As you guys might already know, the team at Infinite are always on the hunt for new cafes in Singapore. And this time, we visited Singapore’s first ever Lumine cafe. If you’re unfamiliar with Lumine – like we were – Lumine is a Japanese departmental store that carries many high end fashion labels in Japan.
Singapore is Lumine’s first store outside of Japan and it’s also the first with a cafe. The retail space at Clarke Quay Central is over 10,000 square feet and carries 20 Japanese clothing and accessory brands. Some of these brands include FRAY ID, IÉNA, Lily Brown, Mila Owen, MOUSSY, snidel, Spick & Span and eyewear brand, Zoff.
Unless you’re someone who frequents Japan often, shopped at Lumine before or are familiar with these Japanese brands, you’ll probably love the range of styles available. However, for others, these clothes may seem pretty ordinary with the addition of a heavy price tag. Just their tops alone range from $200-$300 (or more!).
But our main aim for visiting Lumine was not to shop but instead to visit its cafe. We also have to admit that part of the reason includes its gorrrrgeous interior and that Instagram-worthy pink wall.
Here’s what we tried there:
Berry Blush ($12.90)
Of course, we had to get one of their special smoothie parfaits after seeing photos of it online. It’s so photogenic, isn’t it? This one here is the Strawberry and Amazake parfait (according to Wikipedia, Amazake is a sweet, non-alcoholic Japanese drink made from fermented rice). Inside there’s fresh strawberries, yoghurt cream and strawberry jelly.
I personally really liked it. I might be biased because I love, and I mean reallyyy love, strawberries and smoothies – so this was divine. The sweetness and sourness was well balanced and the yoghurt cream added a nice touch without making the drink overly milky. There was also a good amount of strawberries inside, most of which were nice and chunky.
Iced Matcha Latte ($5.40)
Next up, we got the Iced Matcha Latte. There’s honestly nothing particularly special about it, other than the fact that there’s no sugar added. So if you like the bitterness in your matcha, you can drink it as it is or add some sugar syrup. This is also good as you are able to control how sweet you would like the drink to be.
With its beautiful setting, PLUS there’s free wifi and USB charging ports at every seat, I could definitely see myself spending an afternoon there just writing, doing work or to catch up with some friends. The pleasant and comfortable atmosphere was even more alluring as the space was relatively quiet on a weekday evening. However, I do wish there are more items on the menu, other than beverages. But I would still highly suggest this cafe if you’re looking for a Starbucks/Coffee Bean alternative! 🙂
Clarke Quay Central (Clarke Quay MRT)
6 Eu Tong Sen Street 02-20, Singapore 059817