In the heart of Buford Highway in Doraville, GA, sits the charming Korean bakery, White Windmill. Located in one of the busiest areas of Atlanta, the bakery’s authentic experience and flavorful food are often overlooked. This location may be nearby to some, but for others it is a long drive; the trip promises a journey well-rewarded.
In a time when the world’s focus seems to primarily linger around division, White Windmill Bakery and Cafe does a fantastic job in executing the opposite. The bakery represents various cultures through their cuisine and customers. The cozy decor accompanied by the fresh baked goods paired with diversity among the crowd provides a memorable visit.
“I think places like this are really important because of all the events happening around the world recently. It is important that people can come out and be around people from everywhere and try foods of all different kinds,” a customer said.
For those who visit White Windmill, a distinguishable attribute is its authenticity. Not only does their authenticity attract visitors to the bakery, White Windmill promotes customers of all backgrounds to gather together and enjoy their time at this location.
“They are trying to make everything authentic. They bring all different cultures in to experience their culture,” said customer Melanie Bell. “Even when looking through pictures, there is a mixed crowd. Everyone is able to experience something different.”
The bakery provides a great atmosphere for students. Providing free WiFi for those who need quick access to the internet, White Windmill serves as a prime location for online classes and studying.
“It is a great place to come and have interactions with others,” said another customer. “You would feel great bringing someone with you or even coming alone. It is a place to study and to chat. It is not too loud, but not too quiet.”
Providing such a wide selection of cuisine, customers may not know where to begin. Options, include chocolate croissants, milk buns, sweet rice and cranberry fig bread, red and green bean bread, sweet potato Manju and many more. It is almost inevitable the satisfaction one can find. The ability to see, smell and taste multiple products only adds to the experience of visiting White Windmill.
“I don’t think you have to get out of your comfort zone here because there is something for everyone,” a customer said. “There are sweets, savory options, teas, bubble teas, coffees, pastries and so many other options to choose from.”
Although White Windmill may not be the closest bakery, it is worth the trip. The authentic Korean experience accompanied by the ability to interact with people from different backgrounds and try delicious food is ultimately worthwhile.
“You have to go and experience it,” said Bell. “You have to go smell it, sample and enjoy being there. There are a ton of things to look at and try. You have to go with an open palate. To me, that is like a day trip. You can get up on a Saturday at 10 a.m. to head over there, eat lunch, relax and people watch. Even though you are 40 minutes away from where you live, you can experience a different culture in the same area.”