This is the fourth in a series of city-specific café-hopping guides around the world, based on our articles in Sunday Mail’s Crave magazine.

The Japanese love their coffee. From traditional kissatens (coffee shops), dimly lit and smoke-filled, to giant American coffee chains, there’s a café around every corner. These days young Tokyoites frequent indie coffee shops that roast and brew their own beans — with a menu of espressos, cappuccinos, single origin brews and iced coffees.


The coffee scene in Tokyo is electrifying: How about a tavern that serves coffee in fine china teacups; or an artisanal café that only serves black coffee brewed using a flannel from aged beans; or some of the best latte art in the world?

Tokyo has everything a café hopper could ask for. Take a sip, enjoy your brew, taste the difference.

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This is the third in a series of city-specific café-hopping guides around the world, based on our articles in Sunday Mail’s Crave magazine.


“There is no specialty coffee in Munich.”

This was our initial impression about the Bavarian capital. Being close to Italy, it’s natural that coffee drinkers here would lean towards their neighbour’s robust espressos rather than lighter brews. Also, let’s not forget that Munich is a beer paradise, where Biergartens and Bierstubes (beer gardens and taverns) serve some of the best beers in the world.

Indeed, most avid coffee lovers would tell you to head north to Berlin for a more vibrant Third Wave Coffee scene. However, we discover that there is an underground coffee culture in Munich, if we know where to look.

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This is the second in a series of city-specific café-hopping guides around the world, based on our articles in Sunday Mail’s Crave magazine.

Forget about iced lemongrass tea. For the freshest sips in Bangkok, hop on over to these popular cafés and boutique roasters serving specialty coffee in the Thai capital.

Most are conveniently located in the trendy Sukhumvit-Thonglor-Ekamai neighbourhood. A quick motorcycle taxi (motosai lapjang) ride from the nearest BTS Skytrain station, and you are ready for some seriously good brews.

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This is the first in a series of city-specific café-hopping guides around the world, based on our articles in Sunday Mail’s Crave magazine.

They say you aren’t a true-blue specialty coffee lover till you make a pilgrimage to Melbourne for some of the best brews in the world. So entrenched is the city’s strong coffee culture with independent cafés and micro-roasters that even international coffee chains have struggled to make a headway here.

No surprise there: Melburnians are fiercely proud of their coffee and rightly so. We visit some of the best cafés in town for our “Down Under cuppa” experience.

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