator to the 1st floor of the basement where you can find more options at the food market. Or, the 4th floor of Shinsegae Mall, the next building connected with a bridge, hosts a dozen restaurants as well.
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