We had been to quite a few cafes during this trip, sometimes just to get breakfast for the next morning, and sometimes, we needed caffeine. And our favourite place gotta be…
카반커피 Kavan Coffee
Of worthy mention is this place, where we had the best Cafe Latte (₩3,000) of this trip. Strong, yet smooth, it had that oomph at the very first sip 🙂
The Green Tea Latte (₩3,500) here was pretty good too.
There are 2 outlets, and the one we visited was near 서면역 Seomyeon Station 西面站 (check out the location map in their website). Do give it a try if you visit Busan!
Website: www.kavancoffee.com (Facebook)
Categories: Busan, Coffee/Tea Break, Seoul, South Korea, Travel
Tags: cafe, carrot cake, croque momsieur, donut, latte, matcha latte, sandwich
Foxhole Cafe at The Midtown (previously Hougang Plaza) was really a well-hidden place, for we got lost trying to look for it 😛
Once we went up to the lovely second storey with the whimsical unicorn mural and cosy environment, we did not feel like leaving anymore 😛
The drinks menu was quite interesting, and I got myself a refreshing Acai, Cranberry & Pomegranate Juice ($6.90). Hubby thought that his Iced Latte ($4.50) was just alright. We also shared a Blueberry Muffin ($4.90), which was moist and soft, but a little too sweet for us.
Overall, it was quite a lovely place to chill out 🙂
- Location: 1189 Upper Serangoon Road, The Midtown #01-18 S(534785)
- Website: www.facebook.com/foxholecafe
- Hrs: 11am – 9pm (Mon, Wed-Thu), 11am – 10pm (Fri), 10am – 10pm (Sat-Sun, PH)
After an awesome congee breakfast, we were walking along Jervois Street back to our hotel to check-out, and sighted Barista Jam!
So obviously we must try the coffee here. But besides coffee, Barista Jam’s menu also includes breakfast, pastries, pastas, salads, and sandwiches, and serves them in a cozy, chic place with friendly baristas.
I tried a Skinny Latte (HK$36) and it was pretty good! A pity our stomach capacity was limited or we would try out some of the pastries! 🙂
- Location: Shop D, G/F, 126-128 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan 上環蘇杭街126-128號地下D舖 (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Island Line Sheung Wan Station 港島綫上環站 (Take Exit A2 and walk 5 mins)
- Website: www.facebook.com/baristajamhk
- Hrs: 8am – 6pm (Tue-Fri), 10am – 6pm (Mon, Sat), 11am – 6pm (Sun)
After our sinful but yet satisfying brunch at 一樂燒鵝 Yat Lok Restaurant, we decided to have coffee nearby before continuing our food trail.
This was Coco Espresso’s 4th branch in Hong Kong, opened in 2015. They started their first Coco in 2007 at Queen’s Road Central and expanded since in Hong Kong island with its cozy industrial-look interior and nice coffee.
It was quite packed, and we decided to just stand and share a skinny latte (HK$35) by the long counter table. Thankfully, a couple of stools became available while we waited for our drink.
It was a smooth and moderately strong cup of coffee with a slightly acidic undertone.
Note: Water and WiFi were available for free.
- Location: 中環士丹利街50號信誠廣場地下D舖 Shop D, G/F, World Trust Tower, 50 Stanley street, Central (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Island Line Central Station 港島綫中環站 (Take Exit D2 and walk 5 mins)
- Website: cocobarista.com (Facebook)
- Hrs: 8am – 7pm (Mon-Fri), 9am – 7pm (Sat-Sun)
This was really a hole-in-the-wall shop, with only 1 table and 1 chair. But it certainly did not hinder its popularity though, for there was a streaming flow of people doing take-aways early in the morning at 8am.
We decided to try the Cofftea (HKD 35), which was a combination of latte and chai tea (a Western take on 鴛鴦 Yin-Yang). The coffee overpowered the chai, and so it was a tad too strong for me, but hubby enjoyed it very much.
To complete our breakfast, we also had a Blueberry Muffin (HKD 22) which was pretty moist and delicious, though a bit too sweet for us.
We have been reading quite good reviews about Word Cafe, a Muslim-owned cafe, and especially it’s rainbow bagel, so we decided to check it out while strolling from our last makan place.
It was quite easy to miss this place because of the on-going Thomson-East Coast Line MRT Springleaf Station site construction.
The exterior looked like a red container building, and the interior was decorated with wooden boxes, paintings of crates, and the tables had pipes for legs. We liked the industrial vibe here!
It was Sunday and we felt like having brunch closer to nature. Decided to check out Verdure which is next to Springleaf Park 🙂
There were plenty of outdoor seatings (pets allowed), but we opted for the smaller indoor space because it was so hot today!
At just before 10am, with only 2 other customers, we were disappointed to know that 2 of the 3 chef’s recommendations for weekend brunch was not available.
We decided to just share a Big Breakfast ($16.90 nett). For drinks, we ordered Latte ($4.90) and a hot Honey Apple Cider Vinegar ($4.90).
We were just roaming around the area and wanted to take a break. 我親愛的, 咖啡廳 OA, My Dear Cafe had pretty good online reviews and so we decided to check it out 🙂
We really liked the cosy environment, and spent quite a bit of time nursing our Iced My Dear 特調冰咖啡 Italian Coffee (NT$150) and 威士忌紅茶 Whiskey Black Tea (NT$140).
Despite the assurance that there was very little alcohol content, I could really taste the whiskey, haha! It was quite interesting, but I got a little giddy towards the end (I’m definitely a non-drinker!).
The iced coffee was not bad, but it was sweet, which hubby did not expect, because we had incorrectly assumed that sugar/syrup would be served separately by the side.
- Location: 台北市萬華區西寧南路54號2樓, No.54, 2/F Xining South Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108 (Google Maps)
- Nearest MRT: Ximen Station 捷運西門站 (Take Exit 6)
- Website: www.facebook.com/oamydearcafe
- Hrs: 12pm – 12am
Established since 1956, this was one of the first coffee places in Taipei and was very popular.
In fact, the queue was so long when we walked past the first time and we ended up at 南美咖啡 Nanmay Coffee next door instead.
Hence, we decided to come try our luck again. When we arrived around 6.30pm, the place was quite quiet, and one of the staff was roasting the coffee beans using a rather antique-looking machine, and it was oh-so-fragrant!
With close to 30 coffee options, we opted for 蜂大水滴冰咖啡 Fong Da Iced Coffee (NT$85) and hot 法式巧克力 French Chocolate (NT$100). We also saw many traditional pastries (NT$12 each) and could not help but order the 花生糕 Peanut Cake and 绿豆糕 Mung Bean Cake.