Sometimes you just want coffee – no fuss, no muss. You head to your favourite neighbourhood coffee shop, grab a cup of your usual, and you’re sorted.
But other times… you just want to linger; to take your time and absorb a bit of culture, or get a little something extra beyond a cuppa.
For such times when you feel the urge to shake things up and add another dimension to your coffee experience, here are a few hybrid cafes that serve up good coffee, plus a little something more.
Bookstore + Cafe – The Reading Room Cafe Bar
In the proliferation of minimalist cafes with whitewashed walls and sparse decor, a place like The Reading Room is a welcome departure from transient trends. Located along Bukit Pasoh Road, its warm ambience and bold furnishings envelop you like a long-time friend as you step into the cafe.
Bibliophiles will, of course, feel the most at home, as the smell of coffee grounds and old books permeate the air. You can either bring your own book to read or peruse the multitude of titles on the shelves. The cafe serves Western cuisine, from cakes and coffee to pasta and mains.
The Reading Room Cafe Bar
9 Bukit Pasoh Rd, Singapore 089833
11:00am – 11:30pm (Mon-Thurs) | 11:00am – 1:30am (Fri) | 9:30am – 1:30am (Sat) | 9:30am – 11:30pm (Sun)
Florist + Cafe – Dew
Featuring a quaint florist in the front and a petite patisserie in the back, Dew offers experimental delights decked in fresh blooms that may seem diminutive in size, but pack a punch in flavour. Their flaky pastries and divine desserts are made in-house daily, using the finest ingredients. Try the Basil-Lime Tart or the 100% Chocolate Cake, which go perfectly with a Flat White.
For seasonal occasions such as Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day, Dew has packages of baked goods and floral bouquets that make the perfect gift for a special someone. They’re also famous for their mini dessert canapes, fittingly known as Dewdrops. If you have the time, be sure to check out Jaslyn Cakes, their sister bakery right next door.
7, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
11:00am – 7:00pm (Tues-Fri) | 11:00am – 8:00pm (Sat & Sun) | Closed on Mondays
Art Gallery + Cafe – SPRMRKT
Unladen by troublesome vowels, SPRMRKT (yep, it’s pronounced “supermarket”) is ambitious: it’s a cafe, art gallery and supermarket rolled into one. As art lovers, the founders are keen to support and promote local art, highlighting the work of Singaporean artists in exhibitions that change on a quarterly basis.
Food-wise, SPRMRKT’s superb menu is European with a touch of Southeast Asian influence. Its coffee menu is simple, yet the quality is top-notch, inviting visitors to come for the art and stay for the coffee.
There are two outlets – one at Robertson Quay and the other at Cluny Court near the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
SPRMRKT at Cluny Court
501 Bukit Timah Road, 02-13 Cluny Court, 259760
8:00am – 8:00pm (Mon-Thurs) | 8:00am – 10:00pm (Fri & Sat) | 8:00am – 6:00pm (Sun)
SPRMRKT at STPI
41 Robertson Quay 238236
8:00am – 10:00pm | Open daily
Art Class + Cafe – Beary Potter Studio Cafe
First of all: we see you, cute pun. Second of all: who wouldn’t want to learn pottery from the clever folks who came up with the name of the cafe? As you may have deduced, Beary Potter Studio Cafe is a pottery studio and cafe tucked under one roof.
The cafe is known for its pancakes and waffles almost as much as for its fun pottery classes, which are open to all ages, from kids and teens to adults who wish to try something new. Sign up for one of their workshops to try your hand at making cups, bowls or plates inspired by animal motifs or pop culture. Perhaps a new coffee mug to sip your morning cuppa out of?
Beary Potter Studio Cafe
A-7-1, Jalan C180/1, Dataran C180, Balakong, 43200 Cheras, Selangor
11:00am – 7:00pm | Closed on Wednesdays
A beautiful restaurant that just happens to serve great coffee. Learn more about Acme Bar + Coffee from Kuala Lumpur here.
Record Store + Cafe – Choice Cuts Goods + Coffee
Few things go hand in hand with a cup of joe than some smooth tunes. In fact, many cafe-goers judge a cafe by the music they play, as it sets the mood. So what better place to enjoy great coffee than at a record store? Hidden in the streets of Katong, Choice Cuts is more than just a coffee shop.
Styled as a multi-concept lifestyle store, Choice Cuts has a chilled-out vibe, where audio aficionados enjoy a coffee or craft brew in between flipping through the curated selection of records for sale. Their food menu mainly consists of all-day breakfast regulars such as smashed avocado on toast or something heavier in the form of loaded hotdogs.
Choice Cuts Goods + Coffee
451 Joo Chiat Rd, #01-07, Singapore 427664
11:00am – 9:00pm (Tues-Thurs) | 11:00am – 11:00pm (Fri) | 9:00am – 11:00pm (Sat) | 9:00am – 9:00pm (Sun) | Closed on Mondays
Barbershop + Cafe – Patina By Three/The Oven Cuttery
For the dapper dudes who must always have their hair on point, book an appointment at The Oven Cuttery for a cut. As you wait, you can savour coffee and delicious homemade doughnuts at Patina By Three. Despite sharing the floor space of one shoplot, both the barbershop and cafe operate in a balanced harmony.
Even if you’re not in need of a cut, the mouthwatering doughnuts are definitely worth a visit. We highly recommend the PB&J and the cruller, accompanied by a piccolo to wash them down. The unusual duo is located in a rather quiet corner of the cafe glut that is Damansara Uptown, so it’ll be a respite from the cafe-hopping crowds during the weekend.
Patina By Three/The Oven Cuttery
21, Jalan SS 21/34, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
10:00am – 9:00pm | Closed on Mondays
Furniture Store + Cafe – Knots Cafe and Living
Have you ever admired the interior decor of a cafe, wishing to yourself that you could copy-paste it into your own home? Well, at Knots Cafe and Living, that’s precisely what you can do. While it’s not as easy and instant as the press of some buttons, you can indeed buy the furniture and decor you’re looking at.
What started as a flower shop evolved into a stylish lifestyle concept cafe, bringing an appreciation for food, flowers and furniture together to create a rustic refuge for weary city folk. Order their Salted Caramel Latte or Dirty Chai Latte to relax with as you daydream about how you’d decorate your dream home.
Knots Cafe and Living
#01-07, 160 Paya Lebar Rd, Singapore 409022
9:00am – 9:00pm (Tues-Thurs, Sunday) | 9:00am – 10:00pm (Fri & Sat) | Closed on Mondays