Anyone who lives in a big city is bound to have stumbled upon a coworking space sometime during the last two years. As office space rents skyrocket and remote working becomes a thing, people have begun to rethink how they use space.
“Do I really need a workspace to myself? Could it be shared instead? Should I just haul my work to the nearest coffee shop?”
As it turns out, individuals aren’t the only ones asking these questions—businesses have started asking them too. Enter Stamping Ground Coffee, one such business that shares a roof with two others establishments. Members of Singapore’s very active cafe-hopping scene may remember seeing this coffee shop on the ever-lively Club Street, but today it resides in a leafier part of town where it shares a space with Petite Fleur Florists and East Mezzanine venue space.
The ground floor is shared between Stamping Ground and the florist with both sitting opposite each other. The space perpendicular to the two is the cafe’s seating area. The mezzanine level above is solely occupied by the venue space—which is perfect for intimate birthday parties, workshops, or group yoga sessions.
When it comes to coffee, Stamping Ground keeps it fun with a rotating selection of beans from some of the most celebrated roasters from Singapore and beyond. Alternatively, you could try one of their beers on tap or their zingy nitro coffee. As for munchies, the shop has a handful of simple breakfast items such as Belgian Waffles served with cinnamon caramel ice cream and their signature Bacon Jam brioche—perfect for bikers and beach-goers en route to East Coast Park.
Although the florist and coffee shop each have their own designated spaces, sharing close quarters is bound to prompt some mingling. In the case of this particular space, that means that femininity permeates through the entire expanse—tables are dotted with flowers, tableware comes in a whimsical copper, and furniture kept as pleasingly simple as possible. All of this makes it a go-to hen party venue.
Having to share a space is not always easy, especially when running a business. A shared space needs to be a symbiotic environment where each entity complements the other—something these three have pulled off beautifully. In the process, they have created a rhythm unique to their space: people coming in for flowers often make time for a cup of coffee, while café-goers might spontaneously purchase a bouquet for their vases at home, as well as get an idea of where to have their next event. Unintentionally, they have created a joint entity that is affectionately known as Singapore’s flower café.