Rouse Café, Dunlop Street

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 , 0 Comments

Rouse Café, Dunlop Street Singapore

Rouse Café, Dunlop Street

Raw, rustic, and haunting, the Rouse café along Dunlop Street is an addicting Muslim-owned coffee find in side of Little India. It gets its coffee limelight from its dark and unfinished feel to everything inside it – from quality coffee selections, good food fares presentations, and overall hipster mood, fit for locals and visitors. It has the right kind of edge that arouses café hoppers here in Singapore – would you want to lose yourself here?

Rouse Café, Dunlop Street Singapore
Rouse Café, Dunlop Street SingaporeRouse Café, Dunlop Street Singapore
Rouse Café, Dunlop Street Singapore
Rouse Café, Dunlop Street Singapore

How to get to the Rouse Café, Dunlop Street

From the Little India MRT Station, it would take at least 10 minutes of walking to get to the 36 Dunlop Street. From the outside of Rouse, you wouldn’t immediately notice it is open. The theme is like a garage-kind-of-rundown. Good thing first impressions don’t last though in this case. Inside, it’s a completely different kind of epic. Best time to go here is during weekday early evenings, when the kind crowd is there but not too much.

Rouse Café, Dunlop Street Singapore
Rouse Café, Dunlop Street Singapore
Rouse Café, Dunlop Street Singapore
Rouse Café, Dunlop Street Singapore

What to do and see in the Rouse Café, Dunlop Street

The unique unfinished style and wooden everything sets the coffee house mood in a completely relaxed state. I could see myself almost falling into a trance by just sitting and chilling inside this coffee place, maybe because of the setting, but probably because of the friendliness of the staff and the quality of coffee I got. It’s sweet-toned, with some layered complexity to it. There’s a syrupy mouthfeel to it too. Must try: Brunch food, Shroom Shroom, Crab Cake, Flat White.

Rouse Café, Dunlop Street Singapore
Rouse Café, Dunlop Street Singapore
Rouse Café, Dunlop Street Singapore
Rouse Café, Dunlop Street Singapore

Rouse Café Favorites

Whether it’s for brunch or just for all-out letting looooooooooose, Rouse coffee house is a good place to get all the relaxation and chillness that everyone’s seeking (but haven’t exactly found it yet). I don’t know, but I feel the sudden urge to revisit the place again. This’ll probably be my 25,731,784th time I visited the place. Lol. Recommended for: third dates, after-office hideouts, weekend meetups with foreign friends, local lunch outs.


Address: 36 Dunlop St, 209364
Opening Times: Mon – Sat: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Sun: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM



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 51 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the limits of after-office hours and vacation leaves.

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