Un Peu is a petite French patisserie café situated in Sharosu-gil, Seoul’s latest premium neighbourhood for food culture. Sharosu-gil was originally a small and somewhat unremarkable street, unpopular even with students from the nearby Seoul University. However, an influx of fashionable restaurants and cafes in the 2010s has seen the area attract young people from all over Seoul. The neighbourhood gets its name from the iconic Seoul University gate, named ‘Sha’ by the students. If the name sounds familiar, you may be thinking of Garosu-gil, an affluent high street near Sinsa station. While Garosu-gil is known for its upscale boutiques and restaurants, Sharosu-gil garners attention in its own right, and may just become a main contender…
By Subway: Seoul National University Station (Line 2)
Leave via exit 1 and the cafe is about 9 minutes’ walk. There is a cute sign outside to grab your attention when you arrive!
Operating Hours: 12:30 pm to 8:00 pm (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
Address: 6, Gwanak-ro 14ga-gil, Gwanak-gu, Seoul
Un Peu at a Glance
Located just below a ‘goshiwon’ (a small bedroom that students can live in while studying for an important exam) in a white building lies Un Peu, a French patisserie where mouth-watering desserts with a minimalist backdrop awaits. If you are a fan of Scandinavian interior design, this is the cafe for you. Expect simple and sleek decor against clean, white walls. Get your daily dose of caffeine and the perfect Instagrammable photo.
Above, you can see the view from the entrance of the cafe. However, you’ll notice that the seating is quite limited here, so if you come during peak hours you may have to wait to get a table. Perhaps it is not as spacious as franchise cafes, but it has a cozy ambience and warm lighting to give you rest from the hustle and bustle of Seoul life. There is even a mirror set up with adorable pebbles and plants — don’t forget to snap a mirror selfie with your friends!
As if that weren’t enough, there is another photo zone you can see below!
The bright colours of the furniture fit well with the basic white background.
Un Peu de Sucre? A little sugar?
Un Peu serves a variety of beverages, ranging from a standard americano (the Korean favourite) to strawberry cream latte and orange grapefruit ade. Additionally, you can also drink genuine Mariage Frères tea, a gourmet tea brand based in Paris. Drink prices range from 4,500 – 7000 won.
My friend and I ordered the strawberry cream latte and it was wonderfully sweet, while refreshing.
Moving onto desserts, Un Peu offers an equally extensive variety of French desserts such as plaisir sucre (‘sweet pleasure’ in English), a layered chocolate wafer pastry; cookies, macarons and scones. However, their specialty is Milano, an Italian tiramisu tart.
Note: available desserts may vary depending on season. Many ingredients are imported from France!
Many customers visit Un Peu just to taste the signature Milano tart. The crumbly chocolate base is topped with a mascarpone cream and coffee mousse, echoing the flavour of the perfect cappuccino. Although I am not a coffee lover, the taste was mind-blowing… The texture is soft and creamy and is best eaten when cold, making it the perfect summer dessert!
Un Peu pour Finir a little to finish
I always love trying something new and Un Peu’s Milano was one of the best desserts that I have had in Korea. The balance of sweet cream and bitter coffee is utter perfection! Overall, the café has a relaxed ambience perfect for you to chitchat with your friends. Whether you are a European traveller missing the flavours from your bakery back home, or a traveller like myself who just likes to explore new places, be sure to visit Un Peu. Click here for more things to do near Sharosu-gil or visit KoreabyMe.com.