Taiwan - Taipei - Cafe Showroom

This beautiful spot, popular among the taiwanese artists community is as it says a café, and a showroom. After a look at the exhibition (that would be a quick one considering the little space) seat down and enjoy a hazelnut latte before exploring Fujin Street, the new street to be in Taipei. Trendy and chic.

ASK: For the homemade red velvet cake to go with the latte

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Sth Korea - Seoul - Café - Anthracite Coffee - The serious coffee maker

Their coffee is “loaded with the rich aromas of pineapples, coconuts, chocolate, mangoes, and roses”… Well, something like that I would simply call deep aroma of fresh coffee strikes you when you enter the ground floor of this very special coffee shop. The sight of the roasters is quite impressive as they kept the old atmosphere of what used to be an old shoe factory intact.  . High ceiling and a big space on the first floor make you feel a little bit like in Berlin. And the terrace oh my this terrace is the best place to chill.

ASK: For the green tea cake to balance the taste of the strong coffee they offer.

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Sth Korea - Seoul - Café - D55 - Overlooling Bukchon

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Here’s a beautiful place to cool down after a visit to the stunning Gyeongbokgung palace nearby.“D’Industry 55” is a furniture cafe, meaning the interior (from all over the world) is for sale. The coffee shop owned by a group of designers offers a homely feeling, there’s a wide range of western food choices, but I’d recommend you stick to the coffee.

ASK: To be seated in the Veranda upstairs to overlook Bukchon’s beautiful traditional roofs.

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Singapore - French Café - Tiong Bahru Bakery

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While exploring the Tiong Bahru neighbourhood, don’t be surprised if some French people stop you and ask their way to Gontran’s Bakery. They’re talking about… Tiong Bahru Bakery. French Master baker and ex TV star Gontran Cherrier had a good nose and opened his first Singapore joint in today’s famous Eng Hoon Street. Essentials are all displayed, croissant, pain au chocolat, baguette, sandwiches… The taste is not exactly like home, but good. Some eccentricities like classic croissants remade and packed with sausage, chicken or salmon would make a true French hit the roof. But it’s modern… Or is it?

ASK: For the brioche crusty cake “kouign amann”, a Breton speciality sometimes hard to find, even in France.

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Singapore -Coffee Maven- 40 Hands

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Forty Hands is a pioneer in Singapore’s barista scene and has been one of the first coffee joints to facelift the neighbourhood. Founder Harry Grover who has been studying coffee farmer communities for his Masters in Asian Sustainable Development, believes that it takes 40 hands to produce a single cup of coffee from bean to cup. This is where you’ll find delectable ones, Aussie style, with fine latte art on top. Their Big boy breakfast (with organic smoked beef or pork sausage) is also a must-try. 

ASK: For their Tau Sar Pau (Red bean bun). They claim to have the best in town though they are too cute to eat.

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Singapore -Café- No fuss at Flock

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Flock aims to be the kind of cafe where you can relax and go every day, while most of Tiong Bahru’s other places are off on Mondays. Run by a Singaporean family, Gourmet sandwiches like Prawn avocado or Pork Cheek gruyere paninis are handcrafted. Breakfast is served all day and their coffee beans come from the renowned roaster Liberty coffee. A simple place with no fuss.

ASK: For the Genmaicha latte. Unusual.

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Mumbai -Arty Café- Kala Ghoda Cafe

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Photographer and owner Farhad Bomanjee created this little café, bakery, and gallery in an early 20th century barn. Its intellectual vibe attracts many students of the area, and is well known for its coffee quality. The organic house blend sourced directly from plantation is made from south Indian Arabica and Robusta coffee varieties. Salads and desserts are also good. Breakfast is served until 13:00.

ASK: for an expresso and a dark chocolate cake, the perfect energy fix equation.  

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Mumbai -Feel Good Cafe- The Nutcracker

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This little feel good cafe serves breakfast all day. Friendly owner Anaheeta Bafna created her mostly vegetarian menu with chefs who have worked in well-known establishments such as The Taj Mahal Palace Tower. Their sandwiches and salads are also worth a try, new on the menu is the Chunky Mushroom Burger. Fresh food is prepared in house, and the coffee, using blends of Robusta and Arabica comes from plantations of the southern peninsula region. While desserts are made from fine Belgian chocolate. “The Nutcracker” is also a posh chick headquarter; If you prick up your ears and listen a little you might be able to catch up on the latest gossip, Delightful.

ASK: For their summer cooler and shakes, goes well with anything.

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