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National Kitchen by Violet Oon Peranakan High Tea at National Gallery Singapore

Whilst sitting on a plane to Singapore, I was reading the in-flight Qantas Spirit of Australia magazine and there was an article titled “A Concierge Reveals Singapore’s Secret Hotspots.” “The restaurant locals are loving is… National Kitchen by Violet Oon” it says. I’m thinking, well if the locals are loving it, it must be worthwhile?! With a list of dining recommendations already prepared for our Singapore trip, I add one more – National Kitchen. Staying at the Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore, this restaurant is less than a 1.5km walk away. But to be completely honest, in the heat, we jumped in a cab to take us right to its doorstep. Make sure you ask to be dropped at the Coleman Street entrance of the National Gallery Singapore. This is the easiest way to find National Kitchen by Violet Oon once inside the gallery. It’s a bit tricky to see at first, there’s no large signage upon entry and you’re dropped off at a famous art museum housing the world’s largest public collection of Singaporean and …

Japanese Pancake Heaven: Micasadeco & Cafe Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Located between Shibuya and Harujuku, Micasadeco & Cafe is well-worth looking for.  Why you ask? I have tried Japanese pancakes all over Japan and hands down, this is my absolute favourite cafe to experience these.  We couldn’t find the cafe easily (no Google maps data on the phone), but once we did, boy was I happy we found it. Located near the popular shopping area of Cat Street, Micasadeco & Cafe is one of the many dotted funky eateries amongst the boutique clothing stores and unique finds. When you spot the Patagonia outdoor and adventure shop, you know you’re only a few steps away from this cafe, so do pop in for a quick bite to eat! Micasadeco & Cafe Tokyo is a modern, compact cafe, seating up to 27 people.  At street level, you need to look up, as it’s located on the second floor, above the White Atelier by Converse shoe store. The overall cafe vibe is fresh and bright, with natural timbers, featured pendant lights and furnishings – quite a nice surprise actually, …

Coffee heaven at % Arabica Arashiyama in Kyoto, Japan

Looking for a good an excellent coffee in Kyoto? If you haven’t yet stumbled across % Arabica, now is the time to find it. With three locations in Kyoto, the Arashiyama cafe in particular is located on the outskirts of Kyoto city, but within close proximity to the tourist attractions of Tenryu-ji Temple (a UNESCO World Heritage site), Arashiyama Park and the famed Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. Whilst strolling along the Hozu-gawa River, located approx. 200-metres from the Togetsu-kyo Bridge, % Arabica is not easy to miss. We were curious why a bunch of people would be taking selfies with a coffee cup?! Surely the coffee must be good?! So, here’s mine – actually, with the help of my Japan travel bud, Mel – plus a whole bunch of hashtags to go with: #ΔRΔBICΔ #percentarabica #arabicakyoto #arashiyama #seetheworldthroughcoffee Little did we know, Kyoto is actually the birthplace of what is known today as % Arabica (pronounced Percent Arabica), readily available in 29 cities and 10 countries worldwide, founded by Kenneth Shoji. With a handful of wall-mounted concrete seats in front and to the side of …