Three years ago, my friends and I were walking down Anjirang Makchang-street, where we stumbled upon an ice-cream cart where a charming Korean lad, Giho Baek, was selling homemade gelato. After two years of selling gelato from his cart, Giho finally opened his shop in Manchon-dong in January 2016.
Haltavoca, meaning “Let’s lick” in Korean slang, has both sorbet and gelato options. The sorbet is the perfect way to chill on hot Summer’s day in Daegu. Customers can choose from a wide variety, ranging from Blood Plum to Nectarine, and Lemon Sorbet. Gelato lovers will have their sweet tooth ask for more once they have tasted one of the many creamy options.
The most popular gelato is the white rice one. It might sound strange, but the taste will amaze you. The Organic Basil offers a refreshing taste, whilst the Milky Cherry gives you a chance to taste gelato heaven. Customers can even treat themselves to Lotus biscuit gelato.
Giho and his co-worker make all the ice-cream at the shop.
Giho and his co-worker make all the ice-cream at the shop. The available flavors depend on the season. The Watermelon Sorbet is a summer favorite. Giho has even whipped up some makgeolli gelato! Even though Giho has opened his shop, he still hopes to sell ice cream from his cart in other parts of the city.
The shop has a very inviting atmosphere, with exposed brick exterior, and colorful lighting and signage.
The shop has a very inviting atmosphere, with exposed brick exterior, and colorful lighting and signage. 2 scoops will set you back 3,500 Won, and you can get 3 scoops for 4,000. Those of you wanting to savor the taste and have some of the Haltavoca ice-cream at home can do so, as larger portions are also available. 500g for 14,000, 750g for 18,000, and 1000g for 25,000.
The shop is located in Manchon-dong, right by the Damti subway station. To get there, go out of Damti Station Exit 2, and take your first left. Walk on for approximately 30 meters, where Haltavoca will be located to your left. The shop is open from 12 – 10 pm on Tuesday – Saturday and 12 – 9 pm on Sunday. The shop is closed on Mondays.
Written by Rikus Matt Wessels / Photos by Rikus Matt Wessels and Giho Baek