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Here are 4 Korean cafes and bakeries to check out in Singapore this summer

From Korean cafes with a cottage-core aesthetic to a Korean-inspired cake shop, here are 4 cafes and bakeries you should check out.

Esther Low

| June 25, 2024
Patrons sitting in a Korean cafe with mostly pink decor in Hongdae, Seoul. Photo: Press

Summer is all about iced coffee and cafe hopping, especially in South Korea. Their strong cafe and pastries culture is evident in the number of cafes, interesting concepts, unique flavours and Instagrammable spaces.

There’s just something about the Korean cafes and the aesthetics that it brings that continues to attract people from all walks of life. You don’t have to look too far though.

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HallyuSG introduces four Korean cafes and pastry shops to check out for you to get a taste of Korea right at your doorstep.

1. Cafe Margaret

Bringing the flavours from the streets of Hongdae to Singapore, this cafe opened its first outlet in Bugis. Their signature is the cube croissants, but the 72 flaky layers Matcha Cream Cubepie and the Black Sesame Cookie are said to be insanely good as well.

Taste aside, this TikTok famous cafe also has a cottage-core interior which takes you back to Korea.

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Cafe Margaret. Photo: cafe.margaret.sg/Instagram

Where: 32 Bali Ln, Singapore 189868
When: 10 AM to 7 PM (Daily; Closed on Thursdays)

2. B For Bagel

Hailing from the Gangnam district in Seoul, expect a plethora of freshly baked bagels that will leave you spoiled for choice.

At their Tanglin outlet, you can choose from 12 different flavours; ranging from savoury ones like Sesame and Garlic Butter Cheese to sweet bagels such as Cookie Dough and Cinnamon Orange. The prices of these delicacies range from about $4 to $5.50.

Since its opening at Tanglin, there are now two more branches at Great World City and Parkway Parade.

Where: 163 Tanglin Rd, B1-125,126, Singapore 247933 (Tanglin Branch)
When: 8.30 AM to 4.30 PM (Daily)

3. Gui Cafe

 

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A fusion of Korean and Japanese elements, this cafe at South Bridge Road offers Korean lunch boxes and visually appealing desserts.

The cafe’s use of dark brown wood and carvings adds a traditional touch to an otherwise modern space. Think hanok-inspired decor (Korean traditional house). With a variety of dishes like Spicy Dry Ramen, Dosirak Rice Bowl, and more, this makes a great hangout spot to get some comfort food. Complete your cafe experience with drinks and dessert.

The K-drama fanatic would recognise the Dalgona Honeycomb drink as this went viral with the hit K-thriller Squid Game (2021).

Where: 103 Irrawaddy Rd, #02-10 Royal Square at Novena, Singapore 329566
When: 9 AM to 6 PM (Tue-Sat); Closed on Sundays, Mondays and PH

4. Haengbok Cakeyo

A pun from the Korean phrase Haengbok haeyo, which means to be happy, this Korean-inspired cake shop landed in Singapore in 2021.

One highlight of this pastry shop is the dessert that centres around dacquoise, a French pastry. Take home a sandwich set of six different flavours varying from Pistachio to Strawberry, or get that sinful satisfaction from decadently sweet macarons.

Of course, like its name, the shop also sells bento cakes, Korean madeleines and other guilty indulgences for dessert. Located at Kampong Bahru Road, this pretty pink dessert place does mainly takeaways.

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An assortment of cakes and pastries from haengbok cakeyo. Photo: @haengbok.cakeyo/Instagram

Where: 41 Kampong Bahru Rd, level 1, Singapore 168358
When: 11AM to 7PM (Thu-Mon)

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