With the mushrooming of new cafes in Singapore, it is almost impossible to keep up with this great amount of options available. That’s great news for us cafehoppers, no doubt about that. But, there is only so much coffee we can consume in a day, and over-indulging on eggs benedict wouldn’t be a good idea for our waistline. In this article, we bring you 6 alternative activities you can do at a cafe, all but eating, to keep you entertained in your cafehopping adventures!
1. COFFEE IS BOTH A SCIENCE AND ART – THE LEARNING IS LIMITLESS
It would be presumptuous to assume that all cafehoppers are highly intrigued by the coffee they drink. But with the third wave coffee movement brewing, artisanal roasters have become increasingly generous in sharing their knowledge and pride in coffee with the introduction of a wide variety of coffee courses.
A Coffee Degustation Workshop at Dutch Colony costs $59.
Alternatively, if you’re looking to hone your skills in becoming a home barista, perhaps the Espresso or Latte Art classes at Chye Seng Huat Hardware might pique your interest.
An Espresso or Latte Art class at CSHH costs $235.
2. IT COULD BE A PLACE TO SATISFY THE ARTIST IN YOU.
credits to Cups & Canvas website/Facebook page
Painting can be a very therapeutic activity. Simply allowing your creative juices to flow and expressing yourself through art is what Arteastiq hopes its customers can achieve through its Art Jamming sessions.
An art jamming session starts at $48 and includes one standard 50 x 50cm cotton canvas, painting materials and a beverage.
If you require more guidance, or would like to develop your artistic skills further beyond an ad hoc session, Cups and Canvas holds regular workshops that range from painting to drawing and print-making.
A registration fee of $50 applies, and there are different packages based on the courses you sign up for.
3. WHO CAN EVER GET BORED OF CAFES, WHEN YOU CAN SHOP WHILE CAFEHOPPING?
credits to Carpenter & Cook and The Assembly Ground website/Facebook page
Fancy that vintage bench you’re sitting on? Or perhaps that pretty teacup you are drinking out of? At Carpenter and Cook, every piece of vintage furniture is lovingly curated by the cafe’s owners and if it happens to catch your eye, you can take it home with you – for a price, of course.
The Assembly Ground is one of the latest additions to the cafe scene, and is a retail store and cafe all in one. An extension of The Assembly Store, a multi-brand men’s lifestyle and fashion store, you can shop the Benjamin Barker range of products, or order a coffee at the cafe – we’ve heard they do a pretty good brew.
4. COFFEE, WACKY CATS, AND ADORABLE DOGS? JUST TAKE MY MONEY.
credits to Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa, The Cat Cafe and We are the Furballs website/Facebook page
You’ve seen this on Korean or Taiwanese dramas – a café full of dogs and cats frolicking or lazing around, and being endlessly subjected to “cuddles” from adoring café patrons. The concept of a petting café is relatively new in Singapore, but we definitely see a demand for it, especially since we’re pet-lovers ourselves!
Cat Café Neko no Niwa was the first cat café to open in Singapore, and was followed hot on its heels by The Cat Café. Dog-lovers need not feel left out with the synonymous pooch café cheekily named WTF “We are the Furballs”.
Fees at Neko no Niwa start from $12; The Cat Café $15; We are the Furballs $9.50.
5. HOLD INTERESTING CONVERSATIONS, AND DISCOVER THE SIDE YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT YOUR FRIEND.
With these quirky questions to provoke some table talk, you are sure to be kept fully occupied at Hoopla while waiting for your dish to arrive. Such out-of-this-world questions probably have no place in your everyday conversations, but it could be a good chance to learn something new about your dining companions.
6. YOU CAN BE A MASTER BAKER TOO, AT THESE WONDERFUL BAKERY CAFES.
credits to Maple & Market website/Facebook page
Wouldn’t it be great if you could have your rainbow cake at home without having to traipse to the nearest café to satisfy your sweet tooth? At Maple & Market, you can learn to bake anything from cakes, to bread and even doughnuts with their regular baking classes. We can’t guarantee that your bakes will turn out as great as theirs, but the satisfaction of baking your own dessert certainly takes the cake!
Classes start from $50 and a Rainbow Cake class starts from $130.
With these fun activities to engage in while cafehopping, can we really get bored that easily?
Time to go out there and explore new things to do with your friends and partner, do share any interesting activities we have missed out on this list!