Hanyang Jokbal, 35 Bupyeong-dong 1-ga, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea; +82 51 246 3039
Ssiat Hoddeok (seed hotcake)
The highlight of Busan street food is a local sunflower seed variation of hoddeok, a hot, sweet, fried cake bursting with crunchy seeds and sugary goodness.
Though many vendors in the International Market seem to sell the same thing, one hoddeok vendor located right next to the circular stage in the middle of market has lines at all hours of the day while neighbor vendors look on jealously.
Gukje Sijang (International Market), Sinchang-dong 4-ga, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea; ?1,000 (90 cents)
Dongnae Halmae Pajeon
This 50-year-old, family-run restaurant serves the softest, most delicious pajeon (pan-fried green onion "pancakes" with seafood) we've ever tasted, and is one of the region's legendary restaurants.
Must-order dishes include Dongnae Pajeon (?30,000 or $26 for medium-sized option) and the Utjiji, a row of sweet, chewy ddeok (rice cakes).
Warning: there's a sneaky restaurant out front with a near-identical name but without the "Halmae" (grandmother) in the middle, trying to piggyback off the success and reputation of the original.
Dongnae Halmae Pajeon, 367-2 Bokcheon-dong, Dongnae-gu, Busan, South Korea; +82 51 552 0792
Busan variations of the best-selling liquor in the world are lighter and sweeter than their mainstream counterparts.
Men drink the stronger C1 soju, while women tend to prefer the "Ye" series.
Locals order a particular brand of soju according to mood or occasion: Jeulgowoye, meaning "happy," is for the lighter occasions, while Geuriwoye, meaning "nostalgia," is served at more somber events, such as funerals.
This 1,300-year-old temple high in the mountains offers a breathtaking respite from urban life. Monks go about their daily rituals without taking notice of the few visitors wandering timidly around the premises.
Those who want to experience temple life (meditation techniques, tea ceremonies, temple food) can sleep over with the temple stay program. The one-night-two-day program costs ?50,000- ?80,000 per person ($44-$70) per person, depending on the choice of activities.
The temple is a 30-minute cab ride from the beaches of Haeundae.
There are no taxis available on Mt. Geumjeong, so it's a good idea to ask the driver to wait around for the return journey. Round trips from Busan cost around ?50,000 ($43), including wait time.
Beomeosa, 546 Cheongnyong-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan, South Korea; +51 058 3122
It's unusual to find a seaside temple in South Korea and Haedong Yonggunsa is one of the most beautiful of its kind.
Usually mobbed with tourists and school groups, it's one of most popular places for locals to watch the first sunrise of the New Year.
Haedong Yonggunsa, 416-3 Sirang-ri, Kijang-eup Kijang-gun, Busan, South Korea; +82 51 722 7333
For the latest tourism updates and tips, check out the Busan Tourism Organization website.