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The Coffee Academics, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

The Coffee Academics in Wan Chai, Hong Kong is an excellent brunch spot. The cafe is super trendy, a safe haven for individuals seeking solace in their laptop and wifi. They specialist in a million different coffee brewing methods. Their gourmet coffees are inspired by places around the world and, much to my delight, they actually remind me of those places, like Okinawa with sugar, New Zealand with manuka honey, and Java with pandan and coconut. 

Their brunch menu is to die for. Butterscotch pancakes with espresso butter, or croque madam with aged iberico ham. Delicious. While it’s a little pricey, it’s worth it. I only regret not trying everything off the menu. If I lived in Hong Kong, I’d make this my regular haunt.

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Artis Coffee, Asoke, Bangkok

This place is an oasis. The air conditioning is the perfect temp, the ciabattas are flavoursome and the wifi is speedy. People park themselves here for days; it’s always full of people quietly working.

The coffee, oh, the coffee. The hot coffees are smooth, strong, aromatic. Best coffee around. There are little touches of humour all over the shop that make the cafe feel like a trendy local hangout. 

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Gingerbread House, Katoomba, Sydney

The Gingerbread House in Katoomba is a quaint café worth visiting in the Blue Mountains. They have all things gingerbread, sweet and locally made, which they sell in their shop and serve in their café. I had a fragrant chai tea with local honey, and the most delicious raspberry and vanilla jam on my croissant. Been here several times and love the small business supporting other small businesses. 



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Soirée Café, Milsons Point, Sydney

Soirée truly is a hidden gem. This adorable little cafe is on the other side of the tracks at Kirribilli, so I don’t often see too many people in here as it’s not part of the main restaurant strip. It’s worth the visit, however. Their hot chocolates are artisan, with attention to detail and subtle flavours, like Persian fairy Floss and orange blossom syrup.  Their desserts are gourmet, I recommend the raspberry and passionfruit tart for a lip smacking treat. Channeling baroque vibes, this café is unpatronised and perfect for afternoon coffee dates.

Gontran Cherrier Artisan Boulangerie, Brunswick, Melbourne

Gontran was a happy coincidence for me. I needed a bathroom, and I needed an afternoon pick-me-up.  The café has a sheek aesthetic with the sort of bakery smell that you learn to trust will mean a reliably excellent pastry. My chocolate almond croissant was perfectly buttery and flaky and my coffee was smoky and fullbodied. I regret I didn’t try anything savory because they all sat there in the window looking sublime. 

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Calabur Café, Bondi Junction, Sydney

Calabur is truly a hidden gem. A short walk from Bondi Junction takes you to an underground cafe, covered in vines and smelling of Asian curries. It’s a fusion, a flavour explosion with a menu inspired by asian profiles and western tastes. 

The fruit salad and yogurt is absolutely to die for. Is there anything more virtuous and delectable than honey drizzled over fresh fruits and nuts? The green smoothie bowl celebrates kale and spinach but tastes just like banana and coconut. I paired my brunch with lemongrass and pandan tea, refreshing and uplifting. 

I haven’t even delved into the savoury realms yet. Maybe I’ll see you there when I do. 
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Bare Witness, Rhodes, Sydney

Right on the waterline, away from the bustle of Rhodes, is Bare Witness. It’s trendy, it’s light and the food is gourmet for brunch or dinner. The cold drip was smooth and full bodied, the batch brew divine, the salmon poke bowl had zest and spice with brown rice, edamame, avicado mousse and miso salmon. My friends mac and cheese benedict was decadent. 

We stayed and talked long enough for us to dabble dessert too, but I didn’t care too much for their desserts. I thoroughly recommend you try mains menu; there were too many options, and it served vegan, vegetarian, gluten free. Service was very quick and it has a relaxed vibe. I’ll be back for sure to try all the other delights!

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.