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[LONDON] Shoreditch Grind

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Shoreditch Grind

Add: 213 Old Street, London EC1V 9NR
Tel: 020 7490 7490
Hours: [Mon-Fri] 7am-8pm [Sat] 9am-6pm [Sun] 10am-6pm
Website: www.shoreditchgrind.com
Price: [coffee] £2.50 and up
Visited on: Jan 2013

Cool decor, decent coffee. Not a bad place to rest the feet.

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January 20th, 2013 at 12:08 am

[PARIS] Télescope

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Télescope

Add: 5 Rue Villedo, 75001 Paris
Tel: 01 42 61 33 14
Hours: [Mon-Fri] 8:30am~6:30pm [Sat-Sun] 9:30am~6:30pm
Website: www.telescopecafe.com
Price: [coffee] €2~5 [desserts] €2.5~5.5
Visited on: Dec 2012

It only just opened half a year ago in May 2012, but Télescope has already been applauded as one of the best places to get coffee in Paris. Its front window emanates the kind of cozy warm lighting that draws passerby right in, but the tiny shop accommodates no more than 10 people at full capacity. Come try your luck, or get a cup to go.

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December 3rd, 2012 at 4:52 am

[TAIPEI] Le Petit Pâtissier 雷斯理

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Le Petit Pâtissier 雷斯理

Add: 2 Alley 4 Lane 74 Wenzhou Street, Taipei / 台北市大安區溫州街74巷4弄2號
Tel: (02) 2367 7862
Hours: 12~9pm (closed on Wednesday)
Price: [tea] 160 NTD [desserts] 120~150 NTD
Visited on: 2012-07

Le Petit Pâtissier 雷斯理, previously part of Caffe Libero in the Yongkang Street neighborhood, recently moved out to open an independent shop on Wenzhou Street. This area is really out of my usual activity zone, but after hearing such wonderful things about its lemon tart, I decided to venture out here to give it a try.

From the exterior to the interior, girly cute is the best phrase to describe Le Petit Pâtissier. Bright color blocks of fuscia yellow and green, red water jug adorned with white polka dots, wooden chairs with checkered mats…yes, it’s a sugar overload.

Even the desserts are in such adorable colors and shapes.

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July 10th, 2012 at 9:11 pm

[TAIPEI] Cafe Xiaomijo 小米酒咖啡

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Cafe Xiaomijo 小米酒咖啡

Add: 5 Lane 41 Yongkan Street, Taipei / 台北市永康街41巷5號
Tel: (02) 2395 7617
Hours: 11am~11pm (closed on Monday)
Price: [drinks] 90~180 NTD
Visited on: 2012-07

Yet another cozy place to rest your feet and quench your thirst when wandering in the Yongkang Street area. I’m falling more and more in love with this neighborhood!

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July 10th, 2012 at 8:16 pm

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[TAIPEI] Wakin’ Up Cafe Apartment 自然醒咖啡公寓

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Wakin’ Up Cafe Apartment 自然醒咖啡公寓

Add: 2F No. 157 Section 2 Heping East Rd Taipei / 台北市和平東路二段157號2F
Tel: (02) 2709 6066
Hours: 1~11pm (closed on Tuesdays)
Price: [drinks] 140~170 NTD [desserts] 80 NTD
Visited on: 2012-07

Nestled on the 2nd floor of a nondescript apartment building on Heping East Road is Wakin’ Up Cafe Apartment, a space where time stands still (if you look around, the clocks here literally not not moving). The cafe was slightly stuffy on a Saturday afternoon with the weekend crowd, but the cozy decor and friendly service still lured us to lounge here for hours.

After venturing up a flight of rather steep stairs, you will arrive at this.

Love the blackboard drawing behind the bar.

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July 10th, 2012 at 9:46 am

[SHANGHAI] Seesaw Cafe

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Seesaw Cafe

Add: 433 Yuyuan Lu, inside Jing’an Design Center 愚园路433号静安设计中心内
Tel: 13761700535
Hours: 8:30am~10:30pm
Price: 15~25 RMB/coffee
Visited on: 2012-06

The very recently opened Seesaw Cafe has all the elements I look for in a coffee shop. Glorious coffee (but of course), clean and stylish decor with courtyard seats, friendly baristas who are passionate to share their knowledge, and – drumroll please – buttery, sugary delights from Strictly Cookies.

A friend and I ordered a “coffee set for two” (58 RMB), which includes two cups of coffee and a selection of 4 dessert bites. We opted for a cappuccino and a latte, which came strong and smooth, with beautiful latte art.

