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Unique Bingsu Available This Summer

  • Tag etc Food Trend
  • Date07/18/2022
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JW Marriot Dongdaemun’s black sesame patbingsu

In Korea, people happily look forward to the return of bingsu (shaved ice dessert) season every summer. While the classics such as patbingsu (shaved ice with red beans) and fruit bingsu remain popular, new bingsu types are released every year, following the current trends. Bingsu can easily be found along the streets at cafés, bakeries and convenience stores. With a street of shops that specialize in bingsu, Korea is indeed bingsu heaven.

Classic patbingsu

Patbingsu is a timeless option, available at almost every shop that sells bingsu, and sometimes the ONLY bingsu item on the menu. However, the red sweet bean paste that goes on top of the ice shaving takes a lot of effort and time to bring out the perfect balance of sweetness and texture. It’s no surprise most popular patbingsu shops make their own sweet red bean paste.

Patbingsu

There are several shops in Seoul that make their own sweet red bean paste. Some of the most well-known shops where you can taste authentic handmade patbingsu are hanok cafés Oyattkkot in Ikseon-dong, Dobinggo in Ichon-dong, Homilbat in Sinchon, Boobing and Tongui Dongdanpat in Buam-dong; Geumokdang and Okrumong in Yeonhui-dong.

Okrumong (Credit: 9suk9suk Travel Leader)

Oyattkkot

  • Address: 15, Donhwamun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울특별시종로구 돈화문로11다길 15)
  • Operating hours: 11:00-22:00
  • Price: Patbingsu 18,000 won
  • Inquiries: +82-2-762-8233

Dobinggo

  • Address: 319, Ichon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 용산구 이촌동 319)
    * Plans to relocate in the near future
  • Operating hours: 10:30-23:00
  • Price: Patbingsu 8,500 won / Strawberry bingsu 9,000 won / Roasted grain bingsu 9,000 won
  • Inquiries: +82-2-794-7171

Homilbat

  • Address: 43, Sinchonyeok-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 서대문구 신촌역로 43)
  • Operating hours: 12:00-22:00
  • Price: Milk bingsu 8,900 won / Green tea bingsu 8,500 won
  • Inquiries: +82-2-392-5345

Boobing

  • Address: 136, Changuimun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 종로구 창의문로 136)
  • Operating hours: 13:00-19:00
  • Price: Patbingsu 9,000 won (single), 16,000 won (double)
  • Inquiries: +82-2-394-8288

Tongui Dongdanpat

  • Address: 20-1, Jahamun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 종로구 자하문로 20-1)
  • Operating hours: 12:00-21:00
  • Price: Patbingsu 8,000 won / Soybean bingsu 9,000 won
  • Inquiries: 82-2-722-0044

Geumokdang

  • Address: 2, Yeonhui-ro 11ra-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 서대문구 연희로11라길 2)
  • Operating hours: 11:00-21:00
  • Price: Patbingsu 10,000 won
  • Inquiries: +82-2-322-3378

Okrumong

  • Address: 18, Yeondaedongmun-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 서대문구 연대동문길 18)
  • Operating hours: 08:00-22:00
  • Price: Traditional Patbingsu 14,000 won / Green tea bingsu 16,000 won
  • Inquiries: +82-2-312-0015

Popular Bingsu in Busan

Namcheon Nokcha Patbingsu

Namcheon Nokcha Patbingsu was introduced in SBS program “Little Big Masters” for using green tea in their patbingsu. It’s a trending dessert place on social media not only for its delicious bingsu, but also for the store’s relaxing atmosphere. In addition to nokcha bingsu (shaved ice with green tea), they also offer danpat juk (sweet red bean porridge) and coffee. Their main menu items nokcha bingsu and danpat juk cost 4,000 won each, a bargain considering the modern-day market price. Their nokcha bingsu only uses sweet beans and green tea powder, but receives great reviews. You can ask for more green tea powder as much as you want! Enjoy all Busan has to offer at this popular Busan date spot.

