Time for summer! Seoul Bingsu Tour
See & Do Tours
In spite of the unrelenting summer heat, we have a reason for waiting this summer: All the kinds of cool bingsu that it brings! From the classic red bean patbingsu to fruit bingsu piled with watermelon, pineapple, and more, along with novelty bingsu made with cake or cotton candy, for those weary of the heat we introduce the best bingsu places of Seoul to entertain the eyes and the taste buds.
Café Imi - Seochon Beverage Lab - Waffle House - Tiravento
The dessert cafe “Imi”, famous for its orange bingsu that captured the heart of Momoland's JooE on the “Bingsu” episode of the 180th Wednesday Foodtalk in July 2018, is so highly acclaimed that it has been selected by Blue Ribbon Survey for 6 years straight, from 2014 through 2019. Taking a bite of the pure white cream piled like big snowflakes with orange peel on top, it gently melts in your mouth with a soft, refreshing appeal. Another main item at Imi is “O. Chi. Pong.”, a whole orange with cheesecake inside. We recommend enjoying it along with orange bingsu.
Address: 7, Donggyo-ro 25-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 12:00-22:00 (irregular days off)
Directions: Subway Line 2 Hongdae University Station(#239) Exit No 2, walk 4 min
The unique bingsu shop, Seochon Beverage Lab, shown on the “Bingsu” episode of the 209th Wednesday Foodtalk in July 2019, offers their main menu item “coconut affogato bingsu” made with coconut water, coconut milk, sweet condensed milk, and shaved ice flakes piled in a coconut. With vanilla ice cream and black tea jelly topping, the flavor and plating all come together skillfully. After eating about half of the bingsu, pouring a bit of the provided espresso gives yet another flavor to enjoy, with the rich aroma of espresso to complete the appeal of affogato. Because it is made using fresh coconuts flown in directly from Vietnam, only 20 are sold each day (except during the summer, when 20 are sold at each of two times, 11:00 and 16:00, to serve higher demand).
Address: 11, Ogin-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 11:00-22:00 daily (afternoon break 15:00-16:00)
Directions: Subway Line 3 Gyeongbokgung Station (#327) Exit No. 2, walk 10 minutes
In Olive’s variety program “Oldhouse Rapper” that looks for foods made with the “oldhouse” philosophy passed down over generations by hip-hop rappers like Mad Clown and DinDin, YuA and Mimi from Oh My Girl appeared as guests in episode 7 and visited Waffle House in search of the strawberry bingsu with 31 years of tradition. Unlike today's bingsu with fancy plating, this bingsu brings back memories and sentiment with the original form and flavor of the 1970s. After shaving the ice and pouring plenty of sweet condensed milk over it, the bingsu is topped with a generous serving of strawberries preserved in sugar. Try the ice cream on bingsu with a crispy toasted waffle for the most fantastic combination!
Address: 37, Cheongpa-ro 5-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 11:00-23:00 daily
Directions: Subway Line 4 Sookmyung Women's University Station (#427) Exit No. 8, walk 5 min
Tiravento became a hot topic with the airing of Olive’s entertainment program “Yeogi Go” where TV personalities Jung Hyung-don and Seo Jang-hoon introduce great places to eat. This is a specialty shiltarae bingsu shop with a unique visual effect of tangled shiltarae. Even the way to eat it is different, where you're supposed to cut the layered icey threads of bingsu with a knife. It has a very soft texture compared to regular bingsu, and immediately melts in your mouth. You can enjoy it in various flavors including green tea, chocolate, strawberry, and banana. There is also a diverse choice of toppings you can select according to your own preference.
Address: 77-6, Noksapyeong-daero 26-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 12:00-21:00 daily (Closed every Sunday)
Directions: Subway Line 6 Itaewon Station (#630) Exit No. 4, walk 7 min