Smoothie bowls are trending like crazy in Seoul right now, and we expats are loving it! Until recently, it was near impossible to find a smoothie or granola bowl place to eat out. What’s more, both fruit and granola are quite expensive in Korea, so making it at home can be frustrating. Nonetheless, here are 3 smoothie bowl cafes in Seoul that I have personally tested, with honest review!
Thanks, Oat is a cafe serving up yoghurt and granola bowls. There are two locations, one in Yeonnam-dong (Hongdae) and Anguk.
I went to the Yeonnam branch, which looks more like a quaint villa in a residential area. As you approach the cafe, you’ll smell the warm aroma of roasting oats. Note: it gets very busy during the weekend, but take out is available.
There is a huge variety of granola bowls on offer, from sweet and fruity to savoury too! My favourite is their chocolate banana bowl — the cacao nibs are to die for! Moreover, if you’re not craving granola, they have tasty bagel sandwiches instead. In any case, you will feel healthy after eating at Thanks, Oat.
Additionally, they have a special yoghurt bowl on the menu for dogs. Cute, right? When I went, I could see many dog owners who had come to the cafe just to order the doggie granola! If you really love the granola, you can even purchase a bag to take home with you.
Price wise, they’re standard for a smoothie/granola bowl cafe. Bowls cost around $7 and they aren’t that big but anyone who likes smoothie knows they’re expensive.
Thanks, Oat Yeonnam
Address: 68 Seongmisan-ro 23-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Operating Hours: 11:00am - 8:00pm everyday
Directions: Gajwa Station (Gyeongui Jungang Subway Line) Exit 1. Walk straight along the main road until you reach Myeongin Galbi restaurant on your right, take the left in front of that restaurant and Thanks, Oat is on your left as you go around the bend.
Hey Bowl is perhaps the hottest smoothie bowl place in Seoul on Instagram right now. Locals are flocking to this cafe, located in Seongsu-dong, which makes all its bowls with fresh fruit.
The interior has a cute, natural theme to match the natural ingredients of the smoothie bowls. What’s more, the cafe is really spacious so you shouldn’t have to worry about queuing up outside.
The smoothie bowls are named after the bold colour they feature. For example, the purple bowl is made of blueberries, strawberries and banana, and the yellow bowl is made from mangoes. If you wish, you can choose extra toppings such as coconut shavings, honey or chia seeds.
My pick: I had the Purple Bowl, but I asked for chocolate granola instead of original, which was super delicious. I finished off the entire bowl and felt full, yet refreshed. Go on a hot day and you will leave feeling very satisfied.
They also sell their own granola! Check out their online store >> here <<
Address: 13 Seongsui-ro 7ga-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
Operating Hours: 12:00pm - 8:00pm weekdays, - 8:30pm weekends
Directions: Seongsu Station (Subway Line 2) Exit 3. Turn around and take the first left. Walk straight for 5 min until you reach Hey Bowl on the right.
Finally, SAMBAZON is the only cafe in Seoul that specialises in acai bowls. Here you can get a variety of fruity smoothie bowls, but rest assured that acai is the star.
Found in the illustrious street of Garosu-gil the cafe became popular due to the low calorie, high nutrient content of the bowls. Acai berry itself is a well-known source of antioxidants, fibre and heart-healthy fats.
While beloved SAMBAZON is gone, Aloha Table has a signature healthy acai bowl on its menu. The benefit of choosing Aloha Table is that you can find branches at multiple locations across Gyeonggi-do.
As you may have guessed, Aloha Table has a Hawaiian theme. Therefore, alongside your smoothie bowl, you can enjoy real Hawaiian ‘Kona’ coffee. What’s more, if you’re feeling indulgent, you can opt for sweet banana fritters or Hawaiian pancake.
The main branch of Aloha Table is in Gangnam-gu, Seoul but there are also branches in Incheon and Siheung.
Aloha Table COEX Parnas Mall Branch Address: B1 Parnas Mall, 521 Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul Operating Hours: 10:30am - 8:00pm everyday Directions: Samseong Station (Subway Line 2) Exit 5. Website: alohatable.co.kr