âShaved water,â which is enjoyed by putting various toppings on cool ice, has become the signature summer dessert. I think it comes from eating crushed ice or snow mixed with fruit juice and honey in China around 3,000 BC. In Korea, I think it started in the Joseon Dynasty when government officials smashed the ice they received from serving places to make flowers and the like so that they were easy to eat. Early shaved ice in Korea was enjoyed in the form of âred bean shaved iceâ where frozen ice cream was cluntly ground and topped with red bean paste, canned fruit, and mochi. Franchises specializing in shaved water appeared around 2013, and snowflake shaved ice made from milk ice became a new trend. Injeolmi powder, fruit, and puree are placed on milk ice that melts in the mouth to provide a refreshing sweetness in the hot summer. Recently, shaved ice with unique flavors, such as corn shaved ice, brown sugar, and avocado, have also appeared, adding to the fun of picking and eating. Here are 5 of the best shaved ice restaurants in Seoul that melt away the summer snowflakes and the heat.
Seoul's shaved ice restaurants include Buam-dong Bubing, Ichon Dong Bingo, Hannam-dong Minimize, Jangchung-dong Seoul Shilla Hotel The Library, Cheongdam-dong Maison Dora Category, Samcheong-dong Bukchon Bingsu, Mangwon-dong Tokyo Bingsu, Apgujeong Hyundai Department Store Mill Tower, Seongbuk-dong Soyeon Sanbang, chrysanthemums next to the fence in Seorae Village, Sinchon rye field, Banpo JW Marriott Hotel Seoul The Lounge, Yeouido Conrad Seoul 37 Grill & Bar, Jangchung-dong Granham Hotel Dining Lounge, Hongdae Sangsu Peony, Seongsu Small, Samcheong-dong Cafe Bora, Seochon Seochon Seochon Beverage Research Institute, Yeonnam-dong Yeonnam Salon, Samcheong-dong Hapwonseo Branch, Yeonhui-dong Geumokdang, Nonhyeon-dong Alien Mill, Itaewon Tiravento, Andaz Seoul Gangnam Sculpture, Myeongdong Kakao Green, City Hall Seoul Westin Chosun Hotel Lounge & Bar, Gwangjang-dong Grand Walkerhill Seoul Pavilion, Namsan Grand Hyatt Seoul Gallery, Samsung Intercontinental Seoul Parnasse Lobby Lounge & Bar, Seoul Forest Seongsu Twa Blue, Yongsan Seoul Dragon City Novotel Premier Lounge, Dongdaemun Novotel Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun Gomeba, Hyatt Flower in Ikseon-dong, Euljiro Bukhae Bingsu in Jongno, Garosu-gil Dangok, Hapjeong Dangjip, Myeongdong COIN, and Seorae Village Square Garden are famous.
Ice cream restaurants around the country include Daejeon Seongsimdang, Anyang Red Bean Teacher Applause Ja, Cheongju Da-gu Full Moon, Gwangju Mudeungsan Mountain Blossoms in Spring and March, Busan Yongho-dong Halmaehan, Jeonju Hanok Village 1723, Gongju Mrs. Spiberry, Busan Yeonundang, Jeju-si Alice, Jeju-si Nilmori Dongdong, Daegu Momo Store, Jeju Gujae White Donkey on the Wind Wall, Yangyang Ninbe, Tea Mizu Coffee, Gimpo Cafe Castle, Gimhae Kabesho-seong, Gimhae Cave Shot, Jeju-jung Oseol-rok Famous places include the Museum, Gokseong Duga-heon, Pusan National University Maison de Dawall, Gwangju Dongmyeong-dong Sonyo, Sokcho Baekda-jeong, Busan Park Hyatt Busan Hotel, Jeju Woljeong-ri Cafe Scuba Bus, Daegu Brick 62, and Jeju Lotte Hotel Peninsula.
1. 'Bubing' in Buam-dong captures the flavors and colors of the seasons
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âBubbingâ presents shaved ice that changes from season to season using seasonal ingredients such as sweet pumpkins, pineapples, strawberries, mandarin oranges, and hallabong. Thanks to the visual of colorful toppings flowing down the piles of milk ice, it is gaining a lot of popularity on social media. In the summer season, you can find âWanso shaved ice,â where salt is sprinkled on sweet pea puree to make the most of its umami; âgold kiwi shaved ice,â which has an attractive crunchy texture of fresh juice and seeds; âcorn shaved ice,â which makes use of its unique sweetness by grinding whole corn; and âblack sesame shaved ice,â where black sesame puree gives a rich aroma. Shaved water should be eaten little by little from above without mixing it to keep it cool for a long time.
â²Location: 136, Changmun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 13:00 to 20:00 on weekdays, 13:00 to 21:00 on weekends, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, early closing when materials are exhausted
â²Price: Wanso shaved ice 10,000 won, black sesame shaved ice 9,000 won
â²Review (Shikigami del.e): A place where shaved water is really delicious! Furthermore, the variety was diverse, and it was so delicious that I wanted to go there again while eating it. It's a bit tricky to visit, but if you go, you'll be able to spend a very satisfying time. The shaved water is so delicious that it's a place that comes to mind again and again.
