Seeing is believing

OUR The newly opened See Cafe in Kuala Lumpur is said to be the first biophile store in the country, offering Malaysians a unique experience!

Signature Market, an online marketplace focused on the sale of natural and organic products, held the grand launch of its flagship See Cafe experience store on July 15, 2022, with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The cafe aims to provide the perfect place to take a break from or take a break from a hectic lifestyle, as well as relax by incorporating biophilic design elements (where people can connect with nature) with the addition of plants to the interior design.

Ideal for relaxation

The aesthetically pleasing cafe, located in Arcoris Mont Kiara, has an amazing space with delicious desserts, but it also has room for surprises – a hidden gem, the Plant Origin Experience Store, the world’s first cafe with an aromatherapy room, showcasing sister brand Signature Market. , herbal products.

As you enter the two-story cafe, you will find an abundance of natural light streaming in through the huge glass doors and façade to both floors, and the cafe has a serene and peaceful atmosphere.

Inside the minimalist cafe, the coffee counter and dessert bar tempt us with sweet treats like pasta,

On the same floor there is a private area, hidden from view as it is located just behind the counter and covered by Japanese-style curtains, but inside there is a quiet and private private workspace designed for those who want to drink a cup of freshly brewed coffee or work on a laptop .

Then there is the hidden experience store. Located right at the back, behind a wall of wood paneling, the Plant Origins experience door leads to a spa-like pebble walkway that leads to a cozy aromatherapy room featuring Plant Origin products.

Here, clients can have a one-on-one aromatherapy session with the brand’s essential oils.

Clients can get a free massage as well as detailed information on the entire range of brands, but an appointment must be made online for the session.

The “Stairway of Abundance” is the most exciting part of the cafe, a beautifully designed staircase with many houseplants like monstera leaves growing next to the stairs, symbolizing the true meaning of abundance – people thrive better when they are in harmony. with nature.

The stairs lead upstairs, where customers can log in with their laptop while admiring the view outside, or enjoy an art gallery showcasing Lihua’s watercolor illustrations of fashionable women’s silhouettes.

On the same level, there is a special space for meetings or private workshops with another huge piece of art by Lihua.

In addition to the relaxing indoor atmosphere and outdoor dining area surrounded by plants, See Cafe features Instagram cakes, plant-based breakfasts, entrees and delicious desserts such as The Blossom, The Mystery, The Aureate Tart, Match Tart and Single Origin Chocolate. Ingot. Cake.

The café serves signature coffee designed by barista David Leong Wong Wai and Chino Lim of Barista Guild Asia, a coffee learning center.

Tempting Choice

Coffee is not only their specialty, but also inventive drinks; five refreshing non-alcoholic cocktails are their hallmark.

Baristas have created 100% non-alcoholic, plant-based cocktails using fermented fruit syrup specifically for cafes, such as the Mooney Mocktail, a combination of creamy and fizzy drink enhanced with the freshness of lemon, thyme, plum and cherry tomato.

Biophilic and Mental Health

The brains behind the cafe are Edwin Wang and John Cheng, co-founders of Signature Markets, and they are strong believers in healthy living.

Their intention to include biophilic elements was to promote mental and physical well-being.

“At Signature Market, we believe that a healthy lifestyle is about more than healthy eating and exercising.

This experimental store is in line with our commitment to doing our part to protect the environment and society. That’s why we’ve created a space designed to provide a peaceful, relaxing experience that includes dedicated private spaces perfect for a few hours of relaxing time,” Wang said.

“We believe that there is nothing more important than taking care of our mental health, so we hope that our clients who visit this space will be able to take the opportunity to escape, disconnect and get in touch with their inner selves,” Wang added.

Cheng, who is also an interior designer, spoke exclusively to Sun about the inspiration behind the cafe’s design.

He travels frequently to Japan, especially Tokyo, at least four to five times a year, and during his visit, he was inspired by Japanese culture and cafes with quiet interiors despite the busy streets outside in the fast-paced city.

“Every time I go to Japan, I get new experiences that inspire me,” he said.

However, back in Malaysia, although there are so many commercial cafes in Malaysia, none of them compare to the ones he visited in Japan. So, I thought to myself, why don’t I create it myself?

He wanted to provide a platform for the entertainment of Malaysians, although this venture may not be very lucrative.

Even though it may not make money, I want to promote a concept that focuses on mental health and improves the lifestyle of Malaysians), allowing them to have fun and spend time in silence,” he said.

The inspiration to add an aromatherapy room also came from his own experiences in Japan.

Unlike some cafes where products from vendors are displayed on the shelves, Cheng wanted to give a whole new experience since the products are from their own brand.