Today I’m super excited to blog about one of my favorite bakeries in Seoul: Lilikoi! I knew I had to go into Lilikoi when I first saw it and I’m so glad I did! They serve wonderful pastries, desserts and drinks that definitely pay off in the flavor department.
Lilikoi is fairly new, adding to the ever expanding Noksapyeong area. It seems like businesses are popping up every week here! Their storefront is very inviting and caught my eye immediately. They have a welcoming atmosphere with bright lights and mostly white decor. It was kind of like a beacon of light on the street, it catches your eye in the middle of all the gray buildings with it’s huge windows filled with light.
It’s very easy on the eyes and looks like an upbeat place to be inside. I can’t help but be drawn to bright spaces with little splashes of color! It is very minimalistic, which I love. The decorations that they do have really pop.
The shop is very minimally decorated, and it creates a very laid back vibe. Everything is neat and tidy, with small French inspired pieces on a few of the walls. Their tea collection is beautifully displayed in gorgeous yellow tins. That color against the white wall really catches your eye and makes you want some!
The seating is pretty intimate since there aren’t that many spots for people to sit. Inside, there are three table settings so there are never too many people crowding inside. I prefer it this way personally, I hate having someone in my space when I’m trying to relax and enjoy my coffee!
In warmer weather, there are a few outdoor seating tables too. I wouldn’t recommend the outdoor seating though, because it’s right on a main busy road that is congested with people and cars almost constantly. You’ll definitely have a better experience sitting inside.
Price-wise, you will definitely be paying a pretty penny to get your sugar fix here. When I first came in to check it out I was a little taken aback by the prices but I had to try them. It’s really hard to get a truly delicious pastry in Seoul. I have to try as many as I can to pinpoint the truly good ones! Although the price is steep (around 3-4 dollars per piece), I can assure you that you will get your money’s worth. These pastries and tarts taste AMAZING. Plus, you can force yourself to portion control because if you are like me, you could and would stuff about twenty of these into your mouth without a second thought.
Coffee is pretty steep in price too, but that is to be expected from a higher end cafe. What truly shines here are the pastries and not the coffee though. The coffee is good, but not something you couldn’t get elsewhere easily.
My favorite surprise was the super cute decorative forks that come with the pastries! They were so tiny and adorable! It’s always the little touches that get me. I also really liked that their drinks came with metal straws, so it is eco-friendly!
The owner is very nice and speaks English very well since she went to school in New York. She told me that Lilikoi is a type of passionfruit, which you can see highlighted in her passion fruit choux. Real choux filled with a passion fruit filling that is sweet and slightly tart at the same time. I haven’t had many passion fruit desserts but now I’m a believer! The lilikoi choux is a must try followed by their chocolate tart. It’s really rich and satisfying!
They also have a variety of cookies, puddings, frozen desserts and sorbet for you to choose from if you aren’t feeling the pastries. They have a grapefruit sorbet that looks amazing but at $15 might have you second guessing that choice. Maybe next time!
Directions to Lilikoi
From Noksapyeong Station, exit out of exit 2 and walk straight until you reach the underpass. Enter the underpass and exit on the left side stairs to the other side. Walk straight, and cross the street towards Noxa (towards Namsan Tower). Keep walking and Lilikoi will be just a few stores down from Noxa.