Nampo-dong is one of the coolest neighborhoods in Busan. It’s mainly known for shopping and for good reasons. Between the back alley markets and the western friendly shopping street, you can get pretty much anything you want at whatever price you’re willing to pay. It’s also a great mix of new and old, with lots of new vintage shops and restaurants popping up in the middle of the older traditional market areas.
One of the great new businesses is “The Pan: Italian Bistro.” Located off the main shopping street, and in the shadow of Busan Tower, this is a great place to get some excellent Italian food. The atmosphere is very hip and new. Probably the hippest and newest restaurant I’ve eaten at here. It wouldn’t be out of place on any major street in Manhattan. This, of course, makes it seem a bit out of place in Nampo, but in a good way. The outdoor patio seating adds a very nice touch for those who enjoy people watching while eating and drinking.
The food isn’t cheap, but it’s not expensive either. The prices were actually much more reasonable than I expected the first time I went. Most pasta dishes are between 10 and 13 thousand won. They’ve got an amazing variety if sauces from basic tomato-meat to pumpkin. Pizzas are all European thin crust style and cost about the same as the pasta. Beer is 4,000 for hite. Wine is 6,000 a glass. They’ve got some fantastic appetizer salads to start off with as well.
So if you’re in Nampo and feel like eating something a little more upscale than than street-side pajeon (which I love), definitely check out “The Pan” for some great atmosphere and awesome Italian food.
Directions: From Jagalchi subway exit 7, walk straight until Piff Square. Turn left, walk two blocks, past all the vendors until you get to the shopping street. Turn right, walk until you come to the intersection with ABC mart and the Apple Store. Turn left there, go straight. “The Pan” is in a complex with other restaurants, including “The Pho.”
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