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Botanist (Cafe) – Pretty food, pretty plants, pretty good

I have been craving cafe food lately so I went back to look at my old pictures and realised that I have not been blogging about cafes in Singapore for the longest time! So to make amends, you will be seeing more cafe posts in the coming weeks! Hold on tight because there’s going to be a deluge of pancakes, eggs Benedicts, waffles, grain bowls, hot chocolates and flat whites coming at you! I’m sure you won’t mind, would you?

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Visited Botanist late last year when my friend was still pregnant and on early maternity leave. Run by the same guys who also run Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters and Alchemist, Botanist is probably well known in the cafe hopping scene because of its garden-like decor. Aside from Instagram opportunities, it is quite soothing to see the touches of greenery all around.

We had intended to visit more cafes but she popped soon after, about 2 weeks after this picture was taken! One hardly thinks about it but there’s a lot of nice cafe food that you can’t have while you’re pregnant. Think coffee/caffeinated drinks, dishes with runny yolks, smoked salmon, salad…. the list can be long depending on how strict you want to be!

Botanist - French Toast (fried brioche, rhubarb berry marmalade, fresh berries, almond flakes, poached pear, vanilla ice-cream) $18 (1)

French Toast (fried brioche, rhubarb berry marmalade, fresh berries, almond flakes, poached pear, vanilla ice-cream) $18

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Caffè Vergnano 1882 Singapore

After our lunch at Real Food at South Beach, we decided to look for a cafe to have some dessert and coffee. Even though South Beach looks sprawling, it actually has only 2 cafes specialising in coffee! Dimbulah was closed so the default option was Caffe Vergnano.

Caffe Vergnano (8)

Lots of charging points for those who need juice for their devices

Thanks to the super high ceilings at South Beach, Caffe Vergnano looked very inviting. They made good use of the extra height by installing a historical timeline of their business. Very interesting I must say. I had no idea of Caffe Vergnano’s illustrious background. This is a cafe run by Italy’s oldest family-owned coffee roasters, and the roasting business started all the way back in 1882! They source and procure the finest quality coffee beans from around the world which are then slow-roasted to a time-honoured tradition. The Singapore outlet is the 100th outlet that they have opened!

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Chai Tea Latte $5.50

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Eskimo Cafe

If you are going to Seoul, you will realise that there are many “cafe streets”. Seoul has countless cafes and one of the streets where you can throw a stone and literally hit a cafe would be Garosu-gil, which is a pretty street lined with numerous gingko trees. I loved tree-lined streets and at this time of the year, the leaves are all yellow, which makes for a really pretty sight. Btw garosu-gil means “tree-lined streets” in Korean, and there are many such tree-lined streets in Seoul, but the Garosu-gil that I am talking about is the famous one because of the numerous boutiques and cafes lining the streets as well. In fact, if you have time, you should go off the main street to find the independent boutique cafes.

  Eskimo Cafe at Garosu Gil

I tried the Eskimo Cafe which faces the main Garosu-gil. Eskimo Cafe comes together with a boutique selling clothes. Normally I am a little bit more wary of such cafes because I feel that the coffee making expertise will not be as strong. However, I was enticed by the cutesy look!Eskimo Cafe at Garosu Gil Read more »

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