  • Namcheon Nokcha Patbingsu<br> (Credit: 9suk9suk Travel Leader)
  • Namcheon Nokcha Patbingsu <br>(Credit: 9suk9suk Travel Leader)

Namcheon Nokcha Patbingsu

  • Address: 28, Suyeong-ro 394beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, Busan (부산광역시 수영구 수영로 394번길 28)
  • Operating hours: 10:00-22:00
  • Price: Patbingsu 4,000 won
  • Inquiries: +82-51-625-5544

Maru Patbingsu & Danpat juk

Maru Patbingsu & Danpat juk (Credit: 9suk9suk Travel Leader)

Maru Patbingsu & Danpat juk is famous for serving traditional style patbingsu in Haeundae, Busan. This place also made several appearances in TV shows. In addition to patbingsu, the shop also serves a variety of snack meals such as tteokbokki, eomuk, twigim, sundae, and roasted injeolmi tteok. Their signature traditional patbingsu uses shaved ice topped with sweet red beans and nuts. The crunchy ice texture creates a perfect combination with the sweet red beans. The sweet bean paste is housemade from local beans that have undergone the aging process for 15 days.

Maru Patbingsu & Danpat juk

  • Address: 1F, 473, Jwadongsunhwan-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan (부산광역시 해운대구 좌동순환로 473 1층)
  • Operating hours: 12:00-22:00
  • Prices: Traditional patbingsu 5,000 won / Danpat juk 5,000 won
  • Inquiries: +82-51-743-9978

Nampo-dong Patbingsu Street

Credit: 9suk9suk Travel Leader

At Busan Nampo-dong Binsgu Street, you’ll find seven bingsu vendors selling icy cold bingsu in hot summer days and warm bowls of danpat juk in freezing winter. With vendors boiling and preparing their own beans, the street is a popular destination among tourists seeking tasty desserts at a reasonable price. Nampo-dong Bingsu Street has been in the area since the 1970s, and most vendors continue to serve the old-fashioned bingsu using the same recipe that’s been passed down for years. The recipe uses simple ingredients like milk, syrup, beans, and cocktail fruits, but its simplicity is what earned its reputation for bringing old time memories among Koreans.

  • Credit: 9suk9suk Travel Leader
  • Credit: 9suk9suk Travel Leader

Nampo-dong Patbingsu Street

  • Address: Gukje Market Bingsu Street, Sinchang-dong 4-ga, Jung-gu, Busan (부산광역시 중구 신창동 4가 국제시장 빙수거리)
  • Operating hours: Varies by store
  • Prices: Patbingsu 4,500 won / Danpat juk 3,500~4,500 won

Social media-worthy bingsu

Fresh cream bingsu designed to look like jajangmyeon (Credit: Instagram account @_sweet_and_)

If you enjoy taking pictures and showing off your vacation, then we recommend trying a very special bingsu! Daegu _sweet_and_ serves creative and unique jajangmyeon bingsu, designed to look just like a bowl of jajangmyeon (noodles in black bean sauce). The white “noodles” are actually ice cream, and the deep red colored red beans represent the sauce.

Ananti Hilton Busan’s mango bingsu (Credit: Ananti Hilton Busan)

Mango bingsu from Ananti Hilton Busan uses bright colored ingredients to make a vibrant bingsu popular on social media. The soft shaved ice is topped with cool cubes of apple mango, and then finished off with a cloud of cotton candy. The distinctly different sweet tastes blend in perfect harmony!

JW Marriot Dongdaemun’s black sesame patbingsu (Credit: JW Marriot Dongdaemun)

If you want to make your patbingsu look really Korean, order the special black sesame patbingsu from JW Marriot Dongdaemun. This bingsu comes topped with a mini Heunginjimun Gate, a designated Treasure also known as Dongdaemun Gate, made out of white chocolate. The addition of the black sesame to the standard red beans makes this bingsu stand out even more.

