Alaska Lab is a stand-out dessert shop known for cream, which they make to order. The soft nitrogen ice-cream is accentuated with an organic condensed milk. The interesting laboratory-feel of the shop and the different toppings to choose from add to the fun.
There’s rarely open seating at Gelati Gelati, for good reason—their gelato is the best you’ll find in Hongdae (the owner here also studied gelato-making in Italy). They display more flavors than most and you can pick two flavors for a single (downside: no free samples). We’ll just have to come back to try them all. Pictured: Green tea and mango.
Business partners Baik & Cavallaro opened Il Gelato earlier this year after meeting at gelato school in Italy. You’ll find classics like stracciatella and bacio (pictured here) as well as new flavors like Icheon rice (lightly accented with lemon) and wasabi (careful, it has a kick).
Cacao Boom mostly sells gourmet chocolates (the owner studied chocolate in Belgium) but their Samcheong-dong venue also sells gelato. They use the same chocolate made in-house from cacao beans in their gelato—if you like it dark, get the “strong chocolate” flavor. Also pictured: green tea.