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Guilt-free Organic Desserts in Korea

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  • Date03/05/2018
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Organic desserts

Not all desserts are calorie bombs that leave you with a massive feeling of guilt. With the awareness of a healthy diet growing in Korea, organic desserts are becoming a trend for people who prefer a healthier option but can’t give up on their sweet tooth. For those health conscious travelers who seek delicious yet healthful delicacies, check out this list of the top six organic dessert cafés.

Traditional dessert café, Banjjak Banjjak Bitnaneun

Chrysanthemum tea at Banjjak Banjjak Bitnaneun

Banjjak Banjjak Bitnaneun uses ingredients that are 100% organic, including tea leaves that have been aged for at least 3 years, enhancing both flavor and fragrance. Even the desserts are made with natural ingredients without any addition of food coloring or artificial flavors. The interior of the café is neat and well organized, representing Korea’s traditional simplicity.

Menus served at Banjjak Banjjak Bitnaneun

The café’s signature menu is the thick and rich black soybean smoothie. Its natural sweetness goes perfectly with roasted injeolmi (rice cakes coated with powdered soybeans), another popular menu. If you are looking for something more traditional, wormwood tea is your best option, brewed from wormwood leaves naturally ripened in the sea fog around Ganghwado Island.

  • ☞ Address: 28-1, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울 종로구 인사동길 28-1)
  • ☞ Directions: Jongno 3-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 3, 5), Exit 5. Walk approx. 4 min.
  • ☞ Operating hours: 10:00-23:00 (Open all year round)
  • ☞ Signature menus: Roasted injeolmi 7,000 won / Black soybean smoothie 8,000 won / Omija (magnolia berry) tea 7,000 won
  • ☞ Reservations: No reservation policy

Handmade with dedication, Ma non troppo

Ma non troppo

Owned by a chef with a degree from a prestigious cooking school, Ma non troppo offers exquisite handmade desserts made with organic flour, 100% natural New Zealand butter, and fresh eggs. Ma non troppo has been featured in several television programs for its reliable ingredients and outstanding taste.

Desserts at Ma non troppo

Signature menus include blueberry tart, raspberry chocolate mousse, and fruit roll cake. A diverse selection of desserts is also available aside from the signature menus. Each dessert is carefully crafted to please the eyes as well as the palate with its rich and refreshing taste. Try any one of the cream-filled desserts and you’ll be surprised at how addictive a mildly sweet cream can be. Grapefruit tea is another enjoyable treat at this café, served with grapefruit pulp that burst with flavors inside your mouth.

  • ☞ Address: 61-1, Hannamdae-ro 20-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (서울 용산구 한남대로20길 61-1)
  • ☞ Directions: Hangangjin Station (Seoul Subway Line 6). Take a taxi for approx. 4 min.
  • ☞ Operating hours: 11:00-23:00 (Open all year round)
  • ☞ Signature menus: Blueberry tart 9,500 won / Raspberry chocolate mousse 9,500 won / Fruit roll cake 7,500 won
  • ☞ Reservations: No reservation policy

A hundred variety of flavors, Baekmidang

Baekmidang ice cream

Baekmidang is famous for its traditionally processed ice creams. Among its variety, the most popular is jikjjeop jjan duyu ice cream, a soft ice cream made from organic milk. Topping options, such as seasonal fruits and pumpkin sweet potato chips, are available for a combination of different flavor and texture.

Baekmidang

The café is designed with metal, wood, and stones, exhibiting a traditional Korean interior that is as neat as the desserts served at this café. The second floor of the building is used as a cafeteria while the fourth floor serves as a classroom for barista training.