Daegu _sweet_and_

  • Address: 2F, 12-36, Dongseong-ro 2-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu (대구광역시 중구 동성로 2길 12-36 2층)
  • Operating hours: 13:00-21:30
  • Prices: Jajangmyeon bingsu 9,000 won / Jjamppong strawberry bingsu 11,000 won
  • Inquiries: +82-53-253-8030

Ananti Hilton Busan McQueen’s Lounge

  • Address: 268-32, Gijanghaean-ro, Gijang-gun, Busan (부산광역시 기장군 기장읍 기장해안로 268-32)
  • Operating hours: Mango bingsu 45,000 won
  • Prices: 09:00-22:00 (Bingsu order time 12:00-20:00)
  • Inquiries: +82-51-509-1111

JW Marriot Dongdaemun The Lounge

  • Address: 279, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 종로구 청계천로 279)
  • Operating hours: 10:00-21:00
  • Prices: Black sesame patbingsu 68,000 won
  • Inquiries: +82-2-2276-3336

Vegan bingsu

Vegan bingsu available at Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas <br>(Credit: Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas)

Most bingsu comes with ice cream made using cow milk, making it off-limits to vegans. To allow all to enjoy this sweet dessert, Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas has created a sweet vegan named “Avocado Vegan Bingsu,” made using coconut, avocado, and tofu decorated with a sliced avocado-shaped lime sorbet. They also have mugwort bingsu and Jeju apple mango bingsu.

Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas

  • Address: 521, Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 강남구 테헤란로 521)
  • Operating hours: 09:00-24:00
  • Prices: Avocado vegan bingsu Single-serving 32,000 won, 2~3-servings 50,000 won / Apple mango bingsu 83,000 won / Mugwort bingsu 50,000 won
  • Inquiries: +82-2-559-7603

Café bingsu

Bingsu desserts are not only offered at bingsu shops, but cafés and coffee houses that dot the streets of Korea that tempt passerby with original bingsu of their own. When it comes to bingsu offered at cafés, diversity is priority. From cake bingsu topped with fruits to single-servings of bingsu, look around to find the bingsu just right for your taste buds!

If you are traveling solo, consider Ediya as your stopover to try their bingsu for one. Ediya offers many bingsu to choose from: pat injeolmi snow bingsu, a bingsu topped with red beans and bean powder; mango passion yogurnola bingsu, a yogurt-based bingsu topped with pieces of mango and passion fruit; and strawberry peach yogurnola bingsu, topped with sweet strawberries and peach.

Ediya bingsu for one (Credit: Ediya)

For a more unique bingsu, stop by A Twosome Place. A Twosome Place coffee shop is popular for presenting a special summer treat that combines two delicious desserts of their expertise – cake and bingsu! Some of their popular bingsu desserts are blueberry cake bingsu, bingsu with blueberries and New York cheesecake; and tiramisu cake bingsu, which uses mascarpone cream and tiramisu cake. They also have regular pat bingsu for those who prefer a more classic dessert.

A Twosome Place cake bingsu (Credit: A Twosome Place)

Bingsu for one

  • Locations: Ediya, A Twosome Place, etc.
  • Operating hours: 08:00-21:00 (Varies by café)
  • Prices: Ediya single-serving bingsu 5,900 won / A Twosome Place bingsu 13,500 won
  • Inquiries: Varies by café

Convenience store bingsu

If you’re not up for fancy and expensive bingsu, opt for a bingsu at a convenience store. Recently trending on social media are red melon bingsu and Cebu mango bingsu, both available at convenience stores. These simple bingsu cups consist of gelato ice cream, fruity syrup and ice.

  • GS25 Red melon bingsu
  • GS25 Red melon bingsu

Convenience store bingsu

  • Location: Convenience stores
  • Operating hours: Open 24 hr (Some stores may not be open during late night hours)
  • Price: Around 3,000 won
  • Inquiries: Varies by branch store
  • 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)

* This column was last updated in July 2022, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.

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