My Art Space Café, Orchard Road

Friday, September 19, 2014 , 2 Comments

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My Art Space Café, Istana Park - Orchard Road

I came to a conclusion that I’m not a fan of comfort zones, routines, and daily habits that don’t exactly help me grow in one way or another. I hear a lot of people saying that they’ve changed for the better, because of this, because of that, but it is one thing that we say we changed, but it’s another thing when we see results. Results matter more than effort, though both are of importance.

Same with coffee cravings. Café hopping in Singapore is starting to become a routine and a comfort zone, and everything starts to look familiar and a dejavu. Though recently, I realized there are still reasons for growth and newfound things – like the My Art Space Café in the Istana Park, Orchard Road. Results matter more than effort – this is a result of one hell of an effort to find good interesting cafes. This café is a good breakaway from the shell and stereotype we all know about cafes in Singapore.

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Hardly noticeable at first, the My Art Space Café is just 2 minutes from the Dhouby Ghaut MRT Station and just beside the Istana Park. Right in front of it is a beautiful view of a manmade waterscape and a few emblems of Singapore. It’s right in the middle of the city scene, near the Plaza Singapura mall, just a few blocks away from the newly opened Orchard Gateway, Somerset and the shops along Orchard Road. Best time to go here is during lunch to early afternoon coffee breaks, to enjoy the sun and art space.

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The ceiling is covered with white drapes and every facade is walled with glass, so that we can appreciate the water flowing from underneath the floor. Wooden picnic chairs, myart space team complimentary copies, ginger beers, Portuguese wine, summer berry ciders – this coffee place is certainly embraces lifeartstyle concept that redefines art and lifestyles. I agree, the coffee here is sweet, like an elementary kid trying to suck up to a teacher. Must try: crafted beers, house coffee, and pastas.

This uniquely special café is like a getaway, a retreat house, a school, and a preferred go-to place all in one. It’s good for afternoon art dates, 1:1 girl talks, beer sessions with buddies, and even solo book reading al fresco style. It’s where you’ll see a lot of yuppie locals and a good mix of foreign expats hanging around and enjoying the hours here. It’s being in a newfound comfort zone and a soon-to-be daily habit.

Address: Istana Park, 31 Orchard Road, Singapore 238888
Opening Hours: Sun - Thurs 11:00 A.M. – 8:30 P.M., Fri & Sat 11:00 A.M. – 10:30 P.M.


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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 53 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.

2 Wandering Thoughts:

Very well written piece. I found this place is great for expats,the food here is amazing and affordable. If you are an expat and plan on moving to Singapore, do check out www.placematch.sg. I found it to be very useful in finding a place.

BowdyWanders said...

Thanks Noor-ul-Ain Arshad! Nice website! :)

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