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[Shanghai] Paloma Cafe 白鳥咖啡

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Paloma Cafe 白鳥咖啡

Add: 198 Second Ruijin Road, near West Jianguo Road / 瑞金二路198弄-1, 近建国西路
Tel: 5466 6612
Hours: [Wed-Mon] 9:30am-9pm [Tue] 12-5pm
Price: [coffee] 22-45 RMB [cakes] 35-40 RMB [set] 55 RMB
Visited: Nov 2015

The rain persists in Shanghai, and on this particular morning I sought refuge at Paloma Cafe, a quaint little place perched on the 2nd floor of the busy Ruijin Road / Jianguo Road intersection. The cafe owner wasn’t there on the morning of my visit, though I heard from the staff that he/she is Shanghainese by origin and has spent some time in Japan. I was the only customer on this quiet morning, and happily enjoyed my coffee and cake while listening to the sound of raindrops falling outside.




A cup of coffee and a piece of house-made cake goes for 55 RMB, a pretty good deal I’d say. My latte was nice, just don’t forget to request for a heavier dose of espresso shot since the coffee here tends to be more on the light side due to popular request. The Earl Grey rolled cake quite lovely as well, though the tea bits in the whipped cream bothered me a little bit. Loved the little bird motif on the plate.


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November 23rd, 2015 at 6:33 am

[Paris] Holybelly

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Add: 19 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Paris
Tel: +33 9 73 60 13 64
Hours: [Mon-Fri] 8am~6pm [Sat-Sun] 10am~6pm (closed on Tue)
Price: €2.50~4/coffee, €4~13/breakfast items, €9~12/lunch items
Visited on: Oct 2013

Yes, bacon-glazed brownies do exist in this world, and you may have them with a cup of glorious latte at Holybelly here in Paris. Nico Avery and Sarah Mouchot, a very sweet French couple, have spent some time working in the food and coffee scene in Melbourne, and are bringing back that simple deliciousness to Paris. I have actually been to Nico’s old workplace Market Lane when I visited Melbourne two Springs ago, and can attest that it’s a very charming place. Holybelly opened just two months ago, and the difficult but rewarding process has been chronicled on their blog – a fun read for those who are interested in dipping their toes in the F&B business, myself included.

By the way, absolutely love these patterns.

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That’s Nico, behind the bar.

That’s Sarah in the kitchen, accompanied by Lise, who is actually a classmate from Ferrandi.

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December 12th, 2013 at 11:19 am

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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
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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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
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