Reviving nostalgia and bringing retro back to the fore is completely on-trend in Singapore, a city state known for its gleam and sheen. Singapore, ever evolving, one of the Asian tigers. Many a taxi driver would proclaim Singapore is run like a corporation. But, I digress. Tales of yesteryear are thankfully not forgotten. All you have to do is head down to Katong on the East Coast and feast your eyes on artisan bakeries, quaint antique shops and local eateries, with a neon signed Tiger Beer pub thrown in for good measure.
Katong incorporates old school charm with hip and happening entrepreneurship. Sinpopo encompasses both and is well worth a visit if you’re traipsing through what I would consider the most exciting part of Singapore. Sinpopo was recently opened to revive the old Singapore coffee house also known as a kopi tiam (that’s strong local coffee and hot food), however in a modern urban fashion. The local coffee, as is the case in many places across the island, is strong, sweet, filled with calories and oh so delicious. I haven’t tried the food there. Sinpopo is the perfect place to open up your travel diary, watch the world go by and imagine yourself living in another era. As they aptly note on their retro yet rather minimalistic website: When the way to experience something was to go down to the store and not just browse the internet.