Eating at various restaurants is always a part of my travels. Sometimes I even go to places simply for the restaurants there. Of course, I am not going to leave Busan without eating at some of their restaurants. Odd thing though is that my mom and I did not once eat Korean food in Busan. We were in Korea but we were not did not eat in any Korean restaurants. We did eat their street food which was superb - Korea really has the best tasting street food. But other than that, my mom and I decided to eat at restaurants which we happened to just pass by and then instantly decided to dine.
I believe that ice cream is best enjoyed with a chilly weather. It was very windy and gloomy that afternoon when we happened to pass by a Baskin Robbins store near Haeundae Beach. Because ice cream is my favorite sweet - next to cake - I asked my mom to have an afternoon snack here with me. I ordered the Blueberry Cheesecake and Jamoca Almond flavor. They were so good! There are huge chunks of almonds and blueberry cheesecake slices but not too big that will make the ice cream too heavy and difficult to bite. The ice cream also has the right texture - smooth, creamy and the right hardness. No chunks of ice. Their ice cream cake selections are also a feast to the eyes. They look so good and surprisingly not that expensive.
It was not in our plan to eat at Krispy Kreme but my mom has been bugging me to eat some sweets with her. We passed by one Krispy Kreme kiosk and she wanted to buy a dozen donuts but I told her not to because I don't want to carry it. And later in the day, we saw another Krispy Kreme outlet but this time with more selection of sweets. We decided to get 2 donut creations that are not sold here in the Philippines. Koreans and Japanese have an inclination to strawberry and most of the donut treats we saw at this particular Krispy Kreme store are decorated with strawberries. Even the names of these treats have strawberry in them (though I apologize for not remembering the names of the sweets pictures below). Aside from looking so cute, these sweets are also inexpensive - around 3,000.00KRW if I am not mistaken. I am not particularly fond of the chocolate one because I found it too hard, by the vanilla topped with pistachio was so good.
We saw this restaurant at a random mall near the subway station. We were looking for a money changer in this mall, which were not able to locate, but ended up eating instead. This particular mall has like 8 floors - common for malls in Korea and the cluster of restaurants are usually at the top floor. As mentioned above, my mom and I did not eat Korean food while we were there. This restaurant specializes in Thai/Vietnamese food. The food we ordered were delicious. I love Thai and Vietnamese food so this restaurants is now in my list of restaurants to eat at when in Busan. The chicken we ordered was tender, crispy, spicy, and flavorful. The mango-shrimp rice matched the chicken very well. Many people were eating at this restaurant when we were there; no wonder because the food is really good.
Cafe Friends Alley
I saw this cafe randomly while my mom and I were walking around Nampodong. Korea has a lot of cute and quirky cafes and this particular one caught my attention. The interior is cute and definitely my style. The experience is made even memorable because some chairs are seated with life-size teddy bears. You drink/eat/relax together with a cute and cuddly teddy bear. We only drank coffee here so I cannot verify the taste of their food. But the only downside to this cafe is that the toilet is very dirty. I am not sure why but most public toilets in Korea really are dirty - not what one would expect from a developed country. But aside from that, I thought the cafe was very cozy and very cute. Next time I might try their sweets/pastries as well.
This is already the last of my Busan trip post. I am feeling nostalgic as I love Korea so much. Now it feels like my trip has really ended. I am excited for upcoming trips as well but Korea will always have a special place in my heart. Until next time, Korea! 안녕히 계세요.