  • ☞ Address: 8, Eonju-ro 149-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (서울 강남구 언주로149길 8)
  • ☞ Directions: Apgujeong Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 3. Take a taxi for approx. 5 min.
  • ☞ Operating hours: 10:30-22:00 (Open all year round)
  • ☞ Signature menus: Yuginong uyuga deun ice cream (organic milk ice cream) 3,500 won / Jikjeop jjan duyu ice cream (handmade soy milk ice cream) 3,500 won
  • ☞ Reservations: No reservation policy

One fine yanggaeng shop, Geumokdang

Geumokdang

Geumokdang specializes in authentically made yanggaeng (red bean jelly), different from those found in regular stores. Take a bite and enjoy the rich texture of yanggaeng as it softly melts in your mouth. No preservatives are added to the products, making the shelf life shorter, but it’s a health-conscious choice. The fancy yet neat packages make a perfect gift option for friends and family.

Geumokdang

Yanggaeng comes in 16 varieties of flavor including mugwort, chestnut, black sesame, and raspberry. The yanggaeng is sweetened just enough to bring out the scent and natural flavors of the main ingredient. Other items sold at the store include chewy rice cakes made with rice water and traditional juk (porridge). The menus served at Geumokdang are well seasoned while leaving a clean aftertaste.

  • ☞ Address: 2, Yeonhee-ro 11ra-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul (서울 서대문구 연희로11라길 2)
  • ☞ Directions: Gajwa Station (Gyeongeui Jungang Line). Take a taxi for approx. 6 min.
  • ☞ Operating hours: 11:00-20:00 (Closed Mondays & Tuesdays)
  • ☞ Signature menus: Red bean yanggaeng small 2,000 won, large 4,500 won / Geumok red bean porridge 7,500 won / Brown rice cake 2,000 won
  • ☞ Reservations: +82-2-322-3378 (Korean only)

Colorful desserts, La boite

La boite

La boite offers a delightful selection of diverse macarons and cakes. The first floor gleams brightly with golden colors while the second floor is decorated with luxurious props and artistic murals. La boite’s showcase presents a variety of fancy desserts, making it hard to choose just one. Cake pre-orders are also accepted.

La boite’s interior and desserts

The most popular dessert at La boite is the strawberry macaron cake. With a taste as excellent as its looks, the chewy texture and the strong fruity scent cannot be missed. If that’s not enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, the salty caramel macaron is also recommended.

  • ☞ Address: 35, Eonju-ro 164-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (서울 강남구 언주로 164길 35)
  • ☞ Directions: Apgujeong Rodeo Station (Seoul Subway Bundang Line). Take a taxi for approx. 3 min.
  • ☞ Operating hours: 11:00-22:00 (Open all year round)
  • ☞ Signature menus: Strawberry macaron cake 7,500 won / Salty caramel macaron 2,900 won / Caffe latte 7,000 won
  • ☞ Reservations: +82-2-6091-7776 (English only)

Tarts too pretty to eat, Tarr Tarr

Tarr Tarr

As soon as you walk into Tarr Tarr, freshly baked colorful tarts will immediately grab your attention. These sweet desserts are heavily topped with seasonal fruits like grapes, strawberries, oranges, mandarins, and kiwis, and with so many varieties to choose from, it’s hard to step away from the dessert display.

Tarr Tarr

Tarr Tarr’s fruit tarts boast an excellent combination of crunchy crust, rich cream cheese, and delicious fruits. On the other hand, the egg tarts offer a pleasant sweetness presented by the creamy, moist custard. Other popular menus include the apple egg tart and cheese tart. Tarr Tarr prepares tarts twice a day, at 11:00 and 18:00, due to its huge popularity.

  • ☞ Address: 3, Yeonse-ro 2-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul (서울 서대문구 연세로2길 3)
  • ☞ Directions: Sinchon Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 3. Walk approx. 3 min.
  • ☞ Operating hours: 11:00-23:00 (Fresh tarts 11:00 / 18:00) (Open all year round)
  • ☞ Signature menus: Egg tarts 2,500 won / Strawberry tarts 6,800 won / Green grape tarts 6,800 won
  • ☞ Reservations: No reservation policy

* This column was last updated in February 2018, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.