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The Most Instagrammed Desserts in Seoul

Last updated on January 20, 2020

There’s always room for dessert, right? In a trendy city like Seoul, it’s not hard to find visually satisfying desserts that also taste delicious. While you’re at one of these cafes, whether it be Dore Dore or Passion5, snap a photo of your mouthwatering eye candies. If it’s not on Instagram, it didn’t happen.

Dore Dore

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This rainbow cake with cheese cream filling is a staple at Dore Dore, one of the oldest patisseries in Seoul. Dore Dore also makes seasonal cakes with summer figs and winter strawberries.

Dore Dore, multiple locations.

Zapangi (Mangwon)

You’ve probably seen a friend’s Instagram post of them peeping out of Zapangi’s vending machine shaped door. At Zapangi, expect to find creative menu items like donuts artfully frosted with unicorns, or lattes with cookies shaped like a mermaid’s tail.

Zapangi (Facebook), 400-2 Mangwon-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul; 02-325-8185

Passion5 (Hannam)

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Passion5 is the place to go whether you’re into plain old chocolate chip cookies or fine desserts like eclairs or mont blancs. Occasionally they make fun desserts like a two-layer cake covered with edible roses, or Hermes’ Kelly-shaped sac de chocolat. Savory options include miso eggplant focaccia and breakfast sandwiches with a puppy-shaped bun.

Passion5, 729-74 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul; 02-2071-9505

Le Tao (Shinsa)

Soft and fluffy breadcrumbs enhance the amazing texture of this famed Hokkaido cheesecake. The bestselling flavor is Parfait Fromage, which is a mix of mascarpone, Camembert and cream cheese.

Le Tao (Facebook), 567-1 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul; 070-4278-8744

Mon Chouchou

Mon Chouchou is best known for their cream-filled roll cakes, but pound cakes are also a staple. They have matcha cheesecake, chestnut mont blanc and rose financiers in stock this season.

Mon Chouchou, 524-36 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul as well as in select Shinsegae and Hyundai department stores

Panhonesta (Hongdae) 

Widely popular among healthy eaters, Panhonesta’s baked goods are made from gluten-free rice powder and non-GMO coconut sugar. They are flour, dairy, eggs, and trans fat free. Panhonesta’s staples are pound cakes, brownies and scones. They make them in chocolate, matcha, mugwort and other flavors.

Panhonesta, 240-34 Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul; 02-790-7768

Anguk 153 (Jongno)

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Situated right off Anguk subway station, its namesake bread shop is best known for their soft and springy milk bread. Its location also makes it a perfect stop while touring Bukchon hanok village or Insadong.

Anguk 153, 51 Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul; 02-733-1530

Emack & Bolio’s

The endless selection of cones and toppings makes Emack & Bolio’s a haven for ice cream lovers regardless of the weather. Be sure to check out the Instagram-worthy wall decorated with waffle cones.

Emack & Bolio’s, multiple locations.

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse (Gangnam) 

Get baked in Seoul with Mr. Holmes Bakehouse! Their signature cruffin–a croissant-muffin hybrid–is worth a try.

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, 34, Apgujeong-ro 10-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Shinsegae department store in Gangnam; 02-547-2004. Also in Garosugil

Sona Sona (Sinsa)

Located in the back street of the trendy Garosugil, Sona Sona invites you to experience handmade fine desserts, which are like a fireworks display in your mouth of different flavors and textures. We recommend trying berry blossom, which is an artful mix of fruits, Indian fig flavored sponge cake and a dab of clotted cream on a ring of vanilla mousse with yuza sauce drizzled on the rim.

Sona Sona, 40 Gangnam-daero 162-gil, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul; 02-515-3246

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