For a good cup of coffee in Bugis, head down to %Arabica. Imported from Kyoto, this quaint cafe is finally up and running after a slight delay. With its minimalist theme and impeccable white walls, it provides a good change of pace from the vibrant fabrics and graffitis of Arab Street and Haji Lane. 

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Kenneth Shoji, founder of %Arabica aims to grow their coffee chain across the globe so that young baristas can ‘see the world through coffee’. Their flagship store opened in Kyoto before fanning out to Germany, China, United Kingdom and finally Singapore.

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Lattes are sold at S$7 for tall (hot) and S$8 for tall (iced).

And for the much-anticipated information- the reason for the rave over their coffee. There was a nutty note to the latte and was slightly milkier. For comparison, it tasted similar to Mellower Coffee’s latte and K2 beans from Dal.komm.

Those who have a sweet tooth can try their Spanish Latte, which had a sweeter taste since it’s made with condensed milk.

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Coffee connoisseurs will be delighted to know that they can purchase %Arabica’s array of in-house coffee beans. For a more fruity and tart notes, try their Jose Julian Corea 158 blend from Nicaragua. Whereas for a sweeter flavor, you can go for their Yirgacheffe Adado Grade 1 blend from Ethiopia.

More information of their beans can be acquired at their store.

%Arabica Merch

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Meanwhile, staunch supporters of %Arabica can purchase their merchandise. Not only do they sell tumblers and mugs which range from S$40 to S$72, but they also have tote bags, hoodies, and even shoes for you to show off your immense love for their coffee.

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Given its lack of space, it’s not an ideal place for catching up with friends. Neither do I find it a productive environment for working due to the lack of tables indoors.

However, it acts as a good refuge amidst the bustling intersection of Arab Street and Haji Lane. It’s like a hamster ball, except with really good coffee.

For other coffee recommendations, check out our review on Brawn & Brains and Chye Seng Huat Hardware!

Location: 56 Arab St, Singapore 199753
Tel: +65 6291 3887
Opening hours: 8am- 8pm


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