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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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
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visvim (Japan) Flagship Store and little cloud coffee

 

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Tokyo’s Hotel Emanon disguises a café as a hotel

 

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Any seasoned traveler knows all about the “hotel feeling” – that peculiar mix of luxury, unfamiliarity and shared personal space that makes staying in a hotel unlike anything you can get back home. Hotels across the globe spend millions curating that unique atmosphere, but now there’s a café and restaurant in Tokyo that claims to offer all that, without the hassle of beds or rooms to go with it.Hotel Emanon is a chic, conceptual dining/retail experience located in Tokyo’s trendy Shibuya district that comprises a check-in desk, coffee bar, restaurant and shop. The space itself is as tastefully decorated as any of the city’s innumerable design hotels, the only difference being that everything here – from the cups and saucers to the lighting on the walls – is for sale in the “Hotel Shop.” The restaurant, meanwhile, offers a selection of organic, locally-sourced cuisine, with a changing menu on daily rotation to encourage diners to return frequently and discover something new. Likewise, the decoration changes over time too, as items are sold and new designers are brought in to fill the pop-up shop space.

A clever, characteristically Japanese concept, we’re sure you’ll agree. For more details on its location, or how to make a booking, visit the website.

 

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NIGO’s 2-5 Café

 

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NIGO is a man of many hats, both literally and figuratively. Having recently taking the helm as creative director of Uniqlo’s UT line, designed a capsule collection for adidas Originals and Lee, directed a music video for Pharrell, and who knows what else he has cooking on the stove, the Japanese polymath has most recently opened his 2-5 Café in the Shibuya district of Tokyo, Japan.

Falling in line behind NIGO’s Curry Up eatery found in the same shopping district, 2-5 Café serves up food from its sibling restaurant, a burger created by Pharrell and of course, some excellent coffee blends. If you’ve already had the opportunity to check this place out, let us know your first impressions below.

 

2-5 Café
2-5, Nanpeidai-cho, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo
Japan

 

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Bunny Cafes tempt animal lovers in Japan

 

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After goat, cat and owl cafes, Japan could not miss opening rabbit cafes as well. The places where you can enjoy the company of a furry, long-eared friend are called “usagi cafes” and were opened some years ago, but the funny cafes really started to become a trend in 2012.

Some establishments have funny names, like “Rabbi” or “Ra.a.g.f.,” which is short for “Rabbit and grow fat,” writes the local press. While some of the cafes allow the customers to buy as well a rabbit when they leave, being basically pet shops where you can also have some coffee or deserts, other places do not include the option of leaving home with a bunny.

Also, some of the cafes allow for customers to sit in the same place with the animals, while others separate the café zone of the rabbit area. The rules depend on the establishment’s owner, with some of them asking customers to sterilize their hands and place a paper towel over their lap before starting to play with the bunnies.

But Japan did not open only cafes that have to do with four-legged animals, but also bird-themed ones. Owl cafes like Fukurou no Mise (“Owl Shop”) and Tori no Iru Cafe (“The Cafe with Birds”) started to become famous online in Japan last year and so far more owl cafes opened in Tokyo, such as Fukurou Sabou (“Owl Teahouse”) and OsakaOwl Family.

While some of the cafes allow their customers to hold the birds while they are having their drinks, others have harsher rules when it comes to touching the owls. Some of the cafes include in their menus owl-themed snacks.

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