Located in the heart of Kampong Glam in Singapore, La Marelle is a French fantasy themed cafe and boutique by a French design company. La Marelle collaborates with over 40 international artists for their quirky, unique and beautiful inventory featuring bags, iPhone cases, necklaces and stationery. Only two collections or 500 pieces are launched annually and each artwork is pain-stakingly hand-drawn before they are printed onto the products for sale. Their boutique is what sets them apart from other cafes. Its' colourful, quirky and whimsical interior is very intriguing and is bound to put you in a good mood. I was very taken by their beautiful decor particularly the murals on the walls and ceiling. Singapore is the first to have its very own La Marelle cafe and it is definitely a great addition to the local scene. If you are a fan of cute stuff and artsy, La Marelle is the place for you.
La Marelle actually means Hopscotch in French.
The inside of this creamery in Singapore is pretty, a "Le Petit Prince" theme complete with wall art, lots of books and decorations with "The Little Prince" on them. It exudes a very relaxing and ethereal sense of charm, bringing out the stirrings of perennial child and fairy-tales in us. It's a creamery dedicated to Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) which is the most famous work of the French writer and poet Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Many people have been touched by this beloved classic, which while written as a children’s book, speaks volumes about life and relationships.
You can find drawings that resembles a homely decorated house, with a drawing of the Le Petit Prince on the opposite of what seems to be him being carried into the sky by some birds. A lot of books are also on display, all of which either The Little Prince books in various languages. Situated in a Singapore's heartland neighbourhood estate at Blk 47 Toa Payoh Lorong 6, it is both a refuge and a haven for those who wish to escape the realities of adulthood, just for a few moments.
Mama Shop - A New Hidden Eatery Located In The Heart Of Singapore's Chinatown, Boasts A Charming Retro Ambience
Need to get away from Singapore's city bustle just for a while? A retro-looking eatery that pays some tribute to the past has become a new entrant to hip-trendy cafe scene at Singapore Chinatown area. The newly opened cafe is located at 195 Pearl Hill Terrace, formerly known as the Police Operational Headquarters that now houses small set-ups offices.
Opened by Mediacorp actresses Felicia Chin and Sora Ma and two other partners not in show business, the eatery named "Mama Shop" serves snacks like quiche, curry pie and waffles with sweet and savory fillings, as well as burgers. Childhood knick-knacks like country flag erasers, wafer biscuits and chaptehs are also on sale.
When i was a little girl, I would save my money to indulge in the 10-cent ice pop or the occasional packet of chips. After all, with the seemingly large amount of allowance of one or two dollars then, what could a primary school student love more than snacks from the nearby 'mama shop'?
Starbucks Bing Sutt At Duddell Street In Hong Kong, Convergence of East and West 全球唯一以港式冰室角落复古风格为概念的星巴克, 找到了旧香港的印记
When in Hong Kong, one should visit a “bing sutt” in Mong Kok or Yau Ma Tei to get a slice of old Hong Long. My top pick is Mido Cafe (click to browse my blog post in March), an old rustic place with more than 40 years in history. However, if your coffee addiction kicks in, go to Starbucks “Bing Sutt” at Duddell Street. It is the world’s first as Starbucks have collaborated with the groovy furniture shop G.O.D to create a concept coffee space. Let’s take a nostalgic walk down memory lane at Starbucks Bing Sutt Duddell Street in Hong Kong! If you want to sip a nice cuppa Starbucks coffee in a old style Hong Kong cafe style.
Starbucks is an international chain but the branch outlet at historical and tucked away location Duddell Street in Hong Kong is the only one of it’s kind. What’s a Bing Sutt? The Cantonese terms translates literally as “Ice Room.” But as any old Hong Konger can tell you, it refers to the city’s 1950s and ’60s-era coffee houses - places with tiled walls and laminate booths where neighbors swapped gossip or watched TV while enjoying tea, coffee, pastries and Western refreshments like ice cream and soda pop. These inexpensive hangouts have largely disappeared amid rapid redevelopment, changing tastes and the rise of chains like Starbucks itself (which now has more than 100 shops in Hong Kong). Bing sutts exist to this day, though in lesser numbers, and have traditionally served Hong Kong versions of Western comfort food as well as iced drinks, coffee, and tea. On weekends the place is packed with people snapping away with their cameras!
香港中环的都爹利街, 有家很特别的星巴克, 这家店采用 60-70 年代香港传统冰室设计来呈现. 来到香港, 一直很期待能在这间怀旧复古的星巴克喝上一杯咖啡, 这间位于中环的星巴克是全球唯一设有冰室角落的店家. 早期 "冰室" 的意思.就是代表 "冷饮" 店在冰室角落可以见到六, 七零年代冷饮店的复古装潢格局, 就好像掉进时光隧道, 回到过去！
In the wake of the global growth of interest in art in the streets, one form of tourism that may soon be blowing up could be graffiti excursions, street art sightseeing, or even mural journeying. Having been declared a UNESCO heritage city in 2008, it is no surprise that Georgetown is now capitalising on this status and establishing a strong reputation for the arts. The Penang Island Jazz Festival and the George Town Festival have become international events, and you don’t have to wander far through the streets of Penang’s heritage zone before you come across all sorts of small galleries, antiques shops and arts cafes.
