The Singapore i grew up in as a child did not encourage the arts industry. The era that I had grown up with had the old school mentality that one has to be in the medicine, law, finance sector to be considered "successful". Thankfully, we've since progressed beyond that. Slowly, yes, but baby steps is considered a positive change.
While an arts person myself, I've seen the change in the arts scene over the years. From the opening of specialised arts schools, to businesses that promote local artists (via paintings in cafes, to live music at dining spots), it is heartening to know that more people are actually encouraged to be in the arts industry. I've always admired those who make a living in the arts scene, for they are often open and creative people, and who are doing what they like as a career.
Centrally located just after Orchard near the Selegie area, this is the cosy cafe to be in especially if you are into the arts. Popped by a cafe that combined arts and food in one spot. The cafe offers arts classes, thus it was not surprising to see several huge paintings on the walls, and unfinished art canvases at the side of the cafe. A hybrid of cafe meets art studio, one can satisfy a growling tummy and at the same time, unleash the inner Picasso with their painting and drawing classes.
Seeing art is always stimulating, even at its most basic fashion. But since it’s practically everywhere, sometimes, no matter how stimulating it is, you get tired of it. But Cups n Canvas did an impressive job in putting the inspiration back to art. Yes, what better way to get heightened by art, than through coffee - it’s everything that you’ll ever want to have in a cafe. Cups N Canvas at Selegie Road speaks a thousand words, because of this rousing cafe vision.
Located along the main Selegie Road, i almost missed it as it blended in with the shops beside it. If it wasn't for the standee placed out front, i would have walked past. Good thing though, there’s a give away – the huge CUPS N CANVAS ambigram-like signage right outside its glass door.
I am always attracted to shops with a stripped down, industrial look. Perhaps it stems from a long standing dream to have a abode in the meat-packing district. There is a little open space out back if you want some privacy. I think it's a great place if one needs a place to do model photography.
Immediately upon setting foot into the cafe, I fell in love with the settings and the atmosphere of the cafe. Laid back and tastefully decorated by the colorful paintings, this cafe exude a lively happy vibe. I love the artsy feel of Cups and Canvas.
Cups N Canvas has the concept of introducing art in a 1950's art-deco shophouse and a fresh brew within a painting brush breath.
The cafe has a wide variety of painting and drawing classes for children and adults, usually held on this side of the cafe. When there are no classes, this side will be opened up for customers.
Lovely paintings around to keep you in an uplifted mood.
It is like finally finding the friendliest art cafe in this city. All is accommodating, from the art down to the bricked walls. It reminds you of the cafes you would normally see in TV series, where the protagonists would usually have their coffees while reading a book and waiting for a their cue to save the day. The art scene here compliments the cafe scene. Not too complex, not too high end. It’s like the hipster, indie, contemporary type, which of course is a default favorite. Add that to the caffeine fix you find here, you’re bound to stay for long hours. No wonder this is the hidden go to place of people who would like some alone time and for couples who would like some quality time.
The whole place has a very warm feeling. Some of the chairs and tables are antiques. It was mixed and matched very well and looks very comfortable.
The place is perfect for any occasion. A catch up with your friends on the comfortable couch with a cup of coffee, a mini reunion with your small group of friends or even a time for yourself to reward the busy schedule. Synonymous with its name, Cups N Canvas is all about the harmony of art and coffee, in a cafe-studio setting coupled with elements of fun, vibrancy and homeliness.
The sophisticated casual approach of Cups n Canvas makes it a stand out for a distinctive type of coffee lovers. The place can morph from classy to casual so it’s one of the best places for first time meet ups or i-want-to-impress-you date kind of late afternoon. Don’t forget to appreciate one cup of coffee and at least one canvas of art.
Cups N Canvas welcomes anyone who simply enjoys artisanal coffee and good old comfort food to drop by this nesting place, located along the extended arts belt of Singapore. With its rustic charm as seen from its cozy interior, Cups N Canvas seeks to revive the creative and fun-loving side of people who may be robotized by the fast-paced, mundane city-dwelling lives from time to time.
The casual arty vibe is also a great draw for students from the nearby arts institutions to chill out after class while the wallet friendly dishes should appeal to the office crowd. It is also a great place to gather for conversation, casual food or a good read over the weekends. I was completely sold on the place. Not only the ambiance but the 1980's music jamming as i spent my time there. Cups N Canvas, your playlist is plenty awesome!
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