Want to experience something different this coming weekend? Instead of going to your tried-and-true watering hole, do something new this weekend with a different take on a day / night out. Why not try out a retro moment at one of Singapore’s best retro-themed music cafes? With a variety of music from the 70s and 90s to the time of Elvis and Michael Jackson, there is something for everyone. And along with some of your favorite music that you grew up with, enjoy excellent drink and meal specials. Try going retro with this music cafe in the rustic Kampong Glam area of Singapore.
I love retro things of the past. C.A.N. (stands for Christa & Naomi) cafe located along Beach Road in Singapore is very uniquely decorated in retro style with 70’s wallpaper, furniture, gadgets and antiques. Their great music selection includes great oldies from the 60’s - 70’s including Louis Armstrong, Stevie Wonder, Cliff Richard, Elvis Presley, The Beatles and The Eagles etc. They also play jazz, blues, soul and rock & roll music. Go back in time and experience retro time at the C.A.N cafe. Whether you are nostalgic for the disco days of the 70s or want to experience crimped hair from the 80s, this C.A.N cafe at Beach Road has the ticket.
It’s hard to go wrong with a theme that harkens back to some bygone era. Retro- and vintage-themed designs have a way of tapping into the collective unconscious, building on the cultural archetypes that we have all inherited. They harness power and meaning from outside themselves, relying not on color and composition, but nostalgia and story. It’s from this inbuilt and very personal significance that viewers can look upon a design and call it “Classic.”
C.A.N cafe is comfy, cosy and tastefully decorated. It’s an unexpected find in the Singapore City where cafes cater to the young with loud pop music and do little to create a cohesive theme.
Retro is probably really the best description of C.A.N cafe, a chance to enjoy a second childhood or adolescence, depending on your age. This music cafe is the guide on a colourful trip down memory lane with a mixture of music and sentimental moments from the last few decades. Have a look at that wall of nostalgia just inside the slender entrance for examples such as Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson - it’s a jigsaw of framed pictures, poster and illustrations, viewable from the sofa sitters underneath via a mirror of prefixed words cleverly placed opposite.
There's no doubt on the priceless value of C.A.N's aura. There truly is a magically nostalgic feel to seeing, holding and hearing old records in today's digital technology dominated era. You never quite know what you'll hear next at C.A.N Cafe or watching a timeless classic music video. The walls are decorated with classic album sleeves spanning several decades and music genres.
If you happen to be one of those enthusiastic analogue sound buffs, a music purist or simply a lover of old school records, C.A.N cafe is bound to be right up your street. C.A.N cafe has attempted to pull everything in order to create the ultimate hipster hangout.
A rustic interior embellished with vintage collectables provides an interesting setting at C.A.N cafe in Singapore. Comfy sofa chairs are set out in booth-like arrangements and loud speakers fill the space with an excellent selection of jazz and other genres of easy listening music.
Nostalgia reigns supreme at this atmospheric retro music cafe, nestled in the heart of Kampong Glam district, C.A.N cafe is one of the most unforgettable cafes in Singapore. You can tell this place is harking back to the good old days.
The Kampong Glam area itself is filled with nostalgic shophouses, vintage shops and old streets that are hard to come by in Singapore these days. The pace of life at Kampong Glam is generally slow and it seems that the retail businesses start their day later in the morning and the night scene is pretty vibrant as well.
All of this eccentricity is no bad thing though – the odd-ball albums and singles add a distinct atmosphere to C.A.N Cafe, giving the place an undeniably hip, chilled-out vibe. On the face of it, you'll not find many better venues to kill a few hours during a warm or wet day and that’s in evidence throughout this quirky retro music cafe that’s bursting with life.
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