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Fall in Love at Chocolate Dessert Cafés

  • Tag Food Trend
  • Date02/10/2020
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Valentine’s Day chocolate

Chocolate products and trending chocolate cafés become a craze every February in anticipation of Valentine’s Day. If you are planning a trip to Korea with your special someone, consider adding a visit to a chocolate dessert shop to your schedule. Here’s a list of some must-visit chocolate cafés for the most romantic and sweetest date ever!

Cacaodada

Cacaodada (Top & left credit: Cacaodada)

Cacaodada gets its name from a combination of the cacao bean and Daily Daily, emphasizing their desire to provide the freshest chocolate. They purchase cacao beans from across the globe, creating their rich chocolate only from cacao beans and sugar without any additives. Like coffee, each chocolate has a slightly different taste depending on the bean’s origin and preparation process. The café’s signature item is the bean-to-bar chocolate, allowing one to experience the many tastes of chocolate. For something a bit sweeter, try their decadent 1++ chocolate brownie or drinking cacao.

Cacaodada
  • Address: 15, Hoeujeong-ro 10-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 희우정로 10길 15)
  • Directions: Walk for approx. 15 min from Mangwon Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 2
  • Operating hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11:30-20:30
  • Signature menus: Single origin bean-to-bar chocolate 4,500 won / Bean-to-bar drinking chocolate 6,000 won / 1++ brownie 5,000 won

Cacao Boom

Cacao Boom (Bottom credit: Cacao Boom)

With a name coming from the chocolate tree, Cacao Boom makes traditional Belgian ice cream. Introduced in the ice cream episode of the “Wednesday Food Talk,” Cacao Boom is famous for its creamy gelato. The gelato comes in different flavors with varying cacao contents. The signature flavors are Strong Chocolate and Fior di Latte. Fior di Latte is sweet followed by a simple aftertaste while Strong Chocolate bursts with chocolaty richness.

Cacao Boom
  • Address: 3, Hoenamu-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 용산구 회나무로 3)
  • Directions: Walk for approx. 5 min from Noksapyeong Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 2
  • Operating hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11:00-21:00
  • Signature menus: Gelato (Cone or Cup; 2 flavors) 5,500 won / To-go box (3 flavors) 21,500 won / To-go box (4 flavors) 28,500 won

Classique

Classique (Credit: Classique)

Classique, located in Bundang, is popular thanks to the care and attention that goes into the chocolate menus, from using the finest ingredients to preparing each item by hand. Even the cocoa drinks are made by finely grating dark chocolate for a taste that is rich and true. The standard hot cocoa is made by melting 64% dark chocolate in warm milk, topped off with whipped cream.

Classique
  • Address: 121, Jeongjail-ro, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 성남시 분당구 정자일로 121)
  • Directions: Walk for approx. 15 min from Jeongja Station (Sinbundang Line), Exit 3
  • Operating hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11:00-22:00
  • Signature menus: Hot cocoa 7,500 won / French cocoa 8,300 won / Chocolate cookie 3,200 won

Pchokko

Pchokko (Credit: Pchokko)

Pchokko is run by Korean siblings who were raised in Venezuela. The café is famous for preparing all their chocolate products from cacao beans imported directly. Each of the steps required for this process can be seen in detail through various displays within the café. Visitors can also taste-test the different types of chocolate. Adding to the feeling of being in a chocolate museum, the back wall is decorated with glass jars storing different cacao beans. The café sells bean-to-bar chocolate, as well as tools required to make chocolate.

Pchokko
  • Address: 47, Seoulsup-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 성동구 서울숲길 47)
  • Directions: Walk for approx. 5 min from Ttukseom Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 8
  • Operating hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11:00-17:00
  • Signature menus: Today’s bean-to-bar chocolate 6,000 won / Bean-to-bar drinking chocolate 7,000 won

17℃

17℃ (Credit: 17℃)

Grabbing the attention of passersby with its name, 17℃ refers to the temperature used to preserve chocolate at its finest state. The café presents a wide variety of hand-made chocolates, including chocolate bars and café menus like chocolate cakes and chocolate drinks. In particular, you can control the level of cacao in your chocolate drink according to your preference, ranging from very strong to very light.

17℃
  • Address: 38, Donggyo-ro 29-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 동교로 29길 38)
  • Directions: Walk for approx. 10 min from Hongik Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, Gyeongui-Jungang Line, Airport Railroad), Exit 3
  • Operating hours: 11:00-22:00
  • Signature menus: Chocolate Bonbon 2,500 won / Fresh chocolate 1,200 won / Rich hot chocolate 6,500 won

More Info

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* This column was last updated in January 2020, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.