Drink it in: Five cafes with minimalist interiors

Long slim grilles (above) and a large pegboard menu draw the eye up towards the 8m-high ceiling at Banchong Cafe, which serves items such as laksa and kaya toast.
Long slim grilles (above) and a large pegboard menu draw the eye up towards the 8m-high ceiling at Banchong Cafe, which serves items such as laksa and kaya toast.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Long slim grilles and a large pegboard menu (above) draw the eye up towards the 8m-high ceiling at Banchong Cafe, which serves items such as laksa and kaya toast.
Long slim grilles and a large pegboard menu (above) draw the eye up towards the 8m-high ceiling at Banchong Cafe, which serves items such as laksa and kaya toast.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Long slim grilles and a large pegboard menu draw the eye up towards the 8m-high ceiling at Banchong Cafe, which serves items such as laksa and kaya toast (above).
Long slim grilles and a large pegboard menu draw the eye up towards the 8m-high ceiling at Banchong Cafe, which serves items such as laksa and kaya toast (above).ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
An open-concept workstation (above) at Platform. allows customers to catch bartenders in action. The space's loose furniture can be rearranged into a more intimate setting in the evenings.
An open-concept workstation (above) at Platform. allows customers to catch bartenders in action. The space's loose furniture can be rearranged into a more intimate setting in the evenings.ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM
An open-concept workstation at Platform. allows customers to catch bartenders in action. The space's loose furniture (above) can be rearranged into a more intimate setting in the evenings.
An open-concept workstation at Platform. allows customers to catch bartenders in action. The space's loose furniture (above) can be rearranged into a more intimate setting in the evenings.ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM
The minimalist interior of Glyph Supply Co means the space can be easily configured for myriad collaborations.
The minimalist interior of Glyph Supply Co means the space can be easily configured for myriad collaborations.ST PHOTO: SHINTARO TAY
The minimalist interior of Glyph Supply Co means the space can be easily configured for myriad collaborations.
The minimalist interior of Glyph Supply Co means the space can be easily configured for myriad collaborations.ST PHOTO: SHINTARO TAY
The seating layout at Hvala is flexible and communal to encourage interaction among customers.
The seating layout at Hvala is flexible and communal to encourage interaction among customers.ST PHOTO: SHINTARO TAY
The first Singapore franchise of % Arabica has a clean, minimalist theme and bench seating by the windows.
The first Singapore franchise of % Arabica has a clean, minimalist theme and bench seating by the windows.PHOTOS: % ARABICA
The first Singapore franchise of % Arabica has a clean, minimalist theme and bench seating by the windows.
The first Singapore franchise of % Arabica has a clean, minimalist theme and bench seating by the windows.PHOTO: % ARABICA

At least five cafes with minimalist interiors have popped up in the past four months, offering cool drinks amid stylish settings

It is a refreshing sight in the Kallang industrial area.

Beside a driveway on the ground floor of the Vanguard Campus is a 60-seater cafe with an 8m-high ceiling, white walls, wooden tables and potted plants. Passers-by can also peek into its kitchen through a large glass window.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 17, 2019, with the headline 'Drink it in '. Print Edition | Subscribe