Onion offers a wide variety of good-looking and tasty pastries. There are some other branches throughout Seoul, for example in Seongsu, but this Onion branch near Anguk station is unique of its Hanok-style interior. It has become a ‘hot place’ since its opening, thanks to its beautiful design and delicious pastries.
You know you are at the right place when you see a gate with Hanok-style roof with the word “onion” on the top. What awaits you upon entering the gate will be an outdoor space with tables and chairs around the yard. I believe it is open only during late spring and early autumn because it will be so cold to sit outdoor in this cold winter.
Then there is a second gate, also with the word onion on the top. Although we visited on a weekday, out of our expectation, there were still a lot of people in the cafe enjoying the breads and chitchatting with each other. Remember to first secure a seat before placing order at the counter. Basically the indoor space of the cafe is divided into two parts, one where you sit on chairs, one where you sit on the floor with cushion like how it is traditionally.
The place to get your order is on the left of the main door. You won’t miss it because the place has a transparent glass wall so you could clearly see the pastries, the counter and the people inside. For pastries, you could choose those you want and put them on your tray before paying for them at the counter. For drinks, you could order together at the counter upon paying for the pastries. Then, you could wait at the bench placed in front of the counter and they will call out your name when your drinks are ready to be served.
The Pastries and Coffee
Well, people always recommend the most peculiarly made Pandoro. You will definitely notice it among all the beautiful pastries. It looks like some kind of rocket in my eyes. (lol) It has two flavours: classic sugar flavour and soybean powder flavour. Not too sweet and good, said my other friends who tasted it. I got myself an avocado pollock roe baguette and a chocolate bun(?). The avocado baguette is so good! I personally love avocado and salty pastries. If you have the same taste as me, please, you must try that! Apart from that, they also have a lot of other style of pastries. All worth a try!
The prices are about 4500-6000 won for pastries, and around 6000 won for drinks. It is still considered reasonable owing to its beautiful environment and high quality pastries. In addition, Onion has also hand made raw coffee bean and coffee related goods sold on site. If you like coffee, you can also buy here.
I would say this cafe is good for those who love bakery cafe and enjoy Hanok environment like me!