I’ll never get tired of visiting new bakeries. I am totally spoiled here in Seoul due to their huge cafe and bakery culture. There is literally a new place to discover around every corner here. I know I’m going to finish my time here and still feel like I missed out on so many other amazing places! I’m really lucky to be living in a place where so many things are accessible to me.
Speaking of finding new places, Foursquare has been so helpful in finding places near me. I never thought to really use it to search for places to eat and visit… I usually just check in. After I updated my app I noticed that they had some recommendations for me based on my area and I got to checking it out. One of the things that popped up was Pastel de Nata, a little egg tart shop specializing in Portuguese style egg tarts.
I thought I was a huge fan of egg tarts, but the egg tarts from Pastel de Nata blew all of those other egg tarts that I’ve eaten out of the water! The dough was so crispy and the custard was so light and just perfectly eggy… hmm, heaven in a pastry! It’s not too sweet and just hit the spot! They had a lot of other flavors in case you wanted to try something a little different from the classic such as pumpkin, citrus and chocolate. I decided to get a mix and ended up with a chocolate, classic, citrus, and walnut egg tart.
It’s a good thing that these were relatively expensive at around $2.50 each, because I don’t need to inhale that many calorie bombs at one time. 😀 They have a point card, but you have to order six egg tarts to get one stamp. That’s a pretty hefty point card! Since the shop is so small there is a lovely tart smell wafting all around you when you enter to order. If you were on the fence before going in, you’ll definitely end up buying some after smelling that heavenly smell!
The shop in Jongro is very tiny and has no indoor seating, which was unfortunate because it was cold as heck outside! They do have a bench outside so I sat there for a minute to inhale one tart quickly and snap a few pictures while the tarts were still fresh. The shop looks like a Korean traditional house, called a hanok. A lot of the area is touristy since it is near Insadong. The shop was relatively busy, a few girls came before and after I went in to order egg tarts… not just one either! You know it’s good when they are that expensive and people are still buying them in bulk, haha.
The best egg tart for me was the classic one. It’s what they are known for, so it makes sense. It really is perfect! The citrus egg tart has some sort of jam underneath the custard, almost like marmalade? I hate marmalade so that one wasn’t my favorite. The chocolate one was delicious as expected and the walnut one just had a caramelized walnut top. I couldn’t help but eat another one in the subway station on the way home, they were just too good!
How to get there:
♥Take the subway to Anguk Station (Orange Line 3) and leave out of exit 1.
♥Turn right as you leave the exit and immediately turn another right down the street next to the exit.
♥Walk down this street for a few minutes and you will find Pastel de Nata on your left. 🙂