Interior of Play Pot
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Street food is serious business in Asia. Whether the inexpensive and convenient approach to eating is necessity or pure pleasure, ultimately there is nothing more satisfying than a tasty snack at a food stall. In a bid to merge the food cart with the café, Play Pot recently launched a dining room serving Korean street food (known as boonsik), designed by local studio Lim Tae He. The interiors were inspired by neighbourhood street vendors, and in an attempt to bring the outdoors in, it includes road signs and tarpaulin awnings backed by a wash of playful yellow. It's a luxurious take on everything the nation loves best about outdoor eating. And best of all it preserves the fundamental accessibility, convenience and thrift for which street food is known and loved.

View through entrance door to restaurant

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Table and chairs in Play Pot restaurant

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Open kitchen area of restaurant

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Lauren Ho is the former travel editor at Wallpaper*. Now a contributing editor, she roams the globe, writing extensively about luxury travel, architecture and design for both the magazine and the website, alongside various other titles. She is also the European Academy Chair for the World's 50 Best Hotels.