20 Apr '15, 12pm

8 cafes that retain a piece of Singapore's heritage

8 cafes that retain a piece of Singapore's heritage

| Reflecting the gentrification of the traditional housing estate Tiong Bahru, The Dispensary is a year-old cafe that blends old and new, east and west. Having come across the old vacated Chinese medicine hall, the current cafe owners saw an opportunity to preserve heritage and revive the abandoned space. They kept key pieces in there such as the imposing Chinese medicine cabinets and used minimalist-style touches such as white-washed walls, wooden staircases and flooring, and simple furniture to accentuate the remnants of the space’s traditional Chinese charm. Cakes and bakes using 60-year-old recipes passed down9 from a partner’s mother form the core of the cafe’s offerings. There serve cakes like the black velvet ($7 a slice) and cupcakes ($3.50), but for some local flavour, try the kueh lapis (steam layered butter cake, $1.80 a slice) and wash it down with a refreshing...

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