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Department of Caffeine, Duxton Road

Friday, March 14, 2014 , 0 Comments

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Department of Caffeine at Duxton Road

Don’t you find it fascinating to see people get lost in writing when in coffee shops? The way they scribble and look away into the horizon, with pensive eyes and compelling exhales. It’s like they’re in a trance with time and texts, just enjoying every moment. Classic, right?

So I said to myself, at one point in my café hopping stint here in Singapore, this one should be crossed out in my chivalrous classic bucket list. The Department of Caffeine at Duxton Road is the best choice for this act. It has a distinctive local character that can inspire some scribbling, and maybe in the process, dig out a few more brilliant ideas.


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Getting here is not as convenient as the nearer cafes in Tanjong Pagar, but it's worth the find. From the Tanjong Pagar MRT Stationthis corner cafe is a good twelve-minute walk. Once you reach the Duxton Road sign post, it's less than 100 steps, and you'll notice a small yet authoritative signboard that says "Department of Caffeine". It’s nearer if you’re coming from the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple too. Best time to go here are during the weekday unholy afternoon hours, where there's just the right amount of people hanging around the coffee shop.

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Its approach is leaning towards the modern minimalist kind of cafe, and it’s more like an awesome bachelor's place, seeing all the black, gray, and brown wooden fixtures. What makes it a classic place for some soulful writing though is the coffee fixes the D.O.C. offers. Caffe Mocha, first sip and I'm already sold - started scribbling so much thought, I almost forgot I had to leave early. And that’s just coffee, wait till you try out their pastries, and meals. The coffee art here is also one of the most precise styles I’ve seen in quite a while, and this normally signals the quality of the upcoming coffee sip that's about to happen. True enough, it’s just that.

The Department of Caffeine cafe is one of those coffee shops in Singapore that would take your imagination to places, because of the guaranteed good coffee time you’ll have over here. No wonder it is the preferred place for young expats and locals alike, staying here for long hours just to chill, to chat, and for some, to write.

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Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 55 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the edges of after-office hours and (un)limited holidays.

For collaboration ideas, email bowdywanders@gmail.com.

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