Seoul Cafes: Old Ferry Donut in Hannamdong
One of the things Korea does so well are very photogenic cafes and food. One of these extremely photogenic places is Old Ferry Donut, formerly known as Ferry Roasters. When I first moved here, they were located in a tiny shop in 녹사평 (Noksapyeong), on 경리단길 (Kyungridan-gil)—a very steep street that leads up to Namsan Tower & the Grand Hyatt. Often they would close early, having sold out of donuts for the day. I heard the lines were insane so I never attempted to go on a weekend, and the one time I tried to drag my poor husband there on a Friday, they had moved to Hannam-dong and in their old location was now a cookie shop.
Last Friday I had off for my mandatory health exam (yes, that’s a thing here) and after a lunch at the 노량진 Noryangjin fish market, we headed back to Hannam-dong and searched for Old Ferry Donut.
Word to the wise: Kakao Maps gives a route option that’s slightly more complicated than it needs to be. So if you find yourself starting to walk towards a gated apartment complex, GO BACK. There is a new construction, grey concrete and glass building next to some older looking buildings in the general area—that’s where Old Ferry Donut is.
We got there just in time to grab a table; about 15 people came in after us and despite the soaring ceilings and large windows, there aren’t that many seats in the cafe itself. The afternoon light streaming in the windows was a perfect touch.
Of course I had to order the Tube Latte—their signature with a mini Simpsons-esque donut floating on top. The pink icing had a raspberry-ish flavor, without being overly sweet. It tasted fruitier than it did sugary. We also got a peanut butter donut which was okay, but I wouldn’t get it again.
In all honesty, I think I’ve had better coffee elsewhere but you come here more for the experience and the mini donuts. There’s something really satisfying about having such an adorable beverage and snack in a space that is a little colder and industrial. I would definitely bring friends here when they come visit, and get the box of mini donuts next time.