See & Do Tours
A couple of Seoul bakeries have been popping up our radar for their sliced bread. From using organic, fermented dough to playing around and mixing together different kinds of ingredients, these three bakeries have become very well-known for their unique sliced bread.
Bread for a Meal
Located in Sinsa-dong, Sigbugwan is a bakery owned by Dan Kim, the chef and owner of the famous French restaurant, “Toc Toc”. Wanting to make bread that went well with his cuisine, he took it upon himself to study and master the art of baking. According to him, he discovered the wonders of bread when he made some French toast for his staff using some leftover dough. Sigbugwan became not only a place to sell bread but a place to continually experiment with the art of baking. The “natural”, “plain”, and “rich” bread have come to represent the bakery of Sigbugwan.
Chef Kim states that the best way to eat bread differs by the bread type. “‘Plain’ bread is best eaten as a sandwich. ‘Natural’ bread should be eaten by itself or toasted so one can savor its delicate flavor. ‘Rich’ bread should be eaten together with something as thick and creamy as foie gras to bring out its best flavor." Only found and sold in Sigbugwan, “La Chambre aux Confitures” is a series of 6 jams carefully selected by Chef Kim to go with his bread. He recommends eating the “Rich” bread with the salted butter caramel jam spread, topped with slices of figs and bananas.
1F, 36 Dosan-daero 49-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
The Oldest Sliced Bread Bakery
Lately, there have been many new bakeries gaining popularity for their delectable sliced bread, but Kyoto Marble has already made its mark as the place for sliced bread since 2015. Nestled in the cozy neighborhood of Ichon, this bakery has been producing its famed Danish bread by repeatedly kneading, folding, and cutting the dough over 100 times every single day. Due to their perseverance, their 64-layer Danish bread has a very distinct marbling and a very moist, dense texture, making this bread a little heavier than the ones found elsewhere.
Visitors can choose from a wide range of flavors such as plain, maple, cheese, green tea, nutella, cinnamon, black sesame, etc. Their bread also goes well served as a base for Egg Benedict with bacon. Starting this March, visitors can enjoy Kyoto Marble’s Danish bread in a whole, new way. Their newest menu, “Fuwa Fuwa Toast”, is a Danish bread that has the texture of pudding! It's highly recommended to eat this bread with slices of bananas and berries!
B1, 69 Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
A Bakery That Sells Baking Tools
Cabinet is a unique little bakery that sells both baked goods and baking equipment. The cafe part of the bakery has many different types of bread on its menu, including two types of plain sliced bread called “Japanese” and “French”, “Butter”, “Rice”, “Buona”, “Basil Onion”, and “Corn Cheese”. The best way to enjoy sliced bread is to eat it hot off the pan. If requested, the bakery will toast the bread for their customers in their special Balmuda toaster.
Their toast with a dollop of French gourmet butter is their most popular thing on the menu. Depending on the bread, different temperatures are used to bring out the different textures. The thing to take note about Cabinet is how all its baking tools are stacked in neat, pristine rows.On top of baking equipment, this store also sells baking ingredients like flour and brands of salt that aren’t easily found around Korea, such as Maldon Sea Salt and Guerande.
1-2F, 78 World Cup buk-ro 6-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
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