The port city of Busan is situated on the southernmost tip of the Korean peninsula.  Although Busan is the second most populous city in the country, it manages to retain a laid-back atmosphere seldom found in large cities.  Busan offers unique access to breezy beaches, forested mountains, and a thriving culinary scene.  It is also home to the highly touted Busan International Film Festival, which takes place annually.  This attractive setting makes Busan a top travel destination.

Satisfy your sweet tooth while taking in spectacular views of Busan’s coastline

Navigating the vibrant food scene of Busan can come across as a difficult task.  So, let me make it easy for you.
The following are some of the best desserts in town.  Let’s be honest, every day needs a little sweetness.

Bibibidang is a traditional Korean teahouse located on Dalmaji Road in the Haeundae district of Busan.  Dalmaji Road sits on top of a hill lined with verdant pine trees that overlook the blue ocean.  The word dalmaji translates into “viewing the moon” in English, and indeed on this road you can bask in the picturesque views of the moon and sunset.  Dalmaji Road is also a hip, yet quaint area famed for its upscale eateries, galleries, and museums.

Bibibidang loosely translates into “a house for transcendent dreams beyond the highest sky.” At this teahouse, traditional culture and nature coalesce to impart a feeling of ease and tranquility.  The teahouse offers a variety of premium quality traditional Korean teas and desserts on its permanent menu, however, there are a few seasonal items. There are different grades of nokcha (green tea), hwangcha (yellow tea), and malcha (powdered green tea). The menu also includes maeshilcha (green plum tea) and 15 years fermented omijacha (magnolia berry tea), just to name a few. Danpatjuk (sweet red bean porridge) and hobakbingsu (sweet pumpkin shaved ice) are some of the popular desserts. All teas are served with dashik (Korean confectionary usually consumed with tea).

Merciel is a french restaurant also located on Dalmaji Road in the Haeundae district of Busan.  The word Merciel is a portmanteau derived from the French words ‘la mer’, the sea and ‘le ciel’, the sky, a befitting name for a place that exhibits amazing panoramic views of Busan’s coastline.   Merciel is divided into two floors: the restaurant and the salon de thé.  In France, a tea room is called a salon de thé, and it specializes in cakes and pastries along with coffee and tea.  Head chef Hwa-young Yoon is a Le Cordon Bleu graduate who has 12 years of experience working at Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris.

Waveon Coffee is a modern café tucked away in Gijang county.  Gijang county is situated between Haeundae district and Ulsan city and is considered the most rural area of Busan.  Points of interest in the Gijang area include: Gijang Market, well-known for its fresh seafood; Ilgwang Beach, located in a bay, is perfect for families with children because of its shallow waters; and Haedong Yonggung Temple, which rests on a cliff, has breathtaking views of the ocean.  

Situated atop a hill overlooking the shore of Gijang, Waveon Coffee is a unique piece of architecture designed by the South Korean firm IDMM Architects.  The coffee shop is constructed of two angular concrete blocks that are stacked on top of the other to present diverse views of the ocean.  The roof terrace provides an especially spectacular 360-degree view of the sea.  Waveon Coffee’s menu consists of coffee, tea, and a small selection of in-house made desserts using the best available ingredients.  They also roast their own beans in a structure next to the coffee shop.  Waveon Coffee’s slogan is to “relax, on the wave”, and its ambience surely makes it easy to do so.  The oceanfront setting of the coffee shops allows one to savor the seaside vibe of Busan.

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About the author:

Jessica Jung Choi

Jessica hails from the Golden State, but presently resides in Seoul, finishing her dual-master’s degree in International Relations.  She holds a fascination for Korean aesthetics and takes pleasure in good food, good company, and good times.