A broader perspective on health and wellbeing

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As we grow more conscious of the food we consume, and the sourcing of ingredients, these organic cafes around the world have endeavoured to provide an experience of delicious, healthy food in a space with stunning architectural design.

Without further ado, here are our Top 7 Most Beautiful Cafes Around The World that hold organic and healthy lifestyle in the heart and ethos of their culinary fare:

Madre Cafe – Mexico City, Mexico

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Photos courtesy of Madre Cafe – @madre_cafe

Set along Via Roma in front of the Parque in Mexico City, Madre Cafe is set in a 20th century mansion exuding European charm fused with a modern and light ambience. Their terrace makes for a delightful outdoor dining experience, secluded, spacious, with leafy trees and plants providing a splash of green and nature. The restaurant adheres to the core values of quality, passion, and commitment, with the kitchen helmed by chef Víctor Zárate, who strives for perfection and quality in produce. Their menu features both Mexican and Western cuisine from tamales and taquitos, to pastas and poke bowls. For breakfast, their chilaquiles verde and green juice are a popular combo, and for dinner, their duck tacos and mac and cheese. But their most popular dish isn’t, in fact, a dish, but their coffee. The cafe serves up a delectable selection of carajillo, a hot coffee drink with a touch of hard liquor. The beans they used are fair trade and sustainably and locally grown in the San Martin Cohuapan Farm in Puebla.

Follow Madre Cafe on Instagram, or visit their website here.

Hverdagen – Copenhagen, Denmark

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Photos courtesy of Vermland Studio – @vermland.cph
Photos courtesy of Vermland Studio – @vermland.cph
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Photos courtesy of Vermland Studio – @vermland.cph
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With wooden furnishing and a central long table, the Hverdagen is definitely unexpected from its brick exterior. It is even more impressive to learn that the wood furniture is all made from the timber of a single Douglas fir tree. Designed by Vermland Studio, Hverdagen is an organic restaurant in Copenhagen with social everyday dining in mind. This is reflected by the 7m long table in the center that can seat up to 24, as well as the regular vinyl music sessions held by both international and local talent. 

The light colour and sleek cut of the wood gives it a modern, minimalist vibe, with dowels, beams, and columns a reflection of their Japanese design inspiration. The hanging flowers, soft lantern and mauve tones add a romantic, feminine touch. There is also the option of a cozier booth seating or high table facing outside.

The Hverdagen’s menu draws inspiration from Italian, Mexican, and Middle Eastern cuisine with locally sourced ingredients and all vegan. Their menu features Italian Delight Penne, Casablanca’s Stars (couscous), and Burrito Bravo to name but a few. They also offer two types of burgers: Wild Bear with mushroom, and Activist with zucchini and carrots which are both gloriously satisfying.

Follow Hverdagen on Instagram or Facebook.

OM NOM NOM – L’Viv, Ukraine

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Photos courtesy of OM NOM NOM – @omnomnom_vegancafe
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Photos courtesy of OM NOM NOM – @omnomnom_vegancafe
Photos courtesy of OM NOM NOM – @omnomnom_vegancafe

An eclectic cafe space spread over two storeys and 380 square meters, OM NOM NOM is a merge of industrial, minimalistic, and wood. The vegan cafe, located in the Futura Hub in L’Vive, is almost like something from a utopian-dystopian hipster future, with concrete walls and neon signs accompanied by beige sofas and living trees. The second floor is more intimate with round windows, wooden tables, and the overall spaciousness of the cafe makes it an inviting place to be for a meal or even a whole day. The cafe also has plenty of power sockets as well as board games, making it a cosy space for digital nomads and friends hanging out.

OM NOM NOM seeks to make vegan food more accessible and easy, with a range of healthy fast food. Enthusiasts keep going back for their vegan burgers, croissants and ramen (made with vegetable broth, oyster mushrooms, vegetable spaghetti and leek), with a unique OM NOM NOM cocktail or two in hand.

Check out OM NOM NOM’s Instagram, or website here.

Patom Organic Cafe – Bangkok, Thailand

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Photos courtesy of Patom Organic Living – @patom_organic_living
Photos courtesy of Patom Organic Living – @patom_organic_living
Photos courtesy of Patom Organic Living – @patom_organic_living
Photos courtesy of Patom Organic Living – @patom_organic_living
Photos courtesy of Patom Organic Living – @patom_organic_living

Surrounded by lush greenery in the hip district of Thonglor, the Patom Organic Cafe is part cafe, showroom, and shop. Their philosophy is to support organic farmers by producing fair, honest, and high-quality products, with all organic raw materials being traceable back to their organic farmers. With award-winning design, the rectangular structure of reclaimed wood and glass, its floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides overlooking the leafy garden outside, bring an immediate sense of serenity.

