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Top Five Hot Spots To Chill And Do My Edits At The Same Time

This post may not really be relevant to photography but being a Singaporean and having a penchant for quaint cafes, I am always on the lookout for interesting ones. Some cafes gives such a nice ambience that it is such a joy to do my edits in. When I was thinking of the top five, a few factors came into mind.

  • Cosy environment - That is why I created this post

  • Human factor – Friendly staff and not too crowded while this vary with location of the café and when you visit

  • Good Internet Access – Ease of use and I need it for referencing and research

  • Power-point – Plugging into my laptop is brighter and that is crucial when I’m editing

  • Café space – I find this essential as the bigger the café, the more secluded you can be

  • This list is definitely not exhaustive as our little red dot has got a lot more cafes to offer if only you begin to explore.

Here goes:

1. EspressoLabs

Hidden on the 2nd level of China Square Central, not many people know about this café even though it’s in the midst of CBD. Café is well designed with sofas and cushions at the back and neatly spaced seating arrangement at the front. I found quite a number of power sockets at different corners so it fits nicely with what I am looking for.

Location: China Square Central #02-07/08 Opening Times: Mon-Fri (8.30am – 7pm), Sat (11am – 6pm), Sun (10am – 6pm) Score: 4.1/5.0

2. D Good Café

Again on the 2nd level but this time d’Good Café is nicely located in the form of shop-house along Holland Village. I like the hidden factor on the 2nd and 3rd level of a shop-house and at the same time, they have a clear glass view of the scenery outside which may be therapeutic to many. Nice and friendly staff played a big part in my experience when I visit this café.

Location: 273 Holland Avenue #02-01/02 Opening Times: Mon-Sun (10am – 7pm) Score: 4.4/5.0

3. Avenue Café

A café in the office of an architecture and design firm. The only issue I had with this café was its size, it not as big as the others in this list but I like the whole relax ambience and how their staff love what they do. There are a few power-points at the sides so one should have ample chance to socket up easily. This café is go-to for those residing a little more to the eastern part of Singapore.

Location: 454 Joo Chiat Road Opening Times: Sun-Mon (10am – 10pm), Fri-Sat (10am – 12am) Score: 3.8/5.0

4. Drury Lane Café

This café would be the common place of many CBD executives working in this area as it is pretty distinct in the row of shop-houses along this street. Again, two levels and I love how they make use of different furniture to space out the area. The café is brightly lit with full view windows to the fit style, typical of old shop-houses. They even have a big rectangle table, apparently to be used by different patrons at the same time.

Location: 94 Tanjong Pagar Road Opening Times: Mon-Fri (8am – 6pm), Sat-Sun (9am – 6pm) Score: 4.5/5.0

5. Mellower Café

This is by far one of my favourite café in Singapore. Opened not too long ago as its first flagship store out of China, this café didn’t fail to impress me in every sector. This two-storey café is nicely designed right from their walls to the utensils. To top it up, they brew nice coffee and even bean bags at the 2nd level for ultimate comfort and cosiness.

Location: 108 Middle Road #01-01 Opening Times: 8am – 10pm Daily Score: 4.8/5.0

Extra: Just a small add-on, if all else fails, there is always a nice Starbucks at level one in Centerpoint and another opposite of it at OG Orchard which I visit pretty often for meetups and edits.

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