From megalithic malls to massive markets, there’s plenty of retail glory in South Korea’s second-largest city. Use our Busan cheat sheet to help find your personal shopping bliss.
For Trendy Fashion: The best areas to browse youthful fashion are near the universities, particularly Busan National University in Dongnae. In this happening ‘hood you’ll find countless shops and boutiques, as well as even more bars and restaurants. The shopping centres near Pukyong National University and Kyungsung University are similarly expansive and fun.
For Megamall Splendour: Busan is home to some truly impressive shopping malls, the granddaddy of which is Shinsegae Centum City, a towering 16-floor structure housing golf ranges, an ice-skating rink, food galore, and reputedly the world’s largest spa. Visitors will, obviously, find just about everything here, from local and international designers to movie theatres and a terrific gourmet food hall. Similarly staggering shopping can be had at nearby Lotte Department Store Centum City and Hyundai Department Store, among others.
For Foodies: The lower-level food halls at the aforementioned shopping malls are great places to snack and shop for take-home treats. Otherwise, browsing the major local Korean-style grocery stores is an eye-opening experience and one guaranteed to yield some tasty treasures—try E-Mart at Haeundae or any Mega Mart.
For Market Hunting: Sadly you can’t bring any of the fresh seafood displayed at massive Jagalchi Fish Market home, but you can have it cooked on the spot at one of the market’s second-floor restaurants. Nampo-dong, Gukje, and Gwangbok-dong markets, all located in the same general vicinity, are collectively one of Busan’s best all-around shopping and snacking areas. Don’t miss the night market at Nampo-dong.