[SEOUL] The one bake that is viral in Seoul this period is the Salt Bread 소금빵.

Soha Salt Pond 소하염전 is one of the most famous places to get it. (Okay, I honestly didn’t quite get the fuss, but decided to go anyway.)

The bakery café stands out for its creative use of salt in its bread, and its ambiance which pays homage to Korea’s rich cultural heritage.

The cafe is nestled within the culturally rich area of Ikseon-dong 익선동, known for its traditional Hanok buildings that have been transformed into a vibrant mix of shops, restaurants, and cafes.

Getting there is straightforward. The nearest subway station is Jongno 3-ga, and from Exit 4, it is quite a mere walk.

(There is a Jayeondo Salt Bread 자연도소금빵 outlet just nearby as well.)

I was honestly quite daunted by the queue when I arrived early morning (say about 9am, the café was full and 20 others in line). I returned much later to find a shorter line, though some of the items were sold out.

The one thing I must mention is its décor.

Elements of salt and its harvesting process were seamlessly integrated into the design.

While you can takeaway, I would recommend sitting in if you have the time.

The layout while rather cramped, is designed to accommodate both the lone visitor and small group sharing.

Other than the classic Salt Bread, you would find a variety such as Corn Salt Bread, Milk Cream Salt Bread, Leek Cream Cheese Salt Bread, Caramel Salt Bread, Peanut Cream Salt Bread, and Cheese Olive Salt Bread.

There are also other interesting savoury choices of Truffle Salt Bread and Mentaiko Salt Bread.

The price starts from 3,000 Won for one original Salt Bread, to 4,800 Won for the Caramel flavoured.

The bread had a light crisp texture on the outside, soft and buttery on the inside with a hint of saltiness.

I pretty much enjoyed the Milk Cream Salt Bread, with luscious milk cream filling – so you get a bit of saltiness and sweetness at the same time.

The Truffle Salt Bread while having a bolder salt taste, was just okay for me. I would probably want to try other types in future.

There is also a selection of crafted drinks, such as the Iced Salted Chocolate (6,300 Won).

It was a decadent, rich chocolate drink enhanced with a hint of saltiness, which elevated the chocolate’s depth.

There was also cream which added a luxurious, smooth texture at the top later. I surprisingly liked it, despite the drink being somewhat heavy.

Soha Salt Pond’s has a constant stream of tourists, and also means that the environment can get quite noisy so be prepared for that.

Soha Salt Pond 소하염전 익선
21-5 Supyo-ro 28-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 수표로28길 21-5
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)

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