Leanne Wei

Lunch at Muji


If there's one place I can spend hours getting lost in, it's definitely in Muji. I love the beauty of the simplicity in their philosophy, products and designs. It's no wonder that they'd approach food the same way. Back in New York, I'd always step into Muji just to smell the calming scent of the essential oils from the diffusers and air humidifiers. Does anyone else do that too, or is it just me? I love the way Muji smells, and I'm obsessed with how neat and simple everything looks. It was sort of like a chance for me to take a few minutes to slow down and absorb the beauty surrounding me in such a calm and relaxing space. 

I'd never come across a Muji Diner in New York or any of the cities I've visited in Europe before, so imagine my EXCITEMENT when I found this beautiful gem in the middle of Shanghai. I love the way the entire space is designed: four floors of Muji to shop and the top floor in the layout of a shop, library, gallery and cafe combined. In fact, this Muji flagship in Shanghai on Huaihai Road happens to actually be the largest Muji store in the world.

I parked myself on a table next to the bright sunny windows and ordered one of their lunch menu sets with three dishes (RMB58) which includes two mains and a salad which also comes with soup and rice. As my first dining experience at Muji, I have to say I'm not disappointed at all. The food was healthy and delicious - and I appreciate the use of fresh, colourful ingredients - naturally and simply made. Oh, and I just have to add that I love that the miso soup was served in a cup. 


Muji Diner
Address: 3/F, 755 Huaihai Zhong Lu (near Ruijin Er Lu) 淮海中路755号3楼 (近瑞金二路)

Liebes Bisschen in Pankow

Liebes Bisschen Pankow bagel coffee

While spending a couple of weeks in Berlin back in November for my Strala Yoga Teacher Training with Tara Stiles last year, there was a little cafe down the street from our studio called Liebes Bisschen that quickly became one of the Strala gang's favourite breakfast/lunch/coffee spots in Pankow. 

Liebes Bisschen Pankow coffee smoothie

Along with really amazing coffees and smoothies, this places has some pretty amazing pastries and bagel sandwiches too.  It's almost like having a little piece of New York in Berlin.  The staff were so friendly and helpful, always super patient and ready to feed a group of hungry yogis at lunch time. 

Liebes Bisschen Pankow smoothie matcha

Smoothies with matcha? YES PLEASE.

Liebes Bisschen Pankow lunch coffee bagel

This was one of my favourites: bagel sandwich with hummus, walnuts, arugula, sun-dried tomatoes and AVOCADO. 

Liebes Bisschen Pankow coffee cortado

And you can't forget the coffee - they make a killer cortado.  I love that they give a little piece of Mari biscuit on the side.  I haven't had these since I was a child!

Liebes Bisschen Pankow juice

Also, the nicest thing happened.  A group of strala yoga friends and I popped in for our usual lunch break one day when our server suddenly handed us glasses of freshly pressed juice shots. It was honestly the kindest gesture and it made me love the place and all the wonderful people who worked there even more! I was so sad when I had to leave Berlin, but I will definitely be back on my next visit.  Until next time, Liebes Bisschen! 

Liebes Bisschen Pankow

Liebes Bisschen
Address: Berliner Str. 6, Pankow, 13187 Berlin