Incheon is shedding light on long-cherished stores, which were called ‘nopo’ in the past and are now called ‘ieogage’ in Korean. There are confectioneries that capture the passers-by with sweet smells among stores that remind of Incheon in the past. There are traditional cookies baked with old ovens and bakeware. Let’s take a look at the historical confectioneries of Incheon.
Incheondang has represented Dongincheon (Eastern Incheon) for near a half century with traditional cookies. The owner couple bakes cookies and chestnut buns with old bakeware every morning. On rainy, cloudy, or humid days, the cookies made without preservatives can easily become soggy, so they bake less or in smaller varieties. The favorite choice of this store is ginger chips, but there are many other types of products you can choose based on your preference.
Location: 138, Chamoejeon-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon
“Confectionery Shop” is a store that represents Songnim Hyundai Market and has been selling traditional cookies for two generations. The most popular menu of this store is a variety of glutinous rice cookies. This store bakes cookies with generous servings of healthy nuts, and these cookies have crispy texture and are not sticky. They also sell bread and sponge cake alongside crispy cookies and chestnut buns that you can enjoy according to your preference.
Location: 10, Songnim-ro 109beon-gil, Dong-gu, Incheon
Kim Yong Gi Confectionery
The flagship menus of Kim Yong Gi Confectionery, which is run by the owner who has 54 years of experience with cookies and buns containing lots of nuts. The owner purchases various nuts including pecans, peanuts, sesame seeds, and almonds, prepares them, and bakes them every morning all by himself. The confectioneries are packed neatly and individually, and gift packing is also available. You can also purchase them through home delivery service so that anyone can taste the Korea tradition easily.
Location: 1372, Gyeongwon-daero, Bupyeong-gu, Incheon
There is a small cookies store that will tease your olfactory senses with a delicious scent even before you enter Sinpo Market. The store may be small, but it sells a variety of traditional cookies that will raise your appetite, and is thus frequented by many customers all day long. Sinpo Confectionery’s main menu is the chestnut bun. It is a traditional confectionery made of chestnut chucks, and larger than those sold elsewhere. If you want to enjoy soft and sweet chestnut buns, check this place out.
Location: 45, Uhyeon-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon