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Monday, February 9, 2015

[Korea] Beans Bins - Ice Cream Waffle (빈스빈스 아이스크림와플)


Beans Bins is a really cute cafe chain in Korea. It is very well known for its waffles and modern, clean atmosphere.

The coffees and other beverages are moderately priced, so stop by to check it out!

Best locations: Samcheongdong (near Insadong), Edae (Ewha Women's University), Dongdaemun (Doota)

Where is your favorite?
I am basically Leslie Knope. I live for waffles.

My menu item of choice is any of the waffles offered at Beans Bins, but my go-to waffle is the ice cream waffle (13,500 KRW alone, but set menu deals are available). This is probably my favorite waffle in Korea with the ice cream waffle at Standard Coffee Bar in Gangnam a close second.

You are given two generous scoops of Haagen Dazs-brand ice cream. I was happy when I found out that they use Haagen Dazs because it is not quite as sweet as many other brands, so it isn't as overwhelming.

The waffle is very light and fluffy, but yet the exterior is crisp. Great texture!

The waffle is also topped with fresh whipping cream and fresh fruits (typically bananas and grapes).

Although there are locations all around Korea, I highly recommend the location in Samcheong-dong! The atmosphere is great and it is relatively quiet, as quiet as a cafe in Seoul can be. It's also a great place to do some people-watching. Admit it, you love people watching.

Plus, after you finish eating your waffle, you can walk it off and explore the cute shops and other cafes as you make your way back to the subway station.

The interior style of the store is clean and modern.

Location:
Samcheong-dong: It is located right next to the store that only sells rooster merchandise, you know the place. 꼬꼬매니아
It is about a 15-20 minute walk from Anguk Station (line 3), which is where Insa-dong is located and nearby Gyungbokgung Palace, so it's a perfect place to go to round out your day of sightseeing.

Map to Samcheong-dong location


Dongdaemun Doota: There is also another location in the Doota at Dongdaemun. I also like this location because it's a great break in your busy shopping day.

Edae (Ewha Women's University): This was my "neighborhood" location. It is located on the main street in Edae when you leave exit 2, on the left hand side, right before you get to the street with Geurida Kkum (strawberry milk), the second street before you get to the main gate of Ewha Women's University.

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