Brunch becomes very common for us even to call it a special meal anymore.
But it has its distinctiveness and uniqueness as we identify brunch cafes, brunch menus, etc.! 🍞🧈
Especially when we get lazy on weekends or holidays, we like to have brunch rather than the regular meal we have every day. If you're into cooking, it won't be a big deal to prepare a fancy brunch quickly, but I'm sure many people aren't. Also, even for those who enjoy cooking, there will be days when you are not feeling it. So, I got some of the best brunch cafes(Note: All of them are in Seoul, Korea) for those who can't cook or want an exceptional brunch when you don't want to do anything at all.
Oh! Before that, let's look at what brunch is briefly.👩🍳
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✔ want to wake up last on the weekend and have a relaxing time.
✔ want to spend the day in a pretty space after doing home styling.
✔ want to enjoy a day at home like being in a cafe.
👩🏫 How much do you know about brunch?
Brunch, as you know, is a combination of breakfast and lunch. It is usually served between 10 am and midday with alcoholic drinks such as champagne and cocktails. Many people believe that the term 'brunch' is a new word in modern society. But, in fact, the term 'brunch' originated in England in the 19th century and became widely known in the United States in the 1930s.
In Korea, brunch is also known as a favorite food for the main roles in the TV show, 'Sex and the City.'😁
Brunch usually consists of ingredients commonly used in breakfast, such as egg 🥚, sausage 🌭, bacon 🥓, ham 🥩, fruits 🍒, bread 🍞, pancake 🥞, waffle 🧇, scone 🍪, etc. The menus vary from country to country, and there are tons of different kinds of menus!
Some of the most well-known menus include toast with butter & jams, french toast, salmon bagel sandwiches(popular brunch menus in New York), egg benedict, omelet, frittata(omelet-like Italian egg dishes), quiche lorraine(french tart with egg, whipped cream, bacon), pancakes, waffles, and salads.
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As I mention above, brunch is served with alcoholic drinks. The most popular drinks are bloody mary(a cocktail containing vodka, tomato juice, and other spices and flavorings), champagne, Irish coffee(a cocktail consisting of hot coffee and Irish whiskey at a ratio of 3:2, and topped with cream), mimosa(sparkling wine cocktail composed of champagne and orange juice), and spritzer(Austrian cocktail made with white wine and sparkling water.). However, many people have brunch with non-alcoholic drinks, such as coffee, herbal tea, and fruit juice.
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📌Editor K's Pick!! Best Brunch Cafes in Seoul, Korea
Now, I'm craving brunch. Here are some of the best brunch cafes favored by me, Editor K.😎
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Bear's Den runs a bakery for handmade bread and a cafe for brunch menus.
Their brunch is cooked with fresh vegetables and freshly baked bread daily at their bakery.
It's a popular brunch restaurant in Yeonnam-dong in Seoul that is always full of customers, even on weekdays. So I highly recommend you visit when you have a chance.
Popular Menu: Bear's Plate, Hidden Honey Jar, Egg in Hell, Ricotta Cheese Pancake
Hours: 11 am to 9 pm, Wednesday to Sunday (Closed Monday & Tuesday)
Address: 2F, 10 Yeonhui-ro 4-gil, Sinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
Image Credit(from left) : www.instagram.com/summerlane_brunch/
Summer Lane has Australian-style brunch and desserts. All the menu has a light taste maintained the genuine flavors of ingredients, such as fresh vegetables and avocados. Also, You will be impressed once again by the beautiful plating with the edible flowers.
Coffee and drinks served with brunch are also Australian. ( I really love their coffee!😏)
Popular Menu: Croissant French Toast, Waffle Egg Benedict, Smashed Avocado
Hours: 7:30 am to 6 pm, Monday to Sunday (Last Order at 5 pm)
Address: 1F, 738-13 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Image Credit(from left) : www.instagram.com/baton_mealcafe/
Baton Meal Cafe serves menus that reinterpret the home-style dishes of Northern Europe. That is why you may feel the modern Nordic vibe when you enter. The tastes are simple and neat. 'Pop-Over Pancakes,' one of the main menus, is recognized for its soft and fluffy texture!
However, the waiting is very long, so I recommend you to make a reservation in advance.
