[Seoul] 17℃ refers to the temperature used to preserve chocolate at its finest state, and is also the name of this chocolate-specialty café at Mapo-gu Seoul.

If you crave for all things chocolate, then you probably come to the right place.

This unique and chic café stands presents a wide variety of hand-made chocolates, chocolate bingsu, chocolate cakes, and also chocolate softserve.

You get the drift.

It also stands out as one of the true chocolatiers in Korea, with carefully maintained temperature to preserve those perfectly-prepared chocolate bonbons from melting or distorting.

Some of its specialty items include Chocolate Bonbon (2,500 Won), Chocolate Ckae (5,5000 Won), Chocolate Macaron (2,500 Won) and Chocolate Softserve Ice Cream (4,000 Won for cup, 4,500 Won for cone).

I was most keen to try their Chocolate Shaved Ice aka Bingsu (16,000 Won) which is available in both original and dark versions.

When it comes to this iconic Korean dessert, I most often order the Injeolmi or fruit-flavoured ones but not chocolate as some may come across tasting rather sweet or artificial.

Not so in this case.

All that fluffy shaved ice that you see is chocolate-flavoured, PLUS you get that extra rich and deep chocolate sauce to pour all over.

A few spoonfuls, and you may end up really in chocolate heaven. Do get some friends to share though, as it can get quite heaty after a while.

If you visit during the hot and sunny summer, do get their Chocolate soft serve ice cream, with creamy, rich texture and melt-in-your-mouth feel.

Another plus point in particular, you can control the level of cacao in your Chocolate Drink (6,000 Won for hot, 6,500 Won for iced) according to your preference, ranging from sweet, bitter sweet, to extra bitter.

Also on the menu is Earl-Grey Chocolate Drink (6,500 Won, 7,000 Won for iced).

Sometimes, they also serve up the seasonal cold brew of Kyoto Uji Matcha (8500 won) with dark chocolate and some more ice cream. Who knew chocolate could taste so good with green tea?

Also try a variety of packaged chocolate products that you can grab and go for later.

17℃ (17도씨)
38, Donggyo-ro 29-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 마포구 동교로 29길 38
Tel: +82 2-337-1706
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

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