Tucked away in one of Insadong’s alleyways is a quaint traditional tea house – Ibagu. The tea house is housed in a traditional building. The soft lighting and background music added to the ambiance. Our server was friendly and spoke reasonably good English.
The menu consists of a variety of Korean teas, desserts, coffee, and western teas. There are also 4 set menus of different combinations of desserts with drinks.
We ordered a set menu and a roasted 5-grain smoothie.
The set menu we ordered included a long white rice cake, sweet red bean porridge, and a coffee. The red bean porridge had a smooth consistency and was unexpectedly savory with a hint of sweetness. The rice cake was interesting. Before this, I have only had Tteokbokki (spicy rice cake). The warm rice cakes were covered in soybean powder with a drizzle of syrup. If you like the Japanese Kinako mochi, you will like this.
The roasted 5-grain smoothie was the highlight! It was rich, creamy, sweet, and nutty. It was one of those drinks where after the first sip, you have to have another one. The drink resembles a peanut smoothie but is more fragrant, my most memorable drink here in Seoul.
The prices here are a bit high but worth a visit.
Set menu 3 ( 2 desserts and a beverage) 19,500 won
Roasted 5-grain smoothie 8,000 won
Opening hours: Daily 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Telephone: +82 2-730-2088
Address: 5 Insadong 6-gil, Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea