Photography enthusiasts will be thrilled to know that the luxury German photography brand, Leica, has opened its 3rd global cafe right in Singapore’s refurbished Raffles Hotel.
Background info: the first Cafe Leitz is in Wetzlar, Germany (for obvious reason) and the second one in Bangkok, Thailand at EmQuartier’s mezzanine level in partnership with Thai’s coffee brand Pacamara.
As for Singapore, Cafe Leitz was set up within the very first Leica store in Southeast Asia since 2010 right in Raffles Hotel.
The interior is clean, white and minimal, incorporating the complete Leica experience: Leica Galerie (amazing works on display shot on a Leica), Leica Store (camera and lens on display) and Cafe Leitz all under one roof.
Something different at Leitz Cafe in Bangkok is the menu concept. Instead of working with just one cafe, Pacamara for Cafe Leitz Bangkok, there will be a change of cafes partnering with Cafe Leitz Singapore every month.
Partnering with Alchemist for the coffee and The Patissier in the month of December and Haritts Donuts for the month of January, the menu offering is somewhat similar: Coffee and bakes, no savoury items unlike the outlet in Bangkok.
Using a single origin coffee beans from Brazil in collaboration with Haritts Donuts, both Black and White are available which was smooth and medium body.
Hints of chocolate could be detected, together with dried fruits, plum and sugar cane.
Haritts Donuts is known for their Japanese-style donuts, which has a pillow-like and doughy texture, unlike their American counterpart.
Available in 3 different flavours: Matcha, Hojicha and Earl Grey, the first two were unfortunately out of stock when I visited.
I enjoyed the slightly chewy texture of the Earl Grey Donut but wished that the taste could be more pronounced.
Coupled with books, photo-journals and magazines by world renowned photographers on display, it’s a conducive place to truly appreciate the Leica experience.
Cafe Leitz Singapore
Raffles Hotel Arcade, 328 North Bridge Road, L1-20/21, Singapore 080333
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.