Fruits on ice? Healthy right?
Bingsu, also known as “the Korean halo-halo”, is one of the most popular desserts in the metro today. A number of cafes have popped out in the last few years and we see no signs of it stopping. Competition is stiff with a lot of the newer ones offering more than just the traditional flavors.
Bingsu is usually composed of snow-like shaved ice and condensed milk topped with various fruits and other assorted toppings, that will surely tickle your taste buds’ curiosity!
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We’ve compiled a hefty list of options of these icy cool treats for you and your friends to cool down and indulge in this summer! To make things easier for you, simply type in ‘Bingsu‘ or ‘Korean dessert‘ on the Booky app to see the list of restaurants offering it!
Vampire Penguin – SM North EDSA
Vampire Penguin is a dessert shop from California that specializes in shaved snow desserts. You can choose to build your own snow from scratch or pick from the signatures.
Notable shaved snow flavors they offer: Snow Thaiger, Polar Affogato, Halo-Halo, and VP
Zoo Coffee is an animal-themed Korean cafe specializing in Korean coffee, tea and smoothies. They also offer light meals, pastries and desserts.
Bingsu flavors they offer: Red Bean Bingsu, Green Tea Bingsu, Mango Bingsu, Oreo Bingsu, and Double Berry Bingsu
Insider Tip: Buy 1 Get 1 Oreo Bingsu for ₱370 and Buy 1 Get 1 Waffles for ₱140 at Zoo Coffee!
K Bingsu Cafe – multiple branches
KBingsu Cafe serves the famous shaved ice dessert from Korea.
Recommended flavors: Choco Brownie, Caramel Coffee, Mango Cheese, Strawberry, Very Berry
Insider tip: Get Buy 1 Get 1 Regular Choco Banana Bingsu for ₱270 and Regular Buko Bingsu for ₱240!
Café Seolhwa Bingsu – BF Homes
One of the most popular Bingsu places in town these days is Cafe Seoulhwa for their finely shaved ice that is said to withstand the scorching heat for up to 30 minutes!
Must-Try Bingsu: Green Tea, Mango Cheese, Brownie, and Berry Cheese
Snowbing – various branches
Snowbing specializes in Korean bingsu in different flavors like tiramisu, matcha, as well as other dishes.
Notable flavors they offer: Salted Caramel, Matcha Green Tea, Apple Crumble, and Tiramisu
Hobing Korean Dessert Café – multiple branches
Another Korean café specializing in bingsu, Hobing Korean Dessert Café is conveniently located in several parts of the metro, for your quick, icy cool snacks this summer.
Must-Try Bingsu flavors: Choco Cookie, Strawberry, and the Mango Cheese
Ikigai Kakigori Cafe – multiple branches
When you see the hashtag “#whatisyourikigai”, then that means they’re asking you what’s your purpose in life. It’s a deep question that all of us needs to ponder on, but with Ikigai Kakigori Cafe’s bingsu variants, that won’t be a problem.
Must-Try Bingsu: Matcha Kakigori, Kuromitsu Kakigori, and Ube Kakigori
The Dessert Kitchen – Power Plant Mall
Chef Jones doesn’t call his masterpiece a bingsu because they use loose ice, making it closer to a Japanese-style shaved ice.
Must Try: Purple in Love, a grape-flavored shaved ice creation topped with Kyoho grape seaweed balls, mini rice balls, grapes, and taro mochi ice cream.
Snow Panda – Makati
A popular Korean dessert cafe, Snow Panda specializes in serving up a variety of Korean Bingsu flavors. However, if you consider bingsu as dessert, they also offer savory Korean dishes you can enjoy such as Kimbap and Mandu.
Notable bingsu flavors they offer: Red Velvet, Injeolme Cheese, Green Grapes, Taro, Bubble Gum, Avocado
Caffe Bene – Makati
A popular coffee chain hailing from Korea, Cafe Benne is popular for offering coffee drinks, pastries, gelato and of course, Korean desserts such as Honey Bread and Bingsu.
Notable bingsu flavors they offer: Cookies and Cream, Red Bean, Coffee, Strawberry