It was a dark and stormy day. The weather in Singapore s so unpredictable these days. One minute the sun is blazing and the next minute it is storming. Too lazy to brave the elements we decided to hang out at this nice cafe in Singapore – The Stamford Brasserie at Raffles City. We had been to this place before and would normally prefer to try out a new place. But for this cosy quiet cafe in Singapore, we were happy to make an exception. Its ability to endear seems to grow on us.
Looking for a place to have a nice coffee break in the CBD? We have a suggestion for you. Providore Raffles Place is the flagship cafe and retail store of the Providore group in Singapore. The space that used to be just a patch of turf in between the two Raffles Place MRT exits has now been converted into various uses. At the Republic Plaza end of the space lies an attractive metal and glass building that houses Providore Cafe at Raffles Place.
The Stamford Brasserie is a great coffee spot in Raffles City. The ‘city within a city’, designed by world-renowned architect I M Pei, has many coffee shops cand cafes including international chain stores and local success stories like Cedele, Toastbox and Tiong Bahru Bakery. The Stamford Brasserie, with a three in one F&B concept comprising a Grab-and-Go, All-day Dining Restaurant and Beer Bar, is a new stylish spot for coffee and more.
There must be something about the air or water in Tiong Bahru. Bakeries there turn out good croissants. As you approach the Tiong Bahru neighbourhood, you see a cafe, Whisk, with its name in lights. You guessed it, Whisk Cafe in Tiong Bahru does pretty good croissants; and it is a nice little spot for afternoon tea as well as brunch or lunch.
Grasso Coffee at The Commerze @ Irving is a nice little cafe in Tai Seng for cheap and good coffee and affordable meals. Located within a short walk from the Tai Seng MRT station, Grasso Coffee offers freshly brewed coffee in “both local and ‘Ang Moh’ style” as well as food like sandwiches, pastas and baked rice.
Why do some F&B outlets in Singapore flourish while similar stores offering the same kind of food struggle? That should be an interesting business school research project topic. The factors contributing to the popularity of a food business is often hard to pin point. Like we said in our earlier post about The Hangar Cafe on Arab Street, there could be beautiful restaurants struggling to draw in the diners while places with no decor to speak of would be extremely well patronised. Perhaps a location like Kampong Glam or Little Arab has its own magic. Rich & Good Cake Shop in Kampong Glam is another intriguing case. There is almost always a queue at this laid back unpretentious bakery on Kandahar Street.