Foreigner’s Guide to Food Delivery in Korea
Updated: Oct 15, 2020
Korea has many great food delivery services and it has become especially crucial now that social distancing has become necessary to slow down the spread of the Corvid-19 outbreak. If you are not too much into cooking, staying at home does not mean that you can’t enjoy great food!
Wonderful has complied a basic guide on available food delivery options for foreigners in Korea.
Shuttle Delivery is a fully bilingual service providing deliveries from a variety of Korea's best restaurants, so you can enjoy the best food in the comfort of your home, office, or wherever you happen to be! They currently offer the most diverse range of restaurant options to choose from, with dishes from every continent such as South American cuisines, European cuisines, even to African cuisines... they have options for everyone.
Wonderful clients with deposits can become Shuttle VIP customers. You can get more information about the partnership by following this link.
Coverage: certain parts of Seoul, Busan, Songtan and Pyeongtaek (delivery to Camp Humphreys is available too)
Yogiyo is a great service available both as website and app. If you would like to try it, we recommend using the website instead of the app, since you can use google translate to view the menus and restaurants in English (Google translate English :D ). All restaurants are grouped by category: chicken, Chinese, Korean, etc. You can even have items delivered from a nearby convenience store. IMPORTANT! before you start browsing restaurants, you need to first input your address (up to street number) in order for Yogiyo to give you the list of places that do delivery in your area.
Coverage: anywhere in Korea
Baemin is currently only available as an app. Some would argue that it has more options than Yogiyo, though according to our experience, they have very similar offerings. The biggest difference between the two, would probably be the way they group the restaurants. Yogiyo has 14 categories while Baemin has 18. Similar to Yogiyo, you first need to input your address to see available delivery options within your area.
Coverage: anywhere in Korea
Direct Order from Restaurants that Deliver
Sometimes restaurants prefer to use their own delivery systems with their own paid drivers. Before most delivery apps, most restaurants had their own drivers. Many of those restaurants still retain their own drivers for deliveries. Most Chinese or small Korean restaurants can deliver, if you contact them directly. Some large franchises have their own apps and websites for delivery orders. Examples are: McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Dominos, Papa Johns, Popeyes, Pizza Hut, Lotteria... just to name a few. (Click on the restaurant to go to the website)
Coverage: That depends on each restaurant. You would need to check with each restaurant to see if they can deliver to your area.
**Fun Fact: As a frequent clients to these restaurants, Wonderful gets discounts (sometimes up to 50%) when ordering online. Wonderful passes these discounts fully onto our clients, as you only pay for the time spent working on your request.
**Payment Issues?: With Wonderful you can avoid the hassle of making payments on local food delivery websites. We can charge your international card using secure payment platforms such as Stripe or Paypal and we will make the payment on your behalf.
3rd Party Delivery
Craving some Tandoori Chicken but there are no Indian restaurants in your area? Not an issue with 3rd party delivery. If you would like to order something that is out of reach of any of the options above, feel free to message us. We can help locate the closest restaurant and arrange for a 3rd party courier service to deliver the food to you, wherever you may be.
We can also assist with placing orders on the food delivery apps if you have difficulties navigating them. You can also just simply message us and let us know what you would like to eat (e.g. I’d like some tuna gimbab and Jajangmyeon) and our assistants can check for available restaurants in your area to place the order.
Wonderful can also assist with grocery shopping, house repairs, cleaning, making reservations and more.
Regarding our pricing, we charge for the time taken working on your request at 800 KRW/min (There is a 15% discount for first time users), and you can get a refund on the remaining time within 3 months. The average food order requests can take anywhere from 2 to 15 minutes. There are NO processing fees when you pay us via bank wire transfer. (You will pay only the cost of the item(s)). When we charge your bank card, there is an 8.5% processing fee that goes to the payment processor for their services. We do NOT benefit from this fee. For more information regarding our pricing, please follow this link.
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