14 cafes in & around Tanjong Pagar where hipsters go to spend their parents’ money

So that's where they all congregate on a Tuesday afternoon feeling quaint.

Belmont Lay | June 10, 2014 @ 03:24 pm


With the Singapore economy growth rate tanking at 3 percent a year, you’d think that our city-state is stuck in a quagmire.

However, this is a reason to rejoice: Because when we consider we are still growing at a 3-percent rate despite not having maximised all our labour output yet.

Here are 14 cafes in and around Tanjong Pagar where hipsters — mainly freelance designers and baristas — go to spend their parents’ money on weekdays and weekends:


1. Quarter to Three
88 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088509
Quarter To Three Facebook



All the hipsters congregate here because this place isn’t Half Past Six.


2. Restore
124 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088533
Restore Facebook


Qns: What are the most popular types of food and drinks this cafe is known for?

Ans: Chairs.


3. Miss Molly’s
2 Craig Road Singapore, Singapore 089662
Miss Molly’s Facebook


Any place with a bicycle on the wall is always a sure sign the food and drinks are awesome.

It’s like the person running the place is signalling he/ she will be putting in as much effort into cooking as he/ she did with mounting a 70-pound bike on the wall and making sure it doesn’t fall off indiscriminately and kill someone.


4. Esette
47 Duxton Road Singapore 089511
Esette Facebook is non-existent, do try their website


Check out the cafe’s description on their website:

Esette derived its name from a combination of

Greek and Italian numeros five and seven,

which are a representation of graciousness and perfection.


With a delectable selection of dine-in or takeaway gourmet treats and

easy-on-the-eye gifts from Ritzenhoff, boutique Allerines teas,

low maintenance Flou’er (flowers) and vintage wallpaper notebooks,

there is always something for everyone at our retail cafe.

Translation: We sell cakes and coffee. And tea. Most likely Gryphon Tea.


5. Department of Caffeine
15 Duxton Road Singapore, 089481
Department of Caffeine Facebook


This cafe closes at 730pm, which is ideal for anyone without real job responsibilities.

The rest of us will have to take leave to visit.


6. Selfish Gene Cafe
40 Craig Road Singapore 089678
Selfish Gene Cafe Facebook


To one-up Department of Caffeine, Selfish Gene Cafe closes at an economy-puncturing 530pm on weekdays with last orders for early dinner at 515pm.

It closes at 5pm on weekends.

Imagine what would have happened to us if our forefathers decided they should stop work at 530pm daily last time.


7. Ergo Sum
13 Duxton Hill Singapore 089597
Ergo Sum Facebook


One of those places that has coffee with designs on top.


8. The Grin Affair
3 Everton Park #01-77A Singapore 080003



Cake? Check. In a jar? Check. In a somewhat nondescript place that would require you to traverse by foot for a while before you stumble upon it? Check.


9. The Provision Shop
Blk 3 Everton Park #01-79 Singapore 080003
The Provision Shop Facebook


Don’t be fooled by the cafe’s name and the Milo tin hanging from the ceiling. This place sells salad.


10. The Audacious Cakery
Blk 2 Everton Park #01-61 Singapore 081002
The Audacious Cakery Facebook


You know what would really be audacious? They actually specialise in salad instead.


11. Batterworks
Blk 4 Everton Park #01-42 Singapore 080004
Batterworks Facebook


If you guessed that this place sells cakes because the word “batter” in “Batterworks” means “cake batter”, well, no prizes there.


12. Just Want Coffee
Blk 1 Everton Park #01-27 Singapore 081001
Just Want Coffee Facebook


¯\(°_o)/¯ <------ This is the "I just want coffee" look. Not this.


13. Happy 3 Bites Cafe
Blk 6 Everton Park #01-18 Singapore 080006
Happy 3 Bites Cafe Facebook


At this animal-friendly cafe, hipsters’ dogs can help spend the hipsters’ parents’ money. Too.


14. Nylon Coffee Roasters
4 Everton Park #01-40 Singapore 080004
Nylon Coffee Roasters Facebook




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