Popular Menu: Baton Club Sandwich, Pop-Over Pancake, Baton Shuka
Hours: 11 am to 9 pm, Monday to Friday / 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday to Sunday (Last Order at 8 pm)
Address: 33 Hangang-daero 15-gil, Hangangno 3(sam)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Image Credit(from left: www.instagram.com/bon__terre/
Bon Terre is a romantic European-style fairytale-like cafe, and it serves brunch menus with beautiful plating.
The most popular menu, 'La Vien Rose,' contained assorted food from eggs to fruits, is served beautifully in a big basket tray. If you love cute little items and interior design, you will love them here!
Popular Menu: La Vien Rose, Debon Brunch, Bongmorning Brunch
Hours: 10 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday / 10 am to 8 pm, Saturday / 11 am to 8 pm, Sunday)
Address: 8 Samjak-ro 496beon-gil, Seonggok-dong, Ojeong-gu, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
📌Have Brunch at Home!! Best Shops for Homemade Brunch
It's nice to enjoy it comfortably at a brunch cafe, but you want to try homemade brunch this weekend? For those of you, here are my favorite cookbooks with various brunch toast recipes, so pick your menu first. If you decide on one, let's get the ingredients now.
I have some great places where you can get the best ingredients.
Image Credit : www.instagram.com/bearsden_bakery/
I briefly mentioned Bear's Den Bakery earlier.
Bear's Den Bakery is a well-known bakery for its delicious loaf of bread with soft textures that is delicious in both ways, eating itself and after toasted!
Popular Menu: The Starry Night Chestnut Bread, Cheese Big Bang, Honey Baguette
Hours: 11 am to 10 pm, Tuesday to Sunday(Closed every Monday, last Tuesday)
Address: 10-9 Yanghwa 23-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Image Credit : www.instagram.com/quoirez.b/
Quoirez. B bakes their bread with natural yeast that helps digestion.
The bread freshly baked daily and the homemade jam are so perfect that it looks like a sculpture.
If you like hard bread, such as Campagne, I believe this bakery is for you.
Popular Menu: Croissant, Ang Butter, Olive Macadamia
Hours: 8 am to 9 pm, Monday to Saturday(Closed every Sunday)
Address: [Yeokchon Branch] 17-15 Yeokchon-dong, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul / [Gusan Branch] 149, Seoreung-ro, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul
Image Credit : www.instagram.com/the_famous_lamb/
The Famous Lamb uses natural ingredients, such as natural starter, non-antibiotic eggs, and natural butter, not using any artificial ingredients.
It was famous for the breakfast buffet, but they stopped serving the buffet temporarily due to the Covid-19.😥
But it is still popular for its fresh baguettes and aromatic coffee. (You can refill the coffee!)
If you're thinking of brunch with baguettes, this is a great place to get them!
Popular Menu: Jambon-beurre, Ang Butter, Sandwiches, Salads
Hours: 7:30 am to 9:30 pm, Monday to Sunday(Closed on National Holidays)
Address: 29 World cup buk-ro 4-gil, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
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Mother In Law Bagel is the 2nd store of the authentic bagel store 'Bagel Time,' which has opened for 13 years in New York. Their bagels baked in the high-heat oven, which they modified by themselves, have a crispy and soft texture. Also, it's even great for people who can't digest bread well since it doesn't contain any artificial additives! They also have diverse flavors of handmade cream cheese, so you can choose whatever you want!
Popular Menu: Plain Bagel, Egg Bagel, Bacon Egg Sandwich, Bagel Club
Hours: 8:30 am to 12 am, Monday to Friday / 10 am to 12 am, Saturday(Closed on Sunday)
Address: Ewhayeodae 5-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
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SF Bagels serves authentic bagels without yeast and sugar, known for their chewy and slightly sour taste.
Also, it has a much lighter taste than the regular cream cheese since they make it by fermenting and aging it every day with fresh milk. I recommend classic bagels and onion bagels!
Popular Menu: Plain Bagel, Onion Bagel, BananaBread, Cinnamon Roll, Whipped Cream Scone
Hours: 11 am to 9 pm, Monday to Friday / 9 am to 9 pm, Saturday to Sunday)
Address: 29, Donggyo-ro 46-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul