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New generation of independent bakeries offer cure for the bread blahsBy Kim Hae-yeon
Published : Jan. 15, 2022 - 16:00
In recent years, however, independent bakeries serving items fresh out of the oven alongside warm drinks have been on the rise, not just in big cities but more often on city outskirts. These “destination bakeries” attract customers with unique interiors and creative menus updated regularly.
Ample seating is another reason for the popularity of megasized bakeries among those who wish to linger, often to enjoy the scenery that unfolds outside the window.
Destination bakeries are typically located an hour or two by car from the city, making them ideal for a special weekend brunch as well.
If overwhelmed by the variety of baked goods on offer, help is at hand: The most popular items are placed on trays numbered one to three, while staff recommendations are on separate display.
“To vote on the best bread, our staff, including the bakers, hold tasting sessions four times a year. We can tell our customers rely on our choices and we are very proud of that,” Yang In-hye, the store manager, told The Korea Herald on Jan. 7.
The outdoor terrace tables are fully booked on weekends by pet owners and families with young children, according to Yang. All baked goods are produced and sold the same day, with unsold items donated to Pushpin, a nongovernmental organization that supports neighboring communities.
Typical baked goods range in price from 6,000 won to 8,000 won, and a cup of Americano costs 6,000 won.
P.Ark Cafe and Bakery
“I recently found this place on a popular website with a list of bakeries where you can stay to eat near Busan,” a man in his 60s said. “My wife is very discerning when it comes to bread, and she declared this place to be top notch. I enjoy this beautiful view that changes in color whenever I come, so we drive here often.” One of the signature items developed by the bakery is its squid-ink cream cheese donut, which consistently sells out.
“P.Ark stands for Platform of Ark for Creators. Centered around the bakery where we attract a majority of customers, all other spaces provided in this building make for a holistic experience, while having bread and coffee,” a store staff member told The Korea Herald.
Prices range from 3,000 won to 8,000 won, with a cup of Americano at 6,000 won.
Of the 150 types of baked goods that come from the oven three times a day, the apple bread is the signature item. Looking like a bright red apple, the filling consists of rich apple jam and cream cheese.
“Since we are located in the city center, we are also on delivery apps such as Coupang Eats and Baemin. But more people come to dine in on the weekends to enjoy our calm and unique interior and music that are hard to find in other franchise bakeries nearby,” a store manager said Wednesday.
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