Want to hear a cafe story? :) Years ago, probably sometime around late 2012, slightly more than a year after I moved to Hong Kong, I decided to check out a cafe that opened just across the street from where I lived. The cafe (which unfortunately has closed) was called Cafe Inside and it was located in the Sai Ying Pun area, a neighbourhood I called home for 3 years, because I was studying at HKU at the time and was so fortunate to be able to live near campus. :)
I spent countless hours in that cafe, and whenever possible, claimed the cozy corner table, which was my absolute favourite, because I could sit there and when I looked up, I could look out the windows and see the view outside the cafe and watch people walk by or the rain come down. I read so many books there, wrote so many papers, drank tea and ate lunch/tea/dinner there, publish blog posts for citygirlcitystories.com there. I got to know the owners of the place, who would regularly asked me how I was doing at school and about life in Singapore. I got to know all their staff and was always given free treats and offers to try new items on their menu before they were released on the menu. Cafe Inside remains one of my fondest memories from my time in Hong Kong.
I’ve always loved cafes and I’m always seeking out my personal favourite ones, from Hong Kong to Seoul (spent 1.5 months there!) to Singapore. Last year, I was introduced by my former colleague to a cafe called Little Oasis that made its way into my list of favourites and I absolutely love the place! I try not to compare new cafes I visit to the ones I already love, but look for certain qualities in them that appeals to me.
Little Oasis is a cozy and quiet little cafe located in the Everton Park HDB estate. It’s a small space but it’s so peaceful and calm and the perfect kind of escape when you need to slow down and take a break. :) It’s comfortable, has a calming view out the window, friendly owners and staff and they specialise in making handcrafted bakes, artisanal cakes and healthy eats. If you enjoy less sweet dessert options, this place is perfect! They also serve TWG tea here, which I love! :) ($5 for a pot, fyi.)
There’s already a lot I love about this cafe, but my favourite part is the personal touches I noticed throughout: the fresh flowers on every table, the postcards, the sweet reservation notes and very recently, my sister and I discovered the selection of art books available for browsing in the cafe! I usually bring my own books to cafes to read, but I absolutely love it when I find cafes with a great selection of books too. :)
Little Oasis is the kind of place I almost want to selfishly keep to myself, but good things are meant to be shared right? I hope you like it as much as I do. :) I found out from their Instagram that they’ve recently celebrated their second anniversary, so I’m going to be supporting them and hoping for many more years ahead!
Here’s to more places perfect for when we need a bit of slowing down in our ever busy city lives.
Blk 3 Everton Park, #01-79
Weekdays: 9am – 5pm (last order at 4:30pm)
Weekends: 9am – 4pm (last order at 3:30pm)
Closed on Mondays and alternate Sundays.
(*Note: Please check their Instagram/Facebook for their monthly schedule!)
For reservations: 87883668
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