[Seoul] Lala Bread 라라브레드 is a popular bakery café in the heart of Songpa-gu 송파구, a district in Seoul that is swiftly becoming the latest hub for young and trendy folks.
Songpa-gu 송파구 is also home to Seokchon Lake (great for cherry blossom viewing during spring) and Lotte World – shopping mall, luxury hotel, outdoor amusement park, and large indoor theme park.
And I just loved walking around spotting little cafes, unique eateries, and boutique shops. There is an easy-going charm here.
To get to Songpa-gu 송파구, take Line 8 and get off at the Songpa Station. From Songpa Station, it is a short walk or taxi ride to 4 Ogeum-ro 16-gil.
You can spend a morning or even entire day exploring this district.
Lala Bread 라라브레드 captures the essence of the morning – the delightful scent of fresh coffee wafting in the air, combined with the comforting warmth of bread right out of the oven.
Founded by Kang Ho-dong, this bakery and café has been gaining popularity for its delectable offerings and warm ambiance.
The branding is on-point; you won’t miss the bright yellow and blue exterior. It was evident that it isn’t just another bakery.
I had the Bacon Cheese French Toast 베이컨 치즈 프렌치 (5,800 Won) – a mix of crispy bacon and melted cheese atop toasted bread.
There salty kick from the bacon which paired with the sweetness and mellow creaminess of the cheese.
They also provided some maple syrup to be poured over. I found that the Koreans liked savoury breads with that honeyed-sweetness.
There is also a Sugar French Toast 슈가 프렌치 (4,800 Won) – moist, carrying a subtle sweetness that lingers on the palate.
The New York Cheese Pastry 뉴욕치즈 페스츄리 (4,500 Won) is quite popular.
Imagine a flaky tart pastry, but as you bite into it, you’re met with a burst of rich cream cheese.
There are also various filling options like Ham Cheese Croissant Sandwich 햄치즈 크로아상 (4,500 Won).
Packed inside the flaky croissant were layers of fresh romaine, savoury ham, cheese, cherry tomatoes, and a drizzle of chili sauce.
The Cream Salt Bread 생크림 소금빵 was soft and slightly salty, filled with generous dollop of fresh velvety cream inside.
For an option, get the Pistachio Cream Salt Bread 피스타치오크림 소금빵 (4,000 Won), for those who love a hint of nuttiness in their treats.
They are a brand that continually challenges the status quo, leading trends by consistently updating their menu.
Recognising the rising demand for vegan and allergy-friendly options, their baking ingredients exclude animal-derived products.
Additionally, they use a reducing syrup, which not only keeps the sweetness in check but also ensures the texture is moist, not dry.
One of the cafe’s proudest claims is its commitment to coffee quality. They also established the Lala Roastery, managed by professional roasters.
They source their beans directly from Kenya, Costa Rica, Brazil, and India, blending and roasting them in-house to retain the intrinsic flavours of each origin.
They offer more interesting choices such as Pink Cream Latte (5,500 Won), Vanilla Latte (5,500 Won) and Pink Ade (6,000 Won) for non-coffee drinkers.
Lala Bread 라라브레드
4 Ogeum-ro 16-gil, Songpa-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 송파구 오금로16길 4
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
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