Twins Jesse and Jerry Tan are the proprietors not only of this café but also of the popular Rainforest Bakery next door – a local bread institution. The café is a welcome extension to the bakery, manned by barista-turned-partner Tristan Navarednam, and as with most independent coffee spots in town, it has a rustic ambience and a charmingly eclectic interior.
Here, sharing a tiny table with a stranger is the norm and the only music you’ll hear is the brewing of a cup of espresso from the La San Marco coffee machine. It’s all about building a local coffee community for the folks here, and the friendly, laidback baristas are likely to strike up a conversation to make you feel at home. From the coffee counter to the shelves, the furniture is made of recyclable items or built from scratch by Tristan. Some of the smaller wooden tables and chairs are hand-me-downs from local primary schools and nurseries. The café offers a straightforward menu of yoghurt, bagels and drinks. When you’re here, go for the crisp wood-fire toasted bagel with either the popular bacon and egg or cream cheese and smoked salmon. The freshly baked bagels are from the bakery, of course.
The homemade Greek yoghurt topped with fresh fruits and soft muffins are good snacks. You won’t find fancy flavoured coffees here since the Tan twins are pretty keen on keeping the purest flavours of coffee brewed from Arabica beans. These days the menu has broadened to include hearty mains like homemade meatballs and a fruit juice stall.
We recommend: Bacon and egg bagel with a cup of creamy latte and homemade yogurt topped with kiwi and honey.