2. âDongbingoâ in Ichon stands out for its structure that is faithful to the basics
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âDongbingoâ is a place where you can enjoy traditional shaved beans made of ice, condensed milk, red beans, and mochi. The signature menu, âshaved ice,â is made by mixing milk and condensed milk with a syrup filled between ice to make the flavor of milk even more intense. The red bean paste added to shaved water is made using only 100% domestic adzuki beans sold directly from domestic farms. The red bean paste made by taking advantage of the crunchy texture of adzuki beans is low in sweetness and has a clean aftertaste without being thick. You can enjoy a pleasant sweetness by combining the softly melting ice with the crunchy texture of adzuki beans. The combination of eating hot âred bean paste,â which has a contrasting temperature with cold shaved water, is also popular.
â²Location: 319 Ichon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 10:30 â 23:00 every day, 7 days a week
â²Price: Shaved bean paste 7,000 won, sweet red bean soup 7,000 won
â²Review (Shikigami Wannie): It's been a long time since I came to Dongbingo! I've eaten shaved ice before, and I've tried strawberry shaved ice before, and they're both delicious. The appeal of Dongbingo is that it's so clean, and it's great to eat alone. Hehe, if you're a first-time user, I recommend shaved ice cream:) Ice cream collection is popular in the summer! I highly recommend it! hehe
3. 'Seoul Shilla Hotel The Library' in Jangchung-dong, the freshness of apple mangoes from Jeju
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'The Library' is located in the lobby on the 1st floor of the Shilla Hotel. It is the representative of shaved ice in summer, and many customers visit hotels just to eat shaved ice. The signature menu, âApple Mango Shaved Ice,â offers shaved ice cream topped with plenty of well-aged apple mangoes, red bean paste, and mango sherbet. Apple mangoes brought from Jeju have a subtle apple scent and moist juice, so they go harmoniously with savory milk ice. At first, you can enjoy the freshness of putting apple and mango on ice, then put red beans and ice cream on it to enjoy a variety of ways. Please note that apple mango shaved ice is only sold on weekdays, and orders may close early if the waiting time is lengthy.
â²Location: 249 Dongho-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: 11:00 â 23:00 every day
â²Price: Apple mango shaved ice 59,000 won, fresh apple mango juice 35,000 won
â²Review (Shikigami hazak): Shilla Hotel Mangbing is now a proper noun that doesn't need any other modifiers! A must-have course in summer! Even though the price is over 50,000 won, it's a place where you can spend comfortably without feeling overwhelmed! It's not easy to find such high quality apple mangoes even in Vietnam and Thailand, the country of tropical fruits! I've been visiting Shilla Hotel Library for 10 years, and my love for Shilla Hotel will continue to grow.
4. Cheongdam's 'Maison de la category' blends the flavor and flavor of chodang corn
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âMaison de la Categoryâ is a place where you can find dishes and desserts presented in an authentic French style at the same time. The store, designed by famous New York designer Adam Tihini, creates a luxurious atmosphere with a large glass exterior in harmony with white tones. The signature menu is âSWEET CORN SHAVED ICE,â where the appearance of corn-shaped ice cream on top of pure white milk ice cream is an eye-catching sight. You can put the caramelized popcorn and corn sauce that comes with shaved water on ice and eat each bite. Both the ice cream and sauce are made from domestic chodang corn, so you can experience the deep sweetness and savory flavor.
â²Location: 826 Seolleung-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 11:00 â 22:00 every day, B/T 16:00 â 17:30, closed on Mondays
â²Price: SWEET CORN SHAVED ICE 27,000 won, HONEY PEACHE SHAVED ICE 27,000 won
â²Testimonial (Love Recipe): I ate corn shaved ice cream for dinner and dessert, and the ice cream on top looked so realistic that I thought the corn had actually gone up at the beginning. Hehehe, the sauce, ice cream, and shaved water all have a really strong corn flavor, so if you like corn, I definitely recommend you try it!
5. 'Minimize' in Hannam-dong competes with healthy sweetness
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âMinimizeâ is the second bakery brand represented by the famous vegan bakery 'Pan Anista' in Yeonnam-dong. As a general rule, we use only minimal sugar in all desserts and bakeries sold in stores. The signature menu, âMatcha shaved ice cream,â is served by stacking matcha ice cream like a tower on top of a bowl filled with milk ice cream. It features healthy sweetness using natural sweeteners such as coconut sugar and allulose without adding any sugar, from matcha sauce to milk ice cream and ice cream. Bitter green tea ice cream and fine ice cream melt softly in the mouth. The ice cream is full of nuts and low-sugar red bean paste, which adds richness.
â²Location: B1F, 65-1 Dokseodang-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: 11:00 â 22:00 every day
â²Price: Matcha shaved ice 19,000 won, black sesame shaved ice 19,000 won
â²Review (Shikigami! Fly Superman!) : The bakery menu, such as Basque cheesecake and strawberry bread, is also really delicious. I always went to eat bread and ate shaved ice in the summer, and it was really nice to have a mountain of ice cream. It was great that it didn't contain sugar, and even after eating it all, my mouth wasn't too sweet and was so clean!
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