Dore Dore, multiple locations.
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 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
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 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
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
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
8Emack & 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.
9Mr. Holmes Bakehouse
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
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.
Sona Sona, 40 Gangnam-daero 162-gil, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul; 02-515-3246