When it comes to dining in cafes, it's an undisputed fact even among food snobs that the decor and Insta-factor is pretty important. Some might even prioritise the ambience over the food.
If you're nodding in agreement, there's a cafe in Singapore with a lovely hidden courtyard garden that you may want to add to your cafe-hopping list - PUNCH.
Keep reading to find out more!
First opening its doors in 2016, PUNCH cafe is located in a traditional Singaporean shophouse from the 1940s about a 4-minute walk from Clarke Quay MRT Station. Unlike most cafes, there's no big, flashy signboard, neon signs, or any indication that there's an Insta-worthy space inside.
Camouflaged with its surroundings, the storefront shows just plain glass walls, white curtains and a few potted plants, not even the words "PUNCH" or "cafe" in sight.
Inside the cafe is an indoor seating area with a simple contemporary design where you'll get a whiff of coffee brewing at the counter.
And behind the indoor area is the hidden courtyard garden. Designed by Singapore-based architectural firm WOHA, the beautiful courtyard has climbing plants on the wall with Japanese ivy hanging above, bathing the space in soft natural sunlight.
While the courtyard was initially sparsely furnished with just a couple of benches, it has since been made into a lovely alfresco dining space. A great move in our opinion as who wouldn't want to dine in this zen courtyard surrounded by greenery?
There's also a narrow spiral staircase among palm trees where you can have a photoshoot for the 'gram after your meal.
Speaking of meals, their menu has classic cafe fare like pasta and sandwiches. Only breakfast and lunch is available until 6pm daily. On the weekday lunch menu are items like Tiger Prawns & Scallop Aglio Olio ($19) and Poached Chicken Breast Salad ($16).
Their all-day breakfast menu has more variety from fruits and grains to pancakes and egg dishes. Try the Earl Grey Pancakes ($18), three stacks of tea-infused pancakes topped with poached pear and white chocolate macadamia crumble, or Scrambled Eggs on Toast ($13), a recipe from their sister cafe Ronin.
They also offer a selection of desserts as well as creative coffees like Generra ($6/$8), an orange mocha, and Wicked ($6/$8), a minted mocha.
Even the bathroom is aesthetically-pleasing with a minimalist monochromatic design, a cool matte black tap and marble countertop. The Aesop hand wash adds a luxe cherry on top of the experience.
P.S. The back door of the cafe is also a great photo spot!
The cafe is currently only take bookings for weekdays from 8am-6pm. If you're going on a weekend, you'll have to walk-in and try your luck at getting the alfresco seats.
Address: 32 North Canal Rd, Singapore 059288
Opening hours: 8am - 6pm daily
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Text by: GirlStyle SG