Blog, Cafes, Snack Food/ Desserts

Guest Post: Top 4 Cupcakes in Seoul

Here is a guest post from Cindy Ung who is covering food and beauty in seoul at

Finding good cupcakes in Seoul is almost impossible. Sometimes the cake is too dry, sometimes the frosting is not sweet enough, sometimes it’s not even real frosting, but just a whipped cream that’s bland in taste! The best part is being able to find that one spot that “hits the spot” and sharing it with the rest of the expat community here in Korea.


Sugar Daddy

At the very top of the list is Sugar Daddy, a small shop in Itaewon where the baker is in the store baking and decorating as she sells cupcakes from the same table finally opened a café by the McDonald’s. This extremely small and cozy spot is filled with all things delicious which are not only cupcakes!

Sugar Daddy offers cupcake sized pies, mini cheesecakes, fudge bars, cookies, and cupcakes of traditional flavors as well as all things crazy. Many of the ingredients used in the recipes are ordered from foreign markets and online stores which explains the quality of the baked goods. Furthermore, the owner (Yumi Jung) tries to incorporate all things crazy that Americans love into her baked goods which provides her with another bonus thumbs up.

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Bakery, Blog, Cafes, Central Seoul, Restaurant Reviews

Review: Napoleon Bakery

Bakery Napoleon has a long history of making fine breads in Korea. Although many of the breads cater to the Korean palate (such as green tea, rice cake, cheese, bread) they have world class skills for desserts and their croissants. I have to say that their croissants are the closest you’ll get to a partisan croissant in Korea. I love a good croissant in the morning with coffee and I am disappointed with many of the franchise croissants that have a sugary glaze on a burnt top (yes, Paris Croissant and Paris Baguette that dig was made at you.) They have a coup of misses in my book such as their famous red bean paste bread that the chocolate bread which just like a hotdog bun they put red bean or chocolate pudding in. But apparently, people flock here for those stuffed breads so my opinion must not count. Their coffee is not very good either and I decided not to get brunch or pasta or salad at a bakery. With that said, their croissants, cakes and tarts are worth the journey and that green tea rice cake cheese bread was actually pretty darn good. The cheese bread had a soft and chewy interior and crunchy cheese bits on top and the green tea and red bean was a good balance of flavor.

Napoleon Bakery
3 Stars
Seongbuk-gu Seongbukdong 1ga 35-1
Open from 8am-10pm (but they usually sell out far before closing time)









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Too Much Concept, Not enough Taste: Dal.komm Coffee Review





I heard that Dal.Komm Coffee was supposed to be the cafe of the future. I heard they had iPads for you to check out free of charge with your coffee, fast wifi, great music and sound. It is supposed to be the cool new place to be.

However, it is just a lousy cafe hiding behind a facade of a great idea. The concept is quite confusing and the vacuous space in Hongdae is so noisy that the tunes you are supposed to be able to hear are muffled over. Also the levels of the sound from song to song are different so they must be using mp3′s rather than high quality CDs or even high quality downloads.

Oh, and the coffee? Blah. You can choose three levels of coffee K1: mild, K2: Rich, K3: Deep. Yeah, the gimmick was too much of a gimmick. The mild tasted like water and it wasn’t “well balanced and sweet nutty” as promised. I got the coffee cube: coffee ice cubes in a latte drink. A tad too sweet and the ice doesn’t melt fast enough to be enjoyed properly (they should have made the ice cubes smaller). Oh, the melted ice cube coffee just tastes bitter.

Sigh…It is quite apparent this is a cafe that is looking to have people franchise it out. In a country with way too many cafes, I hope it will not. Well, compared to Cafe Bene it is better, but I hope is that small independent cafe owners will be able to convince people they can offer better service and coffee.

Mapo-gu, Seogyo-dong 359
Hongdae: across from Free Park

Cafes, Restaurant Reviews

Gong Cha Black Bubble Tea



I am at Gong Cha at Young Plaza. They specialize in bubble tea and they are really popular in Singapore and Malaysia. They are sorta like the Starbucks of Bubble Tea. So if you like chewy teas made your way then this is the place to go. You get to pick out your type of tea, your ice level, type of filling, and sweetness level. It sounds complicated but it isn’t so bad.

I got the black milk tea with half ice and 50% sweetness level. It came out in a nifty cup that was sealed on top. When you drink it the cup collapses a bit and then refills after.

The tea tasted good but I felt a bit jittery from the tea. I find I get this when tea is made too strong or of …not the highest quality. It was refreshing though and I think I will do it again (with another tea) in the future.

Gong Cha
** (2 stars. Clean, efficient and customizable milk tea)

Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea, 14 Namdaemunno 2(i)-ga