Chestnut Cream Croissant from Cafe Low Roof

Do not be tricked by this cafe’s name. Not only is the roof of standard height, it is a three-story cafe with an alfresco dining area.

Cafe Low Roof is a humble cafe near Bukchon Hanok Village with a small selection of coffee and bakes.

Indulge in Korean Honey Cookies (₩2,500), also known as yakgwa, in lavender or cardamom flavour. For a heavier meal, try their Crown Daisy Pesto Cold Pasta (₩9,500). Crown daisy, also known as chrisyanthemum, is often used in Korean dishes for its sweet herbaceous flavours.

We recommend the Chestnut Cream Croissant (₩8,000).

When it comes to croissants with cream or any kind of filling, it’s normal to expect a slightly soggier or denser texture because of the absorbed moisture. But this remained crispy on the outside and a little airy on the inside.

Furthermore, despite the generous portion of cream, this dish was not cloying at all. In fact, it got me begging for more. It was lightly sweetened. The nuttiness was a little more mellow than I hoped, but it was still distinctly chestnut.

Meanwhile, the cherry on top- or in this case, rosemary on top- infused a touch of an earthy, herby flavour that complemented the cream. It was not just for show.

Its savoury counterpart is the Chili Jam Croissant Sandwich (₩9,000).

Where modern meets traditional

While most of the cafes in the area operate in a hanok, Cafe Low Roof takes it a step further. Walk past their minimalistic facade into their backyard where a traditional hanok lies. Aside from the outdoor seats, you can also dine inside the hanok.

Location: 46-1 Bukchon-ro, Gahoe-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울 종로구 북촌로 46-1 1층
Opening hours: 10am-8pm (Closed on Mondays)

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