One of our main editorial initiatives at Coconuts in 2018 was to diversify our content mix by publishing more food, lifestyle, and travel stories.
We aspire to be more than just a resource for local news and virality in the eight cities we cover – we wanna dish on the best places to eat, drink, and be merry, too!
As part of this initiative, we took the following steps:
1. Hired a new Managing Editor for Food, Lifestyle, and Travel.
2. Launched the Coco Food and Coco Travel pages.
3. Revamped the Food & Drink and Lifestyle pages on our eight city sections.
Most importantly, we gave our writers one primary directive: Keep it real. We only recommend something if we truly like it and think it’s worth the dough. And if something sucks, then we call it as it is.
From nominating the best brunches in KL to debunking the allure of horrible Instagram trap “hotels” in Bali – we ate, drank, schmoozed, slept, and schlepped our way through the region to write up trendy, notable restaurants and clubs, as well as under-the-radar food stalls and local artsy hotspots.
That, plus hotels, cocktail bars, microbreweries, cafes, clubs, hostels, tourist attractions, malls – we covered it all and more as part of our mission to inform YOU, dear reader, on the best places to spend your hard-earned leisure budget.
Without further ado, let’s review – in no particular order – the best Coconuts food, lifestyle, and travel stories of 2018!
In which our Coconuts KL editor gets put on ice in the name of a good story.
Frozen mango goodness had folks from throughout Metro Manila lining up for hours. Was it worth the hype?
Take a walk on the wild side and explore our guide to the best hidden watering holes in Hong Kong.
This is as high as you can get in Bangkok.
Marvel at the real-life setting of that infamous mahjong scene in “Crazy Rich Asians.”
Chia seeds, egg-white omelettes, and meticulously-portioned servings of almonds left our writer hankering for a few more calories.
Two hours outside Manila, there exists a hidden, soul-replenishing oasis of food and drink called Burrow Café.
Indonesia’s capital city is brimming with amazing museums, culture, and art. Here are some of the best.
From bubbly to beer to bad cocktails, Coconuts Bangkok dishes on the best places for ladies to get lit without spending a satang.
Coco Travel broke down some of the most amazing locations in Southeast Asia to rough it in style.
Was this McDonald’s special an appalling affront or tasty tribute to Malaysia’s national dish? Coconuts KL found out.
In Bali’s vegan/yogi hamlet of Ubud, one meat-centric restaurant elicited groans of horror from some and joy from others.
Driven by the potential glee of bombarding her durian-hating colleagues with the stench of the King of Fruits, our writer rounded up five bizarre concoctions from across Singapore for a taste test.
Coconuts KL rounds up a list of eateries that serve all-day brunch, for those who want pancakes, waffles, toasts, and eggs in all forms any damn time they please.
This monumental Bangkok burger was enough for our non-meat-eating writer to break 15 years of vegetarianism.
Getting cheese in Bali isn’t easy. There aren’t many choices and what’s readily available is either processed… well, crap — or mere slivers of the good stuff, made unreasonably expensive thanks to drastic import markups. This couple is hell bent on changing that.
This comprehensive list kept readers coming back in search of creative ideas for a romantic rendezvous in Singapore.
From street food to fast food to fine dining, these are the restaurants you must try when you come to Jakarta. Selamat makan!
Coconuts Yangon breaks down everything you need to know to visit one of Myanmar’s most beautiful Buddhist monuments, complete with beautiful and handy photos.
Our writer had a lot of questions about the Bali Bubble Hotel that was appearing with alarming frequency in her Instagram feeds. How hot did it get in that bubble? Could you even breathe comfortably in there? How private was the space? Did passersby just stare at you? What was the bathroom situation? Where did you get food? What if it rained?
So she booked a stay and got to the bottom of them.