Hua Yi Kitchen – Cheap Xiao Long Bao In The Heart of Orchard Road

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Eating cheap at Orchard Road can be quite a feat, seeing how even the prices at the food courts are significantly more expensive.

But we’ve found a place for pretty good xiao long bao at very comfortable prices. Tucked away on the second level of International Building, Hua Yi Kitchen serves a good selection of Shanghainese cuisine.

In fact, this cosy eatery has been serving authentic xiao long bao for 20 years – even before Din Tai Fung reached our shores! READ ON

48 Hours in the Charming City of Kraków, Poland

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Poland might not be the first place you’d think of as a holiday destination. But this country has everything, from its history, culture and food to the sea and mountains. And it’s a pretty affordable European destination!

The former royal capital of Poland, 21st century Kraków is a city which still retains its old-world charm. Home to multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites and famous for its medieval core the Old Town as well as its trendy Jewish quarter Kazimierz, Kraków provides a glimpse into what Europe was like back in the day. READ ON

Fine Dining Bakery By Akira .M – Japanese Bakery Serving The Best Egg Salad Sandwich

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Opening its door with little fanfare earlier this year is Fine Dining Bakery by Akira .M, a Japanese bakery specialising in handcrafted breads made with flour from Hokkaido. Head baker chef Akira boasts impressive credentials, having worked at Joël Robuchon as well as béni in Singapore.

Particularly popular amongst the Japanese expats, most get their breads for takeaway but the bakery has a small dine-in area if you wish to enjoy their fresh bakes or sandwiches in house. READ ON

Berlin Café Guide – Where To Get A Pick-Me-Up En Route Your History Trip

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The capital and largest city of Germany, Berlin is a city with so much history.

From the Holocaust memorial to remains of the graffitied Berlin Wall, it’s one place you must visit especially if you’re a history buff.

In recent years, Berlin’s social food scene has been buzzing with third-wave cafés due to Berliner’s growing affinity for artisanal coffee and refined taste buds. With more and more cafés popping up, here are some places for a pick-me-up en route your history trip in Berlin.

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Narrative Coffee Stand – Good Coffee and Fresh Bakes at Bras Basah Complex

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The coffee scene in Singapore has been thriving, especially with the entrance of many third-wave cafés. And it doesn’t show signs of stopping any time soon. This is good news for coffee aficionados as this means that there’s always a new place to get your caffeine fix.

Previously known as Dancing Goat Specialty Coffee, this coffee shop is not exactly new but it has since been rebranded as Narrative Coffee Stand.

Located on the ground floor of Bras Basah Complex, the coffee shop sports a Kinfolk-esque interior with some bar seats and communal seating. READ ON

TripleOne Somerset Food Directory

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Originally known as the Public Utilities Board Building, TripleOne Somerset has undergone several facelifts over the years. Located at the quieter area of Orchard Road, off the main shopping street, it is now operating as a commercial building as well as a shopping mall.

The latest revamp of the TripleOne Somerset sees several new F&B tenants that are exclusive to the mall. Check out our TripleOne Somerset Food Directory to get an overview of what you can expect when the mall fully opens.

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Fuglen Asakusa – Mod Norwegian Café in Old Tokyo

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This mod café in the heart of a traditional neighbourhood is Norwegian coffee purveyor Fuglen’s second outlet in Tokyo.

In the vicinity of the historic Senso-Ji, it occupies two floors of Nine Hours capsule hotel. Fans of Fuglen would be glad to know that they can purchase their house blends there. They retail brewing equipment and accessories as well.

There are many ways to soak in the minimalist aesthetics. From cosy communal tables, to window seats to enjoy the sunlight or outdoor seats to people-watch.

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