Forget about those “Instagrammable” eating places and food. These days, there are many hidden gems in the neighbourhood where you can satisfy your café hopping pleasures. These cafés do not look much different from a typical commercial shop and they can be easily overlooked if you do not pay special attention.
From a cute satisfying jar tiramisu to an aromatic cup of coffee, there is always something for everyone when cafes are concerned. Just pull on those slippers and take a stroll around your neighbourhood, who knows, you might get the chance to discover your very own neighbourhood gem. Here is a nifty guide to get you started.
Chy Seng Huat Coffee Bar
Chye Seng Huat Hardware was once a store selling…well, you guessed it, hardware. I don’t know how it happened, but it somehow transformed into a popular cafeteria. They now call it the CSHH Coffee Bar. Once you step inside, you will be greeted by the rich sent of coffee and get a 360 degree view of the entire bar concept designs. It is a whole different feel as compared to the exterior, who would’ve thought it would be so cozy inside?
It’s interesting that they don’t name the coffee with the usual names, like the usual latte or cappuccino. For example, my latte is called Espresso + Milk. Perhaps it was done with the idea of giving customers more options and to suit the local image instead of the usual westernized names.
The latte was smooth and creamy, but personally, I prefer stronger coffee and this is quite mild in comparison to my ideal kind of latte. That being said, it is merely my individual taste, it may suit most other people and definitely still good enough for me to have another cup.
MUST TRY: Linguine Carbonara.
The Tiramisu Hero
The name of this café tells you all, right? Sure does live up to its name, I’d say! The café owns an iconic mascot – Sir Antonio – a masked cat with a cape. As you step inside, you will be greeted by the ever smiley Sir Antonio. Tiramisu Hero offers several variations of the Italian dessert, and they are all served in a cute glass jar – stamped with the iconic Sir Antonio, no less. The problem? Resisting the temptation to order another jar of tiramisu!