You can’t miss Drury Lane even if you tried.

It’s not only the only café along Tanjong Pagar Road with a red door; its entire storefront is a bright fire-engine red. Inside however, the ambiance is more laidback. Customers wait patiently for their double-shot lattes and long blacks to go. Baristas are brisk but not unfriendly. Next to the coffee bar, a semi-open kitchen offers a view of brunch orders being whipped up.

Upstairs there is ample space, sunlight and an even more unhurried pace. Drury Lane makes a decent argument for being an ideal café to relax and have a conversation or enjoy a good book.

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Borgman & Borgman is a great café located in downtown Leiden in the Netherlands. Leiden may not be as well-known as other Dutch cities such as Amsterdam and Rotterdam but it’s no less beautiful. A university town, Leiden has a gentle, bucolic landscape with pleasant-looking buildings. Folks here love literature; everyone seems to be reading a book or two.

And what better place to enjoy a read than in a cosy café? Borgman & Borgman is a father-and-son run coffee bar and roastery. Rien and Tom Borgman (the senior and junior Borgmans, respectively) roast their own coffee beans, an unusual luxury in a small town. Coffees offered go beyond the expected espresso; they have filter brews here too, either Aeropress or Chemex, and even cold brews. Awesome!

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A labour of love by three Lim siblings (twins Ivan and Terry, and younger brother Mason), Old Hen Coffee Bar is instantly memorable; just its name would make you smile. My partner-in-café-hopping tells me that the Hokkien for “old hen” is “lao gui bu” and I smile; it probably sounds cool in any dialect or language.

(German speakers might agree; “alte Henne” sounds awesome too, right?)

Located along Rangoon Road, the quieter end of Farrer Park, the café serves the usual specialty coffee menu (both espresso and filter coffees). Yet it’s hard not to notice almost everyone nursing their signature cold brew in dark glass bottles.

No better relief or thirst quencher on a hot tropical day in Singapore, really.

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There appears to be an affinity between specialty coffee and cute, furry rabbits. At least it seems that way: we’ve visited Alice in Wonderland-inspired White Rabbit Room in Munich and a “warren” of Casa Lapin cafés in Bangkok (Lapin being French for, what else, rabbit), and enjoyed beans roasted by Rabbithole Coffee in Hong Kong.

Our latest “beans and bunny” encounter is Red Rabbit Coffee Co., a café and roastery in Wellington, New Zealand. Founded by Kiwi barista Steve Barrett, who had previously worked at Square Mile Coffee Roasters in Leeds, UK, Red Rabbit is unassuming and unpretentious. Our kind of café.

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