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Thunderbird, Katoomba, Australia 

What a funky cafe! Right down the end of Katoomba’s main street sits a cozy Mexican-inspired café.  The guys who work there are really easy to talk to and were happy to have a chat with a weary traveler. While Mexican inspired, the decor holds a lot of local charm, with a kids play area, postcards from around the world, posters supporting local artists and a huge mural to enliven the place. 

The food is great as well. My organic mint hot chocolate was strong and perfect. Our brunch was deeply satisfying. My partner had a grande burrito and I had a bowl of potatoes, chorizo and avocado.

 We hadn’t planned on coming here but the prices were reasonable and the atmosphere automatically drew us in. Great guys and great food. 

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Harry’s Café, Bondi, Australia

Harry’s is a minimalist cafe, just a short walk from the beach in North Bondi. I discovered it on social media, and we had a few recommendations from friends. It’s a small place, but it’s open and light. It seems a lot less frantic than some of the other cafés around Bondi, probably because it’s a little ways out, but also because of the cool, sleek atmosphere. 

The coffee is aromatic, not too strong or bitter and not too dilute. We were there in time for the lunch menu to kick in and it seemed more exciting to us, although I’ll definitely be back to try the breakfast menu. As far as brunch goes, it’s on the expensive side, but the meal was delicious, artisan and the produce tasted fresh. I had the sashimi tuna poke salad with soba noodles and tamarind dressing. It was flavoursome and fresh. My friend ordered the tumeric chicken salad and was delighted to taste dairy free cheese- true excitement for a lactose intolerant. My other friend had the seafood cerviche and recommended it highly. 

Wander down, midweek to avoid the crowds, and just revel in fine food.

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Speedos Café, North Bondi, Australia

Step out of the ocean, sprint across the sand and find yourself at Speedos Café. It’s a trendy little cafe catering to locals and travellers alike. On grey days you can easily find a seat, but when the sun comes out there’s a queue down the street. I found this cafe by lurking on social media; I was drawn to the pretty colours and beautiful food presentation. I was not disappointed.

The menu offers vegan options, and everything is deliciously healthy, (aside from the cronuts of course, they’re just delicious). Brunch or lunch, I recommend Speedos Cafe as a culinary experience.

 
We shared a “Mermaid Bowl”- a vegan, gluten free pittaya bowl with fruit and nuts. It was like a coconut sushi, light and refreshing.

 

A sunday cronut to share, what a treat!

 

Stunning lunch, with a priceless view.

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Bread, Espresso &, Thirroul, Australia 

This hipster café is on the main drag, but not right in the thick of town. It’s worth it though. The cakes are great and the coffee is artisan. We went there for brunch and found it a bit pricey for a smashed avocado with feta, but what can you do these days. Options for health-food people, vegetarians, gluten free and everything in between. Free-flowing ambience and channeling indie beach vibes. Go for the coffee and cakes, I recommend the Nutella brownie and the lemon meringue cupcake. 

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The Note Café, Hanoi

This little café is a traveler’s haven in Hanoi. Right on the biggest intersection in the Old Quarter, this cafe overlooks Hoan Kiem Lake. It’s slim, so if you’re not looking for it you may miss it. The staff are excited, keen to strike up a conversation, practice their English and provide you with tourist tips. The cakes and banh mi are enough for a snack, but the real drawcard are the beverages. The iced drinks are flamboyant and refreshing. I recommend the Iced Coffee and the Iced Mint Chocolate. However, the real star of the show is the aesthetic. Three floors of the cafe are covered, wall to wall, in post-it-notes and sticky notes from travelers dating back to 2012. Little messages, heartfelt memories, reminders, helpful hints make for hip vibes. Definitely recommend. 


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Aroi Dessert Cafe, Hanoi

This dessert cafe was a great find. Wifi, right in the thick of a restaurant alley, just off from one of the main streets in Hanoi Old Quarter. It has an extensive bev list and everything is reasonably priced so it’s easy to just kick your feet up and chill out. We shared a lava cake and a Teddy bear chocolate mousse and both desserts were a perfect sweet treat. My friend was satisfied with her iced matcha latte and I really enjoyed my iced honey and kumquat drink. It’s not the height of luxury, but honestly, in Hanoi it’s just a real treat to find aircon, comfy sofa, delicious treats and wifi. Would recommend.

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Chu Chocolate Bar & Café, Asoke, Bangkok

Tucked away in the Exchange Centre in Asoke, Bangkok, is a little chocolate café. They serve decadent treats and rich delights- a haven for any sweet tooth. Their desserts don’t hold back, they ooze, pop and melt in your mouth. Their Nutella waffles are thick and their affogatos are strong. Be sure to go on an empty stomach, their desserts Andre not for the faint hearted. There’s ample space to sit by yourself or bring friends, and the air con is welcome respite for sweaty travelers. The drinks are reasonably priced and all things considered, this is a satisfying café. 

Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.