Seoul, South Korea —
Danny and I were driving around Gangnam, and I suddenly recalled that we were supposed to go to Banana Tree when my family came for a visit. My sister included this in her itinerary. But, due to a limited time, we weren’t able to do so. Although when we were at Grand Ciel Restaurant with my other sister, we spotted this and were tempted to go in at their Itaewon branch, which is just beside the resto.
D: Is there somewhere you wanna go?
M: Can we go to Banana Tree? Remember that dessert shop beside the Italian restaurant in Itaewon where we ate with my sister? I’ve heard they also have a branch in Sinsa-dong. I think it’s not far from here.
Danny was already typing on the gps to locate where it is. After 10 minutes or so, we arrived at our destination.
Surprisingly, there was not a single customer when we stepped inside the tiny cafe. So tiny that it could only fit about 10 people.
While waiting for our orders – banana flower pot and iced choco cotton candy latte, I managed to take some photos of the empty cafe. We were seated between the counter and the door. It was a bit uncomfortable to move around, actually.
By the time when the staff / cashier / waitress was about to finish our orders, 2 foreigners came in and then, another 3 and finally, I lost count when the orders arrived. I was too overwhelmed by the cuteness of the dessert in a pot with a matching shovel-shaped spoon and no, the flowers aren’t edible.
The potted dessert was simply mashed banana (or strawberry or espresso) and underneath is a sponge cake and then, topped with crushed oreo. As for the cotton candy latte, I think there were too much ice cubes and the chocolate was too rich that it contradicted with its name “choco latte”. Nevertheless, it was still good.
- Creative and cute desserts.
- Not too sweet except for the cotton candy.
- Reasonable price.
- Unspacious place.
- Too much ice cubes in the latte.
When we were done, the cafe was already jam-packed with people.
Price Range: ₩5,000 to 11,000
Address: 526 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Monday to Saturday — 11:00 to 21:00
Sunday — 12:00 to 20:00
Direction: Sinsa Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) Exit 6. Walk for about 660 meters.