What attract both local and foreign visitors to visit Penang is to witness the delightful fusion of the East and West that rich in history and culture and also for its bewildering arrays of mouth-watering eats. That's what for my recent trip but currently, what attract me the most was for its vibrant showcase of these unique and beautifully painted art street, wall paintings and steel sculpture across the heritage area of George Town city.
Thanks to London-trained Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevic who started off of these amazing and creative ideas by painting these colourful murals within the inner city and later, his footsteps followed by the local artists and cartoonists which helped to generate awareness of the rich history of the streets. They are fast becoming one of Penang’s most popular attractions. The murals reflect Penang’s living history by connecting the town’s heritage buildings to everyday images of its inhabitants, evoking a sense of old Penang but also mirroring life as it still exists in Georgetown’s quiet backstreets. Painted on imperfect, crumbling walls, the images are honest and down-to-earth, and have already become an integral part of the town’s fabric.
When you live in a city like Singapore, street art is so integrated into the urban milieu that it becomes easy to casually glide past a thought-provoking artwork (that just-so-happened to be seductively created whilst avoiding authorities in the dead of night). That is not to say Singapore-dwellers do not appreciate the sparks of colour and wisps of paint, but when i was wandering more to east areas, it becomes strange not to have a piece of well-thought-out hues in your line of sight.
It was announced some months ago that the Eminent Plaza together with the neighbouring Lavender Food Square Centre built in the 1980s in Singapore, will give way to a new 16-storey building slated to be completed by Year 2018. It’s sad to see another part of old Singapore being torn down to build yet another commercial project. I decided to visit it on a recent weekend afternoon to quickly document the place before it’s gone forever. The building will be demolished by end October 2014.
Street Graffiti - here today, gone tomorrow. We all know that graffiti is temporary. The transient nature of street art means it’s at risk of being scrubbed out and easily lost forever. But long after the paint has faded from the walls, technology can step in to preserve this important part of a city’s culture. I hope this blog post will rekindle an appreciation for the artists who once helped to paint our city into an even more beautiful juxtaposition of old and new.
At Penhas Road located along Lavender Street in Singapore, you'll discover the Antoinette French Cafe is a very quaint Victorian style café that doubles as an antique boutique. You couldn’t ask for a more nostalgic place to spend the day surrounded by vintage victorian style furnishings and relics of a bygone era, feeling relaxed in this cozy place away from the bustling Singapore city.
Antoninette is truly a gem well hidden with pretty interior design with a paris style design and of course the dishes serve are quality french inspired cuisine. This place had an elegant feel to it with the french-influenced decor but a nice english touch to it gave it a cosy, homely feel at the same time. If you want to experience French classic pastries, savouries and desserts, and momentarily escape to a more beautiful time and place, you have to go to Antoinette French Cafe. This cafe is a glamorous slice of the good life. Lovers of ice-cream, fine French pastries and baked goods are in for a treat.
Cafe Hopping In Georgetown, Penang (5): A Heaven For Kitty Lovers In GeorgeTown, Penang ~ Purrfect Cat Cafe 槟城乔治市首家可爱猫猫咖啡馆, 猫之屋
This little eatery, stocked with real-live cats for kitty lovers to play with – is Penang’s very own cat café - Purrfect Cat Café The place had opened in January last year and the inspiration for this novel idea of having cats for customers to play with, had initially come from the many cat cafes springing up in Japan. As any cat lover knows, playing with cats can be both fun and therapeutic. These cafes generally take in shelter cats and give them a home in the cafe. They have toys and cubbies galore and the humans who love them can buy a cup of coffee and spend a few minutes or hours with the cats. The food and drinks are sold in a separate part of the cafe where cats are not allowed. The ultimate goal is that patrons will adopt the cats and provide them loving, permanent homes.
There’s no denying it, Muntri Street in George Town, Penang is becoming very hip what with beautifully restored old Chinese shophouses that are now boutique hotels, bars, eateries or a museum (or two). With the addition of Purrfect Cat Café to that line up boosted the street’s popularity even further, especially with the trendy, furball-loving, tech-savvy 20-somethings. And curiosity, luckily in this instance, did not kill the many who come to pat-pat, coo and simply enjoy being in the presence of cats currently in residence here.
槟城咖啡厅蔚成风尚, 常常拐个转角, 就会撞进一间咖啡厅里. 好的咖啡厅很多, 不过你听过猫咖啡厅吗? 猫之屋咖啡馆, 顾名思义, 是里头有猫的咖啡厅, 在你啜饮咖啡的同时, 猫咪蹲踞着在一旁看着你, 你们有彼此的忙碌, 同时也享受着彼此的陪伴, 快来体验看看吧! 去年新开店的猫之屋坐落在槟城乔治市的南华医院街. 这里很适合带没有去过猫咖啡店的朋友去, 一楼是贩卖猫咪精品的购物区, 二楼分开无猫和有猫的两个餐区.
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