We don’t have Cinnabon in the UK, in fact growing up I was not fond of cinnamon flavoured baked goods at all. I guess in getting older my taste buds have changed and now I can’t get enough of it. I was walking through COEX Mall earlier this year with an American friend when I first found out that Cinnabon had come to Korea. She was OMG excited about this fact and I couldn’t resist giving it a try too. I have to say I fell instantly in love, but unfortunately did not have my camera so I vowed the next time I was passing one I’d document it for you guys.
Since that first visit, Cinnabon have really expanded. It is no longer just in COEX anymore and they have a whole host of stands inside fancy department stores all over the country. There is a complete list on the Cinnabon website, but locations include Cheonho, Express Bus Terminal, Apgujeong, Kintex, Mokdong, Sindorim, Bucheon, Daegu, and Suwon. I stopped by the branch in the Apgujeong Galleria. The stand itself may be small, but there is quite a selection available. They come in three sizes and you can choose from Classic, Caramel Pecan, Chocolate, and Apple.
After much consideration (it really is hard to choose), I ordered the Classic Cinnabon (4,500). This bun was exceedingly bountiful and when I bit into it, the sweet and spicy bun was soft and bouncy. It was topped with a sweet slightly melted frosting which I licked from the sides. Honestly I wish there had been more of it. I like a bigger ration of bun to frosting. I also bought the Double Pecan Mini Pack (13,500) to go. This came with two much more generously frosted classic mini cinnabons and two caramel and pecan topped buns. While I loved the caramel sauce, I think it was a tad much on top of the rich and sweet bun, so it was good to have a balance with the creamery classics. If you want to make someone’s day then treat them to a box of these babies.
Overall I think Cinnabon fans will be thrilled to this addition of the baked goods landscape, as they are tasty and satisfying. However if pushed I will still probably say that the best cinnamon roll in Seoul can be found at Mal Car in Gyeongridan as their buns are not only home made but also have a much bigger abundance of frosting.
Cinnabon is located on the basement level of the Apgujeong Galleria Department Store at 343 Apgujeong-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Apgujeong Rodeo Station (yellow line) and head out the exit 2, which leads into the food court. If you keep walking straight you will see Cinnabon up ahead on the right hand side. For more information you can visit the Cinnabon website.