Various food bloggers had recommended Publique as a must-go-to for bakeries in Seoul. As one of my biggest interests is pastries, desserts and bakery-visiting, I decided to foodieventure a little off the group’s planned track to Dong Dae Mun before going there.
It was a little tedious to get here, from Oryu-Dong station, having to change trains to Sindorim, then to Hapjeong and then to Sangsu. Thankfully, the weather was superb that day with cool winds at the temperature of 20 – 22 degrees.
The streets leading to Publique were so quaint, surrounded by independent boutique cafes, restaurants and shops. Felt like the Heritage street in Penang. Some walls were drawn with portraits and human sketches.
From Sangsu station, it only took about 5 minutes to walk to Publique. I was surprised to know that a bungalow housed this widely spoken of bakery.
The outer appearance of the bakery itself told its theme. French-themed bakery.
They did an excellent job in the interior decorating. Blossomed colourful pots of flowers all around giving a warm and cozy feel concept. We sat by the verandah, where sunlight could reach in through the vintage looking glass windows. Even the lights, chairs and tables were petite, vintage looking and the exit was openly visible from.where we were seated. Much like how you people watch while having your croissant and coffee in Paris.
At that time, a group of youths were taking photos of young models by the roadside.
The bakers kept their interior decor true to its theme. Simplistic, bakes focused, and wooden feel. If you are confident of your bakes, you do not need fanciful displays or well presented bakes with over-the-top packagings. And this was the exact vibe I got upon walking in.
The cakes were quite pretty but a little pricey for us Malaysians, especially after conversion. Sigh. We chose a few pastries, that caught our eyes and made us salivate.
This sugar buttery white bread pretty much looked like a roti naan to us. My gf who ordered it said that it was only average. Nothing spectacular to shout about. This was about KRW 2000plus if I am not wrong.
As Eau Claire/Eclair caught my attention, I decided to foodieventure this and invest a little more to try. It cost a whopping KRW 4000/MYR 12-15. For a pastry about 10cm length. A pretty painful pinch. But quality wise, it was good. Smooth, creamy, bittersweet chocolatey cream in the middle and the chocolate glaze on top were made by good quality chocolates. The pastry layer was however, so so. Overall, still better than the one I had in Eric Kayser 3 years ago.
This almond broiche with almond fillings inside was KRW 3000/MYR 8-10. Hmmm..pretty average. Tiong Bahru Bakery’s slightly different rendition, the croissant version was so so much better. Pricing was similar to this one though.
Now, my next pepsi test for Seoul croissants! As I had the BEST one in Paul&Paulina several days ago, beating the champion Tiong Bahru, the bar had been set even higher than before. I was hoping to be wow-ed by this one. It cost KRW 2500/MYR 7-9.
Unfortunately, the croissant was just ALRIGHT. Buttery, fairly flakey but not flakey and soft enough like the ones in had in P&P, or even Tiong Bahru bakery for that matter.
Nonetheless, they have been operating several years now and still going strong (which is really difficult in Korea as competition is stiff and you may make it or break it at the usual cut off period of 1 year), I am keen to return to try on their ciabatta and have a cuppa while chilling at the lovely verandah/garden.
Sangsu Station, Line 6. Exit 1.
Seoul, Mapo-gu, Sangsu-dong, 311-1
서울시 마포구 상수동 311-1
Opening hours:11.00 am – 10.00 pm (Mon-Sat). Closed on Sundays.
Next stop: Dong Dae Mun! As we had a guy with us (who has better navigation skills), we pretty much left the job of guiding our paths to him fully. Instead of DDM station, we came out from the Seoul Culture Park station, which was just 1 stop away.
As we had burnt a hole in our pockets in Publique, our lunch budgets were severely cut short. Instead of a proper lunch meal at an eatery, we bought some snacks and light meals from the 7 Elevren and ate by the exit of this mall.
It was fun initially! As the wind was blowing air was cold, we could chitchat while we people watched. Only after several different occassions of the strong gust of wind, we realised all the dirt and tiny rubbish were blown to our food and faces. Yikes! I saw like tons of dust and old cigarette butts all over and to think all of these get blown to you..yikes!
My gf LOVES this. Crabsticks. She confessed her love for the crabsticks so many times that it would forever be remembered in my mind.
I salute my friends for their tenacity of shopping in these malls. After 30 minutes of walking in the poorly-ventilated malls, I was a little faint-ish already from the lack of oxygen bur yet they could go on for hours.
I ended up finding an empty seat from the many stone seats outside the mall and people watched till they were done exploring the mall.
A photo of the lovely couple : Er and Anjoe, while seated on the publicly made couple seat for the purpose of attracting patrons into the mall.
I was very exhausted, in the body and the mind, and decided to head home early. I headed back to the Cultural Park station and along the way I took some photos of the major architectural designs. This dome-like structure gained much attention and I saw many tourists took photographs here, including me! Haha. I admit, this area was quite architecturally beautiful.
Taking the train which took up 1 hour of my time on the day I lack sleep so much was daunting. Dozed off many times in the train, but occassionally woken up to witness beautiful sceneries observed along the way of our train ride.
A day with great weather. Sunny yet cool. These shoes will continue to guide me in my paths towards more and more interesting foodieventures!