The introduction of this café starts with a simple love story. Boy meets girl at a MayDay 五月天 autograph session. One is a designer and the other works at the music industry. Their love for music got them together. They eventually married and gave birth to this Crazy World Café.
Meet Edgar Lim and Florence Chua, the compatible looking couple who wants to pursue a dream so much that they set up such a space to support local music and design. Being fans of MayDay, the café is named after their hit song “Crazy World 疯狂世界”.
However, you would not see MayDay’s albums and posters all over the place, other than an iconic Astroboy. Instead, there are locally designed nick-nacks on sale, a photo gallery, retro radio sets, music CDs of several indie acts and a small performance space.
I was recommended to Crazy World by local artiste Nat Ho, who told me that singers Tan Diya, Carrie Yeo and Kewei all loved this indie music design café so so so much.
Nested in a quiet shophouse amongst the hustle bustle of Chinatown, I can totally understand why. This café sells sincerity and dreams – something you cannot duplicate elsewhere. There is a whimsical childlike and homely feel where you can hopscotch outside, and just chill out with your besties while savouring homemade Bailey’s Cheesecake.
Owner Edgar is like an attentive but shy person that makes a good friend, while Florence and her mum concocts homely delights in the kitchen. The Mum’s Chicken Curry ($8.90) is a class of its own. Though it is not made with coconut milk, the gravy is so addictive that I wiped it clean with the prata.
You can go for the Beer Battered Fish n Chips ($12.90) which are nicely presented in smaller pieces, coated with crispy beer batter with the cod fish within remaining warm, fresh and moist.
No service charge and no GST, but this is one place which has one of the best service. Their goal is to continue to promote local music and design. Monetary-wise, they are contented for the café to break even for the moment. That’s why they say dreams are always crazy, but they do come true.
Crazy World Cafe, 24 Temple St (Chinatown MRT Exit A), Singapore 058569
Opening Hours: Tues – Thurs: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm Fri – Sat: 12:00 pm – 11:30 pm Sun: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm