We have not seen the word “coffeehouse” used in a long while. We associate the word with the cafes of the 70s such as the Skillets Coffeehouse in Supreme House. At that time it was used to denote a trendy Westernised restaurant. Then in the 90s the description fell into disuse. Coffeehouses were no longer in fashion. But like all things fashionable, they (like bell bottoms) do come back. Atlas Coffeehouse is located in Singapore’s equivalent of the Flatiron Building in New York City. While not as tall as the one in NYC, No 6 Duke’s Road is also a building with a sharp corner at the junction of Bukit Timah and Duke’s Road. The star occupant at this building is Atlas Coffeehouse on the ground floor. Almost in the middle of nowhere, we were surprised to see a bustling cafe with full occupancy on a weekday morning.
The restaurant whose name does not contain vowels has opened a new outlet in Bukit Timah. SPRMRKT Cluny Court is their third outlet, together with SPRMRKT Daily and SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar, both at Robertson Quay. SPRMRKT Cluny Court is at the junction of Cluny Road and Bukit Timah Road. It is steps away from the Botanic Gardens MRT Station, the French Embassy and Serene Centre. This time things may be a bit confusing because there is a real supermarket (Cold Storage) downstairs.
Han Bing Cafe at Serene Centre is one of those small cosy cafe that you are happy to find in your neighbourhood. It does not boast of trendy decor or hipster baristas but it is there when you need a snack or a simple meal. Besides down to earth Korean fare, Han Bing Cafe also offers gorgeous looking Bingsu is a variety of flavours.