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4 Trendy Spots to Sip an Espresso in Asia

Caffeine fiends have plenty of places to get their fix across Southeast Asia but these java joints stand out for brewing outstanding artisanal beans in style. By Diana Hubbell

Published on Mar 7, 2014



Casa Lapin

Hipster-fave Casa Lapin has opened a new branch in bigger, spiffier digs up in the trendy Ari neighborhood. Latte art is de rigueur here, as are delectably brewed espressos and drip coffees. 1F Noble Reform condominium, Phahon Yothin Rd., Soi 5, Bangkok; +66 81 261 2040; coffee for two Bt170.


Jimmy Monkey Café & Bar

A colossal Slayer espresso machine—one of less than a hundred in the world, and the first in Singapore—is behind the fair-trade brews here. Owner Michael Ryan’s local roots show in every cup, and shine through in snacks like cheesy Vegemite toasts. 9 One-North Gateway; +65 6777 8470;; coffee for two S$8.



If you’re looking for something sweet or savory to accompany your latte or ca phe sua da, the cupcakes at this skylight-filled, arty indie store-cum-café have a fanatical following, and the roast beef baguette is perfectly dappled with cornichons. 1F 151 Dong Khoi St., Q1, Saigon; +84 8 6674 9565;; coffee for two VND120,000.


Café del Volcán

Painstakingly sourced single-origin beans from Guatemala, Sumatra, Yunnan and more are roasted fresh for the perfect cup of Joe. True java extremists can join their Coffee Club, or ask the expert baristas for custom blends. 80 Yongkang Rd., Xuhui Dist., Shanghai; +86 156 1886 9291;; coffee for two RMB80. 


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