You may not have expected to find a hipster café within this interesting and nostalgic building located where MacTaggart Road and Burn Road meets.

As you look up to the top and read from right to left, you would notice the words 康元 which means Khong Guan.

This 3-storey building is where Khong Guan Biscuit Factory used to be, and was given conservation status in 2005.

The lower floor is now occupied by Alchemist, which first started out as as small takeaway coffee outpost in the CBD at International Plaza, Tanjong Pagar.

This 3rd outlet is their flagship store where they house the coffee roasters at the back, and an island-open concept coffee bar at the front.

They continue to source for their own coffee, roast them, and then focus on making it simple and approachable to our customers.

If you need to find good third wave specialty coffee in Singapore, this is where you can come to.

Two blends were available when I visited – Dark Matter which was bold and nutty, or Areka with berry-fruity and floral notes.

Prices range from $3.00 from an espresso, $4.50 for a white or black, $5.50 for an Ice White, to $6.00 for a pourover.

I generally enjoy their coffee, especially the Dark Matter blend which is bold, full of body, and also balanced.

A pity that when I arrived, there were only Croissants left for bites.

With that said, the one I had was a surprisingly crisp and buttery piece – worth pairing with coffee.

I also liked the environment, not as echoey as expected, with various seating arrangements, and decorative traces of the old heritage building. Look at the flooring.

Just a little suggestion: Since the café is located within Khong Guan Building, I thought it might be a pleasant touch to include a small Khong Guan biscuit with some of the drinks. Also for nostalgic purposes.

2 MacTaggart Road, #01-01 Khong Guan Building, Singapore 368078
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm (Mon – Fri), 9pm – 6pm (Sat, Sun)

Other branches
Hong Leong Building, 16 Raffles Quay #01-08 Singapore 04858
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun

International Plaza, 10 Anson Road #01-34 Singapore 709903.
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun

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