Jeju Island is the largest single region for carrot production in Korea (about 60% of the total, according to a 2015 study by the Korea Rural Economic Institute). The Gujwa-eup region east of Jeju City accounts for 87% of that! Jeju’s carrots are very flavorful and make for great culinary creations.
Carrot Cake: Tina Cake
Address: 61 Seomun-ro, Seogwipo-si (서귀포시 서문로 61)
Hours: Daily 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Notes: This Seogwipo cake cafe is well known for both its carrot cakes and seasonal fruit cakes. The bread is soft and moist, and the carrot inside, as well as the cinnamon, is not overpowering.
Carrot Tart: Sum Tarr (섬타르)
Address: 9 Daranggot 1-gil, Jeju-si (제주시 다랑곶 1길 9)
Hours: Daily 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Notes: This tart shop uses healthy, locally grown ingredients. The Hallabong citrus tart is 3,500 won, the egg tart is 3,300 won, and the carrot tart is 3,700 won.
Carrot Waffle: Be Around Cafe
Address: 72 Hado 9-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si (제주시 구좌읍 하도9길 72)
Hours: Daily 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Notes: This establishment’s signature item is the carrot waffle, complete with cool vanilla ice cream. But they also serve carrot macarons, carrot cake, carrot juice, homemade carrot yogurt, and more.
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Please note: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, many of Jeju’s seasonal festivals and tourist destinations have closed. Meanwhile, though, we would like to highlight some of the island’s culinary attractions. We sincerely hope you will visit Jeju once the crisis has passed.