All posts tagged: Cafe


Privé / Singapore

Privé offers a laid back alfresco dining experience amidst a lush garden setting of the refreshed Chijmes. This standalone pavilion features natural furnishings and charming decor details that add to its French vibe. The distinctive round structure encourages patrons to look out and enjoy the greenery past its walls. The glass walls enable guests to do so without having to sacrifice comfort as one can opt to stay in the air-conditioned hall. Still, it is highly advisable to experience the relaxing atmosphere of Privé out in the open. This quaint restaurant offers casual Western cuisine coupled with fuss-free service. Their abundant choices of pastas, pizzas, and all-day breakfast will vie for your attention, along with their signature items of gourmet burgers, milkshakes, and the famous eggs Benedict. From their picturesque socializing area right down to their photogenic food dishes, Privé seems to be the best location in the city central for a memorable alfresco experience. 30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996; +65 6337 7810; Words by Evita Limlengco Photography by Franz Navarrete

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Necessary Provisions / Singapore

Merriam-Webster defines the word provisions as a supply of food and other things that are needed. For caffeine lovers out in the West of Singapore, they would know all too well what is needed. Nestled deep in the heart of a residential estate, Necessary Provisions is a cafe that understands your daily coffee fix. While their location at Bukit Timah is extremely inaccessible as you would either need a car to go there or make a long trek on foot, the cafe prides itself of a strong following. The food menu is simple and earnest, serving baked goodies, snack plates, and beer on tap. The notable thing here is the cafe’s ambience. The cafe hosts a relaxed environment for out-of-office work or some leisure reading. The interiors offer just the right amount of quiet you need-surreal lighting, dark walls, streaming light, and hushed music contribute to this vibe. There is a big, round communal table in the shop’s center, with stacks of magazine for you to peruse. One can take their time lounging here as …


Agalico Tea Room / Bangkok, Thailand

If literary icon Jane Austen were to have tea time today, no doubt she would seek out Agalico. Agalico is a hidden treasure of a tea room off Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok. They are so hidden and low-key that the place is only open on Fridays til Sundays and they work hard to maintain that intimate aura. Owned by Thailand’s prominent landscape artist and interior designer, ML Poomchai Chumbala, Agalico’s secret garden sanctuary is every bit lovely. The all-white interior of the English-style living room perfectly sets the mood for engaging conversations. The canvas couches, rattan chairs, birdcage accents, and orchid displays complement each other to paint a scene that could have been taken right out of a Georgian era novel. The food offerings are also tailored for the quaint tea experience, as they have on their menu homemade scones, apple crumble, quiche, and a wide selection of teas from Europe. The garden outside is the real highlight though, with its rich greenery, bright flowers, glass gazebo, and various sculptures. It is like stepping out …


L’Usine / Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

A must-try when you visit Ho Chi Minh City, L’Usine is a French-inspired cafe and retail store that is a real surprise. Equal parts fashion boutique, creative space, and excellent spot for brunch and downtime, L’Usine stocks uniquely-designed clothing, accessories, housewares, stationery, whimsical vintage items, and fresh cupcakes. Their Vietnamese coffee is highly-recommended as most locals and tourists order this to go with their pastries. Located in an 1890s building that was restored to its original splendour, one cannot help but admire the high ceilings, oversized arched windows, ornate iron columns, and enticing fixtures. L’Usine’s elegant savvy space is well worth it to be included in your city itinerary. 151 Đồng Khởi, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam; +84 (0)8 6674 356; Words by Evita Limlengco Photography by Franz Navarrete