Heading out to Seoul to taste its heavenly desserts and soft-crusted bread, but baffled about which bakery to start with? Check out these fine places in Seoul for the freshest and most-filling baked products in town. From decades-old institutions to trendy newer spots, here’s a list of the places with the best treats:
Taegeuk Dang Bakery
It might surprise travelers to learn that independently owned bakeries have been a centerpiece of Seoul’s culinary map for decades. Having said that, Taegeukdang is Seoul’s most iconic and oldest bakery, which opened in 1946 in Myeong-dong, and is known for its signature ice cream-filled Monaka and red bean-filled buns.
While exploring Seoul, a quick stop at Chef CHO, in Mullae-dong, is highly recommended. The bakery is recognized for its ever-so-tasty cakes, marking ganache earl grey, pumpkin cream, and strawberry shortcake as the most-loved cakes by the locals. Chef CHO also offers pies, cupcakes, and pastries, and their freshly baked bread is a must-try.
Head over to Seoul’s minimalist hipster haven, FourB, for a variety of bagels and coffee to choose from. Apart from the cream cheese bagels, the bakery also offers their popular onion bagels and walnut cream cheese to try. The FourB, with three outlets in the city, stands for Best, Basic, Bright, and Brilliant, and the quality of these desserts definitely shows that.
As the name suggests, Fluffy Donut in Yeonnam-dong is an ideal place to enjoy a weekend brunch, with leisure walks and shopping in town. The bakery’s most sold donut is a raspberry glazed flavored donut which you can order with their must-haves, maple bacon, meringue lemon custard, and caramel crunch.
Tartine Bakery hailing from San Francisco, in Hannam-dong, the brand’s first-ever overseas location, features the good ol’ Tartine classics like their banana cream tart, croissants, cheesecakes, cookies, and sourdough sandwiches. The bakery also proposes Korean twist options like Jeju green tea cake, frangipane cream tart, and lemon teacake.
On Ne Sait Jamais
With a name that translates to “you never know,” this bakery is indeed full of surprises. Situated in Itaewon, One Ne Sait Jamais is one of the prettiest cafes, providing the most scrumptious baked goodies in town. Their most treasured sweet is Italian tiramisu, which comes in three flavors: original, strawberry, and Nutella with banana. Another crowd’s choice would be their Mont Blanc, a teardrop-shaped cake with chestnut puree coated in meringue.