Situated on Neil Road, this all-day coffee bar is all but typical. First off, the zen-inducing space is anchored by a multi-sensory garden installation that simulates the sensory experiences of forest bathing. Using scented lava rocks, live plants and a cymatic brown noise device, experiential designer Daryl KJ hopes to present a moment of mindfulness and relaxation to each and every guest. This distinctive installation is a product of Fifty Five's unique collaboration ethos where local artists are given the spotlight and other events such as live music performances, poetry readings, and other creative gatherings.
To satiate, the stylish 40-seater coffee bar offers a variety of specialty coffee and tea drinks (from $5.50), as well as freshly baked goods and light bites. There are also quirky blends such as the highly raved manuka miso honey latte ($7.50), refreshing dirty spiced lemonade ($7.50), sticky chai ($8) and the strangely whimsical strawberry pipagao latte (from $7.50) which seamlessly incorporates the use of the nostalgic Chinese herbal cough syrup. If you're feeling fancy, filter coffee featuring a rotating single-origin selection is also available.
Once sundown, the coffee bar switches from tamper to jigger with a crafted range of cocktails and beers as it transforms into a lounge. Do note that the evening concept is only set to open after May 2023.