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"Coffee Story" Murals in Kampong Glam, Singapore

Updated: Sep 5

Coffee Street Arts

After covering where to eat in Singapore's Chinatown and the street arts there, we came to Kampong Glam, another ethnic quarter, which includes Arab Street. While combing the lanes in Kampong Glam for street arts, we came across some interesting murals about coffee cultures in Singapore. There are more about these coffee murals than just paintings. So, we decided to give it a write-up on its own.

Interestingly, the coffee murals were painted by Yip Yew Chong, the same artist who did the Tiong Bahru and Everton Park series of murals that we posted previously.

Now, let's learn more about Singapore's local coffee cultures from the coffee murals. And better yet, you can find coffee outlets with different cultures right in Kampong Glam. So, don't just take photos of the murals, know the cultures and try the coffees too to complete the coffee experience when you travel in Singapore.

1. Indian Kopi / Teh Tarik

This is a common scene in Indian-Muslim eateries that serve teh tarik ("pulled" milk tea) or kopi tarik ("pulled" milk coffee) using a method know as "pulling", which is a traditional way of pouring the beverage to and fro between two vessels. After "pulling", the tea or coffee will be well-mixed with condensed milk and has a frothy layer on top.