It’s no secret that Downtown Singapore is overflowing with fantastic café options ranging from the homegrown to the international. Café-hopping, it seems, is a perfectly legitimate weekend activity in a city where so many new establishments pop up every month or so. Caffeine options lurk around every corner of the city, but that’s not to say there aren’t just as many surprises away from the city center.
Bishan, the northernmost neighborhood of Central Singapore, for example, is home to an array of culinary options ranging from seafood joints to ice cream parlors – but we’re here for the coffee. On Upper Thomson Road, one shop, in particular, stands out for its tasty and substantial brunch food, airy surroundings, and of course, its coffee. The shop in question is Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters, well-loved in these parts for always delivering the full café experience.
Pacamara is near impossible to miss from Upper Thomson Road thanks to its stark white everything. White exteriors and interiors, and floor to ceiling windows make for one brightly lit café perfect for #OOTD pictures. It’s no wonder its food and beverages often end up on online feeds as well. Decor is kept simple and seating communal, so you might rub elbows with other patrons when it’s particularly busy, however, that’s all part of the charm. Walls are aptly furnished with racks of take-home coffee pouches and other caffeine-related paraphernalia.
Despite being lauded for its eggs benedict, duck confit mash, and abundance of other scrumptious menu items, Pacamara is first and foremost a place to have a cup of coffee. Their glossy white espresso bar runs the length of the shop and is equipped to serve everything from creamy cappuccinos, peppy piccolos, and a whole host of filter brews – the shop’s speciality. In fact, the espresso bar even has a designated area just for filter brews. Because filter brews are so simple, customers can truly appreciate a coffee’s individual notes and profiles. Sure they take a little more time to rustle up than an espresso, but the baristas guarantee it’s well worth the wait.
When it comes to the beans the shop favors, Pacamara clearly has a soft spot for Thai coffee. This is due, in part, to the fact that the shop is part of the larger Thai-based Pacamara Coffee Roasters group. As with most Southeast Asian countries, the bulk of Thailand’s coffee production is robusta. With that being said, the small percentage of the country’s arabica should not be overlooked. A couple favorites include the peanut buttery Doi Chang coffee and rich chocolatey Pha Hee coffee, both from Thailand’s Chiang Rai region.
Even though this was my first visit to this particular shop, this was not my first experience with the Pacamara Coffee Roasters group. In fact, Chiang Mai’s very own Pacamara Coffee was the first coffee shop ever featured on this website. As with its Chiang Mai counterpart, Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters Singapore did not disappoint. And the icy cold coffee I had? Much needed in the Singaporean heat.