As soon as you leave the city center, it may seem as though there is a void of coffee shops. You wouldn’t be wrong to think that most shops in Singapore are within a two kilometer radius of each other, but that’s not to say that there aren’t a couple renegades here and there. If you lookedclosely at a map of the city and snooped through a couple online forums, you’d know that there isone shop that serves up some much needed coffee not too far off the highway to Changi Airport.
Dutch Colony Coffee is departure from the busy city. Located in a quiet residential area, it’s a favorite among local residents looking for a leisurely afternoon with friends, and people on their way to airport who are in need of a quick caffeine fix. Simple and industrial in style, the shop is slightly masculine while still managing to be warm and cozy.There’s an open patio up front and skylight in the back. In the middle, you’ll find the hearth of the shop: the busy baristas’ counter, tables of friends congregating over coffee, and a shelf of coffee beans and brewing tools.The shop is almost never empty, so if you see a free seat, grab it as soon as you can.
When it comes to coffee, Dutch Colony Coffee is no lightweight. The shop offers the option of at least two blends and an even wider selection of coffee beans that customers can take home with them. At the time of my visit, the shop was serving up a sweet and creamy Colombian blend alongside their citrusy house blend. On their shelves, I spotted a couple blends from Sumatera all the way to Brazil. If you’re heading back after a vacation in Singapore, a bag of quality roasted beans would make a great souvenir for that coffee-enthusiast back home.
Due on a flight in a couple hours, we stopped by for some coffee, tea, and a slice of lemon cake. As we enjoyed our afternoon, the place only got more packed as dinner loomed around the corner. Much like us, a couple people sat with latte in one hand and their other hand on their brightly colored suitcase. If you’re ever in town and have an hour to spare before heading to the airport, this is one place to stop by. After all, what better way to end a trip than on a sweet note?