Stateland Cafe is a recently opened cafe along the hipster Bali/Haji Lane area. The cafe is run by three young guys in their earlier 20s who met when they were in the army. Stateland is known for their affordable brunch & ever-popular desserts such as waffles & thick toasts.
The whole look of Stateland is very vintage-industrial inspired. Most of the materials used in the place were supplied from the three owners’ themselves, as each of them has some relation to building-related companies. The decor of Stateland somewhat makes you feel like you are in a industrial factory or a mining tunnel. It’s a nice unique take on cafe interiors, especially since most of it relates to their families’ professions. Wooden crates, wooden tables with aluminium supports & metal grills/dividers are the basic elements of the place. Vintage furniture are displayed, along with black & white pictures of their families’ businesses. The space of Stateland is actually quite small as well and during peak hours, the place can get very crowded, with only a few seats on the inside & a large table on the outside. (Which most people made use as a “waiting” area instead.)
Stateland offers the usual brunch fanfare, including their take on the well-known Eggs Benedict. Their menu is quite extensive, considering the fact that their kitchen is small. What makes Stateland so popular is their waffles & thick toasts. Their cafe has been featured a while back on social media & magazines, during the height of the whole waffles-craze. Though many other cafes already offer waffles, Stateland keeps their versions innovative, with selections like Red Velvet, or the all-time favourite American campfire dessert, S’mores.
Bonus: Stateland doesn’t charge GST or service fees.
The photos of Stateland’s food as you see below are by far, one of the hardest ones I had to take. During my visit to Stateland, the place got significantly more crowded as time progressed, with more customers seeking a table. As the place is quite small, the staff started to take down customers’ details for their waitlist. As such, most of them decided to “camp” outside Stateland, making use of the table outside like a “waiting area”. Unfortunately, I found the lighting inside Stateland to be quite bad for photo-taking & in order for me to get good shots, I had decided to proceed to their table outside for photos. Of course, with the numerous amount of customers surrounding the table, it made things extremely awkward for me to do my photography. (It even took me around 10 minutes after the food was served to gain the courage to bring it outside.)
It was actually quite hilarious and awkward, as both my friend & I were the most socially awkward people in the cafe and we kept going back & forth about the entire situation. When I finally took the food outside for photographs, not only did I get a million awkward stares from the customers waiting outside, but even the staff of Stateland got startled from me bringing their food outside. Eventually, I did managed to get my photos done (Thank God) and my friend explained to the staff that we were doing a “school project”. (A term we use to explain our crazy behavior.) The staff understood what the heck we were doing after that, but I added an apology for our crazy antics right before we left for added measure. (I regret nothing.)
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
Overall, I do find that Stateland has a great concept & it’s definitely a nice addition to the whole range of cafes along the Haji/Bali Lane area. Their food isn’t really groundbreaking but it’s affordable & the nice aesthetic of the cafe makes it worth checking out. I would go back for a revisit, to try their thick toast (which is also very popular) next time.
30 Bali Lane, Singapore 189866
(Nearest train station: Bugis)
Contact: 9296 4997
Mon: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Wed – Thu: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sun: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm