CAD Cafe, which stands for “Coffee, Art & Design”, is a little cafe situated along Haji Lane. The place was created by Chad Samson and Dave Code, who first met as DJs before deciding to create a space specifically to showcase various works from internationally renowned artists, local works & even those from student. The cafe is not only passionate in art, but also of great coffee & craft beers with some small bites to go along with them.
CAD Cafe resides in a little space along the row of shophouses along Haji Lane. You’ll instantly recognize the bright blue building of the cafe which has graffiti all over. The inside of the cafe is really really small, with only their main counter & around two-three tables inside for seats. The rest of their seating situated outside the cafe, with two high tables right outside the entrance and more seating towards the side of the building. (Which is more for smokers as well.) The interior decor is kept very minimal, with hints of industrial elements. An old-school television set serves as a small counter for utensils & water. The main focus here are the artworks on display, which is a main point of CAD – the art.
I do find that the concept of CAD is very similar to a Artistry, another nearby cafe that also showcases local art. The difference is that Artistry has more of an Art Gallery vibe, while CAD seems more casual & relaxed.
CAD Cafe has an all-day breakfast menu, which includes French toast, scrambled eggs & muesli. Aside from their breakfast items, they also offer some a variety of sandwiches. You would also be able to find pastries and/or muffins being displayed at their counter area. Do note that a few of their dishes are only available on the weekends and Public Holidays, which include their Eggs Florentine & Beef Sausage Omelette. Their menu offerings are just nice for the humble size of their cafe, which allows them to put more effort into each dish.
Prices here are kept pretty low which is great for the small spender. No GST or service fees here either.
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
CAD Cafe is a great little place among the horde of cafes around the Haji Lane area. The concept of the cafe is great, a small outlet for showcasing local & international artworks. Food & prices here are respectable & great as well, perfect for anyone looking for a nice brunch without spending too much. The place is nice & quiet, a perfect spot for people watching or for catching up with a friend over coffee. If I’m ever in the area again, I’ll make sure to try their coffee this time around.
23 Haji Lane, Singapore 189216
(Nearest train station: Bugis)
Tue – Wed: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Thu – Fri: 8:00 am – 12:00 am
Sat: 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Sun: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm