Cafe Kitsune opens its first Singapore outpost on Dec 1. Situated at #01-11 Capitol Singapore, this is the 22nd branch for the boutique cafe, which has been exporting its chain of artsy cool coffeeshops to major cities such as New York and Bangkok, since the original branch opened in 2013 in Tokyo’s Aoyama district.
The menu at the 40-seat establishment includes pastries, cakes, sandos and made-just-for-Singapore items such as the yuzu pistachio strawberry entremet and chilli chocolate tart. The fox-shaped shortbread – a Cafe Kitsune signature – is also available here. (For the uninitiated, kitsune means “fox” in Japanese.)
Cafe Kitsune Singapore (above) is the latest outpost for the brand, which has branches across 16 cities.
The cafe’s French-Japanese influence reflects the heritage of its founders, Gildas Loaec and Masaya Kuroki. The former was the creative director and manager of Daft Punk, while the latter was a protege of famed architect Jean Nouvel.
In 2002, the duo launched their first project – a music label called Maison Kitsune. In a span of two decases, Kitsune has evolved to become a lifestyle and culture empire that encompasses the cult fashion line Maison Kitsune, a music label called Kitsune Musique, the art gallery and publishing house Galerie Kitsune, and of course, hospitality business Cafe Kitsune.
Various elements of the Kitsune brand are peppered throughout the Singapore cafe. Clock the piped tunes from Kitsune Musique’s playlist – known for its roster of emerging artists – and retail merchandise such as tableware, tote bags, T-shirts and Japanese-style lunchboxes.
Ahead, we share what else are in store for visitors.