Talk Shop - CafésInterior Design & Decor
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Café-hopping isn’t just for hipsters anymore. With the invasion of quirky coffee houses each with Instagram-worthy interiors, we think you should start recreating the café style du jour you so covet right at home. We suss out some of our favourite décor for you to be inspired by.
Address: 15 Jalan Riang
Unlike most predominantly moody industrial-style cafés, Siam Society is inviting. We feel it is the glass walls that let you take a peek of the restaurant’s interior before you step in and, at the same time, welcome natural sunlight to flood the space. Industrial chic meets simple monotones for a style that’s unpretentious yet oh-so savvy. We love they way they turn simple steel storage shelves into a one-of-a-kind wall feature. For visual consistency, this hardware is also used to display the bistro’s bottles of tipple over at the countertop.
Ambience: Relaxed, especially if you have time to spare for a long, leisurely lunch. Or you could take your dinner al fresco, and unwind after a long day.
Address: 25A Baghdad Street
Fashioned after French label La Marelle’s trademark style, this bistro is a wonderfully whimsical revelry of prints, illustrations and colours. The cheery decals and murals dotting the walls and ceiling sure made us feel slightly trippy and very happy. In fact, you can even buy their goods. Spotted a cute bag you fancy? Go ahead and get it. Now, who wouldn’t be psyched over an establishment that’s a genius marriage of art, food and retail therapy?
Ambience: Cosy – perfect if it’s just the two of you. Snag the window seat for days when you feel like people-watching from afar (voyeur alert!).
Address: 200 Turf Club Road
If Dutch Colony Coffee Company was personified, he would be a rugged man in a plaid shirt rocking facial hair. Decked with industrial-style lighting, as well as hard-wearing furniture wrought from abandoned pallets and wood planks, the resulting vibe is one that’s all rustic. A communal table made out of a broken boat in India takes pride of place within the store. It’s not surprising that this establishment was built as a coffee company (hence its name) and not a café, given its showcase of everything there is in specialty coffee. Why, they also provide workshops if you seek to be a connoisseur.
Ambience: Surprisingly spacious. We say bring your bunch of friends here for a round of good coffee.
Address: 19 Bukit Pasoh Road
Bookworms, rejoice! The Reading Room is a treasure trove of history, culture and literature. Once you’re done exploring its wall-to-wall bookshelves, we suggest you check out the fab knick-knacks peppering the place. From vintage phone collections sourced from the United Kingdom to dog-eared posters found in Sri Lanka and Indonesia, each collectible has a tale to tell. There’s also a room at the back that can be rented out. It’s stocked with an array of interesting memorabilia that got us super stoked.
Ambience: Reassuringly quiet in the day, we love how the book café transforms into a bar for a night of merrymaking.
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