Here is a collection of desserts that will make your heart melt in Seoul (Volume 1). ♥
I will be writing a full article series on my experience in Korea within the next coming weeks. Here is a collection of places I stumbled upon which I highly recommend:
「 T A P E 」
Located near Itaewon Station, this bakery and cafe was the first place I stopped at on my most recent trip to Seoul! CAFE TAPE is famous for its beautifully frosted galaxy cakes which resemble avant-garde paintings. The cake I chose had a fluffy texture and truly tasted out of this world. I also ordered an iced coffee to balance the flavor. The inside of the cafe has a unique metallic decor which resembles a spaceship. I was really impressed by the quality of desserts here and would gladly come back here again!
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Pink Pool Cafe is a super trendy dessert bar located on the 5th floor of Stylenada (a popular cosmetics and fashion mall) in Myeongdong. They feature a sweets buffet and a number of fashionable cocktails you can order. Inside the cafe sits a swimming pool and deck chairs with neon signs you can take pictures of to your heart’s content. I enjoyed eating the coconut mousse and pink cherry martini–both of them were made with high-quality ingredients. Even though I came here in winter, I definitely felt the tropical vibe!
While wandering around Hongik University, I discovered the cutest little ice cream and coffee shop called Haitairo. Though it’s famous for its ice cream made with fresh honey, I decided to try its hot menu items since I came here during the winter. One day I tried the mochi with hot soy milk which was actually surprisingly good. The mochi melted a bit liked marshmallows when I dipped it in the warm milk and had a really sweet taste. I came back a few days later and tried the hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and an adorable smiling popsicle cookie. This was my favorite because it not only warmed up my body, but also my heart.
Sona Dessert Cafe
Situated in the heart of Gangnam, Sona is a fancy dessert cafe that simply cannot be passed up. The strawberry champagne ball filled with edible flowers is to die for. I also ordered another seasonal strawberry dessert that was extremely elegant in its display. Both desserts were very light so I could finish both. Definitely come here if you are a lover of aesthetic foods like I am.
Banana Tree was one of the first cafes to start the flower pot dessert trend with the adorable shovel spoon. Now you can find this style of dessert in Tokyo and other big cities, but I originally tried it here in Seoul. I enjoyed “digging in” to my miniature flower pot filled with delicious pudding. I see from their website that they have recently added new flavors and designs, so be sure to check this place out if you are in Gangnam.
Last but not least, one cannot pass up the opportunity to try rainbow cake in Seoul! I am proud to have tried both galaxy cake and rainbow cake in this country. I decided to go to FRANK in Itaewon since it was close to where I was staying at the time. I enjoyed the super powdery frosting and the delicious texture of the cake, much like I did at TAPE. It’s hard for me to choose a favorite because every cake I’ve had in Seoul is flavorful and delicious. I want to try them all!
Thank you for reading Volume 1 of my dessert recommendations in Seoul. Volume 2 is now published!