I spent the entire day in Itaewon last Saturday waffling between work and leisure which for me almost always includes eating 🙂 After dropping off orders at Huggers (If you didn’t already know, my cupcakes are available there on the weekends) I checked out a couple of places I’ve been meaning to go to for a while!
The first was Cafe Kyeri (also in Itaewon), which is a new cafe that serves up some gluten free goods and advertises healthier dessert, ie. no butter, etc. I checked in and luckily for all you who are gluten-free, I confirmed with the ladies working that two of their cakes are indeed gluten free and (at the time of me going) were the: Black Rice Soybean Cream Cake and the Mugwort Rice Red Bean Cream Cake. Unfortunately though, they do use milk and eggs in their products so it was a look-but-don’t-touch situation for me. The cafe is also super adorable. If you do happen to try out Cafe Kyeri, let me know what you think!
Next up was Oons which is a %100 vegan bakery I’ve been following for a while. They opened just over a year and a half ago, and since I follow them on instagram I’ve found out they just recently started adding gluten free options to their menu!
I stopped in to Oons and ended up staying a while. The bakery, while small does have some seating and is so cute and so so cozy! The owner speaks perfect English and we chatted about life, food, and food allergies all while I indulged in a piece of her vegan (and YES!) gluten free carrot cake. She confirmed that she now always has 2-3 gluten free options available. Hurray!! More vegan and gluten free goods = a very happy Erin.
The carrot cake had a lovely lightly sweet creamy frosting and is topped with toasted coconut. I’m not actually a fan of coconut (I loovveee coconut oil and coconut flavour though; it’s a texture thing) but even this I gobbled up because how often do you get to have vegan and gluten free carrot cake in Korea? It was a bit crumbly but overall not bad!
Unfortunately I missed out on the gluten free cookie option of the day but I did take a piece of banana bread to go which was absolutely delicious! Hands down the best banana bread I’ve ever bought here and honestly one of the best vegan and gluten free versions I’ve ever had. Weeee go try it!
You can also order from Oons if you’d like! Everything is vegan and all gluten-free options are marked in green. Right now these include: Russian Tea Cookies, Cranberry Orange Scones, Berry Tea Biscuits, and No Flour Snickerdoodles, although the menu in the bakery will change with the seasons and everything I had in the bakery is not on the order menu so I do recommend you go in anyway!
For orders: email@example.com or 010-4859-1347 and directions are as follows:
From Hangangjin Station (Line 6) take exit 3 (opposite from exit 1on the east side – sorry it doesn’t show on the map) then take your second left and go down the hill. The bakery will be right after a sharp left turn. You will see this!
#104 729-31 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul/ 서울시 용산구 한남동 729-31 104호
If you do make it to Oons, let me know what you think! I already can’t wait to go back 🙂