Singapore’s Nylon Coffee seems difficult to find, especially for a first time visitor. Plus, it’s in an area where other coffee shops are visible and more easily accessible. So it really makes you wonder why so many people go out of their way to grab their coffee at Nylon. Why did they pick a hidden spot? Well, once we got there, we immediately realized why.
Nylon is situated in between Housing Development buildings facing a quaint pocket courtyard with a few benches and big flowering trees. When in bloom, they flower in bright hues of peach and orange. It’s such a beautiful sight that it makes complete sense why one would want to open a shop right there. When you step inside, you are greeted by an attractive wooden coffee bar and you will almost instantly notice that there are no seats except for a couple of chairs that match the colors of the flowers outside. The single, long table in the middle of the store and smaller ledges mounted out of the walls are where you can place your cup or stand by while waiting for your order to be served.
It’s a coffee shop — not really a cafe, per se –obviously designed for take out and quick turnover. But of course, some customers stay a while too and everyone there was perfectly fine to be on their feet while enjoying their coffees and conversations. The chairs were barely used.
Maybe this is a shop culture that will not work in other places. Most people like cushy seats in their cafes. Nylon, in its charming location, warm interiors, subdued decoration, not to mention excellent coffee selection and a very positive barista presence, has definitely created a place where you can feel comfortable, at ease and taken care of without the cushy seats.