Maison Ikkoku (Men’s Boutique & Japanese cafe)

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Thomas Ho thinks shopping for men’s clothes in Singapore is quite stressful, “You walk into a store in a mall and you feel pressured to actually buy something,” says the bespectacled co-owner of Maison Ikkoku, a multi-concept Japanese cafe. “With Maison Ikkoku, we wanted to give the men a relaxed shopping experience- They can have a coffee, browse their clothes and go for a drink—all in one place.” The establishment is a cosy three-storey hangout: the 40-seater cafe is on the first floor, the men’s boutique is located on the second, and the cocktail bar, set to open this month, is on the third. Ho makes no secret that he is inspired by the creative Japanese boutique cum cafes he frequents in Tokyo.

The café’s menu, uploaded to an iPad, offers casual fare made up largely of sandwiches and breakfast items. The Oven Baked Caprese ($13.90) hugs buffalo mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil and basil for a scrumptious, comforting treat there’s also the Mi Musubi ($3), a Hawaiian rice snack that is a more compact version of the Japanese onigiri, and filled with pieces of ham. The baristas, trained by Japanese celebrity barista Hiroshi Sawada, are more than happy to make your cuppa according to your preferred brewing method, such as a French press, or a siphon. The boutique carries 13 different indie labels like Japan’s Lad Musician, known for its rock star-inspired, skin tight jeans, and France’s Teddyfish, a producer of handmade canvas bags. You can shop while lounging with your coffee: the boutique’s catalogue is available to browse in the iPad. And yes, ladies. Ho isn’t ruling out having women’s brands in the future.

Address:
Maison Ikkoku (Men’s Boutique & Japanese cafe)
20 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198885
Phone: 6294 0078
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