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June 15th, 2012 at 9:34 am

[SHANGHAI] Éclair at Andaz

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Éclair at Andaz

Address: Andaz Shanghai, 88 Songshan Lu, near Taicang Lu / 嵩山路88号上海安达仕酒店1楼, 近太仓路
Tel: 2310 1720
Hours: 7:00am~10:00pm
Website: www.andazshanghai.com
Price: 18 RMB/eclair, 30~50 RMB/coffee or tea
Visited on: 2012-02-12

Éclair at Andaz specializes in – you’ve guessed it – éclairs. But before we go on, here are a few words on Andaz for those of you who are unfamiliar with this hotel collection. It is Hyatt’s new line of contemporary, boutique-inspired hotels, located in hip cities around the world like London, New York, and LA. Shanghai’s Andaz, opened only a few months ago in October 2011, is the first in Asia and the sixth in the world. Next time you are in Xintiandi, be sure to drop by and check out its chic designs.

Éclair

Interior

Back to Éclairs, where éclairs take center stage. These oblong-shaped pastries are made from pâte à choux, baked until crisp and hollow inside, then filled with flavored pastry cream and glazed with fondant icing. The word éclair actually came from a French word meaning “lightning” or “flash of lightning”…Why? Je ne sais pas.

Éclairs

Also available: a selection of chocolates, cupcakes, tarts, quiches, breads, and the likes.

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February 21st, 2012 at 9:22 pm

[SHANGHAI] Cafe des Stagiaires

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Cafe des Stagiaires

Address: 54 Yongkang Lu, near Xiangyang Nan Lu  / 永康路54号, 近襄阳南路
Tel: 3425 0210
Hours: [Tue-Sun] 10:00am~midnight
Price: 20~30 RMB/coffee
Visited on: 2012-02-04

For a little piece of France, visit Cafe des Stagiaires, a cozy bar and cafe on Yongkang Lu. What’s on the menu: coffee, beer, wine, charcuterie from their boucherie Les Garcons, pastry from their bakery La Boulangerie, and pizza from their neighboring pizzeria Pizza Peppone. It’s all very, very French.

Click here to see my second visit.

“I do not get drink – I get awesome.” Werd.

The menu is a single sheet of paper, folded.

A lovely cup of Cappuccino (30 RMB) in a cute tin cup.

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February 5th, 2012 at 10:27 am

[TAIPEI] Cafe Flat White

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Cafe Flat White

Add: 12, Alley 41, Yongkang Street, Da’an District, Taipei / 台北市大安區永康街41巷12號
Tel: (02) 3393 8872
Hours 12:00pm~10:00pm
Price: [drinks] 90~220 NTD, [food] 160~200 NTD
Visited on: 2012-01-28

The small alleys of Yongkang Street hide a good number of stylish cafes, Cafe Flat White being one of them. If you are lucky enough to find yourself a seat here (they don’t take reservations), it’s a perfectly comfortable spot to spend the afternoon.

Cafe Flat White

Cafe Flat White

Front yard

Signage

Plenty of heart has been poured into the making of Cafe Flat White, and it shows.

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January 30th, 2012 at 8:01 pm

[SHANGHAI] Manne et Sante’ [2]

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Manne et Sante’

Address: 96 Shaoxing Lu, near Shanxi Nan Lu / 绍兴路96号, 近陕西南路
Tel: 5465 6297
Hours: 8:00am~10:00pm
Price: [afternoon tea] minimum spend 50 RMB/person,  [lunch/dinner] approx. 100 RMB/person
Visited on: 2012-01-03

It’s been a long while since I last visited Manne et Sante’, and I’m feeling very fortunate to have rediscovered this hidden gem. Take a look at this post, which will hopefully convince you to venture up its shabby and twisting staircase (be careful not to hit your head on the way up). Comfortable leather sofas, natural light streaming in from large window panes, Ella Fitzgerald in the air, and most impressively – affordable and delicious dishes! I wasn’t expecting much given the tiny size of the cafe and the presumably small kitchen, but I was very pleasantly surprised.


Manne et Sante’


Interior


Interior


Menu recommendations


Window seats

Our lunch started with a basket of warm bread, accompanied by salted butter with parsley.


Bread and butter

Then, a thick slice of chicken and pork Meat Paté (88 RMB) served cold with pickles and a mound of fresh greens. Not a connoisseur of meat paté, but I quite enjoyed the version at Manne et Sante’ and will gladly order this again. 


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January 9th, 2012 at 9:53 pm