Get More Than a Caffeine Fix in These New Cafés around Asia

From Aussie-inspired brunch plates to freely roaming miniature pigs, these cafes offer great food and unique experiences on top of good coffee.

Get your caffeine fix — and much more — from the newest cafés in these towns.


Adding to Japan’s roster of animal-themed food establishments is Micro Pig, which features — you guessed it — miniature pigs roaming about to charm café-goers. The first branch is operated in Meguro neighborhood and the second one in Shibuya’s Harajuku district. Play with the critters in a space inspired by The Three Little Pigs. Book in advance because the café doesn’t accept walk-ins.



The Caffinet, which recently moved from its Old Quarter location to Hoang Ngoc Phach Street, has an extensive menu that features traditional and hand-brewed Vietnamese coffee, made with beans sourced from Da Lat in the southern Central Highlands of Vietnam. Try the ca phe trung, or egg coffee, which is made by beating egg yolks with sugar and coffee.



“Bad Café is your friendly neighborhood café that opened just last year. I love the vibe of the place and the warmth of the staff. They take pride in their dishes, which are lovingly crafted. The coffee offers just the right kick and there are non-dairy options. The fried chicken with mac and cheese combo makes some of the best comfort food around. For dessert, the calamansi pie gives you just the right amount of sweetness and tartness.” – Bea Tabuñar; IG: @superbayce


Kuala Lumpur

Inspired by Australia’s love of brunch, Urban Daybreak set up shop in Bangsar last year. Order classic brekkies like the avocado smash, granola bowl, baked eggs, fried chicken waffles and the big breakfast, which you can down with your pick from a handcrafted coffee list.


This article first appeared in the March 2020 issue of Smile magazine.

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