Cafe Review: Shop Wonderland

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Easily recognisable with their lovely façade, Shop Wonderland (SWL) has finally hit Telok Ayer Street with their glamorous cakes and delicious coffee.

Started back in 2013 at Haji Lane as an extension of the Wonderland Events and Furniture-Hire business, owner Melissa and her team decided to introduce an F&B outlet to this store to create a cohesive experience for their customers.

Loaded and ready to face the crazy crowd of Telok Ayer, the kitchen team has created a delightful menu not only for the sweet toothed amongst us but also a wide range of lunch items. We particularly enjoyed their special Aglio Olio, with clams, garlic, parsley and warming wholegrain mustard, the perfect pairing to a lunch time coffee.


SWL serves up two different blends, Lucky Basterd as their house blend with fruity, stewed berry notes and a nutty chocolaty finish along side 22 Martin for its black coffees which is a much nuttier, richer blend. However, if you’re looking for something a little different they also offer Nitro cold brew to cool you down as you take a break from the bustle outside.

Due to its location this is a popular spot with the CBD crowd and as soon as the clock hits twelve the hordes start to gather, however do not be put off although it can get busy the service is spot on and you’ll leave full and satisfied in a timely fashion.

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That being said, if your aim is to linger a little longer then SWL also offers up a unique array of events and workshops. One such class held in their flower studio is ‘Floral Jamming’ where the team guide you on creating your own take home bouquet. They also offer corporate workshops on the fundamental techniques of flower arranging, a great way to bond with your posse over a eh..posy?!?

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Ultimately, this is a shop that you will fall in love with. Pay them a visit, they don’t just satisfy your hungry soul but bring sparkle to your eye and wonder to your heart.

Shop Wonderland
134 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068600

Opening Hours:
Tuesday - Friday: 8am - 6pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am - 6pm

T: +65 62995848
Instagram: @shopwonderlandsg


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It's time to Par-Tea!

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An Anything But Common High Tea at CMCR KL

We are excited to announce we are launching High Tea at Common Man KL! We have a selection of both sweet and savoury items will be served from a rotating menu of delicious and never boring treats!
Things you can look forward to trying might include Lychee Coconut Cheesecake, Profiteroles with Sesame Custard, House-made Mini Bagels, Sisig Sliders and our bosses favourite - Chocolate Caramel Popcorn Bars…
A set for two with tea, coffee or free flow batch brew is yours for RM65++
High Tea will be available Thursday & Friday 2.30pm- 5.30pm
Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling the café on +60 3 7731 7095. 
Time to Par-Tea!
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Keeping It Specialty And Simple - Room 203

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In a world that advances as rapidly as Kuala Lumpur, the growing demand for time challenges our ability to pause and enjoy a well deserved break. When you’re maximizing the time between the work and meetings, sometimes all you’re given is a preview of lunch before you have to head back into the toil.

It often feels impossible to relax in the minimal time, and renew yourself by enjoying a fine coffee for great value that was not a sachet sitting in your office pantry for a questionable age.

That’s where Room 203 comes in. Keeping it true to offering only specialty coffee to go, with or without milk at a fixed price of RM5. This specialty experience won’t distract from the fundamental intent of any cup of coffee, a good cup of coffee.

Room 203 Cafe KL Common Man Coffee Roasters BlogYou can find a rotating single origin for Room 203’s black coffee offering, currently serving up our seasonal fresh crops of Brazil, Colombia and India.

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You might not receive the usual cafe form of service, air-con, lemony water, or even condiments such as sugar is something not to be found in this takeaway concept.  However, regardless of this, owner Yeong Wen Tyng strives to give his fullest attention each customer despite being the only person making coffee in this outlet.

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“The definition of specialty coffee in our market is blurred, consumers assess specialty by price, not actual quality or overall experience.  From the moment I started two years ago, people would tell me daily they love drinking coffee, but couldn’t afford it”

“Our role in the industry is to broaden opportunities for coffee drinkers. Introduce availability for consumers, improving our specialty coffee culture by changing perspective. We don’t have an appropriate café space, we practice takeaway, and what you pay for is that cup of quality coffee. That’s how I see a market can grow.“ – Yeong Wen Tyng


Long black single origin.

Room 203
Art Row, Punlika, Solarias Dutamas (Lot 54, Block B3, Level G2), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8.30am - 6pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday

T: +60 17341 1741
Instagram: @room203livingplatform
Facebook: Room 203

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Coffee, Cake and Culture at Privé ACM

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It has never been a better time to visit the new offering from the Privé Group at the Asian Civilisations Museum. With a vast open terrace sheltered under a sprawling tree over looking the water, can you think of a better location to while away an afternoon sipping on speciality coffee or something a little stronger?


If alfresco dining is not your cup of coffee then there is also the impeccably fitted out interior, styled with our tropical climate in mind it is a very breezy and open environment with clean white walls punctured with aquamarine. It makes for a relaxing and inviting environment to enjoy its all day brunch or dinner menu and they have even provided individual plug sockets at the indoor tables so any freelancers out there can enjoy the view whilst beavering away.

