TAIWAN - TAIPEI - VVG - Good Living

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VVG, which stands for Very Very Good, started what is today a lifestyle empire with a small restaurant fifteen years ago. Today spreading their “Good living” mantra, via their bistro, bakery, shops, (high end) Bed & Breakfast… And creating in a busy city a calm environment with american, european and japanese influence. You could spend hours chilling and visiting VVG’s branches, but I’d recommend you focus on VVG Something, their library (awarded one of the 20th most beautiful in the world), and VVG Chiffon (tableware and lifestyle products, think Merchant Mills, La savonnerie Bruxelloise…), both facing each other next to VVG Bakery and VVG Bistro located in a charmingly trendy area.

ASK: For the Miao Chocolate and strawberry marmelade at VVG Chiffon, Made in Taiwan

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Japan - Tokyo - Kayaba Bakery, New  Kid on the block

Masami Shiraishi wears two hats, owner of the renowned “SCAI the bathhouse” gallery, (he was one of the firsts to show Takashi Murakami’s work), he also fullfills his passion for food by owning Kayaba Cafe and Kayaba Bakery. Just opened in spring, this little gem shares premises (think wooden houses from early 20th century) with a yoga room, a craft beer bar and an olive oil shop. You’ll essentially find bread here, fougasse type. Nothing Japanese  except the fact that they are made by a Japanese Baker.

ASK: For the little Olive and cheese bread.

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Singapore -Comfort Cake- Nicher

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Inspired by the French verb “nicher” meaning “nest”. That’s precisely what “Nicher” is, tucked in a little space and sharing premises with Loo hainanese curry. This mini bakery would easily go unnoticed and it would be a shame actually. 1. Because their pound cakes and muffins are fresh baked in house and delicious. And 2. Because young owners Melvin and Lewis are super friendly. Their flavours range from orange to earl grey berries. Having the almond marble pound cake with a coffee from the kopitiam stall next door is one unpretentious simple pleasure.

ASK: For your cakes and muffins in advance as they mainly bake by order.

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