This week’s WOW Korea mission is to introduce a restaurant with specialty from our home countries. There are not many Singaporean restaurants here, and they tend to be very expensive too so I haven’t been to any of them. So I would instead introduce to you a Singaporean cafe that I have visited a few times!
The first time I saw the word “Kopitiam” (it means coffee shop in Hokkien and it’s a commonly used word in Singapore) while walking along Edae I thought I must have seen it wrongly. But I heard from other Singaporean friends and realised that there was really a “Kopitiam” in Edae!
Kopitiam Singapore Toast and Coffee
They have changed the interior a few times since I started going, but their menu has remained true to Singaporean flavors. It appears to me as a kind of fusion between a Korean cafe where they have the usual Americano and green tea latte, and a Singaporean-style “kopitiam” where we would have coffee or milk tea and some kaya toast to go with it.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with kaya, it is made from coconut and sometimes with pandan flavoring, and usually used as spread for toast (something like jam).
A traditional Singaporean style breakfast would include some other things such as soft-boiled egg which is unfortunately not offered by this cafe, but it is comforting to know that I have some decent kaya toast and milk tea nearby when I need it.
The cafe is also very conducive for studying (major plus points!!) after quite a thorough renovation in 2013 (in which I was in fear that the cafe was closing down) . There are many “cubicles” where you can either study alone or meet with friends for project meetings, and I would say that it is a very student-friendly place!
How to get here
From come out from Exit 3 of Ewha Women’s University station (Line 2) and walk straight, pay close attention to the second floor and you will be able to see the veranda of the cafe ^^ The stairs are at the alley!