Our last day in Seoul, and we thought to just hang around near our hotel.
We wanted to check out the stone-wall road of 덕수궁 Deoksugung Palace 德壽宮, but as we were walking towards the palace, we heard drums going off…
Imagine our excitement when we saw the Changing of the Royal Guards Ceremony in front of 대한문 Daehanmun Gate 大漢門 so close to the streets (and traffic lights)!
Too bad it was nearing the end already, so we decided to go ahead with admiring the stone walls, and finding a cafe to chill, while we waited for the 15:30 Changing of the Royal Guards Ceremony to begin.
After our sumptuous brunch, we went to stroll off the calories and eventually ended up at Tiramisu Hero. It looked like it was going to rain soon, so that was the perfect excuse for us to enter the cafe 😛
This was a cosy little cafe with cutesy decorations, and Sir Antonio, the cafe’s mascot, was really cute too 🙂
Once we were comfortably seated, we got ourselves Belgian Waffles ($7), and the original MommaHero ($7.50) tiramisu.
It was really pleasant that they took note of our special request to put the honey by the side and to skip the icing. We loved the waffles that was crispy on the outside, and fluffy on the inside!
In fact, we preferred the waffles to the tiramisu, as the ladyfingers were a bit dry, and the overall taste was a tad too sweet for our liking. Hubby also had a Caffe Latte ($5.50), which he thought was pretty alright.
While our parents were resting in the hotel after our 淡水 Tamsui trip, we went for a quick date at a nearby cafe.
南美咖啡 Nanmay Coffee is a 2-storey cafe started in 1956 and was the first to import raw coffee beans to roast them in-house to sell to customers. There were many nostalgic items in the cafe and the whole atmosphere seemed to transport us back to the 60s. Many of the customers were old folks and we seemed to be one of the youngest customers here, haha!
Perhaps their customers came here after visiting the 天后宫媽祖图書舘 Tin Hau Temple opposite.
Anyway, we were seated comfortably on the second floor with a nice view of the temple, and had the following:
A new kid on the block, and the waffles were calling out to us!
We got ourselves the Red Velvet and Charcoal flavours ($6.90 each), and a Sambal Beef Wrap ($5.50). The waffles were huge, and we belatedly realised that we could have ordered a half-and-half, after the staff mistakenly did one, so we ended up with 2 half-and-halfs. Hahah. Half-and-half looked prettier, and were crispy outside, soft on the inside.
The staff described Melon Milk ($4.50) as “melon with milk” and then everyone burst out laughing! Anyway, this was not bad. The melon taste was quite fragrant without being too cloying sweet. The Green Tea Milk ($5) was basically matcha latte which was not bad, while the Iced Doi Chaang ($6.50) was alright, but it was abit hard to judge since it was iced.
It was quite a cosy place to hang out and chit chat, and we had fun trying to find the countries in the “world map” on the wall.
- Location: 101 Thomson Road United Square Shopping Mall #B1-60 S(307591)
- Website: www.doichaangcoffee.com.sg
- Hrs: 8:30am – 9pm (Sun-Thu), 8:30am – 9:30pm (Fri-Sat)
We were nearby the area and decided to take a slow walk over to check out this place which we had paddled past a few weeks ago when we went to Coney Island.
On a late Saturday morning, the cafe was quite crowded (I guess many were here for brunch), but there were still a few tables available, so we did not had to queue at all 🙂
We already knew what we wanted to order, gathering from online reviews (and offline reviews from friends) and placed our orders!
We were too early for claypot rice (they opens at 11am), so we decided to head for brunch at the nearby Common Chefs Cafe & Bakery, which opened only 2 weeks ago (22 Jun 2016).
New kid on the block near the area and we were quite lucky to get seats immediately on a Friday night!
Then we realised that it was already last order 5 minutes after we were seated, haha! Without hesitation, we ordered:
We finally made it here, after hearing and seeing so much of it since it’s opening in Jan 2016!
Oh My Tian was opened by the same folks over at Hatter Street in Kovan, so you can expect crispy-on-the-outside-but-fluffy-on-the-inside waffles. They also have some mains and a totally delightful decor that’s so Instagram-worthy! Think a Merry-Go-Round in the corner of the cafe? A park in another corner with a street-lamp telephone? 🙂
It was a very quiet Tuesday when we came here for dinner, and we had almost the entire place to ourselves. Gotta say that they have really put in a lot for the decorations 🙂
Oh yes, Les Pâtisseries has shifted from Toa Payoh to Upper Thomson, replacing an ice cream palor, so it is now nearer to us!
On this scorching Sunday, we stopped by this cafe specializing in French pastries and confectioneries to grab some lunch and just wanting to nua the Sunday afternoon away in an air-con room.
Seated by the kitchen, we could see the staff churning out loads and loads of waffles in advanced, and then storing them in the fridge; guess this was in anticipation of large crowds later.
The main kitchen was quite slow probably because there were many tables to fulfill, and we had to wait more than 30 minutes for our mains. So when we finally started our lunch at 2.34pm, we were starving by then.
We were caught in the rain after lunch!
While taking shelter under a not-very-big canopy, we FourSquare-d for cafes near us so that we could rest the rain away, and picked 微客棧-人文空間 Waker Coffee!
This cafe is opened by a social enterprise, 微客國際服務團隊 Waker Group of Taiwan who focuses on child education around the world as their cause. This cafe was opened as part of a gathering point for their volunteers as well as a retail outlet for their handicrafts. Their HQ is located just above the cafe. 🙂
Apparently they had just opened for an hour or so, and there were no other customers. So we occupied the sofa and made ourselves comfortable.