We aren’t known to have a HUGE sweet tooth, but every now and then there will be some sort of sugary delicacy that will tease us and start making our mouths water until we try it. This just so happened to building up over time after seeing several photos of this famous rainbow cake and cotton candy ice cream in Seoul. It turns out both places are located just doors away from eachother in the ritzy neighborhood of Garosugil. We saw so many sweet tooth cafes on this street that Scott and I nicknamed this area as the Sweet Street for Seoul’s Elite.
Garosugil is not for your average consumer. This high-end luxury area does not see bobo and chichi frequently due to it’s expensive prices. Although designer clothes, fancy restaurants, and expensive cocktail bars are nice, they don’t exactly fit into our budget for saving for our future and are things that we don’t really need to make us happy. Read all about it in our road to 42k here! With that being said, we understand the allure of this area because each and everyone of those expensive restaurants, bars, and stores we talked about all look very inviting with their posh or cool looking atmosphere.
Anyways, we have been wanting to check out two places in particular in this area. One being a cafe famous for it’s cakes named Dore Dore, and the other being this cute AF looking cotton candy ice cream. Instagram photos spoke to us and it’s been on our radar. I even named Dore Dore in our post about different types of cafes in Seoul! A friend of ours, Sam from There She Goes Again, was coming up to Seoul for the day and we only had a short time to see her, so what better way to spend some time with a friend other than get some tasty treats?!
Our first stop was Dore Dore, we noticed as we were walking down this street that there were TONS of dessert places. When we found Dore Dore there was literally a 3 story building across from us that was soley for wine and cheesecake.
Dore Dore was also 3 stories with a basement, pretty impressive size for a cafe! But Koreans take their cafes seriously and it’s not uncommon to see HUGE cafes covering multiple floors. The interior of this place spoke to us. They decorated the walls with different soft pastel colors in each room and every floor. The colors were calming and made me want to eat a sweet treat.
When you enter the store it’s impossible to miss the case of ornate cakes. We are talking about 8″ high cakes that all look heavenly. The one that stands out the most and what put Dore Dore on the map is their rainbow layer cake.
Without a doubt we split a slice of the cream cheese frosted rainbow cake with our other friends. We also ordered their summer special coffee which was served on ice with a scoop of superman ice cream on it. The coffee was a bit much, it reminded us of an ice cream float with coffee, but the superman ice cream left a weird after taste in the coffee. The two didn’t pair well together, but it looked cute. Also, one of those tiny coffees were 6,000 KRW which is also a bit steep. Was the coffee worth it? No.
Now the cake, holy moses did this cake TASTE and feel delicious in the mouth. Thank god four of us were splitting one slice because it was uber sweet. I could have had a serious stomach ache if I tried to do an entire slice by myself. Especially with that superman ice cream coffee on top of it. Talk about a sour sugar belly waiting to happen. Between the four of us we still managed not to eat all of that delectable frosting. It was just too rich and sweet to try and finish. At 9,000 KRW a slice, again a bit steep, the cake is worth it if you have friends to split it with.
You can see why we don’t frequent this area now? Two coffees and a slice of cake ran us 22,000 KRW. Yikes.
Part of the reason we shared the slice of cake between four people (and thankgod we did) was so we could try the other Seoul hotspot named Remicone. Remicone is known for it’s soft serve ice cream with cotton candy on the top. We were suckered in my the pictures of it because it looks pretty awesome.
Scott and I decided to split one ourselves and ordered the original milk flavored ice cream with macaroons and the cotton candy. We were so excited to try our first bite, but a little shocked at how SMALL this ice cream was at the steep price of 6,000 KRW. It’s just soft serve ice cream guys, I can get a soft serve cone at Lotteria or McDonalds for under 1,000 KRW then go buy a think of cotton candy (that’s huge) for 3,000 KRW. Anyways, I figured well this ice cream must be special if everyone loves it and are willing to pay this price.
We learned the hard way that cotton candy and ice cream do not go together AT ALL. In fact, it’s impossible to eat them together in the same bite unless you bite the cotton candy, hold the cotton candy in the air, then get a spoon of ice cream. Seems like common sense, but I didn’t think of that until it was time to eat.
The cotton candy had a strange flavor for starters, then the ice cream literally tasted like milk. I know the flavor was called milk, but sometimes Koreans mislabel things and I figured that milk must really mean plain. Neither of us were fans of this tiny cup of expensive soft serve with a pathetic handful of cotton candy on the top.
We were suckers for a bad trend all thanks to the instagram photos I saw. The place is for sure overrated. What boggled our minds even more were the signs inside saying “don’t go to the fake Remicone locations.”
What? There are fake locations of this crappy place? I couldn’t wrap my head around it other than when we first got to Korea the biggest trend was putting a honey chip in soft serve ice cream. This became all the rage in Korea and before you knew it everyone and their brother was selling honey chip ice cream. We actually tried to get it a few times and failed because places would run out. But to be fair, honey chip ice cream is incredible and the craze around it was understandable after your first bite. So my only rationale is now this cotton candy ice cream is the new “honey chip” but this ice cream tastes like a mouthful of old socks and cold milk.
Everything in this area is overpriced in our opinions. We were going to treat ourselves to a nice, draft, craft beer afterwards and decided to just leave when a locally made beer was 11,000 KRW a glass. We weren’t that thirsty, and we have had the same beer before for half the price at a different restaurant. Anyways, don’t waste your money on Remicone. I already did for the both of us! If you want to have a fancy treat in a cute cafe, then we can put our money where our mouth is for Dore Dore.
Do you think we are totally crazy for complaining about this ice cream and expensive prices? Give us your thoughts in the comments below! We’d love to hear all about it!
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