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Michelle’s sister, Amy, came to visit South Korea from Australia for a few weeks and we set off to Busan for a quick weekend of fun. No, we didn’t ride on the “pizza raft,” but we did in fact chow down on some scrumptious pizza as well as a variety of other tasty foods that Busan had to offer. It was a food extravaganza! By the time we left for our return back to Seoul, we were all stuffed to the brim.
While it was pouring in Seoul, the climate was rather friendly in Busan. We would have liked to see the sun and be under a clear blue sky, but we were pleasantly content that it wasn’t raining.
With no super solid itineraries set, we woke up and simply took a stroll along Haeundae Beach. Even though it was 10am and quite cloudy, the entire coastline was already filled with standing umbrellas and chairs. It looked like an empty circus. One could barely see the sand, creating a profound contrast to the beach’s uncluttered and peaceful appearance in winter. This was actually my first time to Busan during the summer, and I was immediately able to notice how much busier and loud it was around Haeundae and other nearby beaches. Strangely enough, even being a sun-loving Californian, I found Busan to be a much more pleasant place to be in wintertime. This is primarily due to its relative peace in wintertime, but this could also stem from the vast differences in climate between Seoul and Busan, and the fact that I dislike frigid winters. You can see for yourself between summer and winter, and although it was not even close to being this busy when we were there, if the sun would have come out, it would have been.
After our stroll along Haeundae beach, we set off to get some “Busan hotcakes” near Jagalchi Market. Filled with crushed peanuts and sunflower seeds, and combined with a hot liquid mixture of cinnamon, sugar, and honey, eating one of these is a must-do for anyone visiting Busan. Yum!
After taking Amy through the main shopping district around Busan Tower, we headed to Jagalchi Market where we successfully bargained a deal on some yummy fresh fish. It was a great delight!
From here we ventured to Coffeesmith, Michelle’s favorite coffeeshop in Busan. It was here I saw and tasted one of the largest “hawaiian ice” type treats (forgot what they are actually called) I’ve ever seen. Michelle’s sister was in heaven.
Quite full, but still ready for more, we set off on essentially the only place I wanted to visit in Busan: Galmegi Brewery.
Galmegi, “seagull” in Korean, just opened a few months ago about one block away from Gwangalli Beach, and I was excited to check it out and try their microbrews.
Their “Abruzzo” pizza was absolutely fantastic and I had a chance to try 3 of their beers: Whaler’s Wheat, Admiral Ale, and Icebreaker IPA.
Beer Scores: (10 is best)
Whaler’s Wheat : 6.5
-Tasted fine, but was not as smooth and vicious as other unfiltered wheats I enjoy. There was unfortunately no hints of fruit flavor as the menu suggests. Good, but I know it could be better.
Admiral Amber Ale : 6
-Kind of a bland beer that didn’t impress me all that much. Flavor just wasn’t there. This might pair well something particular, but I didn’t like it by itself or paired with pizza.
Icebreaker IPA : 9
-Out of the three beers I tried, this one blew the others out of the water. A bold, but very balanced beer with great flavors. This was a super drinkable IPA and was very enjoyable by itself as well as being paired with pizza. This beer was fantastic! It was definitely worth the trip out to Galmegi to try this one.
After Galmegi, we walked along Gwangalli Beach and fed some pigeons…
…then headed back to Chan’s Guesthouse and later went out for octopus. I was still quite full at the time, so i didn’t eat much, but that didn’t stop me from opening a bottle of port for everyone when we returned to the hostel. Michelle and I stayed up for a few small glasses, but we were dead tired and were the first ones to head to bed around midnight.
The next day we woke up with no real plan except to get back to the train station by 2:30. Michelle’s sister wished to go shopping again, so we ventured back to the stores around Busan Tower, but not before stopping in Farmer’s and getting our hands on, undoubtedly, the best burgers in South Korea.
It has been customary for me to always stop in Farmers and chow down on a burger whenever I’m in Busan. This time was no different. Michelle and Amy also enjoyed their burgers just as much as me.
Our weekend in Busan was a success and we all had a pleasant time meandering around and chowing down on a variety of food that helped to keep our spirits high. Busan again this winter?