Another neighbourhood gem that has been around in the East is Percolate Coffee at Bedok, and we only visited recently. But never too late, because now that we have fallen in love with it, we will definitely come back when we find ourselves in the neighbourhood.
It is yet another small space as with most neighbourhood cafes in Singapore, but Percolate Coffee is well-designed, chic and serves good coffee. Predominantly brown, the café sits about 20 people, with small wooden tables and chairs, and a simple vase of Baby’s Breath on every table. Nothing overly pretentious or chi-chi, just a space for you to unwind over a cuppa and light music.
The service is excellent. Everyone is friendly and ever ready to help with recommendations on the daily cakes and brew. We really love how this simple touch can complete a diner’s experience, because everyone loves to feel welcomed and attended to, yes?
The cakes display is tastefully done up albeit small-scale and simple, and we ended up with a slice of Lemon Raspberry Cake. It was nothing much to shout about, but the coffee more than makes up for it. Other cake options that are on rotation include Salted Caramel Cake and Red Velvet Cake. And if you need a midday nibble, Percolate also has some croissants and jams for your enjoyment.
Coffee beans are from Papa Palheta and Nylon Coffee Roasters, so you can take your pick on your Whites and Capps. They do pretty decent latte art, and we love how the white cups sit against its wooden furnishing. Quaint afternoons are made up of these.
And the best part of them all? Nothing is overpriced. It is by no surprise that it is so popular among the residents in the neighbourhood, and people who come from all parts of the island just for some chilling out.
136 Bedok North Avenue 3 #01-152B
Tel: +65 8259 0316
Mon: 10.30am – 9.30pm
Wed to Fri: 10.30am – 9.30pm
Sat & Sun: 9am – 9.30pm
Nearest Station: Bedok
For more recommendations, read our guide to the best cafes in Singapore.