As I’m sure many of you are coffee and pastry aficionados, this might not come as a surprise. But I was pleasantly reminded of this fact during a recent visit to the pâtisserie Ma Marron just outside of Jeju City.
It stands out as one of the best places on the island to enjoy an extraordinary authenticity and freshness in baking.
We chose the strawberry éclair and green tea cake from an array of pastries and cakes that day.
(We made sure to arrive right as it opened at 11 a.m. to have the best selection. They do tend to sell out of things as the day progresses.)
The éclair, in particular, excelled in every way: its crispiness, texture, and layers of flavor all came together and turned the up the volume to 11. I’m sure I’ll be back before long to try the other selections.
Ma Marron is perched along the side of the 1135 Highway which connects Jeju City with Seogwipo. It has a lovely view of Jeju City, and there is also a small garden and sitting area that looks to be perfect for the warmer seasons (we went in December).
Address: 1012 Gwangryeong-ri, Aewol-eup, Jeju City
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Closed Mondays)
How to get there: A taxi from the heart of Jeju City shouldn’t be too expensive (perhaps in the 5,000 to 7,000 won range). By bus, there are a number of options. From the Intercity Bus Terminal in Jeju City, you can take buses 750-1, 750-3 or 750-4 and get off at the Gwangryeong-ri bus stop. It’s about a 25-minute bus ride and then another 10 minutes on foot to Ma Marron.
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