Our second stop today was the nearby Hyde & Co for lunch.
This was a small but popular cafe, and was almost full house at 1pm!
- The Bomb ($13.90 for half portion): We liked that there was half portions (4 pieces) available. The prawns were fresh, and the chye poh (pickled radish) omelette as pizza topping was definitely something interesting, but the samba chinchalok spread was too spicy for us, and the pizza base was too hard. Also, our pizza was kinda burnt.
- Hyde’s Chilli Crab Pasta ($22.90): There was a generous amount of Blue Swimmer crab meat, and the spicy Arrabiata sauce had sufficient kick without being overly spicy. It complemented the linguine well, and we enjoyed the pasta very much.
- My Fair Lady ($6.50): We requested for the iced tea to be without sugar. The iced Earl Grey Tea with milk was light with a hint of rose. Quite lovely.
Note: Wi-Fi and water (including hot water!) is available for free.
We were in the area to collect hubby’s passport and the queue at Tai Hwa looked scary 😮
A quick Google Search showed a promising cafe nearby and we decided to check it out instead.
A nice cosy little cafe, it started to get really busy at around 10:30am. Luckily, we stepped in just a few minutes earlier, and were able to get our seats and place our orders quickly.
- Sea salt spiced Chai latte ($6.50 nett) : After the initial light saltiness, the first sip was actually quite sweet and milky, before the spice settled in and started swirling all over. I liked the layers of taste!
- Skinny latte ($5.50): With beans from Yahava, hubby is a happy man. He felt that this was a slightly watered down version of the one he usually has at Yahava, but still pretty good 🙂
- The ultimate combo ($12): Perfect for sharing as we wanted a light bite, the 2 pancakes were fluffy and quite light. The cheese sausage was awesome and really cheesy, without being overly salty.
Wi-Fi and water is available for free. Also, there was a cute cat inside cafe!
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
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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).