Now to the food, there is an emphasis on wholesome Western food with a couple of nods to the East with dishes like the seafood laksa and spicy prawn pasta. It has all the classic brunch dishes, think eggs bene, omelette your way and granola, as well as a super cool DIY sandwich bar for those looking for something a little more filling or as a take out. As it moves through the day to dinner there are offering to suit larger groups with sharing plates and mains such as burgers, red wine braised oxtail and pan-roasted seabass with caper butter sauce.

It is highly advisable to leave room for dessert as this is the star of the show here. If you approach the restaurant from the museum side you can’t help but notice all the mouth watering cakes and muffins on display in their cake cabinet – the s’mores cupcake is truly impressive! As is the sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce and the rich dark chocolate cake with peanut butter filling.

They also have an excellent weekday tea time deal when ordering any coffee or tea you can get 50% off the sliced cake, a great incentive to go and try them all!

Along side all of this there is a well rounded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks menu with local favourites such a kopi and, of course, CMCR coffee. If you find yourself in the area between 5 - 8pm daily check out the happy hour with discounts on wine, beer and spirits.



The ultimate signature breakfast with 2 eggs any style, chicken sausage, bacon, tomato, button mushrooms, rosti and toast. Or for something a bit lighter, try the mango chia seed pudding with yogurt, almond milk and coconut.


Try the pan-roasted seabass or signature Bad Ass BBQ burger for something a little more filling accompanied by the deliciously refreshing Provence rosé wine. Of course leave room for a dessert of sticky date pudding with the luscious butterscotch sauce.

Privé have outlets in Marina Bay, Chijmes, the Asian Civilisation Museum and Clarke Quay. Details can be found on their website: click here

ACM Opening Hours

Monday – Thursday: 8.30am – 10.30pm
Friday – Saturday – 8.30am – 12am
Sundays & PH: 9am – 10.30pm

Instagram: @theprivegroup

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The delicious heart of Artichoke

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Dining at Artichoke is like getting invited to the cool kid’s birthday party – only with alcohol, better food and no naughty corner. Undeniably cool, Artichoke strikes the perfect balance between unapologetic nonchalance and casual welcoming hospitality, all whilst serving up some of the tastiest dishes the city has to offer.

The man responsible, chef/owner and Singapore’s answer to the cult of the celebrity chef, is Bjorn Shen. He’s the culinary maestro and anti-hero of the local restaurant scene who, somewhat infamously, encourages other inspiring young chefs to eschew traditional culinary school and get straight to work in the kitchen. This combination of enthusiasm and disregard for tradition sets Artichoke (and the other projects Shen puts his name to) apart. Artichoke breaks free from the confines of the tired formal and ‘fine dining’ experience with which the Singaporean restaurant scene is saturated, whilst still making an occasion of dining. Sharing good food in a relaxed environment with friends is the key to their phenomenal success.

Behind the blaring gangster rap and haphazard décor, the heart of Artichoke is tasty, lovingly prepared food and the kind of dishes you would whip up for friends if you just happened to have mad kitchen skills and a penchant for falafel… If you find yourself lacking these requirements and also fancy the addition of great coffee (proudly provided by CMCR), a tightly curated wine list, friendly wait staff and a fun atmosphere, then get yourself down to Artichoke ASAP.

Our recommendations:


Drink: once you’ve finished your coffee, make sure you order a glass of house-made lemonade. A brunch exclusive, it’s a standout at $4.5.
Eat: Cauliflower Sabbich. Brassica is the new black and Artichoke is definitely doing it justice. It’s a snip at $22 +. Maybe add some fries because hey, it’s the weekend and they come with garlic whip for $8!



(Share with friends recommended or eat alone if you’re very hungry.) Dinner is very much a sharing experience at Artichoke and the menu provides suggested servings for your party size.
Drink: A curated selection of premium international beer and wine is available, including Mac’s craft brew from New Zealand. If wine is what you are after, have a chat with your server and you may even be recommended something ‘off the list’.
Eat: Slow roasted lamb shoulder. This is the next level in juicy tender lamb with a crispy crust. It leaves you wanting more and all for $36. Make your mom happy and get some Brussels sprouts; unlike any you have had before, finishing these won’t be a problem $18.

These are all dishes you want to photograph, not because the food is painstakingly arranged for that perfect Instagram shot, but because it just looks so damn tasty #foodenvy

161 middle road,
sculpture square, singapore

Opening hours:
Brunch: Saturday + Sunday 11.30am - 2.45pm
Dinner: Tuesday – Saturday 6.30pm - 9.45pm
Reservations (highly) recommended: 63366949 after 3pm Tuesdays onwards.

Common Man is also excited to announce an upcoming collaboration with the offspring of Artichoke, NehNeh Pop, which will see a CMCR coffee-infused ice cream creation available for a limited time. Keep an eye on social media for more updates on this exciting collaboration.

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