The South Bridge Road resident charms passersby with their unconventional storefront with only their namesake – Dawn – beside the entrance. Inside, the unfinished aesthetic, beige derelict walls, alluring travertine tables and sleek wooden furnishings strangely remind us of a Daniel Arsham show. The coffee here is as straight up as the baristas – artisanal coffees brewed from single-origin coffee beans from El Salvador and a seasonal selection of slow-pour coffees. Get the freshly baked Blueberry Galette ($9) if you will – it's definitely a no-brainer.
The less-is-more ethos is increasingly catching on – from Muji-like interiors to pared-down aesthetics that sometimes look incomplete. Of course, it's intentional. Eateries around town have also been embracing this memo, which – ironically – makes them stand out from the crowd.
White-washed walls and sparse furniture might seem a little sterile. But sometimes less really is more. Hit up these spaces in Singapore that follow minimalist principles and feel inspired to start decluttering your life too.