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
We read that there were a lot of good food here, and indeed, there were many stalls with snaking queues on this Sunday noon time. After surveying the place, we decided to try out 2 of the stalls.
We were here for some supper, but unfortunately, the kitchen has closed, by the time we reached after 9pm. Nevermind, the drinks and cakes were still available 🙂
- White Cold Drip ($7 nett): Pretty standard drink.
- Iced Blueberry Mint Tea ($7): This was refreshing, and enjoyed the sweet and sour combination.
- Carrot Cake ($8.90): We found this to be quite sweet, but they were very generous with the walnuts!
Cold water was freely available at the counter near the restroom. There were also some magazines available for browsing. It was quite a nice place to chill out, but a pity that we did not manage to try out the food.
It was time for drinks after food, and Ms F highly recommended this place!
We ordered a Coffee & Cake set ($10 nett for a $6.50 cake and a selection of coffee/tea ranging from $4 to $5), and I got myself a London Fog Tea Latte ($7).
- Carrot Cake: A sweet and slightly moist version with plenty of nuts. A bit too sweet for us, but we liked the texture.
- Café Latte: A strong cup of coffee with slight acidity, not bad at all.
- London Fog Tea Latte: A blend of vanilla and citrus-flavoured Earl Grey Tea with steamed milk, there was a subtle sweet and smooth swirl of milk and earl grey undertones. I liked it!
There were plenty of food options here but we were too full to try. Maybe next time? 😛
We have been to Serangoon Gardens and to the famous Chomp Chomp Food Centre for several times but not to this market & food centre.
Located just before the circle, hubby remembered a famous Char Kway Teow stall there years ago (but alas it has closed already, because the old couple retired). The food centre has been completely refurbished and it is now more airy, bright and clean!
So today, we decided to do a small ride and small walk to Serangoon Gardens and have some local brunch! Found quite a few gems 🙂
Categories: Breakfast, Central
Tags: beancurd, carrot cake, curry puff, hawker, jelly, kopi c, kway chap, luncheon meat, noodle, Serangoon Gardens, teh c
Delicious carrot cake
After our excursion to Lamma Island, the Central Star Ferry Pier was just next to the IFC Mall, so we thought that it would be a great idea to stop by Fuel Expresso for a little perk-me-up!
At 3pm on a Friday, this place was packed to the brim, with many people doing take-away 😮 We waited a short while for a table, and decided on a hot Cafe Latte (HKD 48 nett) and the recommended Carrot Cake (HKD 40 nett). Rather pricey as compared to Singapore!
However, the coffee was really quite good; we enjoyed the strong and slightly acidic flavour, and it had this sweet aftertaste! The carrot cake was moist and not overly dense, in fact, it was slightly fluffy! The cake itself is not really sweet, and the cream cheese topping was of the right amount of sweetness for me… It was a perfect combination when eaten together! What a happy coffee break for us 🙂
- Location: 港景街1號國際金融中心3023號舖, Shop 3023, IFC Mall, Central, Hong Kong
- Website: http://www.fuelespresso.com/
- Hrs: 7:30am – 7pm (Mon-Fri), 10am – 7pm (Sat-Sun)
- Nearest MTR: Central 中環
Cosy after dinner set
Since we were rarely in this region, so we thought of searching for a resting place after my disappointing dinner, and hubby was attracted by this little sign board that said “We used Yahava coffee beans here” and suddenly, I found myself in Baker’s Well 😛
Ordered a Flat White with Carrot Cake Set ($9.10, note the set is cake with Americano for $7.50 and top up the difference for upgrading of drink), and a Hot Lemongrass Drink ($3.20).
Oooh! The lemongrass drink was very fragrant! I think they overdid the sugar though, because it reminded me of sugarcane drink 😮 The coffee was aromatic but quite acidic.. A good complement to the cake.
This has gotta be the nicest version of carrot cake that I have ever tried; not overly sweet or moist, and is more dense than other versions. I loved the nutty-ness, and the cake was topped with 4 huge walnuts! Now I just want to try the rest of the cakes…
After a satisfying dinner, it was time for drinks! We decided to try out this small little cafe at Orchard Gateway. We were promptly seated and served with iced water, good service for a change!
Not a real carrot but a real cake
I had the Chocolate Chip Chai ($6.80), while hubby had the Carrot Cake with Flat White set ($9.90, carrot cake/cheesecake/flourless chocolate cake with choice of coffee, 3pm to 9pm).
The tea smelt chocolatey but definitely tasted like a light Chai tea, haha! Hubby was quite satisfied with his flat white, despite the lack of beautiful latte art, as it was quite aromatic, smooth with a slight nutty taste. The cake was cute with a icing carrot right at the top, but the taste was so-so, we much preferred the drinks 🙂
The iced water was topped up regularly by the staff, which we really appreciated! This is a nice corner stop for tired shoppers to take a break and watch other busy shoppers busy by!
Pretty bakery deco
We were walking and walking till we were so tired, before we finally spotted Primrose Bakery, that was recommended by LadyIronChef!
It was also upon reaching this place that I realized it was the same shop where the gals and I bought some cookies for a quick dinner prior to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!
Hubby was at a seminar today and had plenty of time to spare before meeting me for dinner. He had initially wanted to go to Department of Caffeine but unfortunately, it was closed 😦
He searched high and low for a cafe that didn’t close by 5pm, and finally found Drury Lane Cafe to chill out while waiting for me to knock off.