(working title) used to be one of my favorite after office hours hang out places in Singapore.
It had been a long day at work. A little past eight PM and I could take it no more. I was done calculating for the day. I messaged Jik, packed my work bag and walked to Arab Street to meet her for a drink or two. As usual, we ended up in the (working title). It’s a cozy small café sharing the shop-house with a backpackers hostel running on the second floor. While living in Singapore, we went there religiously ever since we discovered it not long before.
The last time there, we had the usual, a few bottles of ciders, cake in a jar and an ice cream sandwich. We chatted about life and gossiped. Well, mostly gossiped, while reassuring each other that answering “I don’t plan to marry anytime soon” is still cool in your 30s.
(working title) boasted their specialty coffee. I had always wanted to try, but haven’t, as they also have an extensive choice of my spiritual drink during that era, cider. Now that I am a caffeine convert, the next time I am in Singapore, I will definitely go for their coffee. I might even go for brunch with my best friends. Speaking of which, brunch is the best time to hang out at the (working title) as you can do some people watching of people from all around the globe. It’s fun.
I also liked the waiters at the (working title). All of them were really friendly and good-looking. My most favorite part of the (working title) was the interior design (I am a sucker for interior design, at times, I wish I could sneak in and live in IKEA’s 33m2 room, even if it’s only for one night). The whole place has a cozy vibe to it. Mix-matched furniture, fresh flowers, huge posters of coffee, witty words and beers.
That time, it reminded me of Revolver and definitely was better designed than most of the Starbucks I had been to. Now, having immersed in Melbourne coffee culture for more than a year, I realized it’s kinda similar to Melbourne coffee shop scene.
Drop by the (working title) when you visit Singapore, it’s worth to come to Arab Street for. If you happen to be a backpackers/traveling on a budget/students on vacation, book a place upstairs at the Shophouse The Social Hostel. That way you can pop to the (working title) anytime. Who knows, maybe one day we bump into each other there? I will be the one with a messy bun, and large backpack, sitting with either pretty coffee cups or empty bottles of cider.
(working title) is located at 48 Arab Street, Singapore 199745.