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Japaness - Manchon station

I'm keeping a secret from my little Japanese grandma.  I have found someone who makes a better katsudon than her!  It's strange, because when I moved to Korea, I did not expect to be eating more Japanese food than Korean food.

Maya - Kyungpook university area

Kyungbook University’s North Gate is one of Daegu’s most diverse culinary areas.  If you love good samosas and curries with naan and real basmati rice you would be just down right wrong to stumble into any other Indian restaurant than Maya.

ESPRESSO&COMPANY - Gourmet Coffee in Apsan area

If you’ve spent any time in Daegu, you have probably noticed that there is a thriving coffee culture here. One never has to travel very far in order to find a café, whether it’s a big chain or a small, privately owned establishment.

Brunch Studio - Apsan Area

Brunch Studio is an appropriate name for this establishment in Apsan. The interior really looks like a studio. It is a long, airy space with high ceilings. The huge glass doors and windows at the front allow light to pour in, exaggerating the already brightly lit dining area.

Traveler's Bar and Grill

Korea’s crowded. There’s no denying that. Buildings stacked one on top of another like a long-standing game of Jenga. Streets crowded with hordes of people, shoving against each other. No one’s heard of a personal bubble here.

The Holy Grill Take-out (Sangin-dong)

In Downtown Daegu, The Holy Grill was a true standout. In an area where countless establishments offer their takes on Western cuisine, The Grill was always a cut above. When they recently closed up shop, foreigners and native Koreans alike let out a collective gasp.

Blue Ketchup - Black Lights and Vodka Towers

Blue Ketchup looks like one of the sets from Blade Runner. Upon walking into the second floor establishment, you will feel like you have arrived in the not-so-distant future.

Kimchi Danji - Kimchi Done Right

The ubiquity of kimchi in South Korea is obvious. You undoubtedly have at least some experience with this tasty food staple. However, it is usually just a garnish; something to throw into your lettuce leaf with whatever you’ve got grilled up at the galbi spot, or to munch on while you wait for your gamjatang to arrive.

Caliente - Some like it HOT

Believe it or not, good Mexican food can be found in Daegu. Caliente offers a big selection of standard dishes at reasonable prices. However, it’s more than just a restaurant.


The brightly lit Gook Su offers all the nuance and aesthetics of a traditional Italian eatery. Wooden tables and chairs sit upon a weather-worn hardwood floor, contrasting tastefully with the exposed brick of the front wall and the surrounding immaculate whiteness.