The design concept of the cafe is to see wood as an renewable and sustainable material, with the material for the ceiling beams sourced from an old house boat. The spiral staircase is wrapped with rattan, and the cafe chairs are made from teak and from the owner’s private collection. 

It is a self-service eatery with a range of organic coffee and other drinks, as well as light bites, cakes, and Thai desserts. Their signature is coconut coffee, served with morning glory as a straw. They strive to source most of their food from their very own ten-acre Patom Organic Farm in northern Thailand, which is certified by IFOAM, EU, and Canada’s international organic standard. The same farm produces ingredients for their line of organic soaps, bath, and self-care products, which are available for purchase in the cafe.

Follow Patom Organic Living on Instagram, or visit their website here.

Vanilla Food Cafe – Queensland, Australia

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Oozing a Balinese meets farmhouse ambience, the flagship Noosa Junction Vanilla Food Cafe is anything but vanilla. A bright space with white walls, wooden furniture, and simplistic floral arrangements punctuated by the tiled counter, its colour all lies in the organic food they serve. Founded by Nilla Tomkins, who is also the executive chef, it was her love for Australia and sustainability that led her to create the Vanilla Food Cafe.

Its core identity is to put flavour first, but always with health in mind, every ingredient is locally sourced and prepared in house as much as possible. This is reflected in their seasonal change in menu. Sustainability is also foremost in their mind, with minimising use of plastic, recycling, and composting as a store policy. Many of their dishes are seasonal, and their Tanglewood Organic Sourdough with homemade dip is a signature. It also serves up a comprehensive breakfast selection for the brunch lovers with berry bowls, gnocchis, tropical smoothies and raw desserts.

Explore Vanilla Food’s website, or follow them on Instagram.

Daylesford Farm – Kingham, United Kingdom

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Photos courtesy of Daylesford Farm – @daylesfordfarm

Set in the idyllic Cotswolds, the Daylesford Farm has been farming organically for over 40 years. Surrounded by rolling green fields and free-roaming animals, it is the epitome of farm to table with a zero-waste pantry for patrons to purchase produce as well. They have three eateries on site: the Trough Cafe, housed in a converted farm with an open kitchen, high ceiling, and painted brick walls. The Old Spot Restaurant which has a wood-fire oven and a botanical cocktail bar, makes for a more laid back dining choice. And the Legbar, built from fallen oaks from the estate and local stones, is ideal for a quick bite, cocktail, and coffee.

Everything that didn’t come straight from the farm are sourced responsibly with the majority being organic. Their menu offers a hearty selection of salads, British mains like leek and mushroom tart and roast partridge, and scrumptious desserts like blackberry and apple crumble, with many gluten free and vegan friendly options. If you don’t want to leave, you can stay in the cottage next to the farm or enjoy being pampered at the Bamford Wellness Spa.

Explore more about Daylesford Farm via their website, or follow them on Instagram.

Alchemy – Ubud, Indonesia

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Photos courtesy of Alchemy Bali – @alchemybali
Photos courtesy of Alchemy Bali – @alchemybali

A cafe that is as green as Bali, Alchemy is a multi-storey vegan cafe in Ubud that resembles a giant, layered haystack. This was a result of the tiered roof made from bamboo and grass, extending from the concrete structure built with recycled materials. It is surprisingly spacious and airy inside, with wood furniture and green sofas, benches, or chairs that caters for every guest’s preference.

While the name might seem strange at first glance, it ties in strongly with their ethos that ‘we are what we eat and think’. Therefore, food is our medicine and a way to transform us. This is why the cafe, which also has a shop on the ground floor, preaches a healthy and sustainable living and habits with their menu and items.

So head there and sip on a cold pressed juice made with a Norwalk juicer, if you can make a choice between the 14 types they offer! Or opt for a medicinal soup that would soothe any jet lag or hangover. In terms of mains, their international menu features Acai bowls, Mexican burger with a mango slice as cheese, and Vietnamese spring rolls with hoisin dip. But if you like sweet treats with less guilt, their mouthwatering range of chocolates truffles and raw desserts (yes to oat carrot cake) are made in house with local and organic ingredients using minimal sweetener.

Explore Alchemy’s website, or follow them on Instagram.

By Nam Cheah