Every year, Singapore adds at least 200 new cafes to its flourishing food and beverage industry, but which ones really offer something special?

Watch as Nessa Anwar gets on her bike to do a little search, sussing out cafes that offer something a little different. Her first stop is the former Bukit Timah Fire Station, where she visits Spruce – a diner-cafe on the first floor. The location itself is fascinating enough to warrant a visit, but you’ll stay for the great vibes.

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With the quaint surroundings, the history of the building as well as the colourful low-rise apartment blocks across from it, adds to the charm. Spruce is also one of the growing number of restaurants occupying refurbished heritage buildings, similar to the Alkaff Mansion and Beaulieu Mansion.

Nessa also paid a visit to Jubilee Coffee House & Bar, an old-school cafe, along with the decor, tunes and retro paraphernalia to match. This Asian fusion restaurant is a blast from the the past in more ways than one. Entering this rustic bungalow along Netheravon Road in Changi is like stepping back in time.

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For those looking for halal food options, we venture to the cosy Kaw Kaw SG by Makan State, located at the first floor of the Aliwal Arts Centre, located around bustling streets of Bugis. Soak in the retro vibes of this concept cafe while you tuck into the hearty western fare.

The cafe often opens its doors to events like birthday parties, product launches and live acoustic sessions. You can even purchase second-hand books and some of the eclectic furniture displayed in the cafe.

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