5 unique cafés to visit in Asia

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Audrey Magazine (by Alyssa Park):

Cafés are popping up all over America, and they are quickly becoming part of a global culture as well. For instance, all across Asia you can find amazing cafés with different types of aesthetics such as rustic, modern, traditional and even themed. If you are traveling through Asia, then these five destinations are a must.

1. Hoho Myoll Café : (Seoul, South Korea)

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Korea is known to have some of the most beautiful cafés in the world. With a bit of a rustic aesthetic, Hoho Myoll Café is an enchanting little café tucked away in the heart of Seoul.

2. Wangye Teahouse : (Zigong, China)

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Inside of what was once a 100-year-old temple lies a very famous Sichuan Teahouse in Zigong, China. Next to the Fuxi River, visitors not only enjoy a traditional cup of tea, they can also become engrossed in a rich cultural history.

3. Shirohige’s Creampuff Shop: (Tokyo, Japan)

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Shirohige’s Creampuff Shop is one of many of Japan’s themed cafés. Not only are the creampuffs Totoro-shaped, the café itself is extremely sophisticated while maintaining a youthful charm.

4.Up Café: (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)

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Up Café is a mandatory destination in Saigon mostly for it’s novelty. With all of the furniture and windows hanging upside down from the ceilings, you can’t help but feel like you are in another dimension.

5. Audrey Café & Bistro: ( Bangkok, Thailand)

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Audrey Café & Bistro is one of the most popular destinations in Bangkok, Thailand because of its beauty. With decor that only reflects elegance and class, your experience here will be nothing short of luxurious.

Starbucks to release Almond Milk Latte and Frappuccino in Japan for a limited time

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For years, fans of Starbucks have been petitioning the coffee chain for a non-dairy alternative to soy. While the company recently responded by adding coconut milk options to their U.S. menus, lovers of almond milk were left out in the cold due to concerns over nut allergens.

Now, for a limited time, Starbucks Japan will be taking the bold step out into nut allergen territory with the release of the Almond Milk Frappuccino with Honey Crunch and the Almond Milk Latte with Honey Crunch. If you’re in Japan from 18 March to 14 April, you’ll be one of the lucky few to introduce your tastebuds to a sweet treat others can only dream of!

The Frappuccino features a good blend of honey and almond milk, topped with honey-flavored whipped cream and sweet honey syrup. Providing the crunch are tiny nuggets of candy-coated almonds. While the tall size will retail for 520 yen (US$4.30), short sizes can also be provided on request. Although for such a rare menu item, we’ll be eyeing up the Venti at 600 yen ($4.96).

The latte promises to showcase the deliciously nutty flavor of the milk by pairing it with a mellow espresso and a light hit of honey. If you love the aroma of almond milk, this will be the drink for you. Prices start at 420 yen ($3.47) for the short size.

These limited-edition drinks will be available from most outlets around Japan and may sell out during daily business hours, depending on demand. Be sure to get in early so you don’t miss out!

A Hello Kitty Cafe is finally coming to California

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Calling all Hello Kitty fans in California! We have even more good news for you. The 40th anniversary of our most beloved Sanrio character brought us the Hello Kitty exhibit in the Japanese American National Museum, the Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt and even the very first Hello Kitty Convention. Well, it looks like the celebrating is far from over.

During the Hello Kitty con, a pink food truck not only brought adorable donuts and macarons, it also brought exciting news: A Hello Kitty Cafe is finally coming to California!

Aside from it’s expected opening in 2015, not much is known about the upcoming Hello Kitty cafe. Although the website it still rather mysterious, it links to an Instagram showing a number of Hello Kitty themed food and the pink food truck.

 

 

KFC Japan launching new restaurant that serves Kentucky Fried… Coffee?

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It seems like KFC wants to be your official coffee source now. Because being your chicken spot just wasn’t enough.

According to Kotaku, a KFC in Kobe, Japan will be opening a coffee shop called the Colonel’s Cafe. It will try to make you feel like you’re at a Starbucks that conveniently lets you order a two-piece and a biscuit.

Among the things that will be offered at the cafe will be French press espressos, pancakes, ice cream, New York cheesecake and, well, chicken.

KFC has scheduled a launch for November 28, and you might as well start calling it Kentucky Fried Coffee now, because you know it’s coming.

 

HYPEBEASTS Eats: The “Pharrell Burger” at NIGO’s 2-5 Café (Tokyo)

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Five years ago, Pharrell Williams was filmed in a Parisian McDonald’s at six in the morning singing and dancing in a failed attempt to get an order of burgers instead of the breakfast menu. Pharrell won’t be denied his wishes in Japan as he’s created his own, self-titled burger available at friend and collaborative partner NIGO‘s 2-5 Café.

Between two crispy toasted buns are layers of the freshest ingredients including a seasoned burger patty covered with melted cheese, which sits underneath a thick slice of tomato sprinkled with chopped onions and topped with a chunky sauce. Served with fries and a side of salad, this mouth-watering combo is bound to keep customers coming back.

If you’re in Japan you can check out the burger at 2-5 Café.

 

2-5 Café
2-5, Nanpeidai-choShibuya-ku
Tokyo
Japan

 

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J.S. BURGERS CAFE by Journal Standard (Japan)

 

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This summer Japanese label Journal Standard will be adding to its J.S. BURGERS CAFEs with BURGERS CRAFT. A promotion of good food and drinks, BURGER’S CRAFT will bring with it a special burger featuring thick-cut smoked bacon from Chef Meat Chigusa and smoked gouda from North Plain Farm sat atop a thick beef patty and a thick-cut grilled onion. A range of imported craft beers will be available to complement the delicious looking burgers being offered.

BURGER’S CRAFT will be starting July 10 at J.S. BURGERS CAFE locations across Tokyo.

 

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 J.S. BURGERS CAFE by Journal Standard (Japan)

 

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visvim (Japan) Flagship Store and little cloud coffee

 

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Soon after its inception in 2001, visvim expanded its foray on to F.I.L. — a boutique location at GYRE, Omotesando which became the first of eight outlets in Japan and overseas. On June 6, the acclaimed Japanese fashion imprint unveiled its first flagship store, once again at located at GYRE. In addition to stocking both visvim and its WMV range,  the space carries exclusive items from F.I.L. Indigo Camping Trailer. Retail aside, the flagship also launched an in-shop cafe called little cloud coffee — a unique space which continues the brand’s quirky aesthetics.

Check out the images for a closer look at the shop’s interior and a glimpse at visvim’s current collection.

 

visvim Tokyo Flagship Store
GYRE 2/Floor
5-10-1 Jingumae Shibuya
Tokyo 150-0001
Japan

 

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visvim (Japan) Flagship Store and little cloud coffee

 

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