[SEOUL] Ongeundal 옹근달 meaning “Humble Moon” in Korean, is a well-known café and patisserie in Seongsu-dong 성수동.
Apart from delightful coffee and tea, ongeundal is known for its cruffins – a cross between croissants and muffins, pastries and cakes.
The neighbourhood of Seongsu is sometimes known as the “Brooklyn of Seoul”.
Located on the north bank of the Han River, the district has a good mix of residential homes and welcoming cafes.
ongeundal is two-storeys tall with an absolutely spacious industrial interior, located about a 10 to 15 minutes’ walk away from Seongsu Station (Line 2 Green Line, Exit 4).
The best part about the café is its eclectic layout, with a huge variety of seating. The building has two floors and a rooftop terrace, as well as an alfresco garden area.
Pick a high chair on the balcony, the tatami floor seating booths, twin seating looking out at the neighbourhood, or even the steps leading down to the pond.
To be honest, the pond is not the most scenic, but the vibes are immaculate still.
Orders are taken on the first floor. There is a chiller area where you can get a tray and a pair of tongs to pick up pastries to your liking.
This includes the likes of cakes, donuts, and croissants – and they are mostly very aesthetically-pleasing
The coffee bar and counter are where the cruffins are displayed. Ongeundal does their cruffins with some sort of filling at the center, depending on the flavour.
Some say that cruffins taste like cinnamon rolls in texture.
What seems to sell out fast are the Cruffin au Famplemousse (grapefruit) Earl Grey and the Cruffin au Cacahouete (peanut).
The Cruffin au Chocolat has rich chocolate cream at the core of the cruffin.
Coffee choices are par for the course, from a simple Espresso (5,000 Won) to a popular Café Latte (6,000 Won).
Non-coffee choices such as the Ginger Pineapple Ade (7,500 Won) and Lemon Chamomile Ade (7,500 Won) are decently refreshing.
Go to ongeundal for a café with a clear, fun identity and enjoy one of their pretty bakes with a cuppa.
41-1 Seongsuiro 7(chil)-gil, Seongsu-dong 2(i)-ga, Seongdong-gu, Seoul (Seongsu Station, Exit 4)
서울특별시 성동구 성수이로7길 41-1
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Google Maps – ongeundal 옹근달
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