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Cafe Pepper: A European-style Cafe That Specialises In Gluten-free Crumble Cakes & Pound Cakes

Cafe Pepper in Seoul

Cafes in Korea are known for their aesthetically pleasing interiors and food, but cafe-hopping can be worrisome for those who cannot stomach gluten in their desserts. Cafe Pepper offers a solution to this problem with their low-gluten and gluten-free desserts. 

Gluten-free desserts

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Cafe Pepper specialises in gluten-free desserts that are made with rice flour instead of wheat flour.

pie, scones, and pound cake on display table
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Though not all of their offerings are completely gluten-free, they are still much lower in gluten compared to confectionaries you’d get elsewhere. But not to worry – their low-gluten and gluten-free items are all clearly labelled accordingly.

pound cakes with decorative flower vase
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“GF” stands for “gluten-free” and “LG” stands for “low gluten”. 

Wide variety of sweet treats

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While Cafe Pepper is most well-known for their assortment of sliced cakes, they also have a big array of desserts available.

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In fact, the cafe’s signature feature is its dessert display table, where the treats are laid out like a buffet.

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Chilled sliced cakes are placed in a glass display next to the counter.

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The cafe offers a myriad of bakes such as scones, tarts, cookies, crumble cakes, pound cakes, and brownies.

special oatmeal set with honey
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Yoghurt bowls made with granola, Greek yoghurt, seasonal fruits, and honey are also available.

scones and their prices
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A slice of cake or a piece of dessert costs around KRW7,000 (~USD5.54) to KRW8,000 (~USD6.34), which can be more costly than most desserts in other cafes.

But budget-conscious folks need not worry as the cafe also offers more affordable options such as their scones, which range from KRW4,500 (~USD3.64) to KRW5,000 (~USD4.04).

combination of cake slices of different flavours
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Customers who want to try a bit of everything can order a cake assortment, which contains 8 slices of cake in 8 different flavours for KRW56,000 (~USD44.36).

special seasonal christmas cakes
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There are seasonal specials – last Christmas, the cafe rolled out treats such as cakes in the shape of a Santa hat, a Christmas tree, and even reindeers.

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For special occasions, customers can customise a whole cake with greetings written in icing. Birthday candles can be made available with each order if requested.

strawberry milk drink
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As for beverages, the cafe carrie’s coffee, ades, latte, and tea. These range from KRW4,500 (~USD3.56) to KRW6,500 (~USD5.15)

European-inspired interior

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Cafe Pepper is located on the 2nd floor of a building and is easily recognisable by its eye-catching pink beige walls.

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The interior of the cafe is European-style inspired with an overall neutral colour scheme.

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The cafe uses wooden and wicker furniture, wide white windows, and bistro chairs and stools that remind us of outdoor cafes in France.

decorative fireplace with vintage mirror
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The fake fireplace in one corner of the cafe is a particularly popular photo spot – you won’t miss it as there’s a vintage mirror hanging above it, surrounded by brick walls and fake green plants.

decoration of mugs hanging on the wall under a cabinet
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What further adds to the cosiness and rustic aesthetic of the cafe is a louvred cabinet with cups and mugs bearing the cafe’s trademark logo.

decorative wall with cabinet and mirror
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The interior of the cafe is decorated with plenty of fake hanging vines, potted plants, and vintage lampshades, enveloping customers in a warm and comfortable atmosphere. 

Getting to Cafe Pepper

While there’s no doubt you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to aesthetic cafes in Korea, cosy European-style ones aren’t as common. If you want to live your best cottagecore life just for one afternoon, Cafe Pepper is the place to go.

Pro-tip: head there early as the cafe is so popular that many of their cakes sell out within a few hours of opening.

How to get there: 

  • Take Seoul Subway Line 9 to Songpanaru Station and exit by Exit 1. 
  • From Exit 1, walk towards the 24-hour driver’s restaurant and cross the crosswalk. 
  • Then, walk straight and you will spot the pink shade of Cafe Pepper. 

Address: 2F, 12 Gobun-ro 45-gil, Baekje, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 12PM-9PM, Daily
Telephone: 271-68-00335

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