Now that travel is finally possible again, many of you have probably already booked your flights and made plans to visit countries you weren’t able to during the past two years.
And based on statistics, one of the most popular countries that people would like to visit now is South Korea. So if you’re one of those people who are travelling to South Korea soon, you should definitely check out these dessert spots in Seoul for an awesome sweet time.
Remicone is a soft-serve ice cream shop that is tucked away in the basement of DOOTA, a huge fashion mall in Seoul. Here, you can customise your own soft-serve and pick the toppings that you would like to add, or choose from the various sets that they have on the menu.
Their specialty is the Thunder Bomb, which features soft serve ice cream topped with their homemade cotton floss and popping candy! The name is as such because it looks just like the dark clouds that appear during a thunderstorm.
No matter what you order at Remicone, it will definitely look good and taste good.
Address: B1, Doota, 18-12, Euljiro 6-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Price: From KRW4,000 (~S$4.62)
2. The Ménagerie
If you love cupcakes and other sweet treats, you have to pay The Ménagerie a visit when you head to Seoul. Not only are their desserts freshly prepared with natural colouring and ingredients for a healthier option, they are also super adorable.
Opt for cute little animal-themed cupcakes that you can enjoy on the go, or opt for whole cakes if you’re intending to celebrate an occasion with your loved ones.
This premium patisserie dessert shop also offers other types of treats like gourmet bread, tarts, assorted pastries, and macarons that you can purchase when you’re there. Since they are all decorated using techniques passed down by Japanese cake master Motohashi, you can be assured that every treat here looks ready for the Gram.
Address: 77 Toegye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 10am to 9.30pm (Mon – Sun)
Price: From KRW3,500 (~S$4.04)
Maillet is a patisserie that is run by a French couple in Gangnam, Seoul, and it specialises in French pastries like macarons and tarts.
One of the most popular pastries that everyone orders is their millefeuille vanille that is airy and crispy with just the right amount of cream.
Just looking at the pictures is enough to make us salivate. Since this is a popular patisserie, it is almost always crowded especially on the weekends. It’s best that you go in the afternoon on a weekday because the signature desserts have a tendency to get sold out very quickly. That’s how good they are, and how much you need to try them.
Address: 106-6 Banpo 4(sa)-dong, Seochu-go, Seoul
Opening hours: 11.30am to 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Price: From KRW8,000 (~S$9.23)
4. Sulbing Korean Dessert Cafe
When it comes to South Korea, you can’t not try their famous snow ice dessert called bingsu. It is essentially a bowl of finely shaved ice, topped off with various toppings and drizzled with sweetened condensed milk. This dessert comes in many flavours, so you’re definitely going to find one that you’ll like. In fact, there are so many options that sound so good that you’ll be spoilt for choice.
For those looking for something a little more authentic, you can choose the Injeolmi Bingsu, where the shaved ice is topped with rice cakes dusted in roasted soybean powder, almonds, mini mochi, soybean powder and sweetened condensed milk.
Looking for something sweet to satisfy your sweet tooth? Opt for the Mint Chocolate Bingsu that comes with shaved ice, oreos, brownies, and mint chocolate ice cream, or the Strawberry Macaron Bingsu that comes with shaved ice, strawberry macarons, vanilla ice cream, and strawberry syrup.
Address: 20 Myeongdong 10-gil, Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 10am to 11pm (Mon – Sun)
Price: From KRW4,500 (~S$5.19)
5. Banana Tree
As you can probably tell from the name, this dessert store is centred around bananas, so you can expect to see sweet treats in banana flavours. In fact, the moment you enter the store, you will be greeted by a sweet banana aroma.
The most popular dessert that they offer is the flowerpot cakes, and they offer these in four flavours – banana, strawberry, blueberry, and espresso. Of course, the banana-flavoured flowerpot cake is the most popular of all.
And yes, these are not real flowerpots, they’re edible cakes!
Other than desserts, they are also known for their cotton candy latte, which offers an interesting twist to the usual coffee that you drink. Pair the drinks with your flowerpot cakes and it’ll be the perfect match.
Address: 47, Seoulsup-gil, Seoul
Opening hours: 11am to 8pm (Mon – Sat), 12pm to 7pm (Sun)
Price: From KRW5,500 (~S$6.35)
6. JL Dessert Bar
JL Dessert Bar is started by chef Justin Lee who has more than 15 years of culinary experience. He takes desserts up to another level by offering plated desserts made from seasonal ingredients, making them not just a feast for your tummy but also for your eyes.
Just take a look at some of the desserts you can enjoy here!
The plating is so exquisite that it really makes you feel like you’re admiring a piece of art.
Address: 744-34 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 1pm to 10pm (Sun – Thurs) and 1pm to 12pm (Fri & Sat)
Price: From KRW3,000 (~S$3.46)
7. Haap Cafe
Haap Cafe is a dessert shop opened by chef Shin Yong-il and it is known for its traditional Korean desserts that are made with a modern twist. Despite the understated appearance of the desserts here, you’ll be surprised that they taste extraordinary – which is what keeps patrons returning.
If you come here, do make sure you try out their jeungpyeon which is steamed fermented rice cakes. They come in various flavours like red bean, citron, and black tea.
You should also try their juak which is a tiny deep-fried donut that is then coated in honey.
Address: 10, Dosan-daero, 61-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 12pm to 6pm (Tues – Sun)
Price: From KRW2,000 (~S$2.31)
8. Solidworks Ice Cream
Solidworks Ice Cream is the place to head to if you’re looking for a dessert that is both delectable and insta-worthy. This shop is meant to look like a laboratory, and the desserts they serve are meant to look like a science experiment. Channel your inner scientist by ordering the liquid nitrogen ice cream and drizzling the syrup using the syringe provided.
Address: 88-3 Ewhayeodae-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 12pm to 9pm (Mon – Sat) and 1pm to 9pm (Sun)
Price: From KRW3,500 (~S$4.04)
9. Sona Cafe
Sona Cafe is another dessert store that you have to check out when you’re in Seoul. The desserts from here look and taste so good that they were actually featured in the K-drama Mine.
If you would like to try what the actors and actresses had, you can order the Champagne Sugar Ball. This beautiful treat is made from champagne foam, edible flowers, cheesecake snow, strawberry panna cotta and strawberry slices. Simply break the delicate shell of the ball to enjoy.
Another famous item on the menu is their Oh! Chocolate dessert. This features a black tea brulee, 70% Valrhona chocolate cake, milk chocolate mousse, pearl chocolate, and vanilla ice cream inside a glass cup, with a thin layer of chocolate covering the mouth of the cup. The staff will then pour warm chocolate onto the thin layer of chocolate and you can watch as the chocolate melts onto the vanilla ice cream. This is the perfect treat for chocolate-lovers.
Address: 40 Gangnam-daero 162-gil, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 12.30pm to 10pm (Wed – Mon), closed on Tuesdays
Price: From KRW12,000 (~S$13.85)