Savor the Season at Strawberry Dessert Buffets in Seoul

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It may sound odd while it’s still freezing outside, but strawberries are in season in Korea during this time of the year. Thanks to advanced agricultural technology, strawberries are available from winter through spring in the country – in fact, winter strawberries tend to be sweeter than those from their natural season.

To savor the seasonal fruit to its fullest, many of the renowned hotels in Seoul hold strawberry buffets in winter through spring. Although they tend to be expensive, easily exceeding 50,000 KRW, many wait for the seasonal buffet for its wide variety of strawberry desserts and the availability of the freshest seasonal fruits. Most importantly, it’s a great way for food lovers to savor the season and greet the New Year!

If you, too, want to dive into the pool of strawberries, here is the full list of Seoul’s hotels offering strawberry buffets. Many of them open during weekends only, so make sure to check the websites.

 

Banyan Tree Seoul – Very Very Berry

Banyan Tree Seoul

At Banyan Tree, secluded in a tranquil neighborhood near Namsan, you will find the full variety of strawberry desserts. Their dessert selection includes Strawberry Chocolate Fountain, Strawberry Cream Puff, and a number of cakes and pastries using strawberries as main ingredients. You can also find enough number of savory dishes.

2018.12.7 – 2019.4.14
59,000 KRW
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Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Time Square – My Strawberry Farm

Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Time Square

Strawberry Cream Puffs, Strawberry Pavlova, Strawberry Macarons, and Strawberry Tarts are the highlights of the strawberry buffet at Courtyard by Marriot Seoul Time Square. Bottomless sparkling wine and strawberry cocktails add much joy as well.

2019.1.5 – 2019.4.28
39,000 KRW
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Grand Intercontinental Seoul Parnas – Strawberry Gourmet Boutique

Grand Intercontinental Seoul Parnas

This year, Grand Intercontinental Seoul Parnas opens up their annual strawberry season event along with 6-course dinners. In addition to the strawberry semi-dessert buffet, you will be served a luxurious 6-course dinner.

2019.1.5 – 2019.3.31
40,000 KRW
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Grand Walkerhill Seoul – Very Berry Strawberry

Grand Walkerhill Seoul

Renowned for its “Strawberry Tower” Grand Walkerhill is one of the first hotels to bring the strawberry buffet trend to Korea. This year, strawberry pairings with foie gras, truffle, and caviar are newly added, in addition to the expanded variety of cooked-to-order dishes. As a part of a room package, the hotel also offers strawberry picking experience.

2019.1.12 – 2019.4.28
68,000 KRW
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JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square – Salon de DDALKI with Barbie

JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square

Celebrating the 60th birthday of Barbie, JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square’s Salon de Strawberry invites people to the buffet decorated with the iconic pink color. Their deal includes one strawberry beverage and one savory dish, in addition to the strawberry dessert buffet.

2018.12.14 – 2019.5
59,000 KRW
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Lotte Hotel Seoul – Must Be Strawberry

Lotte Hotel Seoul

Hotel’s seasonal dessert buffet is known for its perfect food and drinks pairing. A glass of dry sparkling wine and fresh strawberry bites must be the best way to bid goodbye to winter and welcome the warmer season.

2019.1.5 – 2019.4.21
55,000 KRW
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Sheraton Seoul D Cube City – All About Strawberry

Shraton Seoul D Cube City

Sheraton Seoul D Cube City’s strawberry buffet shows strength in cakes, which are served in every imaginable size, flavor, and shape. You can add extra 9,900 KRW for unlimited sparkling wine and beer.

49,000 KRW
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By Heewon Kim

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Visit Huam-Dong for the Best View of Seoul

There are two spots in the northern part of the river most tourists to Seoul don’t miss – Namsan and Itaewon. While the former is a significant landmark of the city topped with N Seoul Tower, the latter is popular for its cultural diversity and trendy atmosphere.

If you too are planning to visit the two locations in Seoul, we highly recommend you to stop by Huam-dong (후암동), perfecting your day in the area.

Namsan Park

Geographically, Huam-dong connects Namsan and Itaewon. Wedged into the steep valley of Namsan Mountain, you can find the hillside alleys of Huam-dong on the way to Itaewon from Namsan. Find the exit from Namsan Park that links to Sowol-gil (소월길). The road would look bleak during this cold season, but it turns beautiful in spring and especially autumn, as the ginkgo trees planted along the sidewalk turn into vivid yellow.

Look to your right to find this view from Sowol-gil.

Once you’re on the right track, walk along the sidewalk until you find the stairway on your right connecting to Huam-dong. When you’re done navigating the steep alleys of the neighborhood and to move to Itaewon, you can either walk through Haebangchon or take a bus – Green Bus 02, Blue Buses 421 and 405, and Yellow Bus 03 will take you back to the packed area.

One of the greatest charms of Huam-dong is the panoramic view of Seoul the neighborhood offers. Due to the neighborhood’s positional advantage, interesting cafes and bars find their homes in Huam-dong.

The Royal Food and Drink

37 Sinheung-ro 20-gil, Huam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

The Royal Food and Drink is famed for the astonishing view from rooftop seats. Stepping inside the brunch cafe, you might be disappointed by the narrow interior. Hold that thought and climb the narrow staircases to the rooftop, where you’ll find the VIP seats with a panoramic view of the whole southern part of Seoul.

The rooftop seats are very limited so they are usually occupied, sometimes with some queues. But it’s always worth the wait for wine with a view, right?

 

Lala Like

38 Huam-ro 28-gil, Huam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

Cafes in Huam-dong also stand out for the compact and cozy atmosphere. Lala Like, located in a rather random area, is a great example.

If you value how your dessert looks as much as its taste, this cake boutique will be a perfect choice. Lala Like is renowned for its colorful cake designs and desserts decorated with Peanuts characters. It’s a great spot especially for your Instagram feeds.

 

The 100 Food Truck

45-1 Sinheung-ro 20-gil, Huam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

 

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This burger shop is one of the first places to pop up when you search for the rooftop restaurants in Seoul. You can spot an exclusive view of the city, either indoors or outdoors.

 

 

Visit also…

Avec.El  41-1 Huam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Known for signature toast and apple latte. Cozy atmosphere and usually long queues.

Oriole  43 Sinheung-ro 20-gil, Huam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
A cocktail bar operated by R&B singer Jung Yeop. A great place to visit, especially in the evening.

Siempre Como Domingo  11 Huam-ro 34-gil, Huam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
The colorful and sun-kissed cafe is an ideal place for a quick bite. Try Egg Omelet Sandwich and Soup combo.

 

By Heewon Kim

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