Must say I haven’t been back Gillman Barracks in a while, though there is always something new and unique to be discovered there.

Situated amidst lush greenery, Gillman Barracks is a collection of restored colonial barracks that date back to 1936.

This distinctive setting serves as a backdrop for its vibrant art scene, creative businesses, restaurants and cafes.

This time I made my way to Kaffa Bella located at 47 Malan Road, serving up a variety of coffee, Acai bowls and pastries.

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If you find some motorcycles in the front, you are at the correct place.

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It intriguingly shares its space with a Triumph Motorcycle showroom, where you can also browse for motorcycle range, accessories and clothing.

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The coffee menu at Kaffa Bella is straightforward, featuring staples like Espresso ($4), Long Black ($5), Piccolo ($5), White ($5.50), and Mocha ($6).

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They use their in-house “Gachala” espresso blend, a 50-50 mix of Columbian and Guatemalan beans.

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The White ($5.50) I had was a medium-bodied brew, smooth to the palate with a medium level of acidity.

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It weaved in subtle flavours of gula melaka, followed by an aftertaste that hints at chocolate and roasted nuts. A good cup.

For those who prefer something less mainstream, their Single Origin Filter Coffee ($6) is worth a try.

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The food menu, though not extensive, includes Acai Bowls and a selection of pastries.

I thought I saw something really familiar, which is the Sor Hei ($5.60) – a signature soured from another famous bakery.

This Danish-style pastry, shaped like a traditional hair bun, carries a cultural backstory linked to the historical Majie’s “sor hei ceremony.

It was buttery, crispy on the outside, with a slight char at the bottom, and chocolate chips adding a sweet surprise within its fluffy layers.

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Other pastries from the menu, like the Kouign-Amann ($4.80) and Ham & Cheese Danish ($5.80), looked tempting.

There was also a Burnt Cheese Cruffin ($6.40) with blend of creamy and crispy textures.

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Kaffa Bella also showcases pastries from Buttermittens, a nod to local baking talents.

There was the Mushroom Danish and Apple Twist – the pastry itself was buttery, flaky, and nicely crispy. The apple filling was slightly tart and pleasantly not overly sweet.

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Kaffa Bella operates from 8am on weekdays and opens an hour earlier on weekends. Great for early risers like myself.

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Kaffa Bella
47 Malan Road, Singapore 109444
Opening Hours: 8am – 5:30pm (Mon – Fri), 7am – 4pm (Sat – Sun)

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