Korean dessert cafes
For those wanting to visit a traditional tea café or try authentic Korean desserts while traveling in Korea are in luck as more and more cafés offering these kinds of treats are sprouting up all over Seoul. Many of these cafés embrace traditional Korean recipes while altering certain aspects or adding new flavors to suit modern tastes. A range of franchise cafés selling traditional tea or rice cakes have also become popular, making it even easier to have traditional Korean treats. Read on to find out where you can try some of the best traditional Korean desserts and drinks in the heart of Seoul!
Sodam Tteokbang: A café managed by a family of master rice cake makers
Opened in April, 2013, Sodam Tteokbang is a rice cake café located near Bukchon Hanok Village. The café is managed by the three sons of Choi Gil-seon, a master of tteok (rice cake) making, who has been working at his craft since the 1960s.
The rice cakes sold at Sodam Tteokbang are made by Choi Dae-han, one of the three sons of Choi Gil-seon, who was selected as the youngest ever rice cake master at the 2011 National Tteok Master Competition in Gyeonggi-do.
The most popular menu item at Sodam Tteokbang is the sweet pumpkin sodam tteok, which won the grand prize at the Tteok Master Competition. It is made by maturing rice cakes stuffed with sweet pumpkin, walnuts, and peas at a low temperature. To complement the rice cakes, an extensive selection of drinks are sold, including medicinal teas, coffee, and juices. The café also offers contemporary reinterpretations of Korea’s traditional desserts, the most popular being salted nurungji (scorched rice) ice cream, a rather creative dessert made by topping crispy scorched rice with a scoop of Häagen-Dazs ice cream and then sprinkling bay salt from Sinan-gun on top.
- Address：3-4, Bukchon-ro 7-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
- Getting There： Anguk Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 2, walk straight and after crossing the first big street, turn left at the intersection and take an immediate right. Take the immediate left right after the Gahoedong Community Center (가회동주민센터) and the café will be on your left.
- Hours： 10：30 - 21：00 （Closed on Sundays, Chuseok and Lunar New Year’s Day）
- Homepage： http://www.sodame.co.kr/ (Korean）
- Menu： Tteok ranges from 1,500 won and up, Salted nurungji ice cream - 8,000 won, Medicinal tea - 5,000 won
- Nearby Attractions： Bukchon Hanok Village
- Inquiries： +82-2-338-8289