It may sound odd while it’s still freezing outside, but strawberries are in season in Korea during this time of the year. Thanks to advanced agricultural technology, strawberries are available from winter through spring in the country – in fact, winter strawberries tend to be sweeter than those from their natural season.
To savor the seasonal fruit to its fullest, many of the renowned hotels in Seoul hold strawberry buffets in winter through spring. Although they tend to be expensive, easily exceeding 50,000 KRW, many wait for the seasonal buffet for its wide variety of strawberry desserts and the availability of the freshest seasonal fruits. Most importantly, it’s a great way for food lovers to savor the season and greet the New Year!
If you, too, want to dive into the pool of strawberries, here is the full list of Seoul’s hotels offering strawberry buffets. Many of them open during weekends only, so make sure to check the websites.
Banyan Tree Seoul – Very Very Berry
At Banyan Tree, secluded in a tranquil neighborhood near Namsan, you will find the full variety of strawberry desserts. Their dessert selection includes Strawberry Chocolate Fountain, Strawberry Cream Puff, and a number of cakes and pastries using strawberries as main ingredients. You can also find enough number of savory dishes.
Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Time Square – My Strawberry Farm
Strawberry Cream Puffs, Strawberry Pavlova, Strawberry Macarons, and Strawberry Tarts are the highlights of the strawberry buffet at Courtyard by Marriot Seoul Time Square. Bottomless sparkling wine and strawberry cocktails add much joy as well.
Grand Intercontinental Seoul Parnas – Strawberry Gourmet Boutique
This year, Grand Intercontinental Seoul Parnas opens up their annual strawberry season event along with 6-course dinners. In addition to the strawberry semi-dessert buffet, you will be served a luxurious 6-course dinner.
Grand Walkerhill Seoul – Very Berry Strawberry
Renowned for its “Strawberry Tower” Grand Walkerhill is one of the first hotels to bring the strawberry buffet trend to Korea. This year, strawberry pairings with foie gras, truffle, and caviar are newly added, in addition to the expanded variety of cooked-to-order dishes. As a part of a room package, the hotel also offers strawberry picking experience.
JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square – Salon de DDALKI with Barbie
Celebrating the 60th birthday of Barbie, JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square’s Salon de Strawberry invites people to the buffet decorated with the iconic pink color. Their deal includes one strawberry beverage and one savory dish, in addition to the strawberry dessert buffet.
Lotte Hotel Seoul – Must Be Strawberry
Hotel’s seasonal dessert buffet is known for its perfect food and drinks pairing. A glass of dry sparkling wine and fresh strawberry bites must be the best way to bid goodbye to winter and welcome the warmer season.
Sheraton Seoul D Cube City – All About Strawberry
Sheraton Seoul D Cube City’s strawberry buffet shows strength in cakes, which are served in every imaginable size, flavor, and shape. You can add extra 9,900 KRW for unlimited sparkling wine and beer.