Aside from exploring historical monuments and tasting local cuisine, visiting cool cafes in the area is always worth including in anybody’s travel itinerary. After all, cafes are more than just places to get good coffee or tea; they might just be one of the highlights of your trip with their ambience and cool features. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of visually striking cafes here in Asia. And while we’re not exactly advised to travel right now, it sure doesn’t hurt to add these spots to your bucket list and dream of the day we can fly out of the country again!
10 Aesthetic Cafes Around Asia:
1. Aoyama Flower Market Tea House (Tokyo, Japan)
Aoyama Flower Market Tea House is the cafe counterpart of Japanese flower shop Aoyama Flower Market, and stepping into their premises is akin to entering another world—one where you’re surrounded by colorful blooms and vibrant foliage! The café—which has branches Aoyama, Kichijoji, and Akasaka—serves different kinds of tea (some with herbs and flowers!), savory eats, and desserts.
Aoyama Flower Market Tea House has branches at 5-1-2 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Japan and Atre Kichijoji B1F, 1-1-24 Kichijoji Minamicho, Musashino-Shi, Tokyo, Japan. See a list of Aoyama Flower Market Tea House branches.
2. Stylenanda Pink Pool Cafe (Seoul, Korea)
Korean clothing and makeup brand Stylenanda is famous among the fashion-savvy for their cool-meets-girly aesthetic, and they extend it to the food-and-drink realm at the Stylenanda Pink Pool Cafe. They’ve got two branches: one inside the Stylenanda Pink Hotel in Myeongdong, and one inside the Stylenanda flagship store in Hongdae. The cafe has the same Wes Anderson-esque pink vibe, with tropical accents—including pink and blue tiles, beach-inspired seats, and even a swimming pool in the Hongdae branch. While you’re there, be sure to try their cotton candy-topped coffee and ice cream.
Stylenanda Pink Pool Cafe has branches at 5-6/F 66-2, Chungmuro 2-Ga, Jung-Gu, Seoul, South Korea and 3-4F, 23, Wausan-Ro 29 Da-Gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea.
3. Little House of Dreams (Tiong Bahru, Singapore)
It doesn’t get any more whimsical than Little House of Dreams, which presents a sweet and dainty vibe with plenty of white and pastel hues, as well as greenery that breathes life into the space. The interiors are the perfect foil to their sweet desserts, which include cakes, macarons, and other pastries that are perfectly paired with a cup of joe.
Little House of Dreams is at 58 Seng Poh Road, 01-15, Singapore 160058.
4. Teaspoon Coffee & Tearoom (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam)
This Vietnamese spot goes for a look that’s at once elegant yet quirky, with royal blue walls and flowers on the ceiling—but also details like a giant Nutcracker soldier and a mural depicting the countryside as seen from medieval arched windows (it looks like it came out of a children’s storybook!). As the name implies, tea is the name of the game here, as they’ve got a wide selection of intricate teapots as well as the drinks—including fruity, floral, black, green, and herbal varieties.
Teaspoon Coffee & Tearoom is at 37 Ly Tu Trong Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
5. Merchant’s Lane (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown is a busy and bustling space, but in the midst of it all is Merchant’s Lane—a hidden cafe known for their old-world charm and laid-back vibe. This is best reflected in their ambience, which is as rustic as it is lively with deliberately uneven-colored walls, homey wooden seats, and plenty of greenery all around. Aside from coffee and tea, they also serve one-of-a-kind dishes that have Western, Malay, Chinese, and Indian influences—don’t miss the Hongkie Beef Stew which has slow-cooked Cantonese-style beef, plus mash and gravy.
Merchant’s Lane is at No, 150 Jalan Petaling 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
6. Stretsis Parlour (Bangkok, Thailand)
Stretsis Parlour—the café counterpart of Thai clothing brand Stretsis—pretty much screams extra. Their interiors were done in collaboration with British space design firm House of Hackney, and it’s as intricate-looking as you can get: Think ornate floral patterns decking the walls, plush blue curtains, colorful flowers, chandeliers… the list goes on and on, really! Their food gets the same enthralling treatment, as they serve desserts and drinks that are plated with the same level of detail. Do clear some space on your phone before visiting, as you’ll be snapping photos of every corner.
Stretsis Parlour is at Central Embassy, L/2 1031 Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Patumwan Bangkok, Thailand.
7. O’Mills Bakery & Bistro (Shanghai, China)
When in Shanghai and looking to recharge with good coffee as well as freshly-baked artisanal breads, be sure to pay O’Mills Bakery & Bistro a visit. The cafe has an industrial yet homey atmosphere with off-white brick walls, wooden tables, foliage, and a handwritten menu on the boards above the counter. Beyond the interiors, O’Mills is best known for their top-notch sourdough breads and pizzas, as well as plant-based eats.
O’Mills Bakery & Bistro is at 110 Yongjia Lu, Shanghai, China.
8. Cafe Soul Garden (Gurugram, India)
Coworking spaces aren’t exactly known for being relaxing, but this cafe in Gurugram could very well change that perception. Cafe Soul Garden has both indoor- and outdoor-seating areas and is best known for the latter, which features lush greenery all around and white benches that sparkle under the sunlight during the day. While you’re soaking up the sights, you can feast on their wood-fired pizzas or go for one of their tea and coffee drinks.
Cafe Soul Garden is at DLF Phase 4 near Supermart 2, DLF Galleria Road, Gurugram, India.
9. GinGin Coffee Co. (Taipei, Taiwan)
Located in Taipei, micro coffee shop GinGin Coffee Co. is one space that manages to be both playful and calming at once, thanks to how they pair together shades of navy blue and yellow, plus light wooden chairs and bespeckled tables. Aside from A+ cups of joe, they also offer casual comfort eats like pasta, toasts, and meaty mains.
GinGin Coffee Co. is at Lane 27, Linyi Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei, Taiwan.
10. Dialogue (Siem Reap, Cambodia)
For great coffee paired with a chill view, you’ll want to check out Dialogue in Siem Reap. The cafe’s got cozy, minimalist interiors with plenty of wooden details and touches of greenery—plus an eye-catching mural for a pop of color! Aside from coffee, you can also feast on Khmer and Western eats here.
Dialogue Siem Reap is at Street 